How to Deseed a Watermelon (step-step guide)

In this brief article, we will be discussing how to deseed a watermelon. Once you’re done reading, you’ll know how to be a true pro at cutting and deseeding a watermelon! Plus, we’ll also tell you what you can do with the seeds!

How to Deseed a Watermelon? Step-by-Step Guide

To deseed a watermelon, you should first of all cut the fruit. For this, you will need:

  • Cutting Board
  • Large Knife
  • Small Bowl (for seeds/scrapings)
  • Large Bowl (for de-seeded, diced sweet watermelon)
  • Garbage Can (for discarding rind)
  • Ripe, seeded Watermelon

So here are the basic steps to deseeding a watermelon like a professional.

Cut the Ends

Cut off one end, not too shallow and not too thick, of the watermelon. It can be the bloom-end or stem-end, doesn’t matter. Turn the watermelon to the other side and slice off the other end.

Remove the Rind

Tip-up the watermelon and slide the knife downward along the curve of the fruit to gently remove a section of the bitter white rind. 

It’s extremely important to create a balance between removing all of the white rind and sparing as much as possible of the sweet, red fruit inside. 

After slicing off the first section of the rind, the margin along which you need to make the remaining cuts will become visible.

Continue slicing around the melon to remove all the rind – each slice must be around two to three inches wide. Again, make sure to remove all the white rind while sparing most of the red flesh inside.

When you’re done, you’ll have a clean, nude watermelon.

Slice into Half

Holding the watermelon in place (with the flat cut-off ends at the top and bottom), slice it in half. For larger watermelons, you can firstly half it horizontally, and then slice it vertically.

Break Along the Seed Line

Now pick a slice, hold it firmly in both hands, and fracture it gently. along the seed line. Most slices might need a minimum of two instances of breaking. 

Don’t stress if the breaking is not very precise like in cubes or dice – it simply reveals the main area with the most seeds and makes it easier to remove them.

Deseed the Watermelon

Use a spoon and scrape along the seed line to remove all the seeds. Again, maintain a balance between scraping the seeds and sparing the red flesh of the watermelon. 

Even if you don’t remove all the white, infertile seeds, that’s okay. They are soft and tasteless. Focus on removing all the hard black seeds.

Do You Have to Deseed a Watermelon?

No, you don’t necessarily have to deseed the watermelon, you can eat the watermelon along with its seeds. However, if the watermelon has many seeds, especially the black ones, you must remove them since they are hard and might taste slightly bitter.

Nowadays, most watermelons are sold as ‘seedless’ with none or some pale yellow soft seeds easily removable with a knife. However, these varieties aren’t that flavorsome. 

What If You Eat Watermelon Seeds?

If you eat watermelon seeds, you will be ingesting additional nutrients. Watermelon seeds are absolutely safe to eat. In fact, the seeds are rich in protein, minerals, and vitamins! Studies showed that watermelon seeds contain high amounts of oil, 11% protein, 144 mg/g starch and 54 mg/g sugar. Heavy metals (lead and cadmium) and antinutrients (phytate, oxalate and cyanide) are low and below deleterious levels (2).

So if you ingest a mouthful along with some sweet and juicy watermelon, you’ll be perfectly fine.

What Can You Do with the Watermelon Seeds?

You can produce healthy snacks using watermelon seeds. 

After removing the seeds, leave them to dry. Later, roast them in a pan, cool them, and store them in an airtight container. Alternatively, you can sun dry it. Sun dried watermelon seeds are good sources of protein and have a balanced distribution of amino acids, especially rich in arginine, glutamine, asparagine and leucine, which is a potential resource for the preparation of antioxidant peptides (3). It contains 68.4% protein, 6.4% moisture, 1.2% crude fiber, 47.1% Fat, and 25.8% carbohydrates (1).

Also, due to their high nutrition value, they are great to use in salads as well. 


In this brief article, we answered how to deseed a watermelon. With a few practice watermelons, you’ll be dicing and deseeding watermelons like a pro!

If you have any comments or questions, please let us know. 


  1. Rekha, G., and A. Leema Rose. Proximate nutritional analysis of dried watermelon seed. Int J Eng Res Gen Sci, 2016, 4, 44-46.
  2. Falade, Olumuyiwa S., et al. Nutrient composition of watermelon (Citrullis lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. &Nakai) and egusi melon (Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad.) seeds. Agri Consp Scientific, 2020, 85, 43-49.
  3. Wen, Chaoting, et al. Study on the structure–activity relationship of watermelon seed antioxidant peptides by using molecular simulations. Food Chem, 2021, 364, 130432.