Pickled Watermelon Rind

Hey there, fellow food adventurers! Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that will redefine your taste buds—Pickled Watermelon Rind! Yep, you heard that right—we’re taking the often overlooked watermelon rind and turning it into a tangy, zesty delight.

With a unique blend of spices and a touch of sass, this pickled treat will have you reaching for more with every bite. If you’re tired of the same old flavors and want to elevate your dishes, then this recipe is about to become your new secret weapon!

Why You’ll Love Pickled Watermelon Rind

  1. A Sassy Symphony of Flavors: Brace yourself for an explosion of taste! The combination of vinegar, spices like star anise, a hint of heat from the dried pepper, and the natural sweetness of watermelon rind creates a flavor profile that’s bold, zingy, and unforgettable. It’s a delightful dance party in your mouth, and you’re invited!
  2. An Unexpected Culinary Adventure: Say goodbye to food monotony! Pickled Watermelon Rind is a thrilling twist on pickled vegetables. It’s not only a clever way to use the often-discarded rind but also a versatile ingredient that can elevate salads, sandwiches, and even charcuterie boards. Once you add it to your culinary repertoire, there’s no going back!
  3. Easy-Breezy Preparation: Don’t let the uniqueness of this recipe intimidate you—it’s surprisingly simple to make! With just a few basic ingredients and a stock pot, you’ll have pickled watermelon rind ready to rock in no time. Plus, it’s an excellent project for beginners in the world of pickling!

Ingredients You Need To Make Pickled Watermelon Rind

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Dried pepper (for a touch of heat)
  • Star anise (to add a hint of spice and fragrance)
  • Watermelon rind (peeled and cubed)
  • Sugar (to balance the tangy flavors)
  • Pickling spice (because why settle for plain when you can have a medley of spices!)

How To Make Pickled Watermelon Rind

  1. Add all the ingredients to a large stockpot, except the watermelon rind. Bring it to a boil over medium heat, and then toss in the watermelon rind.
  2. Once the rind turns tender (hooray!), remove the pot from heat and transfer the pickled goodness to an airtight, heat-resistant container.
  3. Allow it to cool completely. And guess what? It’s ready to dazzle your taste buds!


How long does the pickled watermelon rind last?

With its addictive flavor, you might finish it quickly, but if stored properly in an airtight container, it can stay good for up to a month in the refrigerator. Trust me, it won’t last that long because it’s oh-so-good!

Can I adjust the level of spiciness?

Absolutely! If you prefer a milder pickled watermelon rind, simply reduce the amount of dried pepper or omit it altogether. It’s your kitchen, and you’re the boss of flavors!

What dishes can I use pickled watermelon rind in?

Oh, the possibilities are endless! Sprinkle it on your favorite salads, use it as a zesty topping for sandwiches, or add it to charcuterie boards for a surprising pop of flavor. You can even get creative and incorporate it into appetizers or rice bowls. Trust me, this sassy pickled goodness knows how to steal the show!

Pickled Watermelon Rind

I didn’t know how much I would love this, but I absolutely do! It so good and fun to add to dishes.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 1 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 dried pepper
  • 2 Star anise
  • 5 cups watermelon rind the green peeled off and cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp pickling spice


  • Add all the ingredients to a large stock pot minus the watermelon.
  • Bright to a boil over medium heat and add the watermelon rind.
  • Once the rind is soft. remove from heat and place in an airtight heat
  • resistant container.
  • Allow it to cool completely and enjoy!
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Get ready for a delightful surprise! Pickled Watermelon Rind is a unique treat that will tantalize your taste buds. It offers a perfect blend of tangy flavors and spices, making it a delightful addition to your culinary repertoire. Whether you’re a seasoned pickler or just starting out, this recipe promises to open up a whole new world of exciting tastes. So put on your apron, get ready to savor the magic, and let Pickled Watermelon Rind become your secret weapon for adding a touch of zing to any dish. Your guests will be impressed, and your taste buds will thank you for this delightful adventure. Enjoy the pickling fun, foodies!

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