How to Cut a Watermelon

This ultimate summer fruit is incredibly inexpensive when it’s in season—if you steer clear of the pre-sliced containers. Here’s an easy way to handle the slippery job yourself. And, once you’ve grasped it, 16 genius ways to use up an entire watermelon.

Follow These Steps

  1. Slice watermelon in half around the “equator.”

  2. Lay halves on a cutting board with the wide, flat ends facing down.

  3. Working from top to bottom, use a chef’s knife to cut off the skin in strips, following the curve of the melon.

  4. With the halves still standing, make even, parallel slices through the top.

  5. Rotate watermelon 90 degrees and slice again.

  6. Holding the slices together, turn the watermelon onto its side, so your knife is at a right angle to the most recent slices.

  7. Make parallel slices along the length of the watermelon to create cubes.