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Upside-down cake with slices of grapefruit and clementine and a gin syrup

Easy grapefruit recipes

Published: February 24, 2021 at 4:41 pm

Make the most of this seasonal citrus fruit with our recipes, including refreshing salads, zesty bakes and homemade marmalade

Looking for the best grapefruit recipes? Want to whip up an easy cake or simple marmalade? Try our ideas below.


Want to use up more citrus fruits? See our zingy lemon recipes, fresh orange recipes and blood orange recipes.

Named for the fact that the fruits grow in grape-like bunches, grapefruits are the largest citrus fruits, growing up to 18cm in diameter. Inside, the flesh is segmented like an orange, but the flavour is more tart.

They come in both seeded and seedless varieties, and, although the skins are always yellow (sometimes with a faint blush of pink), the flesh varies from yellowish white to pink and ruby red. Grapefruits are a good source of fibre and vitamin C.

Grapefruit recipes

Grapefruit coconut slices

Check out our pretty coconut slices with tangy pink grapefruit. These sweet squares are easy to make and go perfectly with your afternoon cuppa.

Coconut Slice Recipe with Pink Grapefruit

Grapefruit drizzle cake

We’ve switched lemon for grapefruit in this seasonal twist on drizzle cake – the sugary crust gives a wonderful texture to the golden loaf.

A golden loaf cake drizzled with a grapefruit icing

Grapefruit marmalade

Add some zing to breakfast and bakes with this foolproof pink grapefruit marmalade. Follow the recipe and you’ll get it right every time.

Marmalade Recipe with Grapefruits

Pink grapefruit, avocado and walnut salad

This salad, with its contrasting textures and flavours, is striking to look at and packed full of the nutrients our bodies are craving. Plus, it's vegetarian, low in calories and gluten-free. The grapefruit adds brightness and colour.

Cavolo nero, pink grapefruit, avocado and walnut salad

Grapefruit angel cake

Try this zesty twist on a classic for a showstopping celebration cake or indulgent afternoon tea, topped with white chocolate frosting and candied grapefruit peel.

Grapefruit and Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

Aperol and red grapefruit marmalade

Make our red grapefruit marmalade, a unique twist on the classic jam. Aperol lends a lovely bitter orange note to this soft-set marmalade.

Three jars of orange Aperol marmalade with ribbon round the top

Grapefruit, clementine and gin upside-down cake

A classy, grown-up take on an upside-down cake, with ruby red grapefruit, clementines, a light almond sponge and a gin-heavy drizzle on top.

Upside Down Cake Recipe With Gin and Grapefruit

Crab, cucumber and grapefruit salad

This nourishing salad is packed full of fresh, zesty flavours, and makes a great starter or main. Plus, it's low in calories and gluten-free.

crab cucumber grapefruit salad

Basil grapefruit cooler

This cocktail is made with vodka and chilled grapefruit juice, and is finished with fresh basil leaves. The grapefruit enhances the bright, fruity flavours.

basil and grapefruit cooler

Watercress and avocado salad with pink grapefruit

This fresh, zingy watercress and avocado salad with pink grapefruit and Campari vinaigrette makes a great summer starter. It's vegetarian, easy and ready in 30 minutes.

Avocado and Watercress Salad With Pink Grapefruit

Grapefruit and cardamom shrub

These tangy fruit and vinegar syrups make a great non-alcoholic drink when diluted with sparkling or tonic water. Combine grapefruit with orange, cardamom, caster sugar and raw apple cider vinegar for a refreshing drink.

Three homemade shrubs in tumbler glasses on a white marble table

Thai pink grapefruit and prawn salad

This salad is packed with flavour, and features tiger prawns, pink grapefruit, peanuts, coconut, lime leaves and banana shallots. Refreshing and spicy, it's a winner!

Thai pink grapefruit and prawn salad

Grapefruit and lychee fizz

Kick back and relax with this refreshing cocktail for one. Enjoy the fruity flavours of grapefruit and lychee. Perfect to unwind with on a Friday night.


Ceviche of salmon and crab with chilli, lime, coriander and grapefruit

This quick dish is fresh, easy and low in fat. Eaten raw, the ceviche with crab and salmon is paired with a citrus-chilli dressing and makes a good appetiser or light lunch.

Ceviche of salmon and crab with chilli, lime, coriander and grapefruit

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