Here’s how to cut a watermelon: both triangles and cubes! This safe method is the easiest way to slice up this summer fruit.

How to Cut a Watermelon

Got a big juicy watermelon, and not sure how to cut it? Watermelon is notoriously daunting: it’s oversized and there’s a safety risk of the knife slipping. So how to cut a watermelon into slices or cubes…without slicing off some fingers in the process? There are a few ways to chop up a melon. We’ve experimented with them all and picked the one that’s the easiest and safest!

How to cut a watermelon: step by step

Step 1: Slice in half through the middle, then cut into slices.

First, slice the watermelon in half through the middle with a large Chef’s knife (don’t cut it lengthwise). Flip it over onto the flat base, then cut it into slices.

  • How to cut a watermelon into triangles? Simply cut the large slices into wedges. You’re done!
  • How to cut a watermelon into cubes? Go to Step 2.
How to Cut a Watermelon Step 1

Step 2: Use a paring knife to remove the rind of each slice.

Switch to using a small paring knife and slice off the rind of each slice. Using a smaller knife gives you more control.

How to Cut a Watermelon: Remove the rind

Step 3: Make a grid pattern to cut the flesh into cubes.

Switch back to your Chef’s knife. Then make a grid pattern to cut the watermelon into cubes.

How to Cut a Watermelon: Make a grid pattern

How long does watermelon last?

Uncut watermelon lasts 7 to 10 days at room temperature. That’s right: the best way to store uncut melon is not refrigerated! Once you cut a watermelon, you’ll want to store it in the refrigerator.

How long does cut watermelon last? About 3 days refrigerated. Store a half cut watermelon wrapped in plastic wrap or in foil. Place watermelon cut into cubes in a sealed container: it will give off quite a bit of liquid as it sits, and it tastes best as fresh as possible (so eat try to it quickly!).

Watermelon recipes

Once you’ve mastered how to cut watermelon, there are many ways to use it in recipes! Here are some top watermelon recipes:

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How to Cut a Watermelon

How to Cut a Watermelon (Slices & Cubes!)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cups cubed 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to cut a watermelon: both triangles and cubes! This safe method is the easiest way to slice up this summer fruit.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large watermelon (10 pounds)

Instructions

  1. Use a large Chef’s knife to slice the watermelon in half through the middle (not lengthwise).
  2. Flip the half over onto the flat base, then cut it into slices. To cut a watermelon into triangles, simply cut the large slices into wedges. To cut it into cubes, go to the next step.
  3. Switch to using a small paring knife (using a smaller knife gives you more control). Slice off the rind of each slice.
  4. Switch back to the Chef’s knife. Make a grid pattern to cut the watermelon into cubes.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut a watermelon, how to cut a watermelon into cubes, how to cut a watermelon into triangles

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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