Homemade Grapefruit Slices - Recipe Diaries (2024)

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If you’re a fan of grapefruit stop throwing out the peels! They can be used to make candied grapefruit slices. It’s quite a simple and easy process to do and just requires some boiling. Actually a lot of boiling… You can eat them as is or use them for co*cktail garnishes. People will think you slaved hours to make them.

This post was recently updated on 10/9/2020 with new pictures and info to help you get the perfect grapefruit slices.

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Ingredients Needed

Large grapefruits - are a type of citrus fruit known for their tangy and slightly bitter taste. They are a great source of vitamins C and A, as well as fiber and antioxidants.
Sugar - Or regular granulated sugar, I do not use sugar substitutes in any of my recipes but if you know the conversions feel free to do so
Water - this comes straight from the faucet!
Sugar for covering the slices

See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

How to make Candied Grapefruit

Step 1: To make candied grapefruit peels, you'll need two large grapefruits to start. Cut the grapefruits into 4 wedges. Then remove the peel from each wedge. You'll have 8 grapefruit peels. Cut them into chunks or long strands.

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Step 2: Place them over a stove top in a boiling pot with about 1 inch of water covering them. When the water starts to boil, remove the pot from the heat, strain the grapefruit peels and then place them back into the pot with fresh water and boil again. Repeat this step 4 times. This is because grapefruit peels are very bitter and you want to get rid of the bitter water as soon as possible.

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Step 3: After you've boiled them in fresh water for the 4th time. Strain and set aside. In the pot, add in 4 cups water and 4 cups sugar. Stir until sugar and water are combined, then add the grapefruit peels back in. Boil the mixture over high heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until there are large opaque bubbles and the grapefruit zest is completely translucent.

Step 4: Strain the mixture over a heat proof bowl so you can keep the simple syrup for a co*cktail if you want!

Step 5: Place 1 cup sugar in a bowl and add in the hot grapefruit peels. Mix them in the sugar so they're completely covered. Then set on a plate to cool.

How do I store leftovers?

Always store leftovers in clean, food-grade containers. The type of container doesn’t really matter. Use zip lock, glass, plastic, whatever! Make sure to store any leftovers in an airtight container.

Stainless steel pots - for boiling the grapefruit slices in water

Sharp Knife - for slicing the grapefruit slices.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

At first, the grapefruit slices were kind of bitter. The next day, however, they transformed into the grapefruit slices that the candy store has. I let my friends try them and they loved them.

The sugar will absorb into the grapefruit overnight.

Take the grapefruit slices one step farther and dip them in chocolate!

Store the candy in airtight containers.

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Perfect Pie Crust

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

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Homemade Grapefruit Slices

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  • Author: Jenna
  • Prep Time: 30min
  • Cook Time: 30min
  • Total Time: 1hr
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Medium
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

If you’re a fan of grapefruit stop throwing out the peels! They can be used to make candied grapefruit slices.

Ingredients

Scale

  • 2 large grapefruits
    4 cups of sugar
    4 cups of water
    1 cup of sugar for covering the slices

Instructions

  1. To make candied grapefruit peels, you'll need two large grapefruits to start. Cut the grapefruits into 4 wedges. Then remove the peel from each wedge. You'll have 8 grapefruit peels. Cut them into chunks or long strands.
  2. Place them over a stove top in a boiling pot with about 1 inch of water covering them. When the water starts to boil, remove the pot from the heat, strain the grapefruit peels and then place them back into the pot with fresh water and boil again. Repeat this step 4 times. This is because grapefruit peels are very bitter and you want to get rid of the bitter water as soon as possible.
  3. After you've boiled them in fresh water for the 4th time. Strain and set aside. In the pot, add in 4 cups water and 4 cups sugar. Stir until sugar and water are combined, then add the grapefruit peels back in.Boil the mixture over high heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until there are large opaque bubbles and the grapefruit zest is completely translucent.
  4. Strain the mixture over a heat proof bowl so you can keep the simple syrup for a co*cktail if you want!
  5. Place 1 cup sugar in a bowl and add in the hot grapefruit peels. Mix them in the sugar so they're completely covered. Then set on a plate to cool.

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  1. Lezlie says

    I made these and they’re great! That makes a lot. What is the best way to store them and how long will they keep?

  2. Jenna says

    The recipe is correct. You're just peeling off the edges of each fruit. Boiling it that many times helps the sugar to stick.

