Rio Star Grapefruit Pie

Rio Star Grapefruit Pie Recipe

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Recipe posted here for play in Culinary Quest - Texas. Recipe by Barbara Steidinger of Dripping Springs, Texas. found at website

Rio Red grapefruit is grown in Texas! January is the height of harvest for this wonderful citrus beauty. It’s sweet, tart and has a rich coral color—hence the name. Barbara’s family grew grapefruit in the valley of Texas for more than 40 years and she has served this pie to many important people.


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8 (set time - overnight and 3-4 hours on day two)
45 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 4
    medium to large rio star grapefruit (or red grapefruit)
  • 1 c
  • 1 3/4 c
    strained grapefruit juice (2-3 grapefruit)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1
    (3-oz.) package wild strawberry gelatin
  • 1
    9-inch pie crust, baked & cooled
  • 1 c
    whipping cream, whipped

How to Make Rio Star Grapefruit Pie


  1. Peel and section grapefruit and place sections in a strainer over a bowl. Leave overnight in the refrigerator to drain well.
  2. Cook sugar and next three ingredients over medium-high heat until it forms a thick, clear syrup, then add the gelatin and stir until it is dissolved.
  3. Spoon a small amount of the gelatin mixture to cover the bottom of the baked pie crust (about 1/4-inch thick).

    Reserve the rest of the mixture.
  4. Chill the pie for about an hour until the gelatin congeals.
  5. When the gelatin congeals, place the drained grapefruit sections in the pie shell.
  6. Pour the reserved gelatin mixture over the grapefruit sections.
  7. Chill the pie again until the gelatin sets.
  8. When ready top with whipped cream and Enjoy.

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About Rio Star Grapefruit Pie

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Southwestern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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