How to Cut a Watermelon
Here’s a quick visual guide for How to Cut a Watermelon into perfect rindless sticks or cubes. I find this way much easier to cut AND eat than the typical watermelon triangles that include the rind.
When watermelon comes into season for the summer, we have a bowl of it in our fridge constantly. I love being able to reach into the fridge and grab a cold and refreshing piece of fruit, and also set it out on the table if a friend comes over.
A lot of people cut watermelon into triangles that include the rind, but my goodness, I find that to be such a pain to cut and eat!
Even with a really sharp knife, cutting through the rind is difficult, and cutting triangles requires you to do it again and again. Plus, I don’t enjoy gnawing close to the rind at the end of each piece.
The easy method I’m sharing below for cutting watermelon only takes a few minutes, and will give you cubes or sticks that are easy to grab and eat. It’s a perfect way to cut watermelon for a party.
I have both a video and photos for whichever visual guide you prefer.
How to Cut a Watermelon:
After you’ve washed and dried the watermelon, cut the top and bottom off (where the “belly button” is) so it can lay flat on a cutting board:
If you have a cutting board like this with grooved edges, that can be helpful for catching the juices that inevitably run off.
Next, stand the watermelon up on one of the flat sides, and run a sharp knife along the edges to remove the rind:
You want to curve the knife around the shape of the watermelon, so you only remove the rind:
As you keep turning and cutting the watermelon, you will end up with a big ball of watermelon:
Cut the watermelon ball in half so you have a flat surface for cutting, then cut a grid into the watermelon:
Then you can grab and eat these watermelon sticks:
Usually I leave it in sticks and put them in the fridge, but you can also cut the sticks into cubes.
And if you don’t know How to Pick a Good Watermelon, read that post for my top six tips for picking a sweet, ripe watermelon from the store. Enjoy!
How long does cut watermelon last? A few days in the fridge, though watermelon tastes best freshly cut. The edges start to get mealy after about a day.
How to store cut watermelon: Store in the fridge in an airtight container, for a few days. If it isn’t sealed, watermelon easily absorbs off flavors from the fridge, so I recommend an actual storage container instead of a bowl covered in plastic wrap.
Cut Watermelon Cubes or Sticks
- 1 large watermelon
- Wash and dry the watermelon.
- Cut both ends off the watermelon where the belly button is, to create a flat surface.
- Stand the watermelon upright on one of the flat ends, and run a sharp knife along the inside of the rind, turning the watermelon after each cut to remove all the rind.
- Cut the watermelon ball in half, then lay flat on the cutting board.
- Cut a grid into the watermelon, then you will have watermelon sticks. They are ready to be enjoyed!
- You can also cut the sticks into cubes, if you prefer that shape instead.
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