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How To Peel, Cut and Section A Grapefruit

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how to peel grapefruit, remove skin and cut into sections

Grapefruit is a very tasty and juicy fruit, but it tends to have those tough white peels around the segments that make it not as enjoyable to eat.  That’s how the stores get away with selling those tiny fruit cups with peeled grapefruit chunks for a dollar!  One grapefruit would yield at least 4 of those fruit cups if you peel, cut and section it yourself – it’s so much cheaper, and not to mention fresher.

When you learn how to section a grapefruit correctly, you will have very yummy grapefruit chunks without any kind of white peel whatsoever!  Once you try the skinless grapefruit chunks, you won’t want to eat your grapefruit any other way!

How To Peel, Cut And Section A Grapefruit


  • 1 grapefruit


  • Start with the whole grapefruit.
    how to peel grapefruit and cut into sections - whole grapefruit
  • Poke a hole in the skin of the grapefruit with your finger.
    starting to peel a grapefruit
  • Start peeling the skin off the grapefruit – begin with the hole that you made in the skin and continue peeling the skin off until there is no more of it left on a grapefruit.
    peeling a grapefruit
  • Separate the peeled grapefruit in half.
    half of a grapefruit
  • Break each half into individual grapefruit segments.
    individual grapefruit segment
  • Take a grapefruit segment and cut off its end as shown on the picture below.
    how to cut a grapefruit segment
  • Peel the skin off the grapefruit segment as shown.
    peeling skin off of grapefruit segment
  • Finish peeling all off the grapefruit skin like on this picture:peeling grapefruit
  • Now you have the skin completely separated from the grapefruit.  Discard the peel!
    peeled grapefruit
  • Here’s another picture of a juicy grapefruit segment completely separated from the skin
    peeled skinless grapefruit
  • Repeat peeling the remaining grapefruit segments. Now you have extremely tasty grapefruit segments without that annoying chewy skin!
    prepared peeled grapefruit in a bowl

Peeled grapefruit sections will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days.  You can peel, cut and section several grapefruits at once, and you’ll have lots of yummy juicy peeled grapefruit to eat for several days!

If you liked these instructions on how to section a grapefruit, check out my other guides on preparing fruits: how to cut a pineapple, how to cut a watermelon and how to cut a mango.

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2 replies
  1. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    I love these instructions! I hate eating the skin around a grapefruit because I find it is still bitter and when I peel it off, the pulp inside is a lot sweeter. It is a pain in the a** to do though. This seems to make it at least a little easier. Thank you!


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