Easy Grilled Watermelon Recipe: One Taste & You'll Want Fruit to Take Over the Grill (Sorry, Meat) by Donna John

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2 years ago

Easy Grilled Watermelon Recipe: One Taste & You'll Want Fruit to Take Over the Grill (Sorry, Meat)

A salad of greens, grilled watermelon, Cotija cheese and pepitas at a Mexican restaurant was my introduction to grilling this fruit. The heat brings out the watermelon's flavor and takes it to the next level. It's great on its own as a snack, but try it in your next salad, with grilled chicken or shrimp or made into a watermelon salsa. Be sure to leave the rind on while grilling to help keep the watermelon from falling apart or mashing it with your tongs. One taste and we think you'll want fruit to take over the grill (sorry, meat)!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 to 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 to 10 minutes


  • watermelon slices (rind still intact)
  • salt (optional)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Heat your outdoor grill to high heat.
  2. Put the watermelon slices on the grill. Season with salt, if using.
  3. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the watermelon has grill marks.
  4. Turn the watermelon over and continue to cook 1 to 2 more minutes. Serve. 

Note: Don't have an outdoor grill? Cook inside on a grill pan preheated to high for 2-3 minutes per side. 

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Jaime Gómez
I can't believe it. I would never have imagined it. I think it's a great idea to eat watermelon differently. Thanks for sharing it.

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