Spicy Watermelon Rind

Spicy Watermelon Rind Spicy Watermelon Rind

by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Spicy Watermelon Rind

When summer rolls around, the warmer weather gives us a hankering for lighter food. One of our go-to’s? Watermelon. After snacking on this refreshing treat, don’t toss the rinds – keep them for an unexpected, flavorsome spicy watermelon rind recipe.

Spicy Watermelon Rind Spicy Watermelon Rind

Instructions For Spicy Watermelon Rind


  • 1 watermelon, about 7lbs
  • 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled, sliced


  1. Remove flesh of watermelon and use for something else. Peel the rind and cut it into 3/4" pieces. It should yield about 7 cups.
  2. In a stockpot, combine all ingredients except watermelon.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  4. Add watermelon pieces, return to a boil, and lower to a simmer.
  5. Simmer watermelon pieces, stirring occasionally, until all pieces are translucent, about 30 minutes.
  6. Let the pickled watermelon cool at room temperature and then refrigerate, or if canning, process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Tips for Inspiration

Add a summery twist to your salad by topping it with spicy watermelon rind. Try it with arugula, strawberries, a cheese of your choosing and balsamic dressing – great for a side dish, or to eat up all on its own.