While it might be cold and snowy outside, sunshiny citrus is in season right now. From grapefruit to oranges to kumquats, these juicy jewels are at their best in the winter months. Not only are they bright and flavourful, they are also really good for you.

Citrus fruit are high in vitamin C along with other vitamins and nutrients. They are a good source of fibre and antioxidants. In fact, eating one medium grapefruit provides 100% of your daily requirement of vitamin C and boosts your immune system.

Bruleed grapefruit is an easy way to take something simple and elevate it in minutes. It’s a sweet addition to breakfast or makes a great refreshing dessert after a big meal. The cracking of the crisp sugar topping to get to the juicy fruit is definitely a highlight.

While granulated sugar is used in this recipe, it can easily be substituted with your sugar of choice. Brown, demerara or sugar in the raw, anything will work.  Add a pinch of flaky salt before serving, to round out the flavours. This recipe is great for any type of grapefruit – red, yellow, white.

Bruleed Grapefruit


  • grapefruit
  • granulated sugar
  • Maldon sea salt


  • Cut each grapefruit in half, crosswise
  • Run a paring or grapefruit knife around the edge of the peel, loosening the flesh from the peel.
  • If the grapefruit half is not sitting evenly, cut off a bit from the bottom so that it stands straight.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar on top of each grapefruit half.
  • Use a kitchen torch to brulee the sugar,melting it until it hardens and becomes golden brown. Alternatively, the grapefruit can be broiled for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle each half with Maldon salt before serving.