Caramelized Brûléed Grapefruit


Sometimes I wake up uninspired by the ingredients that I have in my kitchen. Maybe its one of those weeks where I haven’t been eating home much and haven’t been to the supermarket in just one day too long. Maybe my refrigerator is literally bare (it happens to the best of us, doesn’t it?), but if I’m lucky enough I might find a fresh grapefruit lying around.

Okay, I just admitted that I am guilty of occasionally having an empty kitchen, but one thing you will always find at my apartment is a well stocked oversized bowl of citrus fruits, and usually a large selection of vegetables at the ready to be juiced. For me, if I have citrus, I’m happy…not are they the yummiest of fruits but they are so versatile too. You can juice them, you can slice them, you can roast them with meat, you can grill them, you can even brulee them. Which leads me to the point of this post… let me get back to that trusty grapefruit that always happens to be lying around.

It might be one of those days when I am completely bored by the sight of my kitchen. I see that grapefruit and automatically get excited. That grapefruit is about to brighten my day, just by being a grapefruit. And it’s so simple! All I need to do is slice it open, give it a little heat and it’s guaranteed to be devoured in about 3…2…1 seconds. I know I know, I’m a pig, but I just can’t help myself around it!

This is also great sliced, caramelized and made into a salad with chopped nuts, shallots and vinaigrette. Just don’t forget your blow torch!

Caramelized Brûléed Grapefruit

You will need

  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 lime (optional)


  1. Slice the grapefruit in half.
  2. Sprinkle half of the tablespoon of sugar on each half of the grapefruit.
  3. Hold a blowtorch 1 inch away from the grapefruit and ignite, torching it until the sugar becomes caramelized and browns slightly.
  4. If you feel like a little more citrus, squeeze some lime juice over the top then serve.

What do you think? Let me know!