Watermelon steak

Watermelon steaks on the grill

Watermelon steaks are steak-shaped pieces of watermelon, often prepared by grilling. The steaks can also be cooked by pan frying, by baking, or by marination followed by roasting. Depending on the method used, cooking can take from a few minutes to over two hours.[1][2] Some compare its texture to that of seared meat, while others describe its taste and texture as unique. It is called "watermelon steak" due to its appearance and texture.

If the steak is baked, a texture like raw fish can result,[3] Boston Phoenix writer Robert Nadeau comparing a grilled watermelon to seared, raw tuna. He added that the flavor of the fruit "isn't sweet, although it isn't meaty either, but enough of the browning comes through to make it a little like a piece of meat".[4] When well cooked, most of the fruit's water evaporates, concentrating flavor and texture while leaving the steak tender and juicy, "kind of like a fillet steak".[2]

Cookbooks sometimes suggest watermelon steak as a meat substitute for vegetarians.[5] Boston-area chef Jeffrey P. Fournier describes watermelon steak as his signature dish.[6][7]

See also


  1. "Grilled watermelon steak: It's what's for dinner". Today. July 29, 2008.
  2. 1 2 Schloss, Andrew; Joachim, David (2011). Fire It Up: 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything. Chronicle Books. p. 345. ISBN 978-0-8118-6505-0.
  3. "Baked Watermelon Steak Recipe and Method- Raw Fish/Sashimi Replacement for Sushi". pennilessparenting.com. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  4. Food & Drink | Metropolitan Club
  5. Bittman, Mark (2007). "Grilled Watermelon Steak". How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-7645-2483-7.
  6. The Chef, 51 Lincoln, retrieved July 18, 2014.
  7. "Watermelon steak", The Boston Globe, August 8, 2007.
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