Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Crème Fraîche

Hi Friends! How are you on this fine Wednesday?

Me? I’m feeling generally disorganized. I’m in the midst of packing up and moving to a new house, so I’m currently up to my ear-balls in boxes, tape and other moving related paraphernalia.

This is most certainly the shortest move I’ve ever done – just a few miles up the street – but I’m still finding it a relatively miserable experience. Because in the end, whether you’re going 3,000 miles or 3 miles, it’s still a crap-ton of work. And that’s the truth.

But enough of my complaining. Let’s talk about grilled watermelon.


First, are you amazed that I haven’t grilled anything in a couple of weeks? Weird, right? Very unlike me. But I’m back on the wagon again. Or is it off the wagon? I never get that one right. And I’m here to tell you that you should start grilling watermelon. And make it a little bit spicy while you’re at it. And then add some cooling elements like a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a dollop of crème fraîche.

This is totally one of those times when you have to just trust me. Because I know that this combination might sound strange. But it’s really quite delicious and refreshing. And it’s something fun and unexpected to serve at your next summer gathering.


I used Vermont Creamery Crème Fraîche Madagascar Vanilla for this recipe, because (1) I’m currently obsessed with it and (2) I love the additional sweetness it brings to the recipe. But you can certainly use plain crème fraîche, if you prefer.



Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Crème Fraîche

Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Crème Fraîche


  • 1 small seedless watermelon
  • Ground chili powder
  • 1 fresh lime
  • Crème fraîche (with or without vanilla bean)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped


  1. Pre-heat your grill to high.
  2. Cut the watermelon into wedges, about ¾-inches thick. Lay the wedges out onto a baking sheet and sprinkle both sides with a small amount of chili powder.
  3. Add the watermelon wedges to your grill and cook for about 1-2 minutes per side, or until there are grill marks on each side. Remove from the grill.
  4. Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the watermelon wedges while they are still warm. Add a dollop of crème fraîche and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.

60 comments on “Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Crème Fraîche”

  1. Oh my goodness, this sounds so heavenly. I want to do little cubes of this as an appetizer!

  2. Hope the moving goes well, Liz! And I agree, it doesn’t matter how far you move, it’s still a major pain! Thank goodness for this watermelon to save the day. I love the creme on this, sounds so delicious!

  3. Liz, I had no idea you could grill watermelon! You’ve opened up a whole new world for me, grill wise. This is such a great idea and I love the chili powder on them! Pinned.

  4. Moving is the WORST! I remember when we moved up to Milwaukee my brain was just exploding because I wanted everything in its place ASAP and so many boxes and I couldn’t find anything! Hope you remedy it with lots of wine+cheese, because those things always solve all problems everytime. Also, my man usually grills but I am going to be stealing his grill to get at these!

  5. Good luck with the move, girl! One of my least favorite things to do ever in life is move, and I’ve done it 5 times in the last 3 years, if you can believe it! So I feel your pain. But once you’re all settled in to the new digs, everything will be gravy 🙂 LOVE this grilled watermelon thing you’ve got going on! I’ve never tried grilled watermelon and I bet it’s amazing. Plus that creme fraiche is making my mouth water 😀

  6. You speak the truth. Who cares if you move far away or right next door, you still have to pack everything up! Good luck on the move and I’ll call you later this week! XO

  7. I have never tried grilled watermelon, but loving this spicy version and vanilla creme fraiche!!

  8. Love that you added some kick to watermelon which is so cooling! Stunning photos, pinning!

  9. You’re moving?! That is exciting!! I want to see pictures! 🙂 And this watermelon: A++!!

    • Yup, just up the street. I’ll definitely send you some pics…once it looks presentable which could be like a million years. 🙂

  10. Moving is SO stressful! I’ve only had to move twice, and both times I just ended up throwing half of my stuff away. Ha! Hope your new place is great! And I am loving this spicy grilled watermelon! I just bought 2 huge watermelons at the grocery store this weekend. Only $4 each, how could I not? This will be a great way to use them up!

  11. This recipe is all kinds of summery! I love it! I am kinda getting into grilling for the first time and I can’t wait to grill some watermelon!

  12. Ugh, we should start an “I hate moving” club. I’m soooooo over it! I’m sending good vibes your way! Girl, you’ve taken watermelon to a whole new level and I just love it. Pinned!

  13. This looks awesome! I’m obsessed with grilling fruit lately! I’ve done apricots and pineapple in the past couple weeks but I haven’t tried (or even thought about) watermelon! It’s on the list, now! 🙂

  14. Girrrrrrrl! Your food photography is off the freakin hook. This looks like the perfect treatment for watermelon – sweet and savory, hot and cold, crunchy and creamy. Pure genius!

  15. I don’t envy your moving, but I DO envy these grilled watermelon slabs! I WANT.

  16. Oh yeah. That internal convo I had about buying a grill is happening. This sounds so YUM!


    Eimy, The Golden Fig

  17. I hope you’re hanging in there with the move!! I’m dreading ours, considering the ridiculous amount of cookbooks and props I’ve acquired over the last year and a half. I need to visit you so that you can just grill me all the things!

    • Come on over. I’m happy to grill you everything and anything! If I can even find any of my kitchen stuff again. So many boxes!

  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. So clever and tasty–sweet, savory, SUMMER.

  19. This will finally be the summer when I try grilled watermelon. Its my favorite fruit, but the only way I enjoyed it its fresh, no hassle, can’t wait to try this.

  20. Love how gorgeous these pictures are and seriously why have I not eaten a grilled watermelon until now?!! NEED this!

  21. Good luck with your move and packing. The packing & unpacking is my least favorite part too. Sending good vibes your way girl. And this grilled watermelon is just genius! I totally want to try that next time!

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  23. This is my weekend plans right here!! I’ll be throwing in some peaches and pineapples too!

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  25. I keep seeing your recipes popping up all over the internet and I’m loving how unique and original they all are. Grilled watermelon is brilliant!

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  31. Good luck with all of your moving!! I know it’s never fun, but it’s always an adventure for sure. 🙂 At least that’s how my husband and I like to look at it. LOVE this watermelon! So delish!

  32. Hang in there! I’ve just completed a move and feel your pain — it was great to actually get my kitchen organized enough to actually cook this weekend! Moving is hard work, no doubt about that! Enjoy your new place.

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