• Chargrilled watermelon. (Ainsley's Market Menu)Source: Ainsley's Market Menu

You'd be surprised how many fruits get better with a little grilling. These skewers make plain old watermelon a dessert-worthy dish.






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  • 45 g (½ cup) desiccated coconut
  • ½ small watermelon
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) wild honey
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


1. Place the coconut in a frying pan over low-medium-low heat and stir continuously until light golden. Pour the coconut into a bowl and set aside.

2. Preheat a large grill pan over a medium-high heat. Remove the watermelon rind and set aside. Cut the flesh into 2-3 cm pieces. Thread the watermelon pieces onto skewers and place onto the dry, hot grill and cook, turning occasionally until nicely marked. Place the skewers on a platter, drizzle over some honey and sprinkle with two-thirds of the toasted coconut so that it sticks to the charred watermelon.

3. Very finely dice a few slices of the reserved watermelon rind. Place in a small bowl with the remaining toasted coconut, a drizzle of honey and the lemon zest and juice. Stir to combine.

To serve, stack the charred skewers on a platter and scatter over the watermelon rind.


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