Grapefruit Sorbet with Thyme

Grapefruit Sorbet with Thyme

In Desserts, Gluten-Free, Stovetop, Vegetarian by Mandi Flake

I love frozen desserts in summer… My big problem is that I always forget to freeze that blasted insert to the ice-cream maker the night before! So today I wanted to share with you an easy, fancy-equipment-free frozen dessert that I’m coming to love: Sorbet. But not any sorbet, today we have a Grapefruit Sorbet with Thyme. One of the best reasons to make things like sorbet yourself instead of picking up an overpriced tub at the supermarket is that you can make it however YOU like it… sweet, sour, bursting with flavor, subtle hints of your favorite herbs? It is all within your reach.

Grapefruit Sorbet with Thyme

Last week when the seasons changed on me so rapidly that my menu plan flew out the window and I ended up at home with a bag full of grapefruits with no plans other than a vague memory of eating a cut grapefruit covered in sugar for breakfast, it dawned on me that sugar and juice is pretty much all there is to a sorbet. And man did this one turn out well! The tang and the sweet pair in the perfect dish to eat in escape of the rising temperatures.

Grapefruit Sorbet with Thyme

Just be warned: this is super sticky! Little hands and mouths should be particularly monitored when eating this to avoid finding sticky finger prints around the house for days (okay, maybe not so little hands too… I may have done it to myself…).

Grapefruit Sorbet with Thyme

Why not mix up a batch, toss it in the freezer and take a dip the pool to delay your impatience for it to be ready?

Grapefruit Sorbet with Thyme

Yields 6

A refreshing citrus dessert for a hot summer day, and no extra tools required - you make it with nothing but a dish, a saucepan and a spoon!

20 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

4 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 2 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (approximately 5 grapefruits)
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest (approximately 1/2 of a grapefruit)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 stems fresh thyme


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the juice, zest, water, sugar and whole stems of thyme.
  2. Warm slowly over medium-low heat while stirring constantly, not allowing the mixture to boil at all, heating until the mixture is warm and all the sugar is dissolved and melted. You can test to see if your sugar has melted by (carefully!) testing a little on your tongue - if you can feel the granular texture of the sugar you're not there yet.
  3. Place a small, freezer-safe pan (like a square pyrex or a loaf pan) onto a cooling rack.
  4. Strain the grapefruit and sugar mixture into the small pan and allow it to come to room temperature.
  5. Once the mixture is cool, place it in the freezer, mixing thoroughly with a fork every hour until it is at the consistency you prefer (approximately 4-5 hours).
Recipe Type: Dessert