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Grapefruit panna cotta in a ramekin

Grapefruit Panna Cotta

Author: Gail Ng
Creamy and tangy grapefruit panna cotta with whipped cream, ruby red grapefruit, and pistachios makes for an easy and delightful refreshing treat
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chilling Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 25 mins
Yield 3 servings
Category Desserts
Cuisine Italian


Grapefruit Panna Cotta

  • 220 g fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, about 1 large grapefruit
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin powder
  • 150 g whipping cream
  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Topping

  • 150 g whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pistachios & grapefruit segments, for garnish


  • Squeeze grapefruit juice into a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin powder over grapefruit juice and let it sit for 5 minutes until the gelatin has bloomed.
  • In a small pot, add whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Heat it on medium heat until it's warm and the sugar has dissolved but just before it starts to simmer.
  • Add in the grapefruit gelatin mixture and stir to mix well until the gelatin has dissolved.
  • Pour panna cotta into ramekins or glass jars and chill in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours or overnight until it has set. 
  • In a mixing bowl, whip the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until it has passed the soft peaks stage and holds its shape. Don't overwhip otherwise it will become grainy. Pipe whipped cream on top and garnish with grapefruit segments and pistachios before enjoying.


  • I've added enough sugar here to offset the slight bitterness of the particular grapefruits I used. If your grapefruits are particularly bitter, you may need to adjust the sugar to your taste preference. If you are using store-bought grapefruit juice, you can choose to omit the sugar completely if your juice already has added sugar.


Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 1475IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords grapefruit panna cotta, grapefruit pistachio panna cotta
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