How to Cut a Watermelon

Is there anything better than a ripe juicy watermelon? Learn How to Cut a Watermelon into cubes, sticks and triangles efficiently and easily with our tips!

Grab that perfect watermelon and cut it like a pro! Enjoy summer with all of the watermelon recipes – Watermelon Juice and a tasty Watermelon Smoothie.

Watermelon cubes cut and served in a white bowl.

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 for a healthy snack!

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.

Today we will show you how to cut in 3 ways, including our favorite way – cutting a 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 watermelon cubes are also the best to store and grab for an afternoon snack.

Having said that, we will also show you how to cut a watermelon into sticks and into triangles. But, the first trick to cutting watermelon is making sure you know how to pick out a good one (scroll down to see our top tips).

Tips for picking out a ripe watermelon

Picking the best ripe watermelon

Make sure you check out our post on How to pick out a Good Watermelon for all the best tips, but a few key factors to look for include:

  • A uniform shape
  • A large yellow sun spot
  • A hollow sound when you thump it
  • Bee stings for sweetness

Next step is having a sharp long knife. Our personal favorite can be found on amazon here. Then, you just have to decide how you want it cut – cubes, sticks or triangles.

How to Cut a Watermelon Into Cubes

You’ll need a cutting board and a long sharp knife. Follow these simple steps to cut it into cubes:

  1. Cut your watermelon in half lengthwise.
  2. Cut each half in half (lengthwise again) 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!

How to Cut a Watermelon into Sticks

You’ll need a cutting board and a long sharp knife. Follow these simple steps to cut it into sticks:

  1. Cut the watermelon in half.
  2. Flip the watermelon over after cutting it in half so that the flat surface is facing down on the cutting board. This way it is much more stable and easy to cut.
  3. With half of the watermelon upside down on the cutting board, cut off the four edges to create a square.
  4. Then, slice it lengthwise about 1″ apart. 
  5. Once you have cut the entire melon lengthwise, cross cut it every 1″.

These sticks are fun to eat and much less messy! And everyone loves them!

How to Cut a Watermelon into Triangles

If you prefer watermelon slices, here is what you’ll need to do for those:

  1. Cut the watermelon in half.
  2. Flip the watermelon over after cutting it in half so that the flat surface is facing down on the cutting board. This way it is much more stable and easy to cut.
  3. Cut the half watermelon one more time into quarters lengthwise.
  4. Then, cut those quarters down the middle lengthwise into eighths.
  5. Next, crosscut the watermelon about 1″ apart until you have cut the entire melon.
How to cut a watermelon into triangles.

Other ways to cut a watermelon 

Melon Balls: Cut the watermelon in half and use a melon baller to scoop and place all the melon balls in a large bowl. Once you have scooped out all the red flesh, use a spoon to smooth out the inside of the watermelon. This can now be used as a serving bowl and place all the watermelon balls back in.

Fun Shapes: Cut the melon into 1-inch slices. Use a cookie cutter to stamp out the flesh. Star shapes are particularly common as watermelon is often served around memorial day and the 4th of July. You can cut different shapes too like hearts, and flowers.

The shapes can be arranged in a single layer or stacked on a platter to serve. They are also great to be threaded onto skewers for some delicious watermelon sticks. 

How to cut a watermelon into sticks.

How to Store Watermelon

STORE the uncut melon in the refrigerator 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.

STORE cut melon. Cut pieces of melon must be in an airtight container and stored in the fridge. They’ll last for for 2-3 days.

  • If you only slice up part of the melon, you can wrap the uncut part of the melon in plastic wrap or foil 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!

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.

Watermelon is perfect for a picnic or BBQ, and it’s always a hit with the kids!

Close up of watermelon cubes in a white bowl.

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How to Cut a Watermelon

5 from 19 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
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 68 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon

Instructions
 

How to Cut a Watermelon 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 a Watermelon into Sticks:

  • Cut your watermelon in half lengthwise. Then, flip the watermelon over after cutting it in half so that the flat surface is facing down on the cutting board.
  • With half of the watermelon upside down on the cutting board, cut off the four edges to create a square. You then slice it the lengthwise about 1" apart. 
  • Once you have cut the entire melon lengthwise, cross cut it every 1". These sticks are fun to eat and much less messy.

How to Cut a Watermelon into Triangles:

  • Cut your watermelon in half lengthwise. Then, flip the watermelon over after cutting it in half so that the flat surface is facing down on the cutting board.
  • After placing half of the watermelon face down on the cutting board, cut the half one more time into quarters lengthwise. Then cut those quarters down the middle lengthwise into eighths.
  • Next crosscut the watermelon about 1" apart until you have cut the entire melon. Now, you've got watermelon triangles!

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  1. 5 stars
    What a great way to cut watermelon! I never want to do it, because I never had a clever way, until now!

  2. 5 stars
    Tried it this way and it worked good! Love the small piece because they are perfect for the kids!

  3. 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! ?

    1. That is scary! I am glad you like this way! It’s our favorite! Thank you so much for sharing that with me 🙂 You too!

  4. 5 stars
    Great post – thank you! Where did you get the knife pictured? Would love to add to my collection.

    1. Thanks! I probably got it from Amazon or like a Home Goods store. I can’t exactly remember, but that is where I get everything, or Target 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Is that you in the picture? If so…your arms need shaving Luna. 😉
    All kidding aside thank you for the tips. I find when I cut the melon up and put it in a glass container, it tends to get eaten faster.

    1. Haha! Grateful for a hubby who hops in a helps out with my pictures and recipes when I need. 😉 You’re welcome! This is such a handy way to cut watermelon. A glass container is a great idea to serve the melon in!

  6. 5 stars
    I so appreciate this watermelon tutorial. I’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen over the years, but I’ve never seen such a great way to cut a watermelon. Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    I have tried various ways of cutting watermelon…a sharp knife,a melon baller,a large cookie scoop and a fancy “special watermelon cutter” and al i can say is UGH! I went to Costco only to buy a watermelon and give your method a try.

    I am sitting here feeling rather smug(thank YOUvery much)as I have just cut a watermelon following your guidelines and it not only looks great but very little waste AND I don’t have miscellaneous pieces of rind lying about. THANK YOU

    1. You’re welcome!! This method of cutting a watermelon is such a game changer. I’m glad to hear it worked well for you!

  8. 5 stars
    Love these tips! I always serve watermelon during summer gatherings so I will have to use your method from now on!

  9. 5 stars
    Tried the tips here and yay, it worked! Loved this technique, I will never have a hard time cutting a watermelon. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, cutting them can be a pain. But this way makes it super slick and easy! I actually don’t mind cutting them anymore. 🙂