Watermelon Rind Stir Fry

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Next time you buy a whole watermelon, reserve the watermelon rind for this ingenious recipe! The rind will soften and quickly absorb the flavor of your sauce.

  • Yields

    4 servings



  1. Heat sesame oil in a wok over high heat. Add the watermelon rind and carrots and stir fry, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes. Let sit over high heat for 1 additional minute without stirring.
  2. Add the chives and stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic and ginger.
  4. Pour the sauce over the watermelon rind and cook, stirring, 30 seconds to 1 minute until fragrant.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish. Add the basil, cilantro, and mint, tossing to combine.
  6. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired, and serve as a side dish.

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Word of warning Asians do not use sesame oil for direct cooking. It is one of the oils with the lowest smoke points, instead it is used sparingly at the end to introduce flavor. Use any neutral vegetable oil to fry this instead.

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Thank you for this insight. It works well enough for us at home when we make it in our kitchens, as a couple of us make this regularly. But we’ll try your suggestion to test it out and compare.


Taste delicious!
Thank you.


Yummy, easy to make, I love that you can improvise these kinds of recipes to suit your budget and available ingredients.


I didn’t add the carrots, cause I was a bit lazy. I didn’t have basil(once you use fresh, you do not care much for dried) , and I was once again too lazy to go to the greenhouse for mint.. i also had to use ground ginger, and dried cilantro .. I didn’t like it at first, so I added more fish sauce , soy sauce and honey. Then I liked it, to the point, I would never through out watermelon rind ever again… though, I’d never order this at a restaurant.. I also really wish I had oriental noodles to go with this.. I’d definitely recommend trying it.. just don’t get your expectations too high.. it’s good though