Grilled Grapefruit

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This easy grilled grapefruit, aka Gegrillte Grapefruit, is one of the quick breakfast recipes that's great for company. It also works as an appetizer for a brunch buffet. How German is this? Not really sure, but there are many variations of this in most of my German cookbooks. Why? Because it's so easy and delicious.

Need a garnish? Add a maraschino cherry on top! Although commonly called grapefruit in German, this delicious fruit is also known as Pampelmuse.

Gegrillte Grapefruit


  • 2 grapefruits
  • about 2 tbsp butter
  • about 2 tbsp white sugar (preferably coarse)


  • Preheat grill or broiler
  • Cut grapefruits in half. Using a grapefruit knife, release the fruit from the rind as much as possible without breaking through the rind.
  • Put pieces of butter on top of each half and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Grill or broil until sugar is melted and top is nicely browned, about 10 minutes. 
  • Serve immediately.
  • Serves 4.

Not only easy and delicious, but also nutritious! Full of vitamins and minerals and fiber, this is a great way to start the day or for an extra boost of energy any time. BUT, there is a caution! Make sure you loosed the fruit from the rind BEFORE you grill. Use a special grapefruit knife for this. It's very hard to do this once the grapefruit is grilled and hot.

If served as appetizers, use small grapefruits. One serving is half a grapefruit. If served for breakfast, make some scrambled eggs with bacon to go along side.

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