27 Grapefruit Recipes Where This Bold Citrus Shines

Grapefruit on table
Photo: Janelle Jones

If lemons are sour and oranges sweet, grapefruit picks up the slack in between. The popular citrus fruit comes in white, pink, and red varieties, and is available year round.

When shopping for grapefruit, choose ones that are heavy for their size, with smooth, rather than bumpy, skin. These are good indicators that the grapefruit will be juicy. Then enjoy their bright complexity in sweet and savory dishes alike, from cookies and cocktails to salads and mains.

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Pomegranate-and-Pink-Grapefruit Punch

pomegranate-and-pink-grapefruit punch
Nico Schinco

A sophisticated non-alcoholic punch that looks as good as it tastes. After pouring a grapefruit-lychee juice mix, top each glass with a drizzle of pomegranate syrup and arils that falls to the bottom, giving the drink a striking ombre look. Top with prosecco if you prefer a lightly boozy drink.

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Warm Duck Salad with Caramelized Beets

Warm Duck Salad with Caramelized Beets recipe
Lennart Weibull

Use ruby red or oro blanco grapefruits in this colorful and hearty winter salad. They complement the roasted beets, duck breast, and bright herby sauce.

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Basil-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grapefruit Gelèe

Basil-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grapefruit Gelée
Con Poulos

An elegant yet easy dessert that's also naturally gluten-free and no-bake. The grapefruit gelée (think fancy French Jell-O) is chilled until partially set. Then a basil-infused yogurt is added, so the two elements form pretty swirls.

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Seared Halibut Tacos with Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa

halibut tacos
Marcus Nilsson

Ruby red grapefruit meets avocado, and it's a perfect pairing. This salsa is too good to save for fish tacos and also too good not to serve with them.

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Black-and-Pink Grapefruit Cookies

Black-and-Pink Grapefruit Cookies recipe
Paola + Murray

Like black-and-white cookies only better: pink grapefruit zest gives these cookies a zing, while the fruit's juice and more zest flavor the pink frosting.

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Mixed Grapefruit with Ricotta and Cardamom Honey

Armando Rafael

Simmering honey with crushed green cardamom pods yields an incredible sauce for colorful grapefruit segments and fresh ricotta.

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Grapefruit and Smoked-Trout "Cobb" Salad

Armando Rafael

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.

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Spicy Grapefruit Spritz

Christopher Testani

This all-ages thirst-quencher gets its heat from thinly sliced jalapeno. Spike it with tequila or mezcal for cocktail hour.

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Grapefruit and Vinegar-Roasted Beets with Salsa Verde

Armando Rafael

Contrast makes a simple side dish come alive. Tender, caramelized beets are paired with juicy grapefruit rounds and a briny, herb-packed salsa verde.

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Spice-Rubbed Fresh Ham with Citrus Glaze

Bryan Gardner

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.

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Salmon Poached in White Wine

Romulo Yanes

Here, salmon gets a double hit of grapefruit flavor: zest on the fish, and juice-infused hollandaise on top.

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Citrus Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

John Kernick

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.

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Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail


For extra-special occasions, nothing suits like a signature drink. If the edible flowers don't sell you, the base of grapefruit juice, gin and Lillet Rosé will leave no doubts. (The White Nixon is another favorite.)

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Grapefruit with Pistachios


Don't be fooled by the short ingredient list—this sweet-and-salty brunch dish packs a wallop.

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Strawberry-Grapefruit Smoothie


Grapefruit and strawberry make surprisingly delicious partners in this antioxidant-packed smoothie. Sweet apple and fresh ginger add extra oomph.

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Bitter Greens, Grapefruit, and Avocado Salad

Marcus Nilsson

This sophisticated salad transforms an assortment of ingredients that includes grapefruit, basil, avocado, poppy seeds, and three types of lettuce (escarole, Belgian endive, and frisée) into a harmonious whole.

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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.

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Grapefruit, Salmon, and Avocado Salad

Romulo Yanes

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.

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Broiled Grapefruit


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.

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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.

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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.

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Seared Scallops with Shaved Fennel, Cucumber, and Grapefruit

Yunhee Kim

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.

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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 this cocktail any other way.

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Watercress, Pink Grapefruit, and Walnut Salad

Yunhee Kim

A sesame-lime vinaigrette lends this tangle of watercress an Asian flair, while the grapefruit adds its lively punch.

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Poppy Seed Grapefruit Torte

Dana Gallagher

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?

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Miniature Grapefruit Souffles with Ginger


Fresh ginger and Greek yogurt liven up these single-serving soufflés, while sugar and egg yolks tame grapefruit's trademark bite. The result is a balanced, sophisticated, and memorable dessert.

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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.

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