10 Ways to Cook with Grapefruit

by Fruit Maven

It’s grapefruit season! Well…it’s been grapefruit season for a while actually. I adore grapefruit. The Melogold, Marsh, Cocktail, Ruby Red…I love them all. Here are a few ways to perk them up when you find you have a few too many on your hands to just dive in with a spoon.

Sidenote to say that link up there for the spoon will take you to something called an “Endurance Grapefruit Spoon“. Can you imagine the meeting where that name was decided? Did those people even like grapefruit?

“People are exhausted from having to pick up their knife to cut around each segment of the grapefruit to thenĀ  have to pick up their spoon to actually eat it.

We can’t just call it a grapefruit spoon. No one would buy it.

You have to put the benefit in there somehow.

It’s Marketing 101. Everyone knows that.

I’ve got it. They are exhausted right?

How about ENDURANCE GRAPEFRUIT SPOON!!!

Can I get a high five here or what?!?”


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10 Ways to Cook With Grapefruit

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The acidic and light light qualities of grapefruit pair well with moderately heavier foods that have mild flavor to support but not compete with the fruit. Play with avocado, cream cheese, banana, vanilla, and honey.

  1. Appetizer: Spread a touch of cream cheese on a cracker and top with a small segment of grapefruit and avocado.
  2. Dessert: Remove a few segments of the grapefruit after slicing in half. Stuff with banana slices, sprinkle with coconut and a touch of brown sugar. Bake for 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Broil to caramelize the top if desired.
  3. Tea: Juice grapefruit. Add honey and a small chunk of fresh ginger. Boil and strain into mug.
  4. Salad: Cut membranes away to remove peel and white parts leaving only the fresh segments. Sprinkle with chopped fresh mint. Lay on a bed of fresh greens. Drizzle with honey and olive oil. (You can also put this whole thing right inside a hollowed out half of a grapefruit.)
  5. Breakfast: Mix flesh and juice in to yogurt. Top with pecans.
  6. Cocktail: Add a squeeze of juice in to cheap champagne. (I often do this with lemons too.) Or just squeeze in to sparkling water for something non-alcoholic.
  7. Compote: Boil grapefruit segments with equal parts water and sugar until dissolved. You can incorporate additional flavors like chunks of ginger or star anise. Strain and use as a topping for ice cream, waffles, pancakes, etc.
  8. Candy the peels and chop. Mix into your favorite muffins, scones or cookie recipe.
  9. Fill endive spears with a grapefruit segment, slice of avocado and a piece of cooked lobster, crab or shrimp. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Dip fresh segments or candied segments in melted chocolate. Sprinkle with toasted coconut. Refrigerate until firm.

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