How To Cut A Watermelon

by Destri on May 15, 2012

How To Cube Watermelon

I love simple techniques that make my life easier, and when I saw how Maria cut her watermelon it was one of those “Oh sheesh, where have you been my whole life?” moments.   It’s the same way I cut my citrus fruit, but I had never thought to use it on a melons.  So much easier for making those pretty cubes that look great in summer salads.  Plus it makes it a cinch to get the seeds out. Catch me after the jump and I’ll show you how she does it and share a few great recipes for watermelon so you can put your new chopping skills to the test!

How To Cut A Watermelon Into Pretty Little Cubes

Pan and Knife

First, and I think this is so smart – cut the watermelon in a baking sheet.  If you have a cutting board that will fit in the pan, pop it in the bottom.  This will catch all the juices and mess.  Use a large sturdy butcher knife that is good and sharp.

Put the watermelon onto the pan and insert the knife through the center as shown.  Rotate the knife around the watermelon until you have cut all the way through.

Now you have two halves.  If there are seeds exposed remove them by slipping your finger underneath.

Now take and turn one half with the flat side down on the pan.  Cut the top off by sliding the blade across the top while rotating.

It should look like this. Just discard the top.

Now slide the knife down the edge of the watermelon a the point where the white starts, and work your way around the melon making sure to get all the rind.

See how pretty?  And so easy!

Now just make vertical slices through the melon halve.  This is the part you can easily remove any seeds. Just look through the section and slip you finger tip under them.

Last, turn a few slice on the side at a time and cut in opposite directions to create the cubes.  That’s it!

Toss in a bowl with some lime juice and  fresh chopped mint for a refreshing snack.  Or here’s a few great recipes for really showing off your new skills:

Happy slicing friends!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina May 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Ummm…why didn’t I think of that? I get so frustrated I end up just cutting it into slices, rind and all. LOL!
Love it!
Best,
Tina

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Kim Young May 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

What a great idea. How did I not think of that? Now I just need my garden to give me some watermelon. :)

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Kari May 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

My Mom showed me how to cut a watermellon like that a few years ago although I cut the top off last so I still have something non-slippery to hold onto while I cut the sides off. I do like your idea of using a cookie sheet to catch the drips. ;)

Now I need to go get me a watermellon! So yummy!

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whitneyingram May 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

My husband is a caterer and has cut hundreds of watermelons in his career and this is how he does it.

But, cutting on a sheet pan is a sure way to kill your knife.

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Maria May 16, 2012 at 6:53 am

I forgot to mention that about the knife dulling on a sheet pan. Those thin bendable cutting boards work great to put down first on top of the cookie sheet.
Maria

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Laurel@Ducks in a Row May 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

We usually just ball it because it is so fast, but this gets bigger chunks! Yummy!

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Sandy May 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I tried this last night. PERFECT! Thank you for sharing!

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Anshu May 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The perfect way to show off the perfect fruit of summer.

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Candy July 28, 2013 at 12:07 am

I just tried this for the first time!! WONDERFUL IDEA. I used a very large cookie sheet, with a smaller cutting board on top of it-WORKED PERFECTLY, and no dull blades! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Maria September 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Awesome idea! Now I won’t let my melon sit for days cause I dread cuttibg it. tHANKS!!

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Destri September 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

Ha! That is exactly what I do!

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Maria September 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Cutting it! Ha! THANKS!

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