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Rio Star Grapefruit is a Texas Treat – 3 Simple Recipes To Make!

Rio Star Grapefruit is Texas treat that’s grown in the best state of the United States. Check out these recipes and try this citrus treat with your family.

3 Simple Grapefruit Recipes to Make!

Did you know that the fruit of Texas is the Grapefruit? I have grown up in this great state my entire life and for some reason, it was news to me.

This was just one of the many cool facts I learned about Rio Star Grapefruits from the wonderful people at TexaSweet during a workshop a couple of weeks ago at Central Market in Houston.

Before that day, the only thing I knew about grapefruit was that it tastes delicious! Growing up, I remember sharing this delicious treat with my dad.

Our favorite late-night snack and after dinner snacks together was delicious red grapefruit and side of sugar! YUM!

Texas Rio Star Grapefruit

Rio Star Grapefruit is a popular citrus fruit that is a cross between a delicious sweet orange and a pummelo. There are actually 3 different variations of grapefruit that are grown. They include white, pink, and red varieties.

Each of these grapefruit has its own distinct flavor and coloring, but what sets them apart the most is their taste. The red variety is by far the sweetest grapefruit available and you know what…the Ruby-Sweet and Rio Star variety is the only one produced in Texas! That makes us special, right?!? :)

A Few Fun Facts about Rio Star Grapefruit:

  • In 1929, Texas Citrus growers accidentally discovered the sweet red grapefruit that we all know and love as the Rio Star or Ruby-Sweet.
  • Over several decades after the sweet red grapefruit was discovered, even redder mutations of the fruit were discovered and each one was named after the grower who found it.
  • The Ruby Red was the first grapefruit to be granted a United States patent.
  • The Texas Red Grapefruit was named the State Fruit of Texas in 1993.

There is a lot of history that I didn’t know about the Texas Rio Star Grapefruit and you can learn more about it here on the TexaSweet website. There are a lot more great little facts and fun tidbits to learn about this delicious citrus fruit!

TexaSweet Recipes

During the workshop with TexaSweet, we learned how to cut a grapefruit and we cooked some really delicious dishes to enjoy (using grapefruit in each one). I had only enjoyed the tasty citrus with sugar so I was floored when I learned just how delicious this citrus fruit tastes when you cook with it.

Check out the recipes below and I hope you enjoy them as much as my family did this week!


Grilled Shrimp with Grapefruit Glaze

Grilled Shrimp with Grapefruit Glaze

Yield – 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh Rio Star Grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Texas honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 12 wooden skewers, soaked for 30 minutes in water

How to Make Grilled Shrimp with Grapefruit Glaze

  1. Light the grill.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add shrimp to the marinade, stirring well to coat.
  4. Let marinate for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.
  5. Thread shrimp onto wooden skewers.
  6. Cook the shrimp until just done, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Brush each side with glaze while grilling.
  7. In a small saucepan, bring the remaining glaze to a boil.
  8. Boil for 1 minute, remove from heat and pour over shrimp skewers.

 

Here is the Grilled Shrimp with Grapefruit Glaze Recipe.

Grilled Shrimp with Grapefruit Glaze

Grilled Shrimp with Grapefruit Glaze

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These grilled shrimp with grapefruit glaze taste delicious and are so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh Rio Star Grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 12 wooden skewers, soaked for 30 minutes in water

Instructions

  1. Light the grill.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add shrimp to the marinade, stirring well to coat.
  4. Let marinate for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.
  5. Thread shrimp onto wooden skewers.
  6. Cook the shrimp until just done, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Brush each side with glaze while grilling.
  7. In a small saucepan, bring the remaining glaze to a boil.
  8. Boil for 1 minute, remove from heat and pour over shrimp skewers.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 940mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 18g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 6/3/2020.

 


Grapefruit Ice Cream on Warm Citrus Bake

Warm Texas Citrus with Brown Sugar

Yield – 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Rio Star Grapefruit, sectioned
  • 2 Texas Oranges, sectioned
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

How to Make Warm Texas Citrus with Brown Sugar

  1. In a medium bowl, combine grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple.
  2. Transfer to a 1-quart, broiler-safe casserole dish.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and butter; sprinkle over fruit.
  4. Broil about 4 inches from heat for 5 to 6 minutes until sugar is bubbly and fruit is warmed.
  5. Serve warm.

 

Here is the printable Warm Texas Citrus with Brown Sugar Recipe.

