Seared Grapefruit With Ginger Maple Syrup

Seared Grapefruit With Ginger Maple Syrup

I call these seared ruby red grapefruit rounds “pancakes,” not because there is any batter involved, but because I serve them warm, with maple syrup that I spike with fresh ginger juice.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Cut away the ends of each grapefruit. Stand on a flat end, and remove the skin and pith by cutting down the sides of the fruit. Slice each grapefruit horizontally into 4 or 5 thick rounds (depending on the size).
  2. Step 2

    Cut a square of cheesecloth. Wrap the ginger in the cheesecloth and squeeze over a bowl to extract juice. (If you don't have cheesecloth, use a clean kitchen towel.) Measure out 1/2 teaspoon juice and mix with the maple syrup. Add more ginger juice if desired. If desired, heat the syrup at 50 percent power in a microwave for 25 to 30 seconds.
  3. Step 3

    Heat butter over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet or on a griddle until foam subsides and butter begins to color. Sear the grapefruit slices for no more than 20 seconds on each side and remove to a platter or plates. Drizzle on ginger maple syrup, garnish with pomegranate seeds if you'd like, and serve at once, while the grapefruit is still warm.