How to Cut A Melon
A six-month stint cooking in a restaurant during grad school was all the time I needed to know that I wasn’t cut out for the job. But I’m ever so glad for the experience, because I picked up some pointers that continue to make cooking easier today. When I worked the brunch shift, for example, I learned how to cut a melon like a pro after doing it dozens (hundreds?) of times.
All that practice breeds efficiency, so I thought I’d share the easiest, breeziest method. We are rolling into melon season, so I hope this comes in handy.
How to Cut a Melon
The thing about cooking, or any skill or activity, is that there is never just one way to go about it. This method is for cutting a melon so it’s entirely free to seeds and rind. It’s a good approach if you want to add melon to a fruit salad, blend it into a drink, or make ice pops. If you’re looking for watermelon wedges or sticks that include the rind, I like how my friend Sally of Real Mom Nutrition does it.
1. Start by washing the melon well
Your knife can pick up dirt and bacteria as it slices through, so give it a rinse under the tap.
2. Cut Melon in half opposite the stem end
3. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon
4. Set the melon cut-side-down on a very clean board
Make sure your cutting board is clean. You don’t want to use the same board where you just chopped garlic or onions!
5. Use a sharp knife to shear off the rind to reveal the sweet flesh
6. Admire your succulent fruit
7. Cut melon into slices
7. If you like, cut those slices into cubes
Now that you know how to cut a melon, enjoy it straight up or give it a squeeze of lime. Alternatively, here are a few recipe ideas for inspiration.