Grapefruit Ice Cream on Warm Citrus Bake

Warm Texas Citrus with Brown Sugar

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

You are going to love how this warm Texas citrus tastes. The brown sugar takes the tart taste away from the citrus making this the perfect summer treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 Rio Star Grapefruit, sectioned
  • 2 Texas Oranges, sectioned
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple.
  2. Transfer to a 1-quart, broiler-safe casserole dish.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and butter; sprinkle over fruit.
  4. Broil about 4 inches from heat for 5 to 6 minutes until sugar is bubbly and fruit is warmed.
  5. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 4gSugar: 46gProtein: 2g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 6/3/2020.

Rio Star Grapefruit Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 4 Rio Star Grapefruit, sectioned
  • 2 containers (8 oz. each) lemon yogurt
  • 1/2 cup 0-calorie sweetener

How to Make Grapefruit Ice Cream

  1. Place grapefruit sections on a sheet pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine frozen grapefruit sections, yogurt, and sweetener in the food processor bowl and process 30 seconds or until smooth and creamy.
  3. Freeze for several hours or overnight.

 

Here is the printable Grapefruit Ice Cream Recipe.

Grapefruit Ice Cream on Warm Citrus Bake

Grapefruit Ice Cream

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 5 minutes

Made with fresh ingredients and delicious fruit, this grapefruit ice cream recipe is so good on a warm summer day!

Ingredients

  • 4 Rio Star Grapefruit, sectioned
  • 2 containers (8 oz. each) lemon yogurt
  • 1/2 cup 0-calorie sweetener

Instructions

  1. Place grapefruit sections on a sheet pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine frozen grapefruit sections, yogurt, and sweetener in the food processor bowl and process 30 seconds or until smooth and creamy.
  3. Freeze for several hours or overnight.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 4g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 6/3/2020.

Find more recipes on the TexaSweet website and be sure to follow them on Facebook, and Pinterest for more citrus treats!

 

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This post is brought to you by TexaSweet. I attended a workshop and received a gift card to purchase the ingredients for these recipes so my family could try them at home. All opinions are 100% my own.

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18 Comments

  1. Joanie @ Zagleft says:

    I love grapefruit and these recipes sound amazing plus your pictures are gorgeous! Can’t wait to try the Grapefruit Ice Cream!!

    1. Kristi Reddell says:

      Oh Joanie, the Grapefruit Ice Cream is delicious!! We still have some in the freezer and I’m getting ready to enjoy a boy myself…shh don’t tell the kids! :)

  2. Oh wow! Those recipes sound delicious! I can’t wait to try the warm Texas Citrus with brown sugar! I bet that tastes amazing! Yum!

    1. Kristi Reddell says:

      Your bet it tastes amazing Kelley! Can’t wait to hear how much you like it!

  3. The Involuntary Housewife says:

    Do you think the brown sugar citru would be good on the ice cream or would that be too much? Hmmm, I’ll have to try it and get back to you :-)

    1. Kristi Reddell says:

      Definitely not too much…it’s so good and the best part about it is that it’s low cal and low fat! Perfect for Spring and Summer!

  4. Kathy Penney @ Sparkles And A Stove says:

    Those recipes look delicious and your photos are pure art here. Thanks for sharing both.

    1. Kristi Reddell says:

      Aww you’re so sweet Kathy! Thanks for the kind words. :)

  5. The grilled shrimp dish with grapefruit glaze looks amazing! I never thought about using grapefruit as a glaze! Great idea!

    1. Kristi Reddell says:

      I never thought about it either, but it’s now our staple glaze for shrimp. The family loved it so much!

  6. My dad who is going on 90 LOVES grapefruit! He grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and was a little boy in 1929. I wrote a short story about him and his love for grapefruit. I think I’ve been inspired by your post to post it on my blog.

    1. Kristi Reddell says:

      That is so sweet Loida! I’d love to read it when you post it.

  7. What Fun, Kristi! I did know they’re the Texas fruit and I enjoy Grapefruit at least once a week ;-)

    Have you ever broiled it? I love broiled grapefruit – with a bit of honey and sugar, maybe cinnamon.

    SO GOOD

    1. Kristi Reddell says:

      That sounds delicious Rachel! I’m definitely going to give it a try this weekend.

  8. Christine says:

    Oh my — those look gorgeous and delicious! Adding grapefruit to my grocery list…

    1. Kristi Reddell says:

      Awesome! You’ll have to let me know which you try and how much you love it Christine! :)

  9. Now I’m craving grilled shrimp!! It looks so good.

  10. Colleen Pence says:

    I love grapefruit too but I’ve never cooked (or baked) with it. I love these fresh ideas. Now I’m craving some!

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