Broiled Grapefruit with Ginger Sugar Topping

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Ginger is one of those ingredients that I’ve only started to appreciate during the last couple of years. My parents used to cook with it all the time when I lived at home and my dad, in particular, had a very heavy hand with the ginger. We’re talking sizable chunks of ginger, and usually in some sort of veggie and soba noodle type of stir-fry. My family jokingly referred to it as a “dad dinner” – noodles, vegetables, and sauce, all cooked in one big pot with enough leftovers to feed an army. Go big or go home, right?

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I was never a picky eater, but I despised ginger for most of my childhood and would spend the first five minutes of my meal picking out all of the ginger and inspecting my food for cat hair (that’s a whole other story). It’s not like it was hard to pick it out, thanks to my dad treating the ginger like celery or something when he chopped it.

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I’ve slowly given ginger a second chance now that I have more control over the preparation. I love it on vegetable sushi, in fresh juices, and covered in dark chocolate. But really, most things covered in chocolate are good.

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This morning, after spending a solid two minutes staring down a leftover chunk of ginger in my fridge, I decided I should figure out a way to incorporate it into breakfast. I wasn’t in the mood for a smoothie and didn’t feel like having to clean the juicer. That’s when a grapefruit literally fell off the counter and hit me.

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Grapefruit and ginger is an outstanding combination, and what better way to pair the two than by mixing a little sugar with some grated ginger and creating a crunchy topping for the grapefruit. It’s even better when you put everything under the broiler for a few minutes and allow the sugar to caramelize.

grapefruit_broiled Follow Me on Pinterest Dare I say that I LOVED the ginger in this recipe?

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Yes, it was that awesome.

Broiled Grapefruit with Ginger Sugar Topping
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 Ruby Red Grapefruit
  • 2 Tsp. Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Freshly Grated Ginger
  1. Slice the grapefruit in half. I also recommend slicing each segment before broiling to make it easier to eat.
  2. Place the grapefruit on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Combine the granulated sugar and finely grated ginger, then sprinkle over the top of the grapefruit.
  4. Place under your oven broiler for 5-7 minutes, until the sugar is bubbling and caramelized.
  5. Enjoy immediately!
I used a microplane to grate the ginger. It created a very fine pulp that evenly distributed in each bite. You can use any sugar you like. Brown sugar or a crunchy sucanat would be great as well.



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  1. says

    I tried broiling a grapefruit with honey last week- it was pretty good but I pictured it coming out with a nice charred top. No such luck. And I’m not too keen on ginger either, I practically never cook with it.

  2. says

    Broiled grapefruit is one of those recipes that I see, and I think it would be really good, but I never get around to trying. I’m bookmarking this and hoping it will be the motivation I need to finally make this. Looks delicious!

  3. dad says

    love the recipe. I ran TJ’s and bought 2 dozen grape fruit and hands full of ginger…will be sustained by this for at least a week!


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