Grilled Watermelon with Tequila

August 13, 2009
3 Ratings
Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Spiking fruit with alcohol, grilling fruit with spices usually leads to a fun and tasty summer treat! This recipe can be an appetizer or a savory dessert. Either way, this is a fun way to cool off the hot August nights. —bill

What You'll Need
  • 4 pieces watermelon
  • 2 shots premium tequila
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder (Ancho works great)
  • 8 ounces crème fraîche
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  1. Mix the crème fraîche, lime zest, and cilantro in bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and reserve in refrigerator.
  2. Mix the tequila, lemon juice, and lemon zest in bowl. Drizzle equal amounts of mixture over each watermelon slice. Top with chili powder and salt, patting gently into the slices.
  3. In a grill pan over high heat, grill the watermelon slices, chili powder side down, just until the powder's oils are released and grill marks are made, about 1 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove the slices and assemble grilled side up. Top with cilantro lime crème fraîche and serve immediately.
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3 Reviews

Rochelle W. July 30, 2017
Any suggestions for a substitute for cilantro? My husband loves anything watermelon...but he also abhors anything with cilantro in it.
Jeanne June 14, 2021
Jessica May 30, 2016
This was terrible. Only one person at a party actually liked it and only the cooler parts. It might be better if you grill and then chill it. I will not make this again.