  3. Melinda Onwiler says

    Why are the instructions for grapefruit “peel”, not slices? If you boil fruit sections 4 times, there will be nothing left! Please reply if recipe is correct as shown

  4. Rachel says

    Just received a dozen grapefruits from our neighbor’s tree and was looking for an easy and quick recipe to try out new ideas and came across yours. This recipe is great. I’ve already passed along the recipe link with family and friends. Thanks for sharing it.

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Homemade Grapefruit Slices - Recipe Diaries (2024)

FAQs

How do you make a nice grapefruit? ›

Drizzle honey or agave syrup over the fruit.

According to Lindsey Chastain, founder and CEO of The Waddle and Cluck, these natural sweeteners are the liquid gold that bitter grapefruit craves. "The sweet syrup interacts with the fruit's juices to form a balanced, pleasant sweet-tart combo," she says.

What to do with grapefruit when you don t like it? ›

It may seem counter-intuitive, but a pinch of salt may be your ticket to grapefruit enjoyment. Sweetening your grapefruit with salt is a trick that people have been using for over a hundred years. In 1946, Morton Salt even featured the unlikely pairing in advertisem*nts.

What can you do with grapefruits? ›

Grapefruit recipes
  • Pineapple & pink grapefruit with mint sugar. A star rating of 4.7 out of 5. ...
  • G&T meringue tart. A star rating of 4.5 out of 5. ...
  • Prawn, grapefruit & avocado salad. ...
  • Grapefruit spritz. ...
  • Grapefruit negroni. ...
  • School days citrus pudding. ...
  • Pink gin 75. ...
  • Poached salmon with pink grapefruit & basil sauce.

What not to mix grapefruit with? ›

Some statin drugs to lower cholesterol, such as Zocor (simvastatin) and Lipitor (atorvastatin). Some drugs that treat high blood pressure, such as Procardia and Adalat CC (both nifedipine). Some organ-transplant rejection drugs, such as Neoral and Sandimmune capsule or oral solution (both cyclosporine).

What makes a good red grapefruit? ›

A ripe grapefruit will be slightly red in color. The deeper the color, the more intense the flavor. Look for grapefruits that feel plump with fairly smooth and thin skin. it should also feel heavy for its size.

Why should you not eat grapefruit everyday? ›

It particularly affects certain anti-cholesterol statin drugs, as well as some medicines used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats and even allergies. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can cause too much or too little of a drug to stay in the body.

What happens to your body when you eat grapefruit everyday? ›

Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Research shows that the fruit's health benefits range from faster wound healing to supporting heart health and reducing inflammation.

When should you not eat grapefruit? ›

Do not drink grapefruit juice if you're taking the antiplatelet medicine clopidogrel, as it may mean your medicine works less effectively. If you're taking ticagrelor, grapefruit may increase the effects of your medicine and make you bleed more easily.

What does grapefruit do for women's body? ›

Like many citrus fruits, grapefruits are loaded with vitamin C, which helps support your body's immune system. They also have vitamin A, which helps maintain your immune function. An average-size grapefruit has about 4 grams of fiber. Eating even half of one can slow down digestion and help you feel full.

What is the best thing to eat with grapefruit? ›

SALAD: Peel and cut the fruit in segments. Add the segments to any green salad. Good grapefruit pairings are red onion, lettuce, blue cheese, olive oil, ricotta cheese and avocado. COMPOTE: Zest the grapefruits and set aside.

What can I do with a bag of grapefruit? ›

Firstly, here's a couple of quick and easy recipes to make the most of your grapefruit:
  1. Grapefruit, mint & ginger dressing (as featured in Good Vibes) ...
  2. Quick grapefruit curd. ...
  3. Here's a recipe from a national legend for Grapefruit marmalade with cardamom, turmeric & ginger that sounds divine.
Sep 16, 2023

What can I add to grapefruit juice to make it taste better? ›

Salt Is the Secret to Sweeter-Tasting Grapefruit

While it may seem counterintuitive, salt — not sugar — can make grapefruit taste less bitter and more sweet. Sure, sugar can drown out the bitterness and sour flavor if you sprinkle it on thick enough, but salt actually balances these tastes rather than covering them up.

What tastes good on grapefruit? ›

Here are just a few of the many different savory flavors that pair well with grapefruit:
  • Rosemary.
  • Basil.
  • Tarragon.
  • Thyme.
  • Avocado.
  • Cilantro.
  • Red pepper flakes.
  • Chili peppers.

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