25+ Grapefruit Recipes, From Cocktails to Desserts
What's not to love about grapefruit? The citrus fruit is a perfect combination of sweet, tart, and mouthwateringly delicious. Its gorgeous pink color (which lends itself beautifully to desserts, like this showstopping Salted Grapefruit Pie) is just an added bonus. And let's not forget about the stunning drinks it makes: Whether you're whipping up a classic (or frozen!) Salty Dog for a day on the beach or this super-easy-but-super-fancy Cachaça, Campari, Lime, and Grapefruit Cocktail, grapefruit juice is a bar staple for a reason. This collection of our best grapefruit recipes will get you through cocktails to dessert.
Grapefruit Chess Pie
Chicken Schnitzel with Grapefruit-Celery Slaw
Grapefruit isn't just a breakfast food. The nutty almond flour keeps this crispy chicken gluten free; make your own by pulsing 1/4 cup almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Pro tip: Segment the grapefruit over a bowl to collect the juice for the slaw’s tangy dressing.
Salted Grapefruit Pie
Tapioca flour does double duty in this gluten-free pie, making the crust super crispy and stabilizing the silky grapefruit custard filling. Whether or not you follow a strictly gluten-free diet, this is a downright impressive dessert that exists in a nexus of acidic, sweet, salty, and creamy. The combo of tapioca, eggs, and butter in the pie's filling work together to make for a clean slice without overtly emphasizing the presence of any one thickener.
Grapefruit Poppy Seed Muffins
These delightfully tender, not-too-sweet muffins are a delicious twist on the classic lemon poppy seed combo. Grapefruit works exceptionally well in this context, as the flavor comes through delicately, without any of the citrus fruit’s signature bitterness. And the flavors of both the star ingredients of the grapefruit-Champagne glaze shine through deliciously, truly setting these beauties apart, especially in terms of brunch-worthiness. After you’ve set aside a tablespoon for the muffins, simply use the rest of your bottle of Champagne (or you can also use Prosseco) to whip up a round of mimosas.
Grapefruit-Campari Bars with Shortbread Crust
This grown-up treat embraces the bitterness in both grapefruit and Campari, balancing the flavor with a rich, buttery shortbread crust.
Vodka keeps the sherbet from freezing rock hard, but it's optional. For a delicious garnish, boil julienne strips of grapefruit rind in simple syrup for 30 minutes; drain and toss in sugar.
I adore using pink grapefruit in breakfast and desserts. It delivers the same tart, acidic flavor as lemon or lime, but with the added benefit of a beautiful rosy hue and a touch of natural sweetness
Treat yourself to a sophisticated riff on lemon bars. This grown-up treat embraces the bitterness of grapefruit and Campari, balancing the flavor with a buttery crust.
In one of the great culinary mash-ups of the year, this beer cocktail falls somewhere between a shandy, a margarita, and a radler. You can juice your own fresh grapefruits for the pitcher, or look for the fresh-squeezed cartons of juice in the produce section.
Grapefruit-Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls
These gooey and gorgeous homemade cinnamon rolls are a vibrant uptake on those classic canned orange rolls Mom would break out for special occasion breakfasts. Never made sweet rolls from scratch before? Trust us, the dough is far easier to make and work with than you might think.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Grapefruit, Olives, and Feta
This ultra-hearty chicken dish is the perfect balance of warm earthy flavors and tangy, salty toppings. If you prefer, you can subsitute any citrus of your choosing in place of the grapefruit. If you can't get your hands on Castelvetrano olives, you can substitute for a different olive.
Grapefruit, Avocado, and Prosciutto Breakfast Salad
Bright, refreshing grapefruit pairs surprisingly well with nutty-earthy toasted sesame oil. This meal is full of satiating heart-healthy fats that will keep you full for a long time.
Grapefruit Atlantic Beach Pie
It doesn't get much more gorgeous than this millennial pink Grapefruit Atlantic Beach Pie. With coastal vibes and a laidback appeal, this is sure to be a hit at your next summer party.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a bake sale where these cheery treats don’t make an appearance. You might be wondering, if classic lemon bars are so beloved, why we would mess with a classic. Well, one taste of these Grapefruit Bars and you’ll soon know why.
This homemade grapefruit soda (one of our three healthy sodas) is an easy way to replace sugary soda in your kitchen. Store-bought seltzer water works for this recipe, but if you happen to have a Sodastream, you can use that instead.
Cachaça, Campari, Lime, and Grapefruit Cocktail
This incredibly beautiful cocktail will be the star of your next spring or summer party. Don't worry--it's a lot easier than it looks.
Grapefruit, Endive, and Arugula Salad
Tossing the endive leaves in the vinaigrette first softens their bitter edge. You could also sub thinly sliced fennel or chopped Romaine hearts.
This Gingered-Grapefruit Cheesecake is basically a flavor explosion in your mouth. Kosher salt and candied ginger are unexpected, but quite welcome, additions.
This sweet seasonal favorite is a fruity twist on a classic.
Grapefruit Elderflower Cocktail
Elderflower is the hidden treasure in this rum-spiked take on the traditional Salty Dog.
Roasted Asparagus with Grapefruit Sabayon
Although mousselike sabayon is usually eaten sweetened as a dessert, it can also be a savory sauce, as Kristen Murray, pastry chef and owner of Maurice restaurant in Portland, learned from her grandmother. She prefers thin asparagus because they're fun to eat, like skinny fries.
Shrimp, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad
Perfect for a weeknight yet elegant enough to serve to guests, Shrimp, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad will become a regular in your dinner salad rotation.
Salty Dog Slushes
The Salty Dog has no flaws, but turning it into a slush makes it the most wonderful and festive summertime cocktail ever. The bitterness, sweetness, salt, and booze come together to make a subtly sweet pink and frosty delight. You can even keep frozen grapefruit juice cubes in the freezer and whip a few drinks up to amaze friends (or yourself).
The Salty Dog
Say goodbye to screwdrivers, you've just found your new favorite brunch cocktail. It doesn't get much better than this perfect blend of vodka and grapefruit juice.