A step-by-step tutorial to cutting watermelon, this is the best method for breaking down a whole watermelon into perfectly, bite-sized cubes.
When the weather starts to heat up, nothing is more satisfying than diving into a big bowl of chilled, juicy watermelon. Whether I’m getting ready to host a backyard BBQ or simply want to prep fresh fruit ahead of time for my boys to grab throughout the week, I’ve learned an easy and fool-proof method for breaking down whole watermelons into perfectly cubed, bite-sized pieces.
All you need is a large cutting board, a sharp chef’s knife, and a whole, seedless watermelon. I was in Meijer recently grabbing this beautiful watermelon when I caught my eye on this beautiful, large cutting board. I love that it has divots around the rim to pick up any watermelon juice that may escape while slicing. This helps keep cleanup to a minimum which is always a win in my world.
Once you learn my easy method for breaking down a whole watermelon, you’ll never go back to slicing them the old-fashioned way. Not only does breaking the watermelon down into small cubes allow you to feed more people from the same fruit, but it’s also easier to eat and prevents watermelon from dripping down your face. If you have little boys like I do, you understand how messy this can get.
Steps to cut a watermelon:
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How to cut a watermelon
- Remove the ends
To start, carefully slice off the ends of both sides of the watermelon. You’ll want to cut it just enough to see the pink flesh of the melon.
- Slice off the rind
Stand the watermelon up on one side so that it is flat on the cutting board. Not only is this the best way to cut the rest of the rind off but this is also a safety tip as it is always advisable to slice food laying flat. (If you’ve ever tried keeping a round object still on a cutting board you will understand.) Using a sharp chef’s knife, carefully slice off the rind in vertical strips from top to bottom, rotating the watermelon as you go.
- SLICE INTO ROUNDS:
Next, slice the watermelon into thick rounds. I usually cut them about 1-inch thick but cut them as thick as you want your cubes to be in the end.
- CUT INTO STRIPS:
Next, stack the watermelon rounds then cut into vertical strips, the same width as the rounds.
- CUT INTO CUBES:
Finally, rotate the stack 90 degrees and slice again to create bite-sized cubes.
The end result is perfect squares of watermelon every single time, with little-to-no waste. And the best part? You can get everything you need right at Meijer in one convenient shopping trip.
Place in a large serving bowl to serve!
Frequently asked questions:
Watermelon will last up to 5 days stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon
- Chef's Knife
- Cutting Board
- 1 whole seedless watermelon
- Slice off the ends of both sides of the watermelon.
- Stand the watermelon up on one side so that it is flat on the cutting board. Using a sharp chef's knife, carefully slice off the rind in vertical strips from top to bottom, rotating the watermelon as you go. Continue until you've removed all of the green rind and white pith.
- Slice the watermelon into rounds.
- Stack the watermelon rounds then cut into vertical strips.
- Rotate the stack and slice again to create bite-sized cubes. Place in a large serving bowl to serve!
Disclosure: This recipe is written in partnership with Meijer. All thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible.
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