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When vanilla sugar is caramelized on top of pink grapefruit, it turns this tart fruit into a deliciously irresistible breakfast treat that's still healthy. Kate, Recipe Hunter

Kate Swanson, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter


Vanilla Sugar Broiled Grapefruit

A tart and sweet breakfast treat

Grapefruit is at the peak of it’s season right now and we can’t resist the tart-sweet taste. Plus, as a fruit with a low glycemic index and high amounts of Vitamin A and C, it’s lauded for it’s nutritional benefits. But, let’s face it, some people find grapefruit to be a little too tart and it can get boring to eat by itself. One of our favorite ways to quickly turn grapefruit into an elegant breakfast or brunch dish is by broiling it, like in this recipe. With a dusting of vanilla sugar (preferably homemade of course) and a quick trip under the broiler, the sugar caramelizes and melts into the grapefruit, turning the juices into something irresistibly sweet and tart at the same time. The vanilla adds a wonderful depth of flavor that complements the citrus perfectly without extra calories. Dig in with a spoon to scoop out the flesh and when you’re done, don’t forget to squeeze out all the juice to drink up!


Kelli Dunn

Food Blogger & Recipe Developer

Kelli Dunn from The Corner Kitchen

I work wonders & create fresh, seasonal meals in my 20 square foot kitchen. While I have a huge sweet tooth, healthy cooking and eating are the core to maintaining my active lifestyle.

Kelli works wonders out of her tiny (and by tiny, we mean 20 sq. ft.) kitchen in NYC and shares her cooking adventures through her blog, The Corner Kitchen. A graduate of the world-renowned French Culinary Institute, Kelli balances her passion for food (and her sweet tooth) with an active and healthy lifestyle. Although she has serious culinary training, we love how fresh, seasonal, and approachable all of her recipes are. And, given her limited space, the breadth of her recipes brings a whole new meaning to the word “resourceful.”

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How to Cut Grapefruit So It’s Easier to Eat

To make grapefruit easier to eat, cut it in half and use a paring knife to score around the edges of the flesh. Then, use a spoon to eat.

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