How to Slice Watermelon 3 Ways: Triangles, Cubes & Sticks

Whether you are getting ready for the party of the summer, relaxing with the family or feeding the kids a healthy alternative snack, this watermelon cutting technique will make you superstar of the dessert table! Sticks, wedges, and cubes, oh my! You can cross "how to slice watermelon" off your to-do list with these quick and easy steps.

Triangle watermelon slices on a white serving dish.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

For all Watermelon Cuts:

Step #1. Gather These Items

whole watermelon
Wusthof Knife Set
  • Watermelon
  • Chef's knife
  • Utility knife
  •  Paring knife
  • Cutting board

Step #2. Clean the Watermelon

A large watermelon on a cutting board.

Clean the watermelon and pat it dry.

Step #3. Cut the Tips of the Watermelon Off

A woman slicing a knife into a large watermelon.

Cut off the tips of the watermelon on each side.

Step #4. Cut the Watermelon in Half

A woman slicing a knife into a large watermelon.

Cut the watermelon in half using a chef's knife.

A woman slicing a knife into a large watermelon.
A large watermelon sliced in half.

Now you can carry on to the steps for wedges, cubes or sticks.

For Watermelon Triangles (Wedges):

Step #1. Slice the Halves

A woman quartering a large watermelon on a cutting board.

Follow steps #1 to #4 for 'For All Watermelon Cuts'. Then, take one of the halves and cut it into half again (you’ll get quarters).

Step #2. Repeat Two More Times

A woman slicing a large watermelon into eighths.

Take the quartered pieces and cut them in half. Once again, cut them in half lengthwise. With a smaller watermelon, you may not have to make this many cuts. It depends on the size you would like the wedges to be.

A woman slicing a watermelon.
4 large pieces of watermelon on a cutting board.

Step #3. Slice the Watermelon Pieces into Wedges

A woman slicing a watermelon into wedges.

Now you can slice each piece (to your desired thickness) to create triangles.

A woman slicing a watermelon into wedges.
Watermelon triangles on a cutting board.

For Watermelon Cubes:

Step #1. Cut the Halves into Quarters

A woman quartering a large watermelon on a cutting board.

Follow steps #1 to #4 for 'For All Watermelon Cuts'. Then, take one of the halves and cut it into half again (you’ll get quarters).

Step #2. Cut Around the Borders

A woman using a knife to peel the rind off the watermelon.

Starting from the quarters, pass the knife close to the white part of the watermelon, following all the borders as best you can.

A woman using a knife to peel the rind off the watermelon.
A woman using a knife to peel the rind off the watermelon.

Step #3. Make Vertical Cuts

A woman making vertical slices into a watermelon.

Make vertical cuts to the watermelon.

Step #4. Make Vertical Cuts Again

A woman making vertical slices into a watermelon.

Now make vertical cuts in the other direction.

Step #5. Make Horizontal Cuts

A woman making horizontal slices into a watermelon.

Then make horizontal cuts so the squares fall off.

A woman cutting a watermelon into cubes.
A woman cutting a watermelon into cubes.

For Watermelon Sticks:

Step #1. Remove the Watermelon Rind

A woman slicing off watermelon rind.

Follow steps #1 to #4 for 'For All Watermelon Cuts'. Then, starting from halves, remove the white and green parts of the watermelon.

Step #2. Slice the Watermelon Vertically

A woman slicing sticks out of a watermelon.

Make vertical cuts in one direction.

A woman slicing sticks out of a watermelon.

Step #3. Make Vertical Cuts in the Other Direction

A woman slicing sticks out of a watermelon.

Make vertical cuts in the other direction (forming a chessboard-like shape in the upper part of the watermelon).

A woman slicing sticks out of a watermelon.

