How do you cut watermelon? Here are the top 5 easy and surprising ways of how to cut watermelon into slices, triangles, cubes, sticks, and in half. Keep reading to see the pics of how to carve watermelon fast and simple. This is a part of our Food Guides & Resources category.
How Do You Cut A Watermelon – See All 5 Ways & Shapes
This is how to properly cut a watermelon. Initially, know what you want to end up with. In other words, you’ll need to have an idea of how many slices, sections, etc. to make.
Here are the step-by-step instructions of cutting a whole watermelon. You might want a combination of slices and cubes, for example. So, you stop, of course, when you have the amount of watermelon desired for each step.
- Triangles (Wedges)
1. How Do You Cut Watermelon in Halves
This is how to cut watermelon in half. Initially, to slice a whole watermelon, place it on its side. That means make sure your ends are on the left and right side. Then, take your carving knife, pierce the top and carve downwards. Remove the knife, rotate the watermelon, and carve again, continuing where you left off. Keep repeating this action until it’s fully cut it in half. The ends don’t have to match up and the slicing might be a bit off but that’s okay for general serving.
2. How Do You Cut Watermelon Into Slices
This is how to cut watermelon slices. So, take a half and place it on its side. Then, securely hold it with one hand and start cutting off a 1½ slice using the knife in the other hand. This action is like when you cutting the watermelon in half. Another way is to place the watermelon half down flat and cut slices off that way. However, each slice will only be a section (a half of a full slice). But, this 2nd way is easier and safer to cut.
While some cuts might not appear even on your side, they appear just fine when laying down flat. For extra support during slicing, you can stick a serving fork into the uncut end.
3. How Do You Cut Watermelon Into Triangles
This is how to cut watermelon into triangles, wedges, sections, or other shapes. With the full watermelon slices you have made, cut each one into half, while they lay down flat. Or, if you made slices the safer way, they’re already in half slices! These half slices are also called “large sections”.
You can make watermelon triangles (wedges). So, while a large section is laying down flat, just cut each section in half, down across its center. This gives you 2 large triangles. Then, cut each triangle down its center, and repeat. So now, you’ll end up with a lot of watermelon triangles.
4. How Do You Cut Watermelon Into Sticks
This is how to cut watermelon into sticks. So, take a full slice and cut it in half. That gives you 2 large sections. To make watermelon sticks, just place a large section up on its side and slice it downward into columns as shown below. Then, lay the section down on its side and cut the watermelon columns away from the rind. Finally, you now have watermelon sticks of varied sizes.
5. How Do You Cut Watermelon Into Cubes
This is how to cut watermelon into cubes. You can repeat the above to just cut up the watermelon sticks into the desired sized cubes or diced pieces. Or, here’s another way.
Start by taking a watermelon large section (e.g., half of a slice as shown earlier) or a wedge and stand it up on its rind. Then, carefully cut deep slits, like rows, down and across it end to end. Then, each slit row should be about 1/2 inch wide.
Turn the watermelon wedge parallel with you. Then, slide the knife inward across the middle edging as shown in pic #2. Then, repeat on the other side. After that, cut downward to make rows of columns also about 1/2 inch wide as shown in pic #3.
Then, as shown in pic #4, begin to partially cut away the watermelon from the rind. Safety Tip: When you’re cutting toward yourself, only go part of the way and don’t get too close to your hand or fingers holding the other side! Finally, rotate the wedge to cut away the other half from the rind.
After the rind is removed, all you have are the cut column sticks Finish by cutting those column sticks into bite-sized cubes. If you want it diced, continue chopping after that to get the cubes down to the finer diced size desired.
How To Store Watermelon
You can store whole watermelon in the fridge for about 2-3 weeks. Quality will depend on its true age when you bought it though.
You can store cut watermelon pieces that still have their rind attached. Just cover each with plastic saran wrap or put into food storage bags. However, it’s best if it’s not too air tight. These will last generally about 4-7 days.
Storing fully cut watermelon chunks or cubes will last about 2-4 days. These can be stored in plastic food storage bags or food storage contains that are closed. These are the cut pieces that have no rind. Diced watermelon is only good usually for 1-2 days
Can Watermelon Be Frozen?
Cut watermelon, with no rind, can be frozen and used for a few things. It’s usage as popsicles or made into Smoothies or Sorbet are possible. Here’s a great article that covers these and more on “How To Freeze Watermelon“..
Below are some related articles. Even WikiHow has one on How To Cut A Watermelon. And, here’s an absolutely wonderful link on How To Cut A Watermelon Into Fancy Shapes for a Party. Also, this is great as a side for serving on holidays for a Thanksgiving Dinner or Christmas Dinner.
Now you’ve seen how to cut watermelon easily into slices, sections, wedges, triangles, sticks, cubes, and into halved sections. So, go ahead and get that watermelon. Then, cut it up for a healthy treat or side dish.