Brûléed Grapefruit for Breakfast? Yes Please!

This brûléed grapefruit recipe can be a sweet addition to breakfast or a light dessert! It is delicious, so simple to make, and a delight to eat the caramelized sugar topping.

brûléed grapefruit

I used to think I didn’t like grapefruit… I tried for years to try to enjoy grapefruit & grapefruit juice but to no avail, until recently when I tried brûléed grapefruit. It  takes the best part of creme brûlée, and combines it with this sweet and sour citrus to make a delicious addition to any breakfast!

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Ingredients Needed for Brûléed Grapefruit

Grapefruit Is the base of this recipe and you can use any variety you’d like to try! They are anti-inflammatory, contain fiber and are loaded with vitamin C.

Brown Sugar or turbinado sugar is used to make the caramelized sugar topping in this recipe.

To Make Brûléed Grapefruit

Making brûléed grapefruit is fairly simple. First, trim 1/2 inch peel from the bottom of the grapefruit to steady it. Then, if you want, use a paring knife to cut the sections to make eating the grapefruit later a little easier. This step is optional but often worth the effort.

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Remove excess moisture from the grapefruits by placing cut side down on paper towels for a minute or two.  Then, put grapefruits flesh side up again and sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon of brown or turbinado sugar. Now is the fun part – heat the sugar with your kitchen torch until it is nicely browned. If you don’t have a kitchen torch you can also place grapefruit(s) in your oven under the broiler setting and keep a close eye until the grapefruits are nicely browned, about 5-8 minutes. That’s it!

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Brûléed Grapefruit

This Brûléed Grapefruit combines strong grapefruit flavor with hardened caramelized sugar for a delicious breakfast or light dessert! 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Brûlée, fresh fruit, grapefruit
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 55 kcal


  • 2 grapefruits halved
  • 4 tablespoons brown or turbinado sugar


  1. Trim about 1/2 inch peel from the bottom of each grapefruit half so the fruit can sit steady on serving plate. 

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  2. Using a paring knife, cut the sections away from the membranes and pith sot hey are easy to spoon up. This step is optional, but allows for eating with greater ease!

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  3. Place grapefruit halves, cut side down, on paper towels to dry for a few minutes.

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  4. Put grapefruit back to flesh side up and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of brown or turbinado sugar evenly over grapefruit flesh. 

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  5. Using a kitchen torch, heat the sugar until melted and beginning to brown. If you don't have a kitchen torch you can also broil in oven for 5-8 minutes, watching closely, until melted and browned to your liking.

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  6. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Brûléed Grapefruit
Amount Per Serving
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 13.2g15%
Protein 0.4g1%
Calcium 15mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Krissy Allori says

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh! This is making my mouth water just thinking of it. Going to be trying this very soon!

  2. 5 stars
    Never would have thought to “brulee” my grapefruit, but you have me intrigued to try it! I really like grapefruit – this looks like a great way to make it a “dessert” instead of just a chunk of fruit. Gotta try it soon!

  3. 5 stars
    wow this looks so interesting! I don’t usually eat much grapefruit so really looking forward to giving this a go!

  4. Whitney Zamiar says

    I love this idea but don’t have a kitchen torch. Have you tried broiling the grapefruit?

    • Yes, you can broil the grapefruit instead of having torch! It is not quite the same but gets the job done- just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

  5. What a fantastic idea! Just might be the only way I get my kids to eat grapefruit! Although I have to admit I didn’t acquire the taste for it until I was an adult.

  6. 5 stars
    I usually bake my grapefruits to make them less bitter and more sweet. Brûléeing the grapefruit sounds like such a great way to do it, I am totally giving it a try this week – it looks amazing!

  7. 5 stars
    What a great idea to do this to grapefruit. It’s like having dessert for breakfast!

  8. 5 stars
    I am really tired of eggs for breakfast, but I can never think of tasty and healthy alternatives! This would be so refreshing and healthy too!

  9. Jacque Hastert says

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to give this a try! I love all things grapefruit and would eat it every day, if I could!

  10. 5 stars
    I love grapefruits and this looks just delish. I never thought of having mine this way but I must try this now, it looks incredible and I can imagine the flavours in here …. yummmm!

  11. 5 stars
    Wow, Bruleed Grapefruit for breakfast? Sounds like having a dessert for breakfast which is amazing. Really going to try.

  12. 5 stars
    This sounds interesting! I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks so delicious!

  13. 5 stars
    Love the individual option of this grapefruit treat. I am going to make it for our family BBQ party!

  14. 5 stars
    This is such a great idea!! I love grapefruit but this version is so much more fun – and great for brunch parties.

  15. 5 stars
    Oh wow, what an amazing way to eat grapefruit. I can’t wait to try this.

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