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Grilled Grapefruit

Food | April 06, 2018 | Nik Manojlovich
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Something amazing happens when we brush a spiced, salty-sweet topper on a luscious pink grapefruit and set it under the broiler. GRILLED GRAPEFRUIT is truly magic in the making!

We originally thought we’d present this simple five-ingredient recipe for GRILLED GRAPEFRUIT as a City Slicker video, and if you’re new to Weekend at the Cottage, please let me explain: City Slicker videos are specialized one-minute videos that go back to the roots of how-to instructional content.

All of the recipes or tips are simple and straightforward. We keep these videos purposefully under one-minute and craft them without dialogue. Watch, learn, make and enjoy. Click HERE to visit our YouTube playlist and view over 75 delicious ideas.

OK, now back to why we decided to make our GRILLED GRAPEFRUIT a full-blown feature… because it truly deserves to be! As Carol and I started working on the steps, we realized this wondrous treatment for one of our favourite citrus fruits deserved so much more.

Here are our key points and considerations:

GRAPEFRUIT – We tested two of our favourite varieties of grapefruit and suggest either when you go to make this. The first is the readily available WHITE. Though less sweet, its tartness perfectly balances the flavour, plus it has an intense aroma.

The second suggestion is for the pretty PINK, which we ended up using for this feature. We love its colour and the tangy flavour balanced with sweetness gets our mouths watering each and every time.

TEMPERATURE – We believe the enjoyment of citrus fruit is a highly personal thing; I keep Navel oranges in the fridge because I like the flesh when it’s cold, but I keep tangerines and mandarins at room temperature in a fruit bowl because I think they’re more fragrant this way (and yes, I know, it’s a bit odd – LOL!). For this application, bring your grapefruit to room temperature before you begin for more balanced flavours and a fragrant finish.

GRAPEFRUIT KNIFE – I remember rifling through a cutlery drawer as a kid and being amazed at discovering my mom’s grapefruit knife. The knife’s curved blade was so unique, and I loved watching my mom use it to prepare grapefruit. It made enjoying it seem extra fancy and special. The grapefruit knife we used to make this post is really perfect and I’ve listed an AMAZON LINK below if you’d like to purchase one.

GLAZE – The glaze I’ve created for this recipe has evolved over the years to include just three ingredients, all of which I hope are readily available in your pantry. The tanginess of the grapefruit welcomes the sweetness of the syrup (I’m proud, so yes, please use pure Canadian maple syrup) that we then ramp up with salt and ground cinnamon. I know you might expect me to offer suggestions for alternate mixes or spices, but not this time – no need to play with perfection.

GRILLED OR BROILED – I know there will be questions about the correct culinary terminology for the technique employed in preparing these. We place our prepared grapefruit halves into the oven where they sit on the top rack and are cooked from overhead heat. This is a way of grilling indoors. Our American readers may end up doing the same thing, yet they’ll be making “broiled grapefruit”. Same method, different names for this culinary technique.

MINT – Although the mint wins big time for making each grapefruit look so darn gorgeous, we can’t overlook the best reason for adding it – and my mouth is watering as I write it. The tangy grapefruit plus sweet, salt and spice, then bright, refreshing, heady mint – wow, wow, wow!!!

I know you’re excited to get going and make this GRILLED GRAPEFRUIT, but before you do, a few final things. Although I didn’t discuss it in the video, consider presenting them with the proper utensil and yes, there are such things as grapefruit spoons complete with triangularly shaped bowls.

Looking to follow these breakfast starters with another full-flavoured dish? Try our OVEN BAKED FRENCH TOAST or our super-popular BREAKFAST CASSEROLE.

GRILLED GRAPEFRUIT may very well become your favourite way of starting your day. Considering how amazing they are, there’s nothing wrong with that!



Ingredients & Amounts

  • 3 pink grapefruit, halved and cut to separate the flesh from the skin
  • 1 tablespoon of pure Canadian maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • chopped fresh mint and mint leaves


  1. Cut grapefruit in half. Using a grapefruit knife, cut around the inside of the fruit between the flesh and peel, then in each segment between the flesh and the skin. Place prepared grapefruit onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Place maple syrup, cinnamon and salt into a small bowl and stir or whisk together. Using a pastry brush, liberally brush the glaze on to the top of each grapefruit half.
  3. With oven rack in the top position, turn the overhead element to broil. Place grapefruit into the oven with the door slightly ajar and cook until the tops are bubbling and slightly browned.
  4. Remove from oven, sprinkle with chopped mint and add a small sprig of mint as garnish. Serve immediately.

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Nik Manojlovich

Nik is the creator, host and brains behind Weekend at the Cottage. He loves sharing his wisdom and experience about the things that interest him most.



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