Broiled Grapefruit Gelato Recipe


Make a unique frozen summer treat for family and friends.  This Broiled Grapefruit Gelato Recipe is sure to impress!  Tangy citrus flavor and creamy gelato come together in one perfect bite!

Broiled Grapefruit Gelato Recipe : ice cream : citrus : dessert

So I’m a little late to the whole Broiled Grapefruit fad.  I’m usually about a year behind on trends (fashion and food).

Broiled grapefruit is definitely worth trying.  Once cooked, the grapefruit loses some of that sharp acidity.  You are left with a mellowed, sweeter grapefruit flavor.

Perfect for ice cream . . . or gelato!

Broiled Grapefruit Gelato Recipe : ice cream : citrus : dessert

Broiling grapefruit is easy.

Sprinkle, Broil, Eat.

Or in this case . . . 

Sprinkle, Broil, Make Gelato, Eat.

Broiled Grapefruit Gelato Recipe : ice cream : citrus : dessert

I’ll be honest, I’m not really a fan of making gelato.  It is more complicated than regular ice cream.

I’m lazy and impatient when it comes to ice cream.

But after a recent visit to Granzella’s I decided I NEEDED to give homemade gelato another try.  If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the Salted Caramel Gelato that I devoured while there.  It is ahhhhMazing!

Once I got home I started working on an easy-ish gelato recipe.

This broiled grapefruit gelato recipe creates an ultra creamy, luscious base.  One taste of the bright citrus dessert will refresh you on a hot summer day.

Broiled Grapefruit Gelato Recipe : ice cream : citrus : dessert

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Broiled Grapefruit Gelato Recipe : ice cream : citrus : dessert

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Broiled Grapefruit Gelato
Author: WonkyWonderful
Broiled Grapefruit
  • 2 Large Red Grapefruits
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Ultrafine Sugar
  • 1 Cup Strained Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 Drops Red Food Color - optional
Broiled Grapefruit
  1. Wash grapefruit and cut in half. Transfer grapefruit to baking sheet (cut side up). Sprinkle each grapefruit with 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar. Broil on high for 5-7 minutes or until bronzed on top. Fully cool in refrigerator. (1-1½ grapefruits will produce 1 cup of freshly squeezed juice)
  1. Combine all gelato ingredients (except food coloring) in blender and pulse for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Transfer to a 3 quart pot and heat over medium for 10 minutes while stirring continuously.
  3. Remove from heat and continue to stir for 2 more minutes. Add food coloring if doing so.
  4. Transfer to sealed container and refrigerate for 4+ hours or until fully cooled.
  5. Place your desired ice cream container into the freezer. I use a loaf pan.
  6. Churn gelato mixture in ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Once the mixture is frozen and creamy, transfer to the cold ice cream container.
  8. Freeze for at least 4-6 hours.
  9. Thaw for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes
Makes 1 Quart
Broiled Grapefruit Gelato Recipe : ice cream : citrus : dessert

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  1. We were just getting gelato with friends this weekend and my buddy said… we really need to try making gelato at home. What perfect timing! Your’s looks so creamy and smooth! Yum!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Do It! I’m sure you will come up with some amazing gelato recipes. I’ll be waiting for them 🙂

  2. This recipe is so special and unique! I definitely would love to try this out in our own kitchen! Can’t wait!

  3. Woah…this looks seriously delicious! What a creative idea, too. I need to make a batch of this pretty much ASAP!

  4. I haven’t tried broiled grapefruit yet. Sounds like I’ve been missing out. I’ll need to change that soon.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Yes Barbara, broiling the grapefruit definitely changes it … for the better (in my opinion). Enjoy!

  5. Wow I’ve never tried grapefruit in gelato before, but it sounds fantastic!

  6. Can the ingredients be put in an ice cream maker??

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