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A step-by-step guide on how to cut a cantaloupe, 5 fun and easy ways!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cantaloupe

Instructions 

HOW TO CUT CANTALOUPE WEDGES

  • Wash and dry melon. On a large cutting board, using a sharp knife, cut 1/2″ off of the top and bottom of the melon. Set one cut side down on the cutting board. Starting at the top of the melon and following the contour of the melon down to its base, slice off the rind. Using the green rind as a reference, continue cutting around the sides of the melon until you have no more rind left and only have the orange flesh showing.
    A pair of hands holding a cantaloupe in a knife cutting off the skin and exposing the orange flesh.
  • Cut melon in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Place the melon on the cutting board, cut side down.
    Hands holding half of a cantaloupe deseeding with a silver spoon.
  • Cut the melon in the option direction as your first cuts, horizontally, in wide slices following the curve of the melon. Repeat until you are done cutting the melon.
    Hands holding a cantaloupe cutting it into thick wedges on a wooden cutting board against a white backdrop.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    A purple kids play with wedges of cantaloupe.

HOW TO CUT CANTALOUPE CUBES

  • Wash and dry melon. On a large cutting board, using a sharp knife, cut 1/2″ off of the top and bottom of the melon. Set one cut side down on the cutting board. Starting at the top of the melon and following the contour of the melon down to its base, slice off of the rind. Using the green rind as a reference, continue cutting around the sides of the melon until you have no more rind left and only have the orange flesh showing.
    A pair of hands holding a cantaloupe in a knife cutting off the skin and exposing the orange flesh.
  • Cut melon in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Place the melon on the cutting board, cut side down.
    2/2 of a cantaloupe peeled in deseeded on a wooden cutting board.
  • Cut the melon in the same direction as your first cuts, horizontally, in 1″ slices.
    A wooden cutting board with hands cutting thick slices of cantaloupe.
  • Turn the melon and cut in the opposite direction in 1″ slices. Repeat until you are done cutting the melon.
    Hans cutting thick slices of cantaloupe into cubes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    A teal kids play with cubes of Kalab against a white background.

HOW TO CUT CANTALOUPE SLICES

  • Wash and dry melon. On a large cutting board, using a sharp knife, cut 1/2″ off of the top and bottom of the melon. Set one cut side down on the cutting board. Starting at the top of the melon and following the contour of the melon down to its base, slice off of the rind. Using the green rind as a reference, continue cutting around the sides of the melon until you have no more rind left and only have the orange flesh showing.
    A wooden cutting board with a peeled Cantelope in the skin.
  • Cut melon in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Place the melon on the cutting board, cut side down.
    2/2 of a cantaloupe peeled in deseeded on a wooden cutting board.
  • Cut the melon in the same direction as your first cuts, horizontally, in thin 1/2-1″ slices. Repeat until you are done cutting the melon.
    Half of a cantaloupe being sliced into small slices.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    A yellow kids plate with three slices of cantaloupe against a white background.

HOW TO CUT CANTALOUPE BALLS

  • Wash and dry melon. On a large cutting board, cut the melon in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds.
    Half of a cantaloupe sitting on a wooden cutting board.
  • Using a melon baller or small cookie scoop, press it into the melon flesh, rotate it in all directions, and remove the ball from the cantaloupe. Repeat until you have desired amount of melon balls. When you have used the entire surface of the cantaloupe, simply cut off that portion so you have a fresh layer to make more melon balls.
    Two hands holding a Cantelope and using a scooper to form Cantaloupe balls.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    A pink kids plate with cantaloupe balls against a white background

HOW TO CUT CANTALOUPE SHAPES

  • Wash and dry melon. On a large cutting board, using a sharp knife, cut 1/2″ off of the top and bottom of the melon. Set one cut side down on the cutting board. Starting at the top of the melon and following the contour of the melon down to its base, slice off of the rind. Using the green rind as a reference, continue cutting around the sides of the melon until you have no more rind left and only have the orange flesh showing.
    A pair of hands holding a cantaloupe in a knife cutting off the skin and exposing the orange flesh.
  • Cut melon in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Place the melon on the cutting board, cut side down.
    Hands holding half of a cantaloupe deseeding with a silver spoon.
  • Cut the melon in the same direction as your first cuts, horizontally, in thin 1/2-1″ slices. Repeat until you are done cutting the melon.
    Thinly sliced cantaloupe any wooden cutting board
  • Lay one slice on the cutting board, and using your favorite cookie cutter, cut out any shapes you prefer. Repeat until you have cut shapes out of all of the slices.
    Then slices of cantaloupe cut into heart shapes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    A blue kids play with heart shaped cantaloupe

Notes

Storage: Cut cantaloupe is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Equipment

large cutting board

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