Air Fryer Fried Watermelon Rinds

It’s finally Summer! Nothing says Summer here in the South more than fresh juicy watermelon. OK...Maybe iced tea and cherry pie but we will just leave it at that.

I wasn't always a fan of watermelon until the past few years. I have adapted a love for this red sweet melon that is full of health benefits. You can read a lot of them HERE.

Did you know you can eat the entire parts of a watermelon? You can spit the seeds to see how far they go but that's your own game. You can even eat the watermelon rind.
Hold on...this is real.

I read where it was good deep fried, so I had to give it a try.

Word has it, that you can not make these in an air fryer, but I wanted to try it anyway.
Hey, whata ya know, it worked!
I'm sure the greasy deep fried way taste a lot better, but what I created in my air fryer was delicious all the same.

  • After you cut up your watermelon, wash the rinds and cut into fries.
  • Roll in flour/cornmeal mixture (equal amounts of each mixed together).
  • Salt and pepper and place in air fryer (or recommended deep fryer).
  • If using an air fryer, coat each side with cooking spray.
  • Cook in air fryer 400 for 25 minutes (or until brown) flipping over every 5 minutes.
  • Let cool for few minutes as the inside is extremely hot.
  • Enjoy alone or with your favorite Ranch dressing or dip.

Oh boy was it good! Seriously!

What did it taste like?
Honestly, It did not taste like watermelon at all. It tasted like sweet fried squash! It was awesome and makes a delicious healthy side dish or TV snack without any guilt!.

Oh and did you know that watermelon rind is good for your sex life? 



  1. I love watermelon - have you tried Watermelon Limeade? Delicious refreshing drink on hot summer days.

  2. What's the world coming to? Fried watermelon. WOW Fried Ice Cream and now fried watermelon. Sherry says, "I'd try that!"
    Okay when I read it I could see someone frying the red. Yeah the rind sounds better. LOL I do love watermelon. You girl are sorta crazy, but it does sound good!
    Love from over here.
    Sherry & jack

  3. I love watermelon especially when it's sweet. The recipe sounds like healthier alternative.

  4. Wow, I didn't know you could eat the watermelon rind. I love watermelon, and don't enjoy it enough. It sure sounds good in this California heat. Your recipe looks really good, Lisa.

    Enjoy the Summer days!


  5. That's a new one on me, fried watermelon.
    I had watermelon today!!

  6. Never in my life have I heard of frying the rind. I must buy a watermelon and give that a try!

  7. I never knew we could eat the rind Wow It looks delicious I will make it Thanks for the recipe xoxo Cris

  8. Looks like a perfect cut of watermelon

  9. Holy smokes! I would have never thought of this. I'm trying to imagine the taste. Thanks for sharing such a novel idea. Have a great weekend.

  10. I could eat my weight in watermelons and cantaloupes. I've never heard of fired rinds. I need to look for that.

  11. I didn't know you could eat the rinds! I LOVE watermelon! We go to a fruit stand near our house and I get the seedless kind, soooooo good ice cold! We also made watermelon muddled martinis last year and that was fun.
    Have a great day!
    jess xx