Watermelon Rind Stir Fry

The days are getting warmer and that means a classic summer fruit is going to make a grand appearance -- Watermelon!  Watermelon is such a staple at picnics and barbecues. Everyone loves the red flesh of a watermelon, but it’s rind is normally forgotten about.  Did you know the rind is actually edible? Here’s a yummy stir fry recipe to use your watermelon rind and reduce your food waste!


  • 2 cups watermelon rind, julienned
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • 1 inch of ginger, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup chives, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon vegan fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Use a large frying pan or wok and heat sesame oil over high heat. Add the watermelon rind and carrots and stir constantly for about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the chives and stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup (or honey), tamari sauce, vegan fish sauce, garlic and ginger.
  4. Pour the sauce over the watermelon rind and continue to cook, stirring, 30 seconds to 1 minute until fragrant.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish. Add the basil, cilantro, and mint and toss to combine.
  6. Serve as a side dish or plate with ½ cup of rice and a protein of your choice!