Spicy Grilled Watermelon Recipe

Joshua Bousel

After a long summer of new grilled goodies and tons of barbecue, I decided to take the cool and crowd-pleasing watermelon and do it up in a spicy, grilled style.

Brush the watermelon wedges with a mixture of honey, lime juice, and cayenne pepper, then quickly grill them over a very hot fire until grill marks form.

One by one, my friends curiously tried this watermelon and spat out disguised comments like, "weird" or "that's different."

Hmm...not the reaction I was hoping for. But then everyone went back for more, trying to formulate an opinion over this surprisingly odd creation. Sure, it may not be for everyone (best to keep some plain watermelon on stand-by), but it certainly adds some fun when everyone forms an opinion in the great grilled watermelon debate.

Recipe Details

Spicy Grilled Watermelon Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 20 mins
Serves 10 to 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup juice from about 4 limes

  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 medium watermelon, cut into 1-inch thick wedges

  • 1/2 cup mint chiffonade


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lime juice, cayenne pepper, and salt.

  2. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Brush each side of watermelon slices with spicy lime and honey mixture. Place watermelon and grill and cook until grill marks developed, about 2 minutes per side.

  3. Remove watermelon from grill, sprinkle with mint, and serve.

Special Equipment


Nutrition Facts (per serving)
175 Calories
1g Fat
44g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 175
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 113mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 33mg 163%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 443mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)