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How to Cut a Watermelon

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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Serves 8 to 16
Learn how to cut a watermelon into cubes, wedges, or balls! See the post above for step-by-step photos.

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon

Instructions

  • To cut wedges: Lay the watermelon long-side-down on a cutting board, and use a sharp chef’s knife to slice 1/4-inch off one of the ends.
  • Stand the watermelon on its cut side and slice down through the center, splitting it in half lengthwise. Set one of the watermelon halves aside.
  • Place the other watermelon half on the cutting board cut side-down. Slice it in half lengthwise and then slice each half crosswise into 1-inch wedges. Repeat with the remaining watermelon.
  • To cut cubes: Lay the watermelon long-side-down on a cutting board, and use a sharp chef’s knife to slice 1/4-inch off both of the ends.
  • Stand the watermelon on one of the cut sides. Place your knife anywhere on the border between the red flesh and white rind. Slice downward to remove a wide strip of watermelon rind. Repeat this process, working your way around the perimeter of the watermelon, until no rind remains.
  • Lay the watermelon flesh long-side-down on the cutting board, and cut it crosswise into 1-inch planks. Cut each plank in a grid pattern to form even cubes.
  • To make balls: Lay the watermelon long-side-down on a cutting board, and use a sharp chef’s knife to slice 1/4-inch off one of the ends.
  • Stand the watermelon on its cut side and slice down through the center, splitting it in half lengthwise.
  • Press a melon baller or small cookie scoop into the cut watermelon flesh, and carefully rotate it to form a ball. Repeat as desired with the remaining watermelon.