Learn How to Cut a Watermelon into wedges, sticks, or cubes using one of these two easy methods!   A few tips and tricks will also show you how to pick the best watermelon and store it for later for a quick snack or to be used in your favorite summer recipes.

A pile of watermelon slices with a full melon in the background.

How to Cut a Watermelon

I have a confession to make…

My kitchen knife never touched the rind of a watermelon until just this summer!

To be honest, I was always one to grab the package of pre-cut watermelon instead of tackling this gargantuan fruit.

Are you intimidated by cutting a watermelon, too?

Let me tell you from one scared chica’ to the next – it’s actually SO incredibly easy to do!

And… there are 2 different ways you can cut into the sweet and juicy fruit to get sticks or cubes for recipes (like this Watermelon Feta Salad!) or into wedges to snack on.

What is it?

Watermelons grow on a vine-like flowering plant much like their cousins the tomato and pumpkin plants.

The exterior, or rind, is made up of a bright and dark-green skin with a white portion directly underneath.  While it is technically edible, the watermelon rind is a little tart and often discarded.  (Don’t like waste?  Use them up in this Watermelon Rind Pickles recipe.)

Cutting the rind off of a watermelon between the pink flesh and white part.

The interior, or the flesh, of the watermelon is full of a sweet and somewhat watery juice.  It can be eaten on it’s own, added to a Watermelon Feta Salad or even pureed into a Watermelon Frose.

Watermelons come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and varieties.  From the larger picnic to the personal-sized icebox, with seeds or seedless, the traditional color or even yellow and orange – there’s a watermelon type for everyone!

Two watermelons showing a bright yellow ground spot.

Selecting the Best

When you’re picking which watermelon to take home with you, there are a few key features you’ll want to look for to ensure the juiciest, most ripe and flavorful melon is selected.

  1. Symmetry is key.  A round and pretty symmetrical watermelon is best since it means it was watered evenly throughout its growth process.  Melons that have odd lumps or are bigger on one side versus the other may have experienced seasons of drought and/or times of overwatering.
  2. Pick it up. As soon as you pick up the melon you want it to almost shock you by how heavy it is.  This means the interior of the fruit is extremely dense with juice and extremely flavorful.
  3. Look for the ground spot.  Upon first glance, you may initially want to go with the really pretty, unblemished melon.  But don’t let them fool you.  The watermelons with a big bright yellow ground spot (or belly spot) are the best and most ripe ones.  This spot means they sat on the ground and were allowed to ripen naturally before being picked from the vine.
  4. Give it a tap.  Ripe watermelons will have a deep, hollow sound when tapped.  If the melon is not yet ripe, it will sound a little flat and dull when tapped.  (Like a zucchini or squash does.)

There are also a few more tips about how to pick a good watermelon that you might want to know!

Showing how to cut a watermelon by removing the rind, cutting in half, and then cutting into sticks or cubes.

Cutting a Watermelon:  Sticks or Cubes

There are two different methods you can use to cut your watermelon.  This first way is best for cutting it into sticks or cubes.

For both methods you’ll want to use a large cutting board with a groove to catch any of the excess juices from running onto your kitchen floor.

  1. Cut and remove both ends of the watermelon.
  2. Place the watermelon with one of the ends cut-side down on the board.  Insert your knife where the white part of the rind meets the pink flesh.  Cut at an angle away from the center of the fruit to remove the rind.  Follow the curvature of the melon until you reach the opposite end.  Repeat this process all of the way around the watermelon until only a ball of watermelon flesh is left.
  3. Remove any remaining white parts from the fruit by cutting it off with your knife.
  4. Cut the watermelon ball in half lengthwise.
  5. Put one of the halves cut-side down on the cutting board and make vertical cuts approximately 1-inch apart.  Turn the watermelon pieces and make perpendicular cuts 1-inch apart.
  6. Place all of the sticks together and cut the melon into 1-inch cubes.

Showing how to cut a watermelon in half, into quarters, and then into wedges.

