Grilled Watermelon Steaks

Ditch the fruit salad for this slightly caramelised savoury watermelon.

by Ricky Arias González
11 August 2017, 1:08pm

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Servings: 6-8
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 20 minutes


1 large watermelon
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 orange, juiced
1 (13-ounce) can coconut milk
1 tablespoon yuzu kosho
1-2 scallions, thinly sliced
cilantro leaves and flowers, to garnish
1 jalapeno, stemmed and thinly sliced


1. Using a knife, cut the top and bottom off of the watermelon. Following the curve of the melon, cut away the rind. Working with the rind, cut off the hard outer green "skin" so you're only left with the white rind. Thinly slice the rind into strips.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring the vinegar, sugar, salt, and orange juice to a boil with 1 cup water, then stir in the watermelon rind strips. Allow the rind to cool in the liquid. The pickled rinds will keep, refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks.

3. Place the coconut milk in a bowl or a blender along with the yuzu and scallions. Whisk together (or purée if using a blender) until smooth. The sauce will keep, refrigerated, for up to 1 week.

4. Slice the watermelon into about ¾-inch thick pieces, whatever size you like. Light a grill or cast-iron skillet over high. Add the watermelon "steaks" and cook, without flipping, until lightly golden and caramelised, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

5. To serve, place some of the coconut sauce in a shallow bowl. Top with the grilled watermelon and some of the pickled rinds. Garnish with the cilantro leaves and flowers and jalapeno slices.