Sweet Watermelon Sauce

Whether drizzled over a warm croissant or used as a mixer in your favorite summer cocktail, this Sweet Watermelon Sauce is sure to win your taste buds over.

Sadly, it’s been a few months since I participated in Food n’ Flix, a monthly event that combines food and movies to turn them into an entertaining culinary experience. I especially almost could have kicked myself in my own overly-padded derrière for missing out on sharing my thoughts on The Princess Bride, since it just happens to be one of my most favorite movies ever, ever, ever. Then there was last month’s movie Volver, which I actually attempted to watch at the last moment, only to discover that the DVD was split completely in half. While I did eventually end up watching it on Amazon Prime Video, it was past the event deadline, which means that I was forced to eat the entire block of Manchego cheese I had purchased for the recipe I was hoping to create, all by myself. Let’s just say that I may have a little bit of a cheese belly right now and that my tummy may or may not look like I’m actually carrying a watermelon.

Speaking of carrying a watermelon, this month’s Food n’ Flix movie, chosen by Chef Sarah Elizabeth is a real classic and also just so happens to be the very first movie that I ever purchased for myself. I was in my teens when Dirty Dancing was released and I saved my allowance for what seemed like ages in order to head to the video store and buy it in VHS format. Hey, at least I said VHS and not Beta, right? Many years later, I treasure this movie just as much as I did back then and still find that I can watch it over and over again without every tiring of it. I am always reminded of the long summer months as a teen that I spent watching Baby and Johnny dance the days away in the Catskills, with me dancing and singing right along beside them. And yes, in all honesty, I still dance and sing right along with them all these years later. Some things never change. Like me, looking more and more like I’m carrying a watermelon, as each year passes. Oh well, that’s what having the “time of your life” is about, right?

Whether drizzled over a warm croissant or used as a mixer in your favorite summer cocktail, this Sweet Watermelon Sauce is sure to win your taste buds over.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Puréed Watermelon
  • 2 Cups Diced Peeled Watermelon Rind
  • 2 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 (1.75-oz.) Box Pectin

Whether drizzled over a warm croissant or used as a mixer in your favorite summer cocktail, this Sweet Watermelon Sauce is sure to win your taste buds over.

Directions:

  • Place all of the ingredients, except for the pectin, into a large non-reactive metal saucepan over high heat, stirring constantly. Bring the sauce to a rolling boil.
  • When the sauce begins to foam up and almost overflow the saucepan, reduce the heat just enough to keep it from overflowing, add the pectin, and then stir vigorously for 5 minutes.
  • Place the sauce into very clean and dry glass or plastic canning jars, place the lids on lightly, and then allow to come to room temperature.
  • Tighten the lids on the jars and then refrigerate or freeze for later use.

Whether drizzled over a warm croissant or used as a mixer in your favorite summer cocktail, this Sweet Watermelon Sauce is sure to win your taste buds over.

Suggestions:

  • Try to remove any seeds from the watermelon before you purée it in a blender.
  • For the watermelon rind, make sure that there is still about 1-4-inch of pink watermelon flesh still on it. Peel off the outer dark watermelon rind and then dice it into small pieces. This rind will give some texture to the sauce and make it look pretty in the jars.
  • Use a very large non-reactive metal saucepan to make this sauce in, so that the sauce does not actually overflow the pan and make a mess out of your stovetop.
  • Drizzle this sauce on your morning toast, biscuit, or croissant.
  • I highly suggest using these Ball Plastic Freezer Jars to store and/or freeze your watermelon sauce in. They are a bit more forgiving than glass jars when it comes to storage due to their stacking capability. I have been seriously impressed by them and would highly recommend them to anyone, especially those, who like me, choose to freeze their jam or sauce instead of processing it in a water bath.

Whether drizzled over a warm croissant or used as a mixer in your favorite summer cocktail, this Sweet Watermelon Sauce is sure to win your taste buds over.

Improvements:

  • Use this sauce as a simple syrup in your favorite cocktail.
  • Drizzle this sauce over sliced pound cake for a real summer treat.
  • Replace the jam or preserves in your favorite crockpot meatball recipe with this sweet sauce.
  • Before you jar the sauce, stir 1-teaspoon of vanilla into it.

