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Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Honey-Yogurt

This post was originally published here June 10, 2015. I’ve since adjusted the recipe slightly. And I’ve updated the text and photographs to reflect those changes. I hope you try out this fun Summer treat


This is one of the most fun things you can do with watermelon during the Summer months. Other than blending it into boozy slushies. Or turning it into portable margaritas. Or making it into a refreshing gazpacho.

OK. I think you get the point here. I love watermelon in all forms. And grilled watermelon is just another way I get all excited to enjoy it!

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This Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Honey-Yogurt is one of those “non-recipe recipes”. The formula of which goes something like this: cut up a watermelon, sprinkle it with chili powder or cayenne pepper, grill it for a couple minutes, then hit it with some lime juice, flaky sea salt and fresh mint. Done.

Oh and while you’re at it, stir a squeeze of honey into some Greek yogurt for dipping. It’s the perfect little cool down for the spicy grilled watermelon.

This is such a crowd-pleasing recipe for any Summer cookout or potluck. It’s a must-try at your next outdoor gathering!

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I will only demand you follow one part of the instructions exactly as written. And it’s this: cut your watermelon into batons. Yes. This makes all the difference. I know it seems like a silly thing. But trust me. I used to make this recipe by cutting the watermelon into wedges (what was I thinking?). But the batons are so much easier to grill and serve. AND they are more enjoyable to eat, too (easier to handle and dip)!

If you try out my Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Honey-Yogurt (or any of my other watermelon recipes!) this Summer, give me a shout out on social media. I’d love to hear from you!



Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Honey-Yogurt

Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Honey-Yogurt

At a Glance:
Yield: Serves about 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 small seedless watermelon
  • Ground chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lime
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Fresh mint, minced
  • 1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high.
  2. Cut the watermelon into batons and place them on a large tray. Sprinkle the batons with a few pinches of chili powder/cayenne pepper. Then place the batons directly on your pre-heated grill. Cook for about 1-3 minutes per side, or until they become slightly soften and develop grill marks in a few places.
  3. Remove the grilled watermelon batons and place them back on your tray. Squeeze the lime over the batons while they are still warm. Then sprinkle with a few pinches of flaky sea salt and fresh mint.
  4. Meanwhile, stir together the yogurt and honey. Serve alongside the grilled watermelon batons.

66 comments on “Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Honey-Yogurt”

  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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  36. Well, this is fun! I can say I’ve never grilled watermelon before!!! Love what you did here, and thanks!

  37. Thanks for sharing this Spicy Grilled Watermelon With Honey-Yogurt, this seems so amazing and will love to try this one . Definitely gonna try this

  38. Love this Spicy Grilled Watermelon with Honey Yogurt, this recipe seems super delicious and amazing. Will love to try this one.

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