Don't let the size of a watermelon intimidate you. Learn how to cut a watermelon into cubes, sticks, or wedges with these easy methods. Whether you're hosting a picnic or need a refreshing snack, I'll show you the steps for each shape.
We've already talked about how to pick a watermelon that's sweet, ripe and juicy. Today I'm going to show you how to cut a watermelon into 3 popular shapes depending on the occasion and fridge space.
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Tips For Cutting Watermelon
- Knife: Make sure to use a sharp chef's knife for safe and precise cutting. Dull knives can be dangerous.
- Cutting board: Opt for a large and sturdy cutting board. And if you don't have a large cutting board, just use a baking sheet. Watermelon releases a lot of juice so make sure you have a few paper towels on hand.
How To Cut A Watermelon Into Sticks
- Cut the watermelon in half and place it cut side down on a stable cutting board.
- Slice the watermelon into 1.5-inch thick pieces.
- Rotate the half and slice in the opposite direction to create watermelon sticks.
What I love the most about watermelon sticks is that they are a fun way to serve this beloved summer fruit and kids love it!
How To Cut A Watermelon Into Wedges
- Trim ½ inch off both ends of the watermelon.
- Slice the watermelon in half lengthwise and place one half, cut side down on the cutting board.
- Cut the half lengthwise again and then crosswise into 1-inch thick wedges.
- Arrange the watermelon wedges on a plate and serve.
Watermelon wedges are great for picnics and outdoor events as they are easy to handle without utensils.
How To Cut A Watermelon Into Cubes
- Start by cutting the watermelon in half and place one half, cut side down on the cutting board.
- Use a sharp knife to remove the rind and the top part of the watermelon.
- Slice the watermelon into 1-inch thick disks.
- Lay a disk flat on the cutting board and cut it into strips.
- Rotate the strips halfway and cut again to create watermelon cubes.
This method is perfect for salads or to simply serve at home as a snack. Watermelon cubes have no rind which makes it easier to eat.
What Can I Do With Watermelon?
Beside enjoying it cold from the fridge as a sweet summer treat, you can also make watermelon juice or watermelon slushie that's naturally sweet and perfect for a hot day. You can also make watermelon salad to enjoy on your next barbecue!
Frequently Asked Questions
Uncut watermelon keeps for 10 to 14 days at room temperature. Cut or sliced watermelon is best used within 5 days.
I prefer serving watermelon cold. Keep a large container of cubed watermelon in the fridge for easy and refreshing snacking.
Place the leftovers in an airtight container (preferably glass) and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
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How To Cut A Watermelon
- 1 watermelon
To cut into wedges
- Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise and place a half on the cutting board.
- Slice it in half again (lengthwise) and slice each quarter into 1-inch thick wedges. Repeat with the remaining watermelon.
To cut into sticks
- Cut the watermelon in half. Place one half, cut side down on the cutting board. Slice into 1.5 inch thick pieces.
- Turn the watermelon halfway and slice in the opposite direction to create watermelon sticks
To cut into cubes
- Cut the watermelon in half and using a sharp knife, remove the rind and the top part of the watermelon.
- Slice into 1-inch thick disks. Lay down a disk on the cutting board and slice it in a grid pattern so you have watermelon cubes.
- Using a sharp chef's knife would make the cutting much easier. Dull knives are actually more dangerous.
- You can store uncut watermelon at room temperature for 10 to 14 days.
- Store the cut watermelon in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.