Serve​​​​

Triangle watermelon slices on a white serving dish.
Triangle watermelon slices on a white serving dish.
Triangle watermelon slices on a white serving dish.
Triangle watermelon slices on a white serving dish.
Triangle watermelon slices on a white serving dish.
Triangle watermelon slices on a white serving dish.
Watermelon cubes in a bowl.
Watermelon cubes in a bowl.
Watermelon sticks on wooden sticks.
Watermelon sticks on wooden sticks.
Watermelon sticks on wooden sticks.

Wrapping up the Rest

You can cut your watermelon into wedges, sticks, or even use cookie cutters to create fun shapes for the kids. Adding fun to healthy snacks will definitely clear your fruit platter fast, and if you do have any left over, watermelon is fast and easy to store for later! Simply wrap your leftover watermelon slices with plastic wrap or in an airtight container to enjoy later. Add a little extra to your pieces by pairing with cheese cubes, grapes and some crackers to the spread for a little variety. Or, stick the cubes on a kebab stick for an easy-to-grab snack.

No matter which way you slice it....be sure to use a sharp knife. The majority of the slicing will be done with a chef’s knife. You can use a utility knife to slice along the rind for the cubes, ensuring you can get all the juicy goodness out of your cutting. The best option is to get a watermelon without seeds, but seeds can easily be plucked out with a small paring knife or simply spit out.

So the next time you have been selected to provide a fun, healthy snack, ask yourself this: What is the funnest shape to slice this time?! Do you have a watermelon-cutting hack to share with us?

How to Slice Watermelon 3 Ways: Triangles, Cubes & Sticks

Whether you are getting ready for the party of the summer, relaxing with the family or feeding the kids a healthy alternative snack, this watermelon cutting technique will make you superstar of the dessert table!
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 watermelon
Author Joss D

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon

Tools

  • Chef's Knife
  • Utility knife
  • Paring knife
  • Cutting board

Instructions

For All Watermelon Cuts:

  • Clean the watermelon and pat it dry.
    A large watermelon on a cutting board.
  • Cut off the tips of the watermelon on each side.
    A woman slicing a knife into a large watermelon.
  • Cut the watermelon in half using a chef's knife.
    A woman slicing a knife into a large watermelon.
  • Now you can carry on to the steps for wedges, cubes or sticks.

For Watermelon Triangles (Wedges):

  • Follow the steps for 'For All Watermelon Cuts'. Then, take one of the halves and cut it into half again (you’ll get quarters).
    A woman quartering a large watermelon on a cutting board.
  • Take the quartered pieces and cut them in half. Once again, cut them in half lengthwise. With a smaller watermelon, you may not have to make this many cuts. It depends on the size you would like the wedges to be.
    A woman slicing a large watermelon into eighths.
  • Now you can slice each piece (to your desired thickness) to create triangles.
    Triangle watermelon slices on a white serving dish.

For Watermelon Cubes:

  • Follow the steps for 'For All Watermelon Cuts'.Then, take one of the halves and cut it into half again (you’ll get quarters).
    A woman quartering a large watermelon on a cutting board.
  • Starting from the quarters, pass the knife close to the white part of the watermelon, following all the borders as best you can.
    A woman using a knife to peel the rind off the watermelon.
  • Make vertical cuts to the watermelon.
    A woman making vertical slices into a watermelon.
  • Now make vertical cuts in the other direction.
    A woman making vertical slices into a watermelon.
  • Then make horizontal cuts so the squares fall off.
    A woman making horizontal slices into a watermelon.

For Watermelon Sticks:

  • Follow the steps for 'For All Watermelon Cuts'. Then, starting from halves, remove the white and green parts of the watermelon.
    A woman slicing off watermelon rind.
  • Make vertical cuts in one direction.
    A woman slicing sticks out of a watermelon.
  • Make vertical cuts in the other direction (forming a chessboard-like shape in the upper part of the watermelon).
    A woman slicing sticks out of a watermelon.
  • Serve​​​​​
    Watermelon sticks on wooden sticks.

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