How to Cut a Watermelon

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Learn how to cube, spear and slice a whole watermelon for a snack and use in all your favorite recipes. We’ll even teach you how to pick one!

You know it’s summer and the grocery store is full of whole watermelons! Watermelon really is the perfect summer snack. It’s juicy, refreshing and very crisp. Our family just can’t get enough! However, slicing watermelon can seem daunting. We’re here to walk you through it step by step, and it’s easier than you think! You’ll never have to buy pre-cut watermelon again!

How to pick a ripe watermelon:

There are several ways to tell if a watermelon is ripe:

  • If you hold it against your stomach and tap it, you should feel a pop in your belly.
  • The webbing should be bigger. Smaller and tighter webbing means it is picked too early and not as sweet.
  • The underside of the watermelon sitting on the ground should be large, yellow or golden, not small or white.
  • It should smell slightly sweet.
  • It should feel heavy for its size.
  • Round is better than elongated.
A visual guide to picking the perfect watermelon. Slender watermelons are watery. Round watermelons are sweeter. White spots mean they are odorless. The orange speck is delicious. A green stem means the watermelon isn
All watermelons come from the ovary of the plant. Both “Male” and “Female” are in quotes because they are just a memory device to help you remember which is which. “Male” is elongated and more liquid, while “female” is round and sweet.

Storage Instructions:

Store sliced ​​watermelon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

A whole, uncut watermelon can be stored on the counter for up to 2 weeks.

Chopped Watermelon Freezing Instructions:

Place the sliced ​​watermelon in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the refrigerator. Once frozen, remove the diced watermelon and place in a ziplock bag before returning to the freezer. Cut watermelon will keep for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

Watermelon chunks.

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Watermelon triangle.

Learn how to cube, spear and slice a whole watermelon for a snack and use in all your favorite recipes.

cooking time 10 minute

total time 10 minute


Triangle with skin

  • Start by cutting about 1-inch slices from both ends of the watermelon. Try to cut as evenly as possible.

  • Place the watermelon on one of the blunt ends and cut the watermelon in half from top to bottom.

  • Cut the halves in half, so now you have 4 quarters.

  • Place one of the coins on a cutting board, skin side down. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the watermelon slices to your desired thickness.

  • Repeat for the remaining quarter.

cubes or sticks without skin

  • Begin by cutting off the ends of the watermelon, making blunt ends, about an inch long.

  • Stand the watermelon upright, and with a long sharp knife, cut off the rind on all sides and only the rind, about an inch deep. Repeat around the watermelon until only the pink watermelon flesh remains.

  • Once all the rinds are removed, cut the watermelon in half and then into quarters.

  • At this point you can cut into smaller cubes or longer strips of watermelon.


If you don’t plan to eat all of the watermelon, cut only what you will eat into cubes and not chunks so they don’t lose their juice so easily.

How to Cut a Watermelon