Best Way to Cut a Watermelon

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Is there anything better than a ripe juicy watermelon? Learn how to cut a watermelon into cubes efficiently and easily with our tips!

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How Do you Cut a Watermelon?

You’ve picked your watermelon, bought it, and carried it into your kitchen. Now you’re ready to cut it up and eat it! But how do you cut it? There are so many different ways and sometimes it can be confusing to know the best way to cut it.

We like to cut our watermelon into cubes. This has been the easiest way that I have discovered. The cubes are perfect for putting into fruit salads or eating straight from the bowl. The cubes are also the best to store and grab for an afternoon snack.

Picking the best watermelon: I have a separate post on how to pick out a good watermelon.

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How to Cut a Watermelon Into Cubes

Follow these simple steps to cut it into cubes:

  • Cut your watermelon in half lengthwise.
  • Then, cut each half in half to make 4 quarters of watermelon.
  • Take one of the quarters and make cuts from the top part of the melon all the way down to the rind.
  • Make 1 inch slices from one side of the melon to the other side.
  • Take your knife and slice 1 inch strips down the length of the melon. (You are essentially making a crosshatch pattern on each quarter of the watermelon.)

After the cuts are made, start from one edge of the melon and cut along the rind. The cubes should fall out of the rind really easily!

How to cut up a watermelon

Putting watermelon cubes into a white bowl

How to Store Watermelon

Uncut: You can store the uncut melon in the fridge or on the counter. The watermelon will ripen a little more, but not much beyond when it was picked—so don’t choose an under ripe melon thinking you can store it until it becomes ripe. 

  • Fridge: Store in the fridge for up to a week before it begins to deteriorate. Do not store below 40°F
  • Counter: Store on the counter for about 2 days. For longer storage put it in the fridge.

Cut:   Store cut pieces of melon in a covered container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

If you only slice up part of the melon, you can wrap the uncut part of the melon in plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge. 

Any leftovers that don’t get eaten can be used to make homemade Watermelon Juice, or a Watermelon Smoothie!

Close up of watermelon cubes in a white bowl

Ways to serve watermelon: Serve the watermelon in a fun bowl or on a platter. You can even use a hollowed out watermelon rind as a bowl. Popsicle sticks make a good tool to spear the melon cubes.

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How to Cut a Watermelon

5 from 8 votes

Is there anything better than a ripe juicy watermelon? Learn how to cut a watermelon into cubes efficiently and easily with our tips!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 20

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon

Instructions

  1. Cut your watermelon in half lengthwise.

  2. Then, cut each half in half to make 4 quarters of watermelon.

  3. Take one of the quarters and make cuts from the top part of the melon all the way down to the rind.

  4. Make 1 inch slices from one side of the melon to the other side.

  5. Take your knife and slice 1 inch strips down the length of the melon. (You are essentially making a crosshatch pattern on each quarter of the watermelon.)

  6. After the cuts are made, start from one edge of the melon and cut along the rind. The cubes should fall out of the rind really easily!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Hey Kristyn, my kids and husband are huge watermelon lovers, but after Sam cut his finger while cutting it once I’ve always been scared this could happen again to him or kids, even bought some special slicers, but you don’t take them everywhere… Yesterday we tried cutting a watermelon your way and it’s so much better and more convenient! I’m not scared my boys can cut themselves anymore! Thanks for posting this! Have a great day! 💓