Brown Sugar Grapefruit Brulee

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Brown Sugar Grapefruit Brûlée |

I feel like grapefruit is a polarizing fruit – some people love it, some people hate it. Mr. Smith LOVES fresh grapefruit juice, yet it’s too acidic for me. So, I don’t usually buy it, and usually opt for oranges as my citrus fruit of choice. Recently I tried out blood oranges, so I thought I would also give these a shot.

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Brown Sugar Grapefruit Brûlée |

This is now my new favorite healthy weekend breakfast/brunch. Broiling them with brown sugar (and don’t forget the cloves for a bit of spice) turns it into something amazing, very different from the standard sour, acidic citrus fruit.

Brown Sugar Grapefruit Brûlée |

The flavor gets deeper, sweet and spicy and caramelized. Try it out yourself, and don’t say I didn’t tell you! It’s so easy and quick to make, you’ll have a lazy Sunday morning, even if you get up late.


Brown Sugar Grapefruit Brûlée |

Brown Sugar Grapefruit Brûlée |

Brown Sugar Grapefruit Brûlée


This is now my new favorite healthy weekend breakfast/brunch. Broiling grapefruit with brown sugar turns it into something amazing!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Cut grapefruit in half.
  2. Using a paring knife, cut around the grapefruit, within all the little segments, to loosen them for eating later.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla.
  4. Crumble the brown sugar mixture on top of the grapefruit.
  5. Place the grapefruit in a baking pan (if using parchment paper, be sure to watch to make sure it doesn’t burn).
  6. Broil for approximately 8 minutes, until sugar is caramelized.
  7. Enjoy!

4 Responses

  1. Maya @ Treats and Eats
    | Reply

    This looks great! I love grapefruit straight up without sugar, but I bet this would be delicious and a nice treat!

    • rls
      | Reply

      Thanks, Maya. I thought of you when I made this! 🙂

  2. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules
    | Reply

    I want to love grapefruit, but every time I do it’s just too much. It’s missing some sweetness. But I SO want to try this! It sounds like the perfect addition to grapefruit.

    • rls
      | Reply

      This recipe converted me and my stance on grapefruit, so definitely give it a try!

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