3 Ways to Cut a Grapefruit
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And 6 Simple Ways to Enjoy Grapefruit

A man wearing plaid pajama bottoms clices a grapefruit at the kitchen counter

Grapefruits are a nutritious option to start your day as part of a healthy breakfast or as a healthy snack. You can also toss grapefruit into a variety of different recipes. Read on for ideas on how to enjoy grapefruits as well as 3 techniques on ways to cut a grapefruit.


What is the best way to cut up a grapefruit?


There are several ways to slice a grapefruit including these 3 popular methods:

Option 1 – Cut Grapefruit in Half


Lay the grapefruit on its side and slice directly down the middle to display all the segments. Run a grapefruit knife around the outside of the grapefruit flesh and each segment and enjoy (a grapefruit knife is serrated on both sides and bent to follow the contours of a grapefruit). Alternatively you can use a grapefruit spoon (a spoon that is serrated at the tip) to do the same job.

A half grapefruit shown flesh side up with a silver serrated grapefruit spoon about to dig in

Option 2 – Cut Grapefruit in Wedges


Make grapefruit wedges you can eat off the peel by cutting the grapefruit in half this time starting your cut through the stem end of the grapefruit. Continue cutting until you have 6 wedges per side.

Two whole grapefruis nad one sliced graepfruit with a half slice and a segment

Option 3 – Cut Grapefruit in Segments


WATCH this short chef video for how to segment a grapefruit seamlessly:



What are some simple ways to enjoy grapefruit?


Simple Maple Cinnamon


Lay your grapefruit down on the counter on its side and cut your grapefruit in half so you can see all of the segments displayed nicely. Drizzle each grapefruit half with a teaspoon of maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy as is or roast in the oven for a few minutes. Dig into your juicy grapefruit with a grapefruit spoon (the serrated edges easily loosen grapefruit sections).

Handmade Fruit Cocktail


Slice grapefruits, pears, apples, berries or any of your favorite fruit into a margarita glass and top with a splash of any unsweetened juice.

a fruit salad served in a hollowed grapefruit

Fish or Shrimp Tacos


Add sliced grapefruit to the top of your usual recipe for grilled fish or shrimp tacos for a fresh twist on a family favorite.


With Avocado


Grapefruit and avocado are a match made in heaven. Simple sliced and arrange on a plate and drizzle with your favourite light vinaigrette.


Two white plates on a dark table, one displays a halved aocado and the other segments of grapefruit



Cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle with a pinch of brown sugar and broil in the oven for a few minutes for the sugars to caramelize.


Paloma Cocktail


To make 4 cocktails: add 1 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice (roughly two juiced grapefruits), 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (roughly one juiced lime), a pinch of white sugar to sweeten (or simple syrup) to taste, 12 ounces club soda and 8 ounces tequila (optional)


a pale pink negroni cocktail is displayed with bitters in a dropper bottle and rosemary sprigs


Do you have a favourite way to enjoy grapefruits? Let us know in the comments below!


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