Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

Adapted from The New York Times cookbook. Posted for ZWT.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
  2. Peel the papayas, split them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  3. Arrange the prepared papayas, cut side up, in a large baking dish filled with approximately 1/2 inch of water.
  4. Place one piece of vanilla bean, 1 tsp butter and 2 teaspoons brown sugar in the center of each papaya half.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, or until tender.


Most Helpful

I am not familiar with preparing papaya's. I did this one, and added a dash of rum, and served it with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Mine was from brazil so I can't wait til I can find some that are from Hawaii! These were satisfactory considering my inexperience with papaya's. I don't think i'll put as much water in the pan next time tho. thanks for the recipe. can't wait to try it again.

Lou April 23, 2012

A delightful way to eat that reasonable fruit (at least in our area) that I certainly hadn't thought about. Roasting "pumps up" the rather bland flavor of this fruit. Bumped it up a bit by adding sliced strawberries, a little rum, and lemon slices (and the vanilla bean of course.) My wife said this would be a wonderful dessert served with vanilla ice cream. I served it with pork chops, rice, and a green salad. What a great meal. It is to make again for sure. Jim in So Calif

Chef 565650 Jim March 17, 2010

Very tasty. I have only had papaya while on vacation in Mexico and Hawaii, so it was a real treat having such a wonderful, tropical fruit at home. I could really taste the little vanilla beans, and I think it's the vanilla that really rounds out the overall flavor of this great dish. Made for ZWT5.

NorthwestGal June 03, 2009

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