Broiled Grapefruit with Cinnamon and Ginger

Temperatures are below freezing outside, so the thought of getting out of of my warm bed this morning for a breakfast of cold grapefruit was not appealing. Instead, I broiled the grapefruit. Yes, it sounds strange, but it was delicious.

It started with a grapefruit sliced in half.

But I needed to place the grapefruit in a pan that was safe for broiling. See this glass pan? While pretty, it’s not the best for broiling. And by “not the best,” I mean it could explode in the oven under the extreme heat. (I remembered this important fact as I took the photo below.)A quick switch to a metal pan and all was right again. I ran a paring knife around the edge of the grapefruit flesh and between every segment to loosen things up.

I drizzled each half with melted butter, sprinkled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and ground ginger, and broiled for about seven minutes. The result: A warm, satisfying breakfast in a city covered in snow.

Broiled Grapefruit

  • 1 cold grapefruit, right out of the refrigerator
  • 1 tbs. butter, melted
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1. Pre-heat the broiler.

2. Cut the grapefruit in half crosswise and place in a broiler-safe pan with the cut side up. If the grapefruit won’t stay upright, slice a small portion off the bottom. Run a paring knife around the edges of each grapefruit half and between each segment. This will make it easier to eat once cooked.

3. Drizzle each half with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, and ground ginger. (Feel free to add more to your taste.)

4. Broil for 6-7 minutes, or until the sugar begins to caramelize. Let cool for 2-3 minutes and serve.


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