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How to Cut a Watermelon

Watermelon is a refreshing summer treat. It’s juicy, light, and crisp. Are you stumped with how to cut into a watermelon?

This is the post for you! I have made a step-by-step guide on how to cut a watermelon into wedges and cubes.

How to cut a watermelon is easier than it looks. Cut into quarters, lay it down on the flat edge, and cut slices about an inch thick. This will give your triangular wedges.

For watermelon cubes cut the rind away from it and then cut into quarters and then again into strips like the wedges and then cut them across the opposite direction into cubes.

Best way to cut a watermelon

Whether you are cutting your watermelon into wedges for the kids or into cubes for fruit salad it can be intimidating because of its size.

You aren’t alone in thinking how do I even start to cut into this?

It is important to have a sharp knife when you are cutting into a watermelon. You can use a chef knife or a serrated bread knife.

Follow along with this easy guide on how to cut a watermelon into wedges and cubes. It is easier than it looks. You will be glad you did it once you sink your teeth into it.

I have this entire process on video, how to cut a watermelon.

How to cut watermelon Slices

1. Wash

Wash your watermelon under cold water before you start cutting into it. This will ensure that you aren’t introducing bacteria from the outside to the inside while cutting it.

After you wash it you can take a look to see if your watermelon is ripe before you go ahead and cut it.

2. Cut flat spot

I always recommend standing the watermelon so that it is on its stem end. Cut a small slice about 1/2 inch on the side of the watermelon.

This will help keep your watermelon stable when you start to cut into it. Lay it on the side where you just made a slice.

3. Cut off the ends

Now that you have a sturdy base for your watermelon you want to cut off the ends. Cut about an inch off both sides.

4. Cut in half and then quarter

You want to cut the watermelon into two chunks. Cutting it right down the middle. Now you have two halves to work with.

Put one half aside, take the other half and cut it in half again. Using these two quarters we will make watermelon wedges.

5. Wedges

Lay the watermelon on the flat side that you just cut making their quarters. Have the rind side facing you.

Now all you want to do is cut across the watermelon about every inch or so. You now have perfect watermelon wedges great for a refreshing summer snack or fruit platter.

How to cut watermelon into cubes

1. Wash

Wash your watermelon under cold water to rid it of any bacteria that may be on it from transport or the store before you begin to cut into it.

2. Make two halves

Start but cutting a flat spot on the side of your watermelon making for a flat sturdy spot for your watermelon to lay on while cutting into it.

Cut off about an inch or so from both ends and then cut the watermelon down the middle making 2 halves.

3. Cut off the rind

Lay the watermelon on the flat side of the watermelon that you just cut. Starting at the top using a chef or boning knife cut the rind off by working your way down the side of the watermelon.

You want to get off all the white flesh of the watermelon with the rind so that you have just the pink, reddish melon. You can go back over the watermelon to get off any white flesh that you may have missed.

4. Cube the watermelon

Now that you have gotten all of the rinds off you want to make slices through the watermelon from top to bottom about every inch.

Take two or three slices and lay them flat, then cut them into strips about an inch big. Turn them and cut across the other direction. Your cubes are ready for your fruit salad.

If you are also a pineapple fan learn how to tell if a pineapple is ripe.

How to cut a watermelon | Cubes and Wedges

Quick guide on how to cut a watermelon into wedges and into cubes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 450 kcal


  • Cutting board
  • Sharp Chef or boning knife


  • 1 Watermelon


  • Wash the watermelon with cold water and pat dry with a towel.
  • Cut a thin slice on the side of the watermelon to make for a more sturdy base while cutting.
  • Cut off the stem ends of the watermelon
  • Half the watermelon but cutting right down the middle going across the fruit.


  • Cut the halves into halves making 4 quarters.
  • One at a time lay the quarters on their flat side and cut through about every inch or so many triangular wedges of watermelon.


  • Stand a half on the flat side and with your knife work your way down the watermelon cutting off the rind and white flesh from top to bottom.
    Continue all the way around the watermelon until all you have is the pinkish red flesh.
  • Cut slice through the watermelon from top to bottom every inch or so making slices.
  • Lay the slided watermelon flat on the cutting board and cut across the slices and then turn the watermelon cutting again in the opposite direction creating your cubes.


Serving: 1gCalories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 113gProtein: 9gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 1680mgFiber: 6gSugar: 93gVitamin A: 8535IUVitamin C: 122mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 4mg
Keyword How to cut a watermelon, How to cut a watermelon into cubes, How to cut a watermelon into wedges
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