Juicy, charred, and a little smoky, this Grilled Watermelon with Chili and Honey-Lime Sauce is a quick and easy summer dish that will truly stand out! Serve it straight from the grill as an appetizer or side. And if you're into it, sprinkle a little feta on top!
Heat an outdoor gas grill or an indoor griddle or cast iron grill to high.
Slice the melon. Wash the melon and trim the ends so that you’re able to set the melon flat on your cutting surface. Cut the melon it into two halves, then cut the halves into quarters. From there slice into ½ -inch triangles with the rind on (do not remove the rind/skin).
Grill. Arrange the melon wedges or triangles on the prepared hot grill in one single layer. Grill over high direct heat for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, watching for some grill marks to appear.
While the melons are on the grill, quickly prepare the chili and honey-lime sauce. In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the honey, lime juice, and Aleppo pepper flakes (or red pepper flakes). Mix with a spoon then warm the mixture in the microwave for just a few seconds (no more than 10 seconds). Or, you can put your honey in a glass jar and cover tightly and leave it in a bowl of warmed water until it has loosened).
Arrange the grilled watermelon.
If serving as an appetizer, this dish can serve 6 people or so.
If you don't plan on using the entire melon to make this recipe, cover fresh, uncooked melon with plastic wrap and refrigerate for later.
Cut in thick triangles and do not remove the rind! Do not cut the melon slices any thinner than ½ inch, and make sure to leave the skin on which will help keep the melon from falling apart as it cooks.
Serve immediately! Grilled watermelon is best served and enjoyed immediately off the grill, so be sure to have prepared anything else you need before you cook the watermelon.
As a side, this recipe can be served next to things like: harissa chicken, shish kabob, souvlaki, or even grilled fish.
To serve as a dessert, omit the sauce and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of some good honey (I love this Greek thyme honey).