Simple Brûléed Grapefruit: No Torch, No Problem

As with most things that I eat and fall in love with when dining out, I quickly become obsessed with attempting to recreate the magic at home. Reliving an incredible meal over and over at home is super gratifying and means deliciousness anytime. What could be better than that?

No item has eluded me more, however, than the magical, ambrosial, brûléed grapefruit from The Langham Hotel here in Chicago. Cue angels singing here.

The brûléed grapefruit is truly a thing of magic. Crunchy and sweet torched sugar on top, tart and juicy grapefruit underneath. It’s the perfect combo of all great things. But how in the world was I gonna get this done without buying a fancy – and bulky – butane kitchen torch? Well, after a little trial and error, I discovered that it could certainly be done with the broiler. So, that’s how.

Beautiful, fresh grapefruit, a little turbinado sugar and a few topping accompaniments, actually go a long, long way for a pretty lovely breakfast.

Bruléed Grapefruit

Bruléed Grapefruit

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bruleed grapefruit

Bruléed Grapefruit

bruleed grapefruit

Personally, I love my brûléed grapefruit plain and simple. However, if you’re looking to serve this up for a jazzy brunch or romancey breakfast, well, plain and simple just won’t do.

To spice things up a bit, I added a little greek yogurt mixed with local honey as a topper. Taking things up another notch, I then made a little parfait bowl with the same yogurt, honey, toasted coconut and the brûléed segments on top. Voila! Options. Because options are always good.

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  • 2 red grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • Nonfat plain Greek yogurt (either as topping or more for parfait)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons toasted coconut


  1. Preheat broiler on high.
  2. Position oven rack about 3-5 inches from broiler.
  3. Cut each grapefruit in half (you can trim a little off the bottom so it will sit flat if it doesn’t on its own).
  4. Using a small paring knife, cut around grapefruit and cut through segments, removing seeds as necessary.
  5. Place halves on a foil lined baking sheet.
  6. Brush each half with melted butter and sprinkle approx 1 tablespoon of turbinado sugar on each half.
  7. Place grapefruit under broiler for approx 6-10 minutes, rotate as necessary to achieve and even, golden crust.
  8. Remove grapefruit, top with greek yogurt and honey or fill small bowl with yogurt, top with honey, toasted coconut and brûléed grapefruit segments.



9 thoughts on “Simple Brûléed Grapefruit: No Torch, No Problem

  1. Donna

    Making my mouth water!!! The sweetness and the tart citrus is a fabulous treat!!! Beautiful pictures as usual!!

  2. Sed Bona

    Bruleed Grapefruit is one of my all-time favorite desserts! And so shockingly healthy! It was the first recipe I ever posted to my blog back in July 2014 — LOVE that you and I think on the same recipe wavelengths. It’s a sign of excellent taste imho.


    Ashley || Sed Bona

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