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A white dinner plate of fresh greens topped with two rectangular watermelon steaks drizzled with balsamic glaze and sesame seeds

Watermelon Steak

Pan seared Watermelon Steak is a delicious and completely gorgeous vegan meal. Fresh watermelon slices are marinated in miso, garlic, and soy, and then cooked to perfection, turning juicy melon into perfectly chewy steaks.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword watermelon steak
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 272kcal
Author Cindy Gordon | Vegetarian Mamma


  • Large skillet


  • 1 large watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari, or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon brown or red miso paste
  • balsamic glaze for serving
  • sesame seeds optional, for garnish


  • Gather your ingredients.
    The ingredients needed to make watermelon steak
  • Slice the watermelon in half and then into round slices that are approximately 1 inch thick. Cut the rind away to create 6 or more rectangular watermelon steaks.
    rectangular watermelon steaks being cut on a bamboo cutting board
  • Pat the watermelon rectangles dry with paper towels, removing as much moisture as possible.
    watermelon planks drying on paper towels
  • Whisk together 1 tablespoon of the olive oil with garlic, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and miso paste.
    marinade for watermelon steaks in a bowl with a whisk.
  • Brush the marinade onto the watermelon slices, covering both sides.
    marinade being brushed on watermelon steaks
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the watermelon for 5 minutes on each side, keeping the pan covered with a lid. Then turn the heat up to medium high and fry for 2 more minutes on each side, uncovered, until the watermelon steaks are slightly browned. Serve drizzled with balsamic glaze.
    watermelon steaks cooking in a large skillet



  • To dry the watermelon out really well, let the slices of melon sit in the fridge overnight, uncovered. Some of the moisture will evaporate and then you can briefly pat it dry before you start cooking.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and/or a sprinkle of regular or vegan cheese, such as feta or shaved parmesan. 


Serving: 1steak | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 854mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 4269IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg