Our Most Glorious Grapefruit Recipes
If lemons are sour and oranges sweet, grapefruit picks up the slack in between. With its signature zing and slightly bitter finish, it adds bright complexity to sweet and savory dishes alike. Here, more than two dozen of our all-time favorite grapefruit recipes.
In Season: Grapefruit-growing season lasts from October through May. Grapefruit keeps well in cold storage, so it can be found in supermarkets year-round.
What to Look For: Grapefruit comes in white, pink, and red varieties. Pink and red grapefruit get their rosy blush from lycopene, the same antioxidant found in tomatoes. Choose fruit that's heavy for its size, with smooth, rather than bumpy skin. These are good indicators that the grapefruit will be juicy.
How to Store: Grapefruit will keep at room temperature for a week when stored in a bowl or basket with good air circulation. Kept in an airtight bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator, it can be stored for up to two months.
Mixed Grapefruit with Ricotta and Cardamom Honey
Simmering honey with crushed green cardamom pods yields an incredible sauce for colorful grapefruit segments and fresh ricotta.
Spicy Grapefruit Spritz
This all-ages thirst-quencher gets its heat from thinly sliced jalapeno. Spike it with tequila or mezcal for cocktail hour.
Grapefruit and Smoked-Trout "Cobb" Salad
Nutty farro and flaky smoked trout make this elegant take on Cobb salad substantial enough for lunch or dinner. Thinly sliced grapefruit and avocado, crunchy romaine and watercress, and a zingy grapefruit-Dijon vinaigrette complete the dish.
Raise the bar with a three-way blend of punchy citrus flavor. These shortbread-crusted custard bars are sunshine in a pan.
Grapefruit and Vinegar-Roasted Beets with Salsa Verde
Contrast makes a simple side dish come alive. Tender, caramelized beets are paired with juicy grapefruit rounds and a briny, herb-packed salsa verde.
Spice-Rubbed Fresh Ham with Citrus Glaze
Grapefruit zest goes into the dry rub for this showstopping ham, and wedges roasted underneath it in the oven make a bright, intensely flavored accompaniment.
Salmon Poached in White Wine
Here, salmon gets a double hit of grapefruit flavor: zest on the fish, and juice-infused hollandaise on top.
Citrus Salad with Pomegranate Seeds
This showstopper (a Martha holiday brunch original) is worth every minute spent peeling, seeding, and scattering. Tackle the prep in stages -- the fruit can be segmented one day ahead, and the full salad stored in the fridge for up to eight hours.
Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail
Grapefruit with Pistachios
Don't be fooled by the short ingredient list -- this sweet-and-salty brunch dish packs a wallop.
Grapefruit and strawberry make surprisingly delicious partners in this antioxidant-packed smoothie. Sweet apple and fresh ginger add extra oomph.
Bitter Greens, Grapefruit, and Avocado Salad
This sophisticated salad transforms an assortment of ingredients that includes grapefruit, basil, avocado, poppy seeds, and three types of lettuce (escarole, Belgian endive, and frisee) into a harmonious whole.
Veal Scaloppine with Ruby Red Grapefruit
Grapefruit juice and segments cut the richness of the buttery pan sauce in this weeknight veal dish that's fancy enough for company.
Grapefruit, Salmon, and Avocado Salad
Sweet-tart grapefruit, buttery avocado, roasted salmon, and crisp greens make a satisfying main dish salad. A super simple lime vinaigrette ties all the flavors together.
A round of blood orange and a caramelized brown-sugar crust make the proverbial "diet plate" anything but plain. You could also dust with confectioners' sugar or add a dollop of yogurt.
Jasmine Shortbread Sandwiches with Grapefruit Curd
Homemade grapefruit curd is heaven on fragrant jasmine shortbread -- but don't stop there. Try it on toast, or stir into yogurt for a snack that feels like a treat.
Seared Scallops with Shaved Fennel, Cucumber, and Grapefruit
This upside-down salad anchors itself atop tender pan-seared scallops. Zest, juice, and chunks of grapefruit as garnish ensure bright flavor in every bite.
Broiled Lobster and Grapefruit Salad
For another take on seafood and citrus, try this special-occasion salad. No melted-butter baths here -- instead, succulent lobster gets a pleasingly tart counterpoint with a hint of mint.
Grapefruit and Mint Mojito
The classic mojito gets a tart update from grapefruit-infused rum. Add splashes of mint syrup and seltzer, and you'll wonder why you ever had them any other way.
Watercress, Pink Grapefruit, and Walnut Salad
A sesame-lime vinaigrette lends this tangle of watercress an Asian flair, while the grapefruit adds its lively punch.
Warm Grapefruit Tea
Freshly squeezed Ruby Red juice is sweetened with honey and infused with cinnamon and allspice. Enjoy this noncaffeinated tea before bed, to soothe a cold, or as an invigorating alternative to spiced apple cider.
Poppy Seed Grapefruit Torte
White chocolate mousse and grapefruit are sandwiched between layers of rich poppy-seed-raisin cake in this impressive dessert, a celebration in itself. Did we mention there's Campari involved?
Miniature Grapefruit Souffles with Ginger
Fresh ginger and Greek yogurt liven up these single-serving souffles, while sugar and egg yolks tame grapefruit's trademark bite. The result is a balanced, sophisticated, and memorable dessert.
Red Grapefruit Sorbet
This bracing sorbet is the ideal end to a heavy winter meal. Don't fear the the addition of freshly ground black pepper -- it won't hit you right away but will linger pleasantly on the back of your tongue.