How to Cut a Watermelon (3 Ways!)

Learn How to Cut a Watermelon easily with these step-by-step instructions plus a helpful video! You’ll be cutting up a watermelon three ways in no time, so you can serve it or use it in all kinds of recipes.

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With warmer weather on the way, watermelon season is almost upon us! Watermelon makes a wonderful addition to fruit salads, smoothies, and summertime desserts. However, if you’re daunted by the prospect of wrestling a watermelon into submission this year, don’t be! Follow this easy step-by-step and video to cut a watermelon like a pro.

How to Pick a Watermelon at the Store

The best way to pick a winning watermelon is to give it a thump! You’re after a melon that’s nice and heavy with a hollow-sounding thunk. You can also check that the field spot (a paler spot on the outside of a watermelon rind) is yellow, which indicates the watermelon is ripe.

Cutting Watermelon Sticks

The perfect way to serve up a watermelon for a crowd! Here’s how to cut your melon into spear-shaped sticks:

  • Step 1: Using your knife, cut the melon in half.
  • Step 2: Next, lay one half cut-side-down on the cutting board and chop the melon into slices lengthwise.
  • Step 3: Cut the watermelon slices crosswise to form long spears. Voila! 

How to Cut Watermelon Triangles

The most common way to enjoy a slice of watermelon! Here’s how to cut a melon into triangles that are easy for handling:

  • Step 1: Using a large, sharp knife, carefully cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.
  • Step 2: Cut each half in half again, to form long quarters.
  • Step 3: Lastly, cut the quarters into slices. These should resemble triangles!

How to Cube a Watermelon

Cubed watermelon is ideal for smoothies and fruit salads. Here’s how to make cubes:

  • Step 1: First, chop off the top and bottom of the watermelon. Next, stand it upright and slice the whole watermelon in half lengthwise.
  • Step 2: With the watermelon half still upright, use the knife to remove the hard rind.
  • Step 3: Slice the watermelon flesh lengthwise, and then cut the slices crosswise to form spears.
  • Step 4: Finally, cut the long spears into 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubes. Done!
Close up of a pile of uncut watermelon

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store watermelon after it is cut?

The easiest way to store cut-up watermelon is in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.

Can I freeze cut watermelon?

Watermelon cubes are best for freezing, and can be kept frozen for up to 1 year. While the texture will change when the watermelon is thawed, frozen cubes are great for blending into smoothies!

How long does a whole, uncut watermelon last?

They may take up a lot of space, but a whole, uncut watermelon will last up to two weeks in the fridge! Only store ripe watermelon in the fridge though – let unripe melons stay out on the counter until they’re ready.

Is the rind edible?

While it usually gets discarded, the rind of a watermelon is actually 100% edible. It tastes a bit like cucumber! For this reason, you can chop up the rind or thinly slice it to go into salads, stir fry it, or pickle it.

Can dogs eat watermelon?

Yes! According to the AKC watermelon is a healthy snack for fido. It’s high in moisture and fiber, plus it’s perfect for hot days when you want to give your furry friend a healthy treat to cool off. Just make sure you remove the seeds first and don’t go crazy with how much watermelon you give to your dog. (Everything in moderation!)

Is watermelon a fruit?

Yes, watermelon is a fruit. It is actually a large berry because it has so many seeds inside. Other surprising berries include: cucumbers, cantaloupes, squash and pumpkins. All of these are a specific kind of berry called a “pepo,” which is characterized by many flat seeds, pulpy flesh and tough skin (rind).

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How to Cut a Watermelon

How to Cut a Watermelon

Learn How to Cut a Watermelon easily with these step-by-step instructions plus a helpful video! You’ll be cutting up a watermelon three ways in no time, so you can serve it or use it in all kinds of recipes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon

Instructions

Cutting Watermelon Sticks
Using your knife, cut the melon in half.

Next, lay one half cut-side-down on the cutting board and chop the melon into slices lengthwise.

Cut the watermelon slices crosswise to form long spears. Voila!

How to Cut Watermelon Triangles
Using a large, sharp knife, carefully cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.

Cut each half in half again, to form long quarters.

Lastly, cut the quarters into slices. These should resemble triangles!

How to Cube a Watermelon
First, chop off the top and bottom of the watermelon. Next, stand it upright and slice the whole watermelon in half lengthwise.

With the watermelon half still upright, use the knife to remove the hard rind.

Slice the watermelon flesh lengthwise, and then cut the slices crosswise to form spears.

Finally, cut the long spears into 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubes. Done!

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