Skip to Content

How To Cut A Watermelon

Watermelons are the perfect fruit to beat the summer heat as well as being generally delicious to indulge in all year round, but they can be a little tricky when it comes to cutting them without making a huge mess. 

How To Cut A Watermelon

If you find that you are often left covered in sticky watermelon juice after attempting to cut a watermelon, then have no fear as we are going to be going looking at how you can go about doing so in the easiest and most efficient way possible!

Let’s get started. 

How To Cut A Watermelon

Though there are various ways that you can go about cutting a watermelon, this is a particularly efficient way to do so that is also pretty easy.

Let’s take a look:

  • Wash the watermelon under cold running water and dry it with a clean cloth.
  • Cut off both ends of the watermelon with a sharp knife, so that it can stand up straight.
  • Slice the watermelon in half lengthwise.
  • Place each half on a cutting board, with the cut side facing down.
  • Cut each half in half again, creating four quarters.
  • Now, start at the top of each quarter and slice downward, following the curve of the fruit and cutting through the flesh all the way to the rind.
  • Repeat this process with each quarter, creating slices of your desired thickness.
  • To create smaller, bite-sized pieces, turn the watermelon slices horizontally and cut them into cubes or wedges.

Using A Watermelon Slicer

Using a watermelon slicer is a convenient and efficient way to cut a watermelon.

If you have one or can buy one, it can be super useful.

Here’s how to use one:

  • Wash the watermelon thoroughly and dry it with a clean cloth.
  • Cut off both ends of the watermelon with a sharp knife, so that it can stand up straight.
  • Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.
  • Hold one half of the watermelon steady on a cutting board with the cut side facing down.
  • Take the watermelon slicer and press it into the flesh of the watermelon, moving the slicer from one end of the fruit to the other. Repeat this process to create even slices of your desired thickness.
  • Turn the watermelon 90 degrees and repeat the slicing process, creating a grid of watermelon slices.
  • Remove the grid of watermelon slices from the rind using a spatula or tongs.

With a watermelon slicer, you can easily and quickly cut a watermelon into neat and even slices, without worrying about getting the slices to the same thickness or size. 

It’s a great tool to have on hand, especially if you frequently eat or serve watermelon. Just make sure to use the slicer carefully and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and care.

Tips On Cutting A Watermelon

How To Cut A Watermelon

Now that you have an idea of how to efficiently cut watermelon with both a knife and a watermelon slicer, here are some useful tips that might come in handy to help you whilst you do so!

Choose A Ripe Watermelon

A ripe watermelon will have a uniform shape, a dull green or yellow rind, and a yellow spot where it rested on the ground.

The watermelon should also feel heavy for its size and have a hollow sound when tapped.

Use A Large Cutting Board

 Watermelon can be pretty heavy and may require a stable cutting surface.

A large cutting board will give you enough space to work and prevent any accidents.

Cut Off The Ends First

Before slicing the watermelon, cut off both ends to create a stable base.

This will make it easier to cut the watermelon in half and keep it steady while cutting.

Cut The Watermelon In Half

Use a sharp knife to cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.

Then, place the flat side of each half down on the cutting board.

Cut The Watermelon Into Sections

Using a sharp knife, slice each watermelon half into sections of the desired size.

Then, turn the watermelon sections around and slice them in the opposite direction to create cubes, wedges, or sticks.

Remove The Seeds

 If your watermelon has seeds, you can remove them with a spoon or a seed-removing tool.

You can also choose to buy a seedless watermelon to make the task easier.

Chill The Watermelon

If you prefer cold watermelon, you can chill it in the refrigerator before serving it.

Alternatively, you can also place it on ice for a refreshing summer treat.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to cut a watermelon quickly, easily, and with minimal mess.

Final Thoughts 

Cutting a watermelon can be a fun and delicious task when done correctly.

To get the most out of your watermelon, choose a ripe one, use a sharp knife, and cut it into sections of the desired size.

If you prefer, you can also use a watermelon slicer or other cutting tools to make the task easier.

It’s important to work slowly and carefully, especially when using sharp knives.

Take your time and follow safety precautions to prevent accidents.

Once the watermelon is cut, you can serve it on its own, with a sprinkle of salt or lime juice, or use it to create salads, smoothies, and other dishes.

Remember to also be mindful of food waste and try to use as much of the watermelon as possible.

The rind can be used to make pickles or preserves, and the seeds can be roasted for a healthy snack.

Cutting a watermelon can be a great way to enjoy this juicy and refreshing fruit.

With a little bit of practice and patience, you’ll be able to slice up a watermelon with ease and share it with friends and family.

Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice

Making refreshing, naturally sweet watermelon juice in a blender couldn't be easier.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Watermelon Juice
Servings: 4
Calories: 343kcal


  • Blender


  • 1 small watermelon sweet
  • 1 small lime juiced (optional)


  • Watermelon should be cut in half. Scoop pieces of juicy watermelon into the blender with a large spoon. Remove the rind and set aside.
  • Mix until the watermelon is completely crushed. This should take no longer than a minute. Squeeze the juice of one small lime into the blender and process for a few seconds for added flavor.
  • If your watermelon is very pulpy or seeded, strain the mixture into a pitcher using a fine mesh strainer. If not, simply pour it into glasses packed with ice. Watermelon juice can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, covered. With time, the juice will separate; mix it with a spoon to recombine.


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 1277mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 6410IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Follow me