Lemon-Pomelo Granita

This recipe was inspired by an episode of the Netflix hit docuseries "Chef's Table". In season 4, episode 2, Corrado Assenza, a pastry chef from Noto, Sicily, creates delicious gelati and granita. This granita is simple to make, and makes a refreshing dessert or palate cleanser between courses.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 cup pureed pomelo (about 1/2 of a large pomelo)

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 lemon, zested


  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  2. Pour pureed pomelo and lemon juice into a pie plate. Stir in lemon zest and cooled syrup until combined. Place the dish, uncovered, in the freezer until mixture is just starting to freeze around the edges but still slushy in the middle, about 45 minutes. Use a fork to scrape the mixture from the outer edges inward. Place back into the freezer, and continue to scrape with a fork about every hour until the granita is light and fluffy.

Editor's Note:

For pomelo puree, first peel and segment a pomelo by cutting off the top and bottom peel, about 1/2 inch from each side. Make vertical cuts around the fruit, about 1/2 inch into the rind. Pull off slices of rind. Pull off any thick pieces of membrane. Split fruit open and separate into segments. Peel membrane off each slice. Puree slices in a blender or food processor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

71 Calories
19g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 71
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 37mg 185%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 123mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love