Hot grapefruit doesn’t necessarily sound overly appetizing. But when it’s covered in a melty, crunchy, sugary crust, well, now you have my attention.
This incredibly simple recipe feels like it’s from the 1950s. Hell, maybe it is! Regardless, I simply love it; if you’ve never had it, it’s remarkable. All you do is sprinkle the top of a half a prepped grapefruit with raw sugar, like turbinado, slide it under the broiler (or pull out your kitchen torch – even better!), and let the sugar melt away.
Be sure to prep the grapefruit ahead by cutting around each of the segments before you top the grapefruit with sugar or they are difficult to pull out.
You can top it with yogurt or not, but I highly recommend it. The creamy vanilla goodness mixes with the juicy tart fruit and sugary crust and oh mama is it good. Make sure you use a thick style of yogurt. I used this amazing Icelandic yogurt that I found at Whole Foods, but your favorite Greek yogurt would be great too.
Brûléed grapefruit with vanilla yogurt
- Grapefruit (1/2 per person)
- Turbinado or raw sugar
- Vanilla yogurt, preferably Greek or Icelandic
Serves however many you want!
- Preheat the broiler. Cut the grapefruit in half through the circumference. If necessary, slice a bit off the top so the grapefruit will stand, cut side up, without wobbling. Using a paring knife, cut around each of the segments to loosen them.
- Place your grapefruit half or halves on an ovenproof baking pan or baking sheet (depending on how many you have), cut side up. Sprinkle the cut side of each grapefruit half evenly with about 1 tbsp sugar, making sure to sprinkle the sugar over the flesh of the grapefruit.
- Broil until the sugar is melted and browned. Watch it carefully so the sugar doesn’t burn! (It’s ok if it burns a little in spots.) Remove from the oven and place each grapefruit half in an individual bowl. Top with a big dollop of yogurt and dig in!