Watermelon steak

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Watermelon steaks on the grill
Uncooked watermelon steak

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 who have tried it compare its texture to that of seared meat, while others claim it is unique in its taste and texture. It is called "watermelon steak" due to its appearance and texture.

If the steak is baked, a texture like raw fish can result.[3] When well cooked, most of the fruit's water evaporates. This concentrates flavor and texture, yet still leaves the steak tender and juicy, "kind of like a fillet steak".[2]

Cookbooks sometimes suggest watermelon steak as a meat substitute for vegetarians.[4] Some recipes involve serving the steaks uncooked; once the raw watermelon is cut into steak-like slices, it can be garnished with various condiments or simply served together with salad.[5][6]

Watermelon steak was popularized by a Boston-area chef.[7][8] Boston Phoenix writer Robert Nadeau described his experience with watermelon steak thus:

"In some fashion that I don't understand, the process makes it (the watermelon) lose its granularity, so that it looks and for a moment even chews a little like seared raw tuna, which it resembles. The flavor 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, and lots of fun..."[9]


  1. ^ "Grilled watermelon steak: It's what's for dinner". Today. July 29, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b 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. ^ Bittman, Mark (2007). "Grilled Watermelon Steak". How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-7645-2483-7. 
  5. ^ "Watermelon steak, Tomato Salad, and Watermelon Refresher". Top Chef: The Cookbook. Chronicle Books. 2008. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-8118-6430-5. 
  6. ^ "No-Cook Meals". Southern Living. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  7. ^ The Chef, 51 Lincoln, retrieved July 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Watermelon steak", The Boston Globe, August 8, 2007.
  9. ^ Food & Drink | Metropolitan Club

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