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How To Cut Watermelon Into Sticks

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How to cut a watermelon

Nothing screams summer quite like watermelon. Next time you have a party, try cutting your watermelon into sticks instead of the usual wedges. It makes for a fun presentation!

How to cut watermelon into sticks

To begin, you’ll want to select the right watermelon. Watermelon should feel heavy for its size. Pick up a few of similar size; the heaviest of the bunch will be the ripest. Also, look for ones that are free of dents or bruises and are symmetrical in shape.

You’ll need a cutting board and a large chef’s knife. Before cutting it, wash the outside of the watermelon and then place it on your cutting board.

whole watermelon

Carefully cut the watermelon in half.  (Depending upon the size, this may take some muscle.)

watermelon sliced in half

Place one of the halves flat-side down on the cutting board.  Cut the half into slices about 1-inch thick.

slicing watermelon half

Discard the two end pieces as they will be mostly rind.

end pieces discarded

Carefully, rotate the watermelon 90 degrees and, again, cut slices about 1-inch thick.

cutting perpendicular slices after rotating

This will create a criss-cross pattern.  Repeat this process with the other watermelon half.

criss-cross pattern

Pull the pieces apart and you’ve got watermelon sticks!  They’re great for a pretty fruit platter or to skewer for a fun fruity snack.

watermelon sticks


watermelon sticks on platter

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  • This looks like a MUCH Easier way to eat sliced watermelon without sticking your face into a halfmoon slice! I guess those triangular shaped slices are easy and present well too, but these ‘sticks’ will be fun to try. Now, to find a sweet, juicy, organic melon without seeds — tall order!

    • — Maggie on June 25, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn!

    Fantastic idea😊. Watermelon sticks were a big hit with coworkers.

    Any tips for picking a good watermelon? Ive heard a couple different viewpoints, would love to hear yours.

    Keep up the good work,

    Carolyn and my coworkers 😂

    • — Carolyn on June 23, 2022
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    • Hi Carolyn, I’d look for a watermelon that feels heavy for its size and has skin that’s a deep green color. There should also be an orangey spot on one end (that’s where it sat on the field while growing). And should choose one where the skin is a little dull — if the skin is really shiny, that likely means it’s underripe. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on June 27, 2022
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  • Finger food! Why have I never done this? So simple. Thanks.

    • — Bridget R. on June 23, 2022
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  • So easy with great presentation. A keeper.

    • — mrs.d@fuse.net on June 23, 2022
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  • Love this! Thank you!

    • — Cheryl Skornik
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