Discover the Best Way of Cutting a Watermelon (Like a Mama!)

I almost feel embarrassed about writing a post about how to cut a watermelon.

I’ve always cut my watermelons this way, but as it turns out (told by my friends), it’s pretty unique. So if you are looking for a way to cut watermelons that creates a minimum mess and is easy for little ones to eat, this post is for you.

Last summer, we hosted my son’s 2nd birthday party. As I was preparing some watermelons in the kitchen, the next thing I knew, a crowd gathered around me.

Some looked curious, some were laughing, and my mother-in-law looked worried.

After cutting them, I picked up a piece and handed it to my son, who was next to me. “That’s genius!” someone finally spoke.

If you are like our family, watermelon is one of our favorite summer fruits. We eat a lot of them in those hot summer months. It’s sweet, juicy, and cools you down like no other.

Then my friend Jessica even shared a Pinterest pin on choosing the perfect watermelon.

Seeing the reaction from my friends and family at my son’s birthday party, I thought it might be worth sharing my “strange” way of cutting the watermelon.

Who says watermelon needs to be cut in triangles if it means less messy and easy for the little ones to eat?

If you have a giant watermelon, I suggest cutting yours as Fifteen Spatulas did. My method works the best for those small to medium-sized watermelons:

Step 1:

Cut the watermelon in half.

Step 2:

Take one half and face the cut side down. Slice it into sections vertically, about 1 to 1.5 inches thick.

Step 3:

Cut horizontally 1 to 1.5 inches thick to create 1-inch squares. You can also rotate the watermelon or the chopping board 90 degrees to cut vertically.

Step 4:

Pick out the end pieces that are mostly or all skin and rind before you serve.

Step 5:


I’ll be honest this is probably not your typical watermelon-cutting method. Indeed, your little one biting into a giant wedge of watermelon with juice dripping everywhere makes a much cuter picture.

These odd-shaped watermelons make much less mess and are easy for the little fingers to pick up. Give it a try and be the judge yourself!

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