Cutting into Wedges

This alternative method is probably the most classic way to cut a watermelon.  It is a bit more challenging, so make sure you have a really sharp knife:

  1. Cut and remove both ends of the watermelon.
  2. Place the watermelon cut-side down and cut in half lengthwise.
  3. Put the watermelon halves cut-side down on the cutting board and cut in half lengthwise again to get 4 quarters.
  4. With one of the quarters flat-side down, make cuts about ½-inch to 1-inch apart for watermelon wedges. (You can also cut from the flesh to the rind if this is easier for you.). Repeat this step with the remaining quarters.

Half of a watermelon wrapped in plastic wrap to be stored in the refrigerator.

Storing

There is a little more than 1 ½ cups of watermelon per pound of weight.

Store fresh watermelon sticks, cubes, or wedges in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If storing a watermelon half or quarter, wrap it in plastic wrap before placing in the refrigerator.

Freezing:  Place cut fruit in a single layer on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for at least 4 or up to 24 hours.  Place frozen watermelon pieces in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and store in freezer for up to a year.

A stack of seedless cubed watermelon on a cutting board.

FAQs

Can dogs have watermelon?

Oops!  Did you drop a piece of watermelon on the ground and your dog scooped it up?

No need to worry.  Watermelon is safe for dogs to eat in moderation.  Just be cautious with small dogs if there are any large seeds.

Are they healthy?

Watermelon is an extremely healthy and low-calorie fruit that is loaded with lycopene and Vitamin C.

One cup of watermelon has roughly 46 calories0 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbohydrates (1 gram of fiber and 11 grams of sugar) and 1 gram of protein.

A watermelon is a healthy dessert option for those not on a particular diet.  People on a low-carb, keto, or diabetic diet may want to avoid or limit their watermelon intake due to their high carbohydrate and sugar content.

Watermelon wedges in a row on a cutting board next to a knife.

Recipes

While this delightful fruit makes a delicious snack or dessert on its’ own, here are a few ways you can use it in some healthy recipes:

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How to Cut a Watermelon (Slices & Cubes)

Learning How to Cut a Watermelon is easy with this simple, step-by-step guide. Find out the best way to peel a watermelon, then cut this sweet fruit into slices, wedges, and cubes.
Slices of watermelon stacked on a cutting board
Yield 12 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 watermelon seedless or with seeds

Instructions 

Classic Method - Sticks or Cubes

  • Cut the Ends: Using a large, sharp chef’s knife, cut and remove both ends of the watermelon
  • Remove the Rind: Place the watermelon with one of the ends cut-side down on the board. Insert your knife where the white part of the rind meets the pink flesh. Cut at an angle away from the center of the fruit to remove the rind. Follow the curvature of the melon until you reach the opposite end. Repeat this process all of the way around the watermelon until only a ball of watermelon flesh is left.
  • Remove the White: Remove any remaining white parts from the fruit by cutting it off with your knife.
  • Cut the Flesh: Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.
  • Cut into Sticks: Put one of the halves cut-side down on the cutting board and make vertical cuts approximately 1-inch apart. Turn the watermelon pieces and make perpendicular cuts 1-inch apart.
  • Cut into Cubes: Place all of the sticks together and cut the melon into 1-inch cubes.

Alternative Method - Wedges

  • Cut the ends: Cut and remove both ends of the watermelon.
  • Cut in half: Place the watermelon cut-side down and cut in half lengthwise.
  • Cut into quarters: Put the watermelon halves cut-side down on the cutting board and cut in half lengthwise again to get 4 quarters.
  • Cut into wedges: With one of the quarters flat-side down, make cuts about ½-inch to 1-inch apart for watermelon wedges. (You can also cut from the flesh to the rind if this is easier for you.). Repeat this step with the remaining quarters.

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Notes

Meal Prep & Storage

There is a little more than 1 ½ cups of watermelon per pound of weight, so it's unlikely you'll finish it all in one sitting. 
  • To Prep-Ahead: You can buy a watermelon and leave it uncut for up to 7-10 days on the counter or up to 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
  • To Store: Store fresh watermelon sticks, cubes, or wedges in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If storing a watermelon half or quarter, wrap it in plastic wrap before placing it in the refrigerator.
  • To Freeze: Place cut fruit in a single layer on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for at least 4 or up to 24 hours. Place frozen watermelon pieces in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and store in the freezer for up to a year.

Nutrition

Calories: 46kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 170mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 865IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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