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How to Cube a Watermelon

Who knew there could be so many ways to cut up a watermelon?  We figured out early on that we each had our own method...and both us of thought that ours was the better way.  But that was all about serving slices on a platter...with the rind on.

Today I am going to share a few tips for cutting a whole watermelon into bite-sized pieces.

Place washed watermelon on a cutting board and lop off both ends.

Stand the watermelon up on one of the flat ends.  With a large knife, follow the curve of the watermelon and cut the rind off one slice at a time. 

 Be sure to remove all the white rind...since it is not at all sweet.

Cut the watermelon in half horizontally.  Working with one half at a time...slice vertically as if you are slicing a loaf of bread.  (If your watermelon has black seeds...this would be when you remove the slice at a time.)  Rotate your half-watermelon and slice vertically in the opposite direction.

Lay pieces on their side and complete the process by cutting into bite-sized chunks.  It works well!

Cubed watermelon should be stored in a covered container in the fridge...and will keep for about 5 days.  It makes the best summertime snack!

And did you know that watermelon cubes make great ice-cubes? That makes perfect sense...since watermelon is over 90% water.  Instead of watering down your drinks with regular ice...try watermelon ice-cubes.

Places the cubes onto a parchment lined tray.  Cover with plastic wrap and freeze the watermelon cubes until completely frozen (several hours).  Place the frozen cubes into a resealable plastic bag for easier storage.  Add to your next cold glass of water or punch to enjoy on the patio!


  1. I love this... the colors and the watermelon cubes and the hints! Thanks Judy.

  2. I love watermelon and this looks like a great method - easier than cutting through the rind each time! The frozen cubes would also be grate in a smoothie - thanks for the hints.

  3. Looks like you have the real deal "seedless" watermelon which is something I have yet to find. They say they're seedless but they are filled with little white seeds that are a pain to pick out (the old black ones were bigger and easier to grab onto to). Where do you buy your watermelons? I love watermelon, feta, mint & arugula salad with a citrus vinaigrette dressing. Your watermelon ice cubes are a great idea! AnnZ, northern VA

    1. Ann, I don't think our seedless watermelons are any different than yours...there are still teeny white seeds. But...they say watermelon seeds are edible and full of good stuff! Around 35% of watermelon seed is fiber and minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous and zinc, etc. I don’t know if the little white seeds in the ‘seedless’ watermelon count. I hope so! We had both a seedless watermelon and an old-fashioned seeded one this week...and both were great.

  4. I put my veggie steamer in the bottom of a large bowl and then add the watermelon. It keeps so much better up and away from the collected juices.

  5. shirley bertheletteJuly 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    thats a great way too cube ur melon,,thanks Judy for the tips

  6. I have seen a tutorial somewhere that shows this same method. I have tried it with cantaloupe as well. Works great!


  7. What a terrific idea to put frozen watermelon cubes in a summer drink! I bet you could put them in lemonade, too, instead of ice cubes. Thanks for a great tip.

  8. This is a great way to cut up a watermelon into even pieces. And I love the idea to use the frozen watermelon as ice cubes. Thanks Judy.

  9. I used watermelon ice cubes for a dinner party last week. The guests loved it! Thanks.