Sorbet Filled Grapefruit

I saw this recipe online and knew I had to try it – the colours are just so intense and the overall look is so impressive! The original recipe I found was at Flav City, a US based recipe blogger who posts about healthy meals. It’s a pretty simple recipe, in fact, I wouldn’t really call it a recipe at all. It’s simply filling grapefruit with sorbet and slicing.

Another reason why I was so drawn to this recipe is because it reminded me of my childhood. My grandparents had a holiday villa in Torrevieja, Spain. I spent most of my childhood summers there, and there were a few firm family favourite restaurants we would frequent every year. One in particular, although I have no recollection of the name, had a fridge full of fruit filled sorbet desserts. They always looked so amazing and pretty. I was never allowed one though – I guess a huge pineapple filled with sorbet isn’t the best thing to give a 7-year old, although I was pretty begrudged by this at the time.

This is a great recipe if you are going to have guests because it looks so damn impressive. And it’s SO EASY! Even if not, it’s super quick to prep in advance and keep in the fridge and treat yourself to a slice or two as you feel like it.

How do you make sorbet filled grapefruit?

Sorbet filled grapefruit is so easy to make. You simply scoop out all the flesh from the grapefruit and then fill with your chosen flavours of grapefruit. Using a couple of contrasting colours is a good idea as it has a great tie die effect and looks great. Cover with clingfilm and place in the freezer until you are ready to eat and then slice.

Grapefruit filled with Sorbet

Sorbet grapefruit slices – some tips

If the sorbet is too hard to easily scoop then leave the tubs out of the freezer for 5-10 minutes before serving.

I suggest freezing the grapefruit halves for a few hours after filling them because you want the sorbet to be firm enough to slice into without melting everywhere. If they become too hard then leave them out of the freezer for 10 minutes before slicing. Once you’ve sliced you can pop back in the freezer to help yourself as you feel the urge.

Are these healthy?

Sorbet filled grapefruit is not a sin-free healthy dessert as sorbet does contain quite a bit of sugar. However as with anything it depends on your point of comparison – if you are comparing this to chocolate ice cream then this is indeed a far healthier option. You could also find low sugar sorbet to make it healthier.

One grapefruit will make around 8 slices, and each slice is around 35 calories so it’s certainly not a terrible snack!

If you are looking for other frozen fruit treats then check out this frozen strawberry daiquiri mocktail or these frozen banana lollies.

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Sorbet Filled Grapefruit

Sorbet Filled Grapefruit

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Beautiful & vibrant – grapefruit halves filled with sorbet and sliced make a super impressive – and super simple – way to cool off on a hot day. 

1 portion = 1 slice (1/8th of a filled grapefruit)


  • 240g sorbet (around 56 ice cream scoops full) – ideally mixing 2 flavours with contrasting colours. I used raspberry and mango. 
  • 1 medium sized grapefruit


1. Make sure your sorbet flavours are soft enough to scoop. If not remove from the freezer and leave out for a few minutes to soften. 

2. Halve the grapefruit and scoop out all the fruit so you have an even smooth surface inside

3. Take small spoonfuls of the sorbet flavours and add to the grapefruit halves, alternating as you go. I had a cup of boiling hot water to hand to dip the spoon in as I went – to both clean it and to make it easier to scoop out the sorbet.

4. Once the grapefruit half is filled make sure you have packed in the sorbet well to remove air bubbles. Wrap in clingfilm and place in the freezer for at least 4-5 hours.

5. Remove the grapefruit halves and slice. I used a serrated knife and ‘carved’ it which worked well. Once you’ve cut your slices you can eat or add back into the freezer to save for later.

  • Prep Time: 10 minute
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Frozen


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 35
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 0g

Keywords: sorbet, frozen, dessert, snack

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