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How to Pickle Watermelon Rinds

We might be a tad pickle-obsessed, but we’re all for turning leftover watermelon rinds into salty, briny, totally delicious pickles. Snack on ’em as is, throw ’em in a salad, or use ’em to garnish a cocktail—might we suggest our Watermelon Gin Fizz?

Get the recipe for pickled watermelon rinds:

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Pickled Watermelon Rinds

  • Author: Misfits Market


  • 1/2 small watermelon
  • 1½ cups vinegar, such as apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Fresh ginger, cut into 5 slices
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed


  1. For the pickled watermelon rind, use a peeler to remove the outer green layer from the watermelon. Cut watermelon into 1-inch wedges and remove flesh. (A little pink leftover on the rind is okay.) Set aside flesh for juicing). Cut the rind into 1-inch cubes and set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, ginger slices, cinnamon stick, black peppercorns, and fennel seed. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Add watermelon rind to the pot and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let mixture come to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for at least 8 hours and up to 2 weeks.

Hungry for more? Try these other delicious pickles:

Quick-Pickled Rainbow Swiss Chard Stems

Gently Pickled Watermelon Radishes

Easy Pickled Onions