How to Cut a Watermelon

by Beth - Budget Bytes
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Summer is in FULL SWING and one of the most wonderful simple pleasures of summer is fresh cut watermelon. If you’re a little intimidated by how to even begin to cut into one of these things, I’ve got a quick tutorial for you! Here is a really quick step by step guide on how to cut watermelon into classic wedges, or really easy-to-eat batons!

A watermelon cut into several different shape and sized pieces, a hand grabbing a wedge

While there are several methods for cutting watermelon, I’m showing you two different methods in this tutorial—classic wedges and batons. Wedges are a great hand-held way to eat watermelon, but batons are slightly smaller and easier to eat without getting juice all over your face (especially for little hands). ;) Also, once you have the watermelon cut into batons, it’s really easy to then cut the batons into cubes to use for salads.
You might also enjoy my tutorial, How to Cut and Freeze Pineapple!

How to Cut Watermelon Video

How to Cut Watermelon – Step by Step Photos

cut off end of watermelon

Cut off a thin slice from either the side or the end of the watermelon to create a flat, stable base. If you’re using a longer watermelon, cutting from the side will be easier so it’s not really tall once you stand it on the cut side.

Cut watermelon in half

Stand the watermelon on the flat cut side just created, then cut the watermelon in half down the center.

Cut watermelon half into slices

Lay one of the watermelon halves on the cutting board with the cut side down. Slice it in half down the center, then across the center cut into 1-inch thick slices.

A hand holding a watermelon wedge with the rest of the watermelon in the background

And now you have classic watermelon wedges! If you want to take it one step further…

Watermelon cut into batons, a hand holding one close to the camera

Turn the watermelon 90 degrees again and cut across the slices to creates squares. Each “square” will be the “handle” on an easy-to-eat watermelon baton!

A hand holding a watermelon wedge with one bite taken out

I hope you enjoy a relaxing, hot summer full of lots of juicy watermelon!

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  1. I cut my watermelon into batons for the first time, and it was a hit for a small family picnic. No more sticky hands and faces– especially for the grandkids–using this method over the wedge cuts. Thanks so much for this tip and video!

  2. That’s cool, but do you have any protips on the ideal geometry for cutting carrot sticks? I always end up with irregular sticks because the carrots are rolling around, and I’m worried about cutting a fingertip off

  3. This is great, I really love the batons method.
    BTW that watermelon looks properly ripe with almost no white rim on it; must have tasted like heaven on earth.
    Thank you. 8D

  4. I have one suggested addition to your technique: place your cutting board inside a rimmed baking sheet so the juice doesn’t get all over your kitchen counter. Watermelon is truly one of the best things about summer. :o)