How to Cut a Watermelon

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This is a simple tutorial to show my technique for cutting watermelon. Learn the easiest way to slice watermelon whether it's with rind or without the rind!

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Follow my directions to learn the easiest way to cut up a watermelon. Is any summer fruit more popular or more refreshing? No matter the size (color or shape) let me show you how to slice it up efficiently.

Watermelon Slices

Watermelon’s relatively high sugar content gives it an undeserved bad rap. One serving has the same sugar content as an apple, gives you 25 percent of a day’s vitamin C, 30 percent of vitamin A, plus the antioxidant lycopene.

How to cut a watermelon – two ways

Here are two ways to cut a watermelon:

  1. Rindless for salads, fruit bowls, or incorporating in recipes.
  2. With the rind for serving sliced on a plate -picnic style.
Large watermelon on cutting board with bottom part getting cut off

Watermelon without the rind

Start by removing a half inch off the top and bottom of the watermelon.

Stand the watermelon on one of the cut sides. Using a sharp knife, starting from the top and following the contour of the watermelon, carefully slice the skin off. Your cut will be about one-half inch in depth.

Continue to peel the watermelon, taking off two to three-inch-wide pieces of the rind following the white inner peel color. Be sure to cut deep enough to see only the flesh.

Step by step shots for how to cut a watermelon without the rind

Cut the watermelon in half vertically. Then, cut each half in half again to give you four manageable quarters.

Then you can proceed to cut into desired shapes and sizes.

Continuing to show the steps for cutting a watermelon

Leave in large triangles or cut into small squares. These cubes are perfect for a fruit bowl or watermelon and feta salad!

Slicing watermelon into cubes

Watermelon with the rind on

Start by removing a half inch off the top and bottom of the watermelon.

Stand the watermelon on one of the cut sides. Using a sharp knife, starting from the top-center, cut the watermelon in half. Set one half aside.

With the half still standing, cut in half again to have a quarter of the watermelon.

Step by step shots for how to cut a watermelon with rind on

Set one quarter aside, lay one quarter down with the cut side on your cutting board.

With a sharp knife, slice the watermelon across its width starting from one end. Cut each slice into one-quarter to one-half inch slices until you have reached the other end.

Finally, repeat with the remaining quarter and other half of the watermelon.

Slicing watermelon into wedges

Recipes with watermelon

Frequently asked questions

How do you store watermelon after it is cut?

Encase tightly in your wrap of choice or store in an air tight container. Cut watermelon is best eaten within three days.

Can I freeze sliced watermelon?

Rindless chunks are best for this. Use within a year. Their thawed texture will be altered but thrown into the blender frozen, they are excellent in smoothies.

How long does a whole, uncut watermelon last in the fridge?

While they are space hogs, an uncut watermelon can last a good two weeks in the refrigerator. Once it is cut, though, you need to use or freeze quickly.

How do I pick the best watermelon at the store?

Give it thump! Listen for a satisfying hollow-sounding thunk. The melon should feel heavy for its size and the pale spot should be yellowish (ripe) rather than white (not ripe.)

Is the rind edible?

It is usually left behind but the watermelon rind is completely edible and tastes like a cucumber. They’re from the same plant family, called cucurbits. Some pickle the rinds. Others chop for stir-fry.

Sliced watermelon wedges with rind on cutting board

Watermelons are always part of my summer menus. It is so easy to keep one in the fridge and cut it up for a healthy dessert.

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How to Cut a Watermelon

This is a simple tutorial to show my technique for cutting watermelon. Learn the easiest way to slice watermelon whether it's with rind or without the rind!
5 from 252 votes
Servings 12 servings
Course Ingredient, Snack
Calories 113
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Watermelon

Instructions

Without rind

  • Start by removing a half inch off the top and bottom of the watermelon.
  • Stand the watermelon on one of the cut sides. Using a sharp knife, starting from the top, and following the contour of the watermelon, carefully peel the skin off, about ½ inch in depth.
  • Continue to peel the watermelon, taking off 2-3 inch wide pieces of the peel following the white inner peel color, being sure to cut deep enough to see only the flesh.
  • Cut the watermelon in half vertically then each half in half again to give you four manageable quarters.
  • Cut into desired shapes and sizes

With rind

  • Start by removing a half inch off the top and bottom of the watermelon.
  • Stand the watermelon on one of the cut sides. Using a sharp knife, starting from the top-center, cut the watermelon in half, set one half aside.
  • With the half still standing, cut in half again to have a quarter of watermelon, set one quarter aside, lay one quarter down with the cut side on your cutting board.
  • With a sharp knife, slice the watermelon across its width starting from one end. Cut each slice into ¼ inch to ½ inch slices until you have reached the other end.
  • Repeat with the remaining quarters.

Notes

Storage: Store cut watermelon in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Freezing Instructions: You can freeze watermelon without the rind and use within a year. Their thawed texture will be altered but they are excellent when frozen and thrown in smoothies.
Nutritional Data: The information below is an automated estimate for 1/12 of a large watermelon, which is about one serving. It could vary based on the exact size and type of watermelon.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 420mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 2134IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. Watermelon, so refreshing but so awkward to cut into and slice. This tutorial helped a lot! Makes it look so easy, and guess what? It was.