The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon

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A step-by-step tutorial to cutting watermelon, this is the best method for breaking down a whole watermelon into perfectly, bite-sized cubes.

The BEST Way to Cut a Watermelon

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.

Liz Holding Watermelon

All you need is a large cutting board, a sharp chef’s knife, and a whole, seedless watermelon.

How to Perfectly Slice a Watermelon

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.

Slicing a Watermelon Step 1

Steps to cut a watermelon:

How to cut a watermelon

Total Time: 10 minutes

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.Slicing a Watermelon Step 2

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.Slicing Watermelon Step 2b

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.Slicing a Watermelon Step 4

CUT INTO STRIPS:

Next, stack the watermelon rounds then cut into vertical strips, the same width as the rounds.Slicing a Watermelon Step 4a

CUT INTO CUBES:

Finally, rotate the stack 90 degrees and slice again to create bite-sized cubes.Slicing a Watermelon Step 5

The end result is perfect squares of watermelon every single time, with little-to-no waste.

How to Cut a Watermelon

Place in a large serving bowl to serve!

The Best Way to Cut Watermelon

Frequently asked questions:

How long will cut watermelon last in the refrigerator?

Watermelon will last up to 5 days stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Liz Eating Watermelon

Enjoy!

The BEST Way to Cut a Watermelon

The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon

Yay or Nay?
A step-by-step tutorial to cutting a whole watermelon, this is the absolute best method for cutting a whole watermelon into perfect, bite-sized cubes.
PREP: 10 mins
TOTAL: 10 mins
REVIEW PRINT
Servings: 20

Equipment

  • Chef's Knife
  • Cutting Board

Ingredients
 

  • 1 whole seedless watermelon

Instructions
 

  • Slice off the ends of both sides of the watermelon.
    Slicing a Watermelon Step 1
  • 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.
    Slicing a Watermelon Step 2a
  • Slice the watermelon into rounds.
    Slicing a Watermelon Step 3a
  • Stack the watermelon rounds then cut into vertical strips.
    Slicing a Watermelon Step 4
  • Rotate the stack and slice again to create bite-sized cubes. Place in a large serving bowl to serve!
    Slicing a Watermelon Step 5

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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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