Enjoy fresh grapefruit recipes right after waking up, at snack time, or after dinner with these tart and tangy ideas that range from breakfast toasts to cocktails you can toast with to desserts with toasty caramelized citrus wheels on top.

The juicy, sweet-tart nature of grapefruits makes them ideal for snacking on as is, but when you're ready to mix things up beyond sprinkling with sugar, try these breakfast, cocktail, and dessert recipes that use the popular cold-weather fruit. Though winter is prime time for grapefruits, you can find these vibrant citrus fruits year-round at most supermarkets.

When buying grapefruit to eat as is or to integrate into fresh grapefruit recipes, look for fully colored fruit that's heavy for its size. It should have a nicely rounded shape with skin that's firm to the touch but gives a little when pressed. Grapefruit can be stored up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Grapefruit Recipes for Breakfast

Avocado-Fennel Breakfast Sandwich

Avocado-Fennel Breakfast Sandwich

For a fresh take on avocado toast, add crunchy fennel and tangy slices of grapefruit. To finish things off on a sweet note, drizzle with honey and serve. In this healthy grapefruit recipe, the citrus magically cuts through the fat of the avocado for a well-balanced bite.

Ruby Red Grapefruit Jelly

"Sunshine in a jar!" is how one BH&G fan describes this homemade jelly recipe. Squeeze your own juice from fresh grapefruit and lemons for the best results, then slather the finished product onto toast, pancakes, waffles, or biscuits.

Get the recipe: Ruby Red Grapefruit Jelly

Ginger Broil

Perhaps you've toasted the sugar on top of your grapefruit halves while making grapefruit recipes for breakfast, but you've probably never broiled ginger-topped slices for a treat like this before! Enjoy this 5-minute treat alongside your bowl of oats or cereal.

Get the recipe: Ginger Broil

Goat Cheese Toasts

Try another twist on the breakfast toast trend by layering honey-sweetened goat cheese, grapefruit segments, and salami or prosciutto atop your favorite hearty bread.

Get the recipe: Goat Cheese Toasts

Grapefruit Recipes for Cocktail Hour

Salty Dalmatians with Black-and-White Ice Cubes

Salty Dalmatians with Black-and-White Ice Cubes

Fresh-squeezed citrus juice, vodka, and a couple of unexpected salty and spicy additions make this mixed drink taste like something you'd find at a $15-a-glass bar. Luckily, you can make it at home for a fraction of the cost and in just 10 minutes.

Pink Grapefruit Martini

What's your martini spirit of choice: gin or vodka? Either pairs wonderfully with fresh pink grapefruit juice in this pretty, slightly-sweet cocktail that's shaken, not stirred (naturally).

Get the recipe: Pink Grapefruit Martini

Fizzy Grapefruit and Peach Sipper

Sparkling peach soda gives this vodka and grapefruit drink its fizz, but you could also swap in peach sparkling water for a lower-sugar option. Whichever you choose, don't skip the fresh citrus wedge garnish.

Avocado Salsa

Serve some low-fuss finger food with your drinks so you can snack and sip all at once. Stock up on some salty tortilla chips and set out a bowl of this healthy grapefruit recipe that's like a lighter, brighter cousin of guacamole.

Get the recipe: Avocado Salsa

Grapefruit Recipes for Dessert

Citrus Upside-Down Cake

Citrus Upside-Down Cake

Grapefruit cake recipes are rarely this Instagram-friendly! For the most eye-catching reveal as you flip this cardamom-scented cake, layer a mix of grapefruit, clementine, and orange slices at the bottom of the pan.

Get the recipe: Citrus Upside-Down Cake

Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake

Make the most of your fruit by integrating the zest into a citrus sugar topping, squeezing juice into the batter, then topping with slices of fresh grapefruit. What a refreshing, no-waste fresh grapefruit recipe!

Get the recipe: Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake

Upside-Down Grapefruit Cakes

This grapefruit cake recipe tastes like a tropical vacation, thanks to a hint of coconut and mint. Bake in individual ramekins for a cute dinner party dessert.

Grapefruit and Pear Crumble

Baked pears and grapefruit slices get nice and tender at the bottom of this fruit crumble, while the oat topping heats to crunchy perfection. Since this treat is essentially topped with granola, you can add it to your file of grapefruit recipes for breakfast if you prefer to serve it in the morning instead of for dessert.

Bonus: More Fresh Citrus Ideas


Now that you've had your fill of thinking pink, go green (and yellow and orange) with these lemon, lime, and orange recipes.


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