Grapefruit Brulee Recipe

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Grapefruit Brulee Recipe transforms tart grapefruit into a rich, sweet, decadent breakfast! It has a crunchy, sweet “brulee” topping that makes a great, healthy breakfast or dessert!

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Grapefruit Brulee

Turn the simple grapefruit into something indulgent for brunch. Kick up this simple fruit by adding sugar and crystallizing it. The grapefruit will still be healthy, but it’ll have a little something special on top.

The salty and sweet combination mixed with tart grapefruit is a flavor sensation. It’s a great way to start the day.

Grapefruit Brulee Recipe

To Brulee the top, you can broil in your oven. Or, if you have a Culinary Blow Torch, you can use it and feel like a professional chef.

If you want, you can ‘dress up’ your Grapefruit Brulee Recipe by adding whipped cream, pecans (or any nut), cardamon, or cinnamon. Maybe, you want to add all! This would make a really tasty and somewhat healthier, than a giant piece of chocolate cake, dessert.

Grapefruit Brulee

If you want to go decadent with Brulee try my Key Lime Cheesecake Creme Brulee Recipe, Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee, (Click the photo below for the recipes.) or Sweet Potato Cream Brulee.

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Grapefruit Brulee

Grapefruit Brulee

Grapefruit Brulee Recipe

Grapefruit Brulee Recipe transforms tart grapefruit into a rich, sweet, decadent breakfast! It has a crunchy, sweet "Brulee" topping that makes a great, healthy breakfast or dessert!
Author: Paula
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
draining: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • 2 grapefruit chilled
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar can also use granulated white sugar


  • Half grapefruit crosswise and place grapefruit half cut-side down on a paper towel for 5 minutes.
  • Invert grapefruit and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly over exposed flesh of each grapefruit half. Using a culinary torch, heat sugar until melted and beginning to turn dark amber.
  • Alternately, if you don't have a culinary torch, preheat broiler to 450. Transfer grapefruit, cut side up, to a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Broil the grapefruit until the sugar is melted and beginning to turn dark amber, about 8 minutes. Watch closely to prevent burning. Let grapefruit cool before serving.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1415IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I go all out on this , I’m a breakfast chef, I add butter with vanilla & brown sugar. Broil, then before serving add turbinado sugar and use my torch to really brule it!

  2. 5 stars
    This is a great addition to a brunch menu. I like that it is simple yet delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    I gave this 5 stars because this is similar what my Mother did for breakfast when I was much much younger (try about 70 years ago, I am almost 78 now!). The night before, she would halve the grapefruits, loosen the segments, sprinkle on brown sugar and let sit in fridge all night. The next morning she popped them in the oven (don’t remember if broiler or not, but probably so) then took them out and added a cherry in middle and served. The loosening of the segments and sitting all night would get the brown sugar down into the grapefruit itself and be so very good.

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