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Homemade Watermelon Sorbet

Updated on July 2, 2011
Watermelon / Photo by E. A. Wright
Watermelon / Photo by E. A. Wright

Watermelon Sorbet

Few foods convey summer simplicity better than watermelon. Even when watermelon is dressed up as a sorbet, it demands little fuss and little company.

Unlike most sorbets, this watermelon sorbet is made almost solely with fruit — no long list of ingredients here. Watermelon sorbet requires a minimum of added sugar and no added water at all.

(Just consider this more proof that the watermelon earned the name watermelon for a good reason!)

Ingredients For Homemade Watermelon Sorbet

  • About 1/5 of a medium watermelon, cut into chunks (that should be enough watermelon to fill 2 cups)
  • Scant 1/4 cup sugar
  • Optional: Juice from one lime

Kitchen Equipment

  • Large knife and cutting surface
  • Measuring cup
  • Blender
  • Ice cream maker

Watermelon sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright
Watermelon sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright
Watermelon sorbet in an ice cream maker / Photo by E. A. Wright
Watermelon sorbet in an ice cream maker / Photo by E. A. Wright

What To Do

  1. Cut the watermelon and carve out blender-sized chunks. For the best flavor, avoid the parts of the watermelon that are pale and close the rind.
  2. Pick out any watermelon seeds, but don't worry about all the watermelon juice that squirts out as you cut. There's no need to reclaim it. The watermelon flesh will be juicy enough on its own. (The reason for this: If the sorbet has too much water, it will end up being unpleasantly icy.)
  3. Place the sugar and the watermelon pieces in the blender. Blend the mix very thoroughly.
  4. Pour the mix into an ice cream maker and freeze it according the machine's instructions. In a small ice cream maker this can take about half an hour.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • Make it limey: Add a dash of lime juice to the watermelon and sugar before blending.

More Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright
Watermelon sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright
Watermelons / Photo by E. A. Wright
Watermelons / Photo by E. A. Wright


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    • twoseven profile image

      twoseven 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      This looks great! I'm going to try it tomorrow. We have a bunch of watermelon and it's incredibly hot here! Thanks for the great, easy to understand recipe.

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      cwarden 7 years ago from USA

      Wow...this looks amazing! I'm going to have to try it. Thanks!

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      twogroce 7 years ago

      Ooo...that looks so yummy! I'm sure it has a lite, fresh taste to it. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

      God bless

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      E. A. Wright 7 years ago from New York City

      Watermelons on every corner... Wow, lucky you, SafeCard!

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      SafeCard 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Sounds easy enough! I live in a area that has a lot of watermelon farms so getting the fresh is cheap and easy since they are on every corner.

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      Seakay 7 years ago from Florida

      This looks so HEALTHY! Great Hub! Love the pix.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Gosh this sounds refreshing - thanks for the others to that kiwi lime sounds one to really strain the taste buds!

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      Martha Castillo 7 years ago from San Diego CA

      Wonderfully fresh and just in time for summer.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Ah yes - another thing to do with watermelon! Love this time of year and thanks for another recipe for my 'collection'.

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      dealrocker 7 years ago from California

      Great recipe! Love it!!

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      Simple Tim 7 years ago

      Looks delcious!E.A:Wright!...sounds simple enough for me to try.I just bought a huge melon yesterday and was wondering how to get rid off it since its too big to fit in the refrigertor even when its cut up!

      For cocktail fans try squeezing in some vodka into the mellons (with a syringe)before cutting...refrigerate then enjoy at sunset.

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Great recipe E. A. Wright! I love anything with watermelon but have not tried this one yet. I also have a hub about watermelon drink called 'otai if you are interested: