VEGAN: How I Made These Tasty Grilled Watermelon Steaks

A savory caramelized watermelon recipe that will make you forget about fruit salad.

v 002cIf you are fond of eating fruit salad then you might to try this dish out. It is actually something I just recently discovered. Well, I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with this recipe, and I am just ecstatic to have found this online.

I love how the watermelons are grilled here and paired with the amazing coconut milk mixture. It is just a match made in heaven. It is one refreshing and amazing alternative to the typical fruit salad recipes we all usually prepare.

It is perfect if you have a small gathering at home especially when it is a barbecue party. Why not try it out now and tell me what your think?

Check out the recipe below.

Grilled Watermelon Steaks


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


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.

v 002bIn 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.

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.

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 caramelized, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

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.


A huge thank you goes to for this amazing recipe.