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How to Cut a Watermelon with Step-by-Step Instructions

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Sep 10, 2021

Summer isn’t summer until you cut into a deliciously juicy watermelon. Don’t know how to without accidentally cutting your fingers? Don’t fret. This guide will show you how to cut a watermelon in three different ways. Plus, if you keep reading, you might get inspired to display your beautifully cut summer fruit in fun, original ways—perfect for hosting parties (or convincing your kids that fruit can be as delicious as cookies).

How to cut a watermelon into cubes

cubes of red watermelon.

Cubing watermelon can be a bit tricky, but you should get the hang of it fairly quickly.

  1. First, slice off a half-inch disk from the top of the watermelon. Lay this flat side on the cutting board.
  2. Then, using a sharp knife, carefully slice off the rind. This bit will take some practice, but the goal is to get rid of the green rind and white bitter layer while at the same time not wasting any of the good red stuff.
  3. Once you’re only left with the red flesh, slice the watermelon in two vertically. Finally, cut each half into cubes, however big or small you want them. Now, they’re ready to serve.

Serving cubed watermelon

The most obvious way of serving cubed watermelon is in a fruit salad. Mix with assorted berries or other summer fruits (such as mango and papaya) and drizzle lemon juice on top. Alternatively, you could add your watermelon cubes to a simple spinach, cucumber, jalapeño, and feta cheese savory salad.

If you’re looking for a more original idea, why not make some plant-based watermelon sushi? Yes, you read that right. Marinate the cubes in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, grated ginger, and cayenne for at least 5 hours in the fridge. You can then serve these cubes straight away (if you like them still crunchy) or grill them (if you want your watermelon smokey). Add these to the next sushi bowl, sushi rolls, or poké bowl you make.

How to cut a watermelon into wedges

sliced watermelon on white background

This is a much easier way of cutting a watermelon because you don’t need to get rid of the rind.

  1. Start by cutting off half-inch disks from the top and bottom of the watermelon.
  2. Next, cut the watermelon into four sections.
  3. Set three of the quarters aside and work on only one at a time. Slice it into smaller sections. Make sure you’re consistent with your cuts. Otherwise, you won’t end up with similar-sized wedges.

Serving watermelon wedges

The most straightforward way of enjoying watermelon wedges is to drizzle lime juice on top and eat them cold at a pool party.

Another way to serve up these wedges is to turn them into pizza. Crumble generous amounts of feta cheese on each wedge and top with toasted almonds and sliced basil. The sweet-and-salty combination is worth a try.

Or you could just stick to the sweet notes and try a healthy watermelon cheesecake. Spread cream cheese on one side of the wedge and top with sliced strawberries, cherries, or blueberries. Then, add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup to take this dessert to the next level.

How to cut a watermelon into fun shapes

If you want to go the extra mile and make your watermelon look as interesting as possible, this is what you need to do.

  1. First, cut the watermelon in half.
  2. Using a melon baller (or a small ice cream scoop), carve out small balls from the flesh of the watermelon. Pro tip: be meticulous when scooping out watermelon to avoid wasting any of that juicy flesh.
  3. Alternatively, you can cut each of the watermelon halves into one-inch disks.
  4. Then, press a fun-shaped cookie cutter (such as a star- or heart-shaped one) into the watermelon. It’s the same process for cutting cookies out of rolled-out dough.

Displaying shaped watermelon pieces

Fun-shaped watermelon is best displayed on skewers. Serve it alongside pineapple chunks, mango cubes, whole berries, and small mozzarella balls. Another option is to go the easier, classic route and simply plate up these watermelon shapes. Either way, they’re a treat no kid (or adult, for that matter!) can pass up.

Watermelon balls can be served up in the same way. Or, if you want to get really creative and have enough time on your hands, in a carved-out watermelon. That’s right—don’t throw away an emptied-out watermelon just yet; turn it into a bowl! Combine them with melon and cantaloupe balls to make the ultimate summer salad.

Bonus: what to do with the watermelon rind?

If you hate food waste, here’s some good news: you can use watermelon rind in many ways. No need to throw it away!

One thing you can do is add your watermelon rind (without the tough green peel) to Indian curries. The cooking time and spices transform the often-discarded part of the watermelon into yummy goodness.

Another recipe you can try is rind chutney. Once you’ve peeled off the green part, cut the white rind into small cubes. Throw them into a large pot and add vinegar, water, sugar, salt, ginger, garlic, and hot chilies. Bring to a boil and let cook until the rind is translucent and the liquid is syrupy. Let the mixture reach room temperature and store in an air-tight jar in the fridge.

Put your creativity to the test today

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