Grilled watermelon with chili & honey-lime sauce
It's true what they say, you can pretty much grill anything and this tasty summer treat is no exception! So what's the secret behind why grilled watermelon works?
Well, it has a lot to do with it's make up, much like the humble tomato, watermelon is indeed a fruit but typically has a less sweet flavour profile when compared with other fruit and when grilled, presents with a lovely smoky flavour.
Our top tip for this recipe is to ensure you cut the watermelon into triangles with the rind attached. This helps to keep the slice intact when flipping and lifting.
Grilled watermelon with chili and honey-lime sauce
Juicy, charred, and a little smoky, this grilled watermelon with chili and honey-lime sauce is a quick and easy summer dish that will truly stand out! Serve it straight from the grill as an appetizer or side.
1 small personal-sized watermelon, about 2 ½ pounds
¼ cup honey
2 limes, zested and juiced
2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper, or ½ to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Blocks of creamy feta for serving, (optional)
Heat an outdoor gas grill or an indoor griddle or cast iron grill to high.
Wash the melon and trim the ends so that you’re able to set the melon flat on your cutting surface. Cut the melon it into two halves, then cut the halves into quarters. From there slice into ½ -inch triangles with the rind on (do not remove the rind/skin).
Arrange the melon wedges or triangles on the prepared hot grill in one single layer. Grill over high direct heat for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, watching for some grill marks to appear.
While the melons are on the grill, quickly prepare the chili and honey-lime sauce. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the honey, lime juice, and Aleppo pepper flakes (or red pepper flakes). Mix with a spoon then warm the mixture in the microwave for just a few seconds (no more than 10 seconds). Or, you can put your honey in a glass jar and cover tightly and leave it in a bowl of warmed water until it has loosened).
Arrange the grilled watermelon.