It's watermelon season! Learn how to cut a juicy watermelon like a pro into these decorative sticks! Not on a stick, but into simple sticks that are the best way to serve for a party, picnic, or for the classroom! They are great for dipping and less messy than triangles! This cutting hack is a summer necessity!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Ditch the classic cuts for a creative, decorative watermelon cutting hack that's also incredibly simple and fast.
- Perfect size for small hands!
- Sticks are the easiest way for kids to eat watermelon without getting super sticky because the watermelon rind doubles as a handle!
- Don't use popsicle sticks, which means you won't be picking them up off the ground!
- Can be arranged in different ways, from on a platter fancy for the party to just out of a container for a picnic. So much better than watermelon wedges!
- No melon baller or cookie cutter is needed! Just a large cutting board and a sharp knife!
- A seedless watermelon is best.
- A cold watermelon does work better than one that's been sitting at room temperature.
- A fresh watermelon works better because older watermelon flesh tends to fall apart in a crumbly way no matter how you cut it.
- You can use this method to cut mini watermelons just as well as large watermelons.
- If a whole watermelon is too much, you can use these easy steps on a half or quarter-cut watermelon, too!
Step-by-Step Photos and Instructions
- Wash or wipe off the outside of the melon to remove any dirt.
- Cut the melon in half.
- Place it cut side down on a cutting board.
- Cut the edges off all 4 sides.
- Cut the watermelon into vertical 1-inch slices.
- Turn the melon and cut new slices perpendicular or in the opposite direction to the original slices, creating squares.
- Lift the sticks of the watermelon out by the green squares!
- Store in an airtight container!
- Leftover sticks can easily be cut into watermelon cubes and used in fruit salads later!
Recipe FAQs and Expert Tips
Great question! Check out this Watermelon Slush recipe, or even this Watermelon Limeade would be delicious! A Watermelon Basil Salad would also be a great use for your leftover melon! These sticks are so easy to cut into cubes as well!
You can arrange them on a platter or tray. You can also serve them right off the cutting board.
I usually put them in a large Tupperware-type container and keep them in the fridge.
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How to Cut Watermelon Sticks
- 1 Watermelon
- Cutting board
- Wash off any dirt that may be on your watermelon.
- Place the melon cut side down.
- Slice the 4 edges off.
- Slice vertically into slices.
- Now slice it evenly, in horizontal cuts across the vertical slices.
- Ta-da!!!Watermelon Sticks!!!
- This method works best with fresh, cold, seedless melons. Super warm, old, seeded melons tend to crumble.
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