How to cut a melon

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How to cut a cantaloupe or any other small melon. Follow my simple directions and learn how to cut the perfect melon wedges, slices or bite-size pieces!

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Follow the easy method I use to cut up a melon. The tutorial below is shown on a cantaloup, but you can use this on other melons like honeydew, Persian, or Crenshaw, too! Follow the easy guide for the best technique and the least fruit waste.

Cutting the top of cantaloupe with sharp knife

One quarter of an average cantaloupe provides 120 percent of a day’s vitamin A and 80 percent of vitamin C, as well as tiny amounts of other vitamins. It’s a very nourishing fruit to keep you hydrated during the summer!

How to pick a good melon

As with many fruits, choose a melon that feels heavy for its size. A ripe melon should have a pleasant but not overwhelming cantaloupe-y smell. The gray lines – called netting- should be well-raised. Pass on melons with obvious soft spots. You want the stem side to look smooth.

Large cantaloupe on cuttingboard

How to cut a melon

  1. First, lay the melon on its side on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, remove half an inch off the top and bottom of the melon.
  2. Stand the melon up on one of the cut sides.
  3. Starting from the top and following the contour of the melon, carefully slice the rind off with the knife, cutting about out one-quarter inch depth.
  4. Continue to peel the melon, taking off two to three-inch-wide pieces of the rind. Use the green inner rind color as a guide.
  5. Make sure to cut deep enough to see only the flesh.
  6. Cut the melon in half .
Step by step shot for how to cut a melon

Remove the seeds with a spoon. And then you’ll be ready to slice into it.

Removing seeds from cantaloup with spoon

Melon Cuts

Now, you can cut into desired shapes and sizes. Below are my favorite three ways to cut melons.

  1. Wedges: Turn the melon hollow side down, then cut wide slices around the curvature of the melon in the opposite direction of the top and bottom slices you cut off.
  2. Slices: Turn the melon hollow side down, then cut thin slices in the same direction as the top and bottom slices you cut off.
  3. Bite-sized cubes: Follow the steps for cutting the melon into wedges and then cut each wedge into bite-sized chunks.
Different shapes of melons getting cut - 3 collage image
3 collage image of cantaloup wedges, slices and cubes

Recipes with melons

Melon cut into three shapes - wedges, slices and cubes

Frequently asked questions

How do you store melons after you cut them?

Cantaloupe will last up to five days in the refrigerator. The key is to keep it tightly wrapped, in a zip lock-type bag, or in a securely lidded container.

Can you freeze cut-up cantaloupe?

Chunks work best for this and the defrosted texture will not be exactly the same, but it works really well in a smoothie. Consume within a year.

Where should I store whole melons?

Like tomatoes or avocados, unripe, whole melons need to be at room temperature to ripen properly. Once ripe, transfer to the refrigerator where they can keep up to a week. Many prefer the taste of cold melon.

Cut cantaloupe in glass tupperware

I love adding a slice of cantaloupe to my kids’ lunch plates. It is a cool, refreshing seasonal food that works as an appetizer, side dish, or dessert.

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How to Cut a Melon

How to cut a cantaloupe or any other small melon. Follow my simple directions and learn how to cut the perfect melon wedges, slices or bite-size pieces!
5 from 135 votes
Servings 12 servings
Course Ingredient, Snack
Calories 1
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Melon

Instructions

  • Lay the melon on its side on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, remove half an inch off the top and bottom of the melon.
  • Stand the melon on one of the cut sides. Starting from the top, and following the contour of the melon, carefully peel the skin off with the knife, about ¼ inch in depth.
  • Continue to peel the melon, taking off 2-3 inch wide pieces of the peel following the green inner peel color, being sure to cut deep enough to see only the flesh.
  • Cut the melon in half and remove the seeds with a spoon.

Cut into desired shapes and sizes. These are my favorite three ways to cut melons:

  • Thin slices: Turn the melon hollow side down, then cut thin slices in the same direction as the top and bottom slices you cut off.
  • Wedges: Turn the melon hollow side down, then cut wide slices around the curvature of the melon in the opposite direction as the top and bottom slices you cut off.
  • Bite Sized Cubes: Follow the steps for cutting the melon into wedges and then cut each wedge into bite-sized chunks.

Notes

Freezing Instructions: You can freeze melons and use within a year. Their thawed texture will be altered but they are excellent when frozen and thrown in smoothies.

Nutrition

Calories: 1kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Sugar: 1g

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Cutting the top of cantaloupe with sharp knife

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  1. Great tutorial! One safety point . . .

    PLEASE wash all melons with warm soapy water, rinse and pat dry. Melons are linked to food bourne illnesses from cutting through contaminted skin. Cutting the skin spreads anything on the skin throughout the melon — like salmonella, E. coli, cyclospora, etc. You don’t wantany of these infections! Been there, not wearing the shirt! (Yes, organic melons can have these organic germs/parasites too!)