Minty Grapefruit Brûlée

by valentina on February 16, 2012

Is this dessert? Or is it a side of fresh fruit?  Is it simply pretty on the plate? Who really cares — it’s divine tasting and absolutely stunning to look at.

I’m serving this as part of brunch this weekend, but I think it’d work brilliantly after dinner, too.  (Well, as brilliantly as any dessert that doesn’t contain chocolate.)

Sometimes a refreshing — rather than rich — sweet is just what’s needed.  Sometimes.

How perfect would a bite of this Minty Grapefruit Brûlée be after our  Bacon, Basil, Balsalmic Potato?  So delicious!

Minty Grapefruit Brûlée

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 2


1 large Ruby Red grapefruit

1-1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 small bunch of fresh mint, washed and dried

  1. Cut the grapefruit in half, horizontally. Then use a grapefruit knife, or sharp paring knife to cut around each segment.
  2. Sprinkle the top surface of each grapefruit half, evenly with about half of the sugar.
  3. Then use a small kitchen blow torch or the broiler to brown the sugar. If you are using the torch, simply turn it on medium-high and evenly go around until all the sugar has caramelized. If you are using the broiler, place the grapefruit halves on a baking sheet, and adjust a rack so it's directly under the flame. Broil the grapefruit just until the sugar is brown, about 3 minutes.
  4. Use a paring knife to help you insert a small mint leaf inside one side of each grapefruit segment and serve!


Be sure to eat the mint leaves with each bite, and please squeeze all the juice out when you’re done eating! Drink it -- it’s wonderful!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious February 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Beyond gorgeous! I can taste that, just from your photo! Very sweet idea to tuck the mint leaves between segments.


beti February 17, 2012 at 5:11 am

it looks really beautiful! lovely colors


Arina February 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

this is my kind of dessert. Although i’d use honey instead of sugar. It’s a great idea


valentina February 20, 2012 at 6:30 am

Arina, thank you! Yes, honey would also be lovely!


amee February 28, 2012 at 4:58 am

so pretty and such a creative idea…and i love mint.


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