  • Use this Collapsible Funnel to fill your jars with sauce and prevent a sticky mess in your kitchen.
  • This recipe will yield enough sauce to fill three or four jars, depending on the size of the jars that you use. Why not use these Waterproof Personalizable Jar Labels/Stickers to label each jar with and give a few away as a gift?

Sweet Watermelon Sauce

Sweet Watermelon Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Puréed Watermelon
  • 2 Cups Diced Watermelon
  • 2 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 (1.75-oz.) Box Pectin

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients, except for the pectin, into a large non-reactive metal saucepan over high heat, stirring constantly. Bring the sauce to a rolling boil.
  2. When the sauce begins to foam up and almost overflow the saucepan, reduce the heat just enough to keep it from overflowing, add the pectin, and then stir vigorously for 5 minutes.
  3. Place the sauce into very clean and dry glass or plastic canning jars, place the lids on lightly, and then allow to come to room temperature.
  4. Tighten the lids on the jars and then refrigerate or freeze for later use.
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Whether drizzled over a warm croissant or used as a mixer in your favorite summer cocktail, this Sweet Watermelon Sauce is sure to win your taste buds over.

Don’t let this recipe slip away. How often do you find a recipe intriguing, yet forget where to find it when you finally get the hankering to make it? Instead of digging through old posts or wandering aimlessly around on the internet, why not Pin this recipe to Pinterest where you can find it when you eventually need it? Simply Pin the image above and you’ll have it when that time comes.

Want to participate in Food ‘n Flix? Drop by the Food n’ Flix site to learn more. You don’t even have to be a food blogger to get in on the fun. Simply check out this month’s featured movie, watch it by yourself or as a family, and then develop a recipe inspired by the characters, scenery, or food portrayed in the flick. Next month’s movie is Secondhand Lions for those of you who want to join in on the fun.




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  • What a fun idea! My creativity with watermelon usually stops at slice and eat, I really should change that!

    • I’m kind of the same way Carlee! Sometimes simple just works!

  • Heather Petrey

    I’m really curious to taste this sauce. I’ve obviously had watermelon before, but a sweet watermelon sauce… Hmmmm.

    • It’s actually quite nice…a delicate watermelon flavor…not too intense and certainly not like a Jolly Rancher!

  • thenotsocreativecook

    Wow! It is my first time to see a watermelon sauce! Sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party, Colleen! Have a great weekend!

  • My son’s best friend loves watermelon and is getting married this summer. Can’t wait to surprise him with this! Love it!

  • Ohhh yum! I want to put this sauce on everything! haha sounds delicious!

    • Thanks Liz…so far I’ve only tried it on croissants and it was heavenly!

  • Jolene Sng-Ong

    How interesting. I have never seen watermelon sauce! I’ll have to try it.

    • It was a new-fangled surprise for me too. I usually just eat watermelon straight up but have come to love this sauce on my morning toast.

  • Liz O’Hara

    Princess Bride is one of my own favorites. Interesting that my millennial child (son) rewatched it recently and found it objectionable because of the gender stereotypes. It used to be one of his favorites as well with many of the lines memorized.

    • Funny…I guess I just look past that…I can’t help but love everything about that movie!

  • Anything you can pair with croissant is great in my book!

  • Yes yes yes. This sounds so good! Also, I told my husband about it and he suggested you add jalapeño to it too and see what happens 😉

    • I agree with your husband…a little jalapeño and some feta sprinkled on top…HEAVEN!

  • I didn’t even know such delicious thing existed!!! I would love to try mixing it with a fruity pico de gallo! omg

  • My cousin is off at the resort where they filmed Dirty Dancing, she’s been sending me Watermelon jokes all week, ha! How perfect timing for this. This sounds unique and delicious. We’ve been going through a watermelon twice a week. I’m going to try this with the next one we get! Yum!

    • Oh, how low lucky is she? Sounds like a great place to be! I can only imagine how corny the jokes must be!

  • Erin Creeks

    Dang. I just finished off the watermelon in the fridge. I’ll have to buy another one and try this recipe. I just love this fruit!

    • Me too…thankfully I still have 1/2 a watermelon left…next up, cold soup!

  • tamarsb

    Sounds great!

  • Angie | Fiesta Friday

    You can not be serious! I’ve actually pickled watermelon rind before, it was okay, but never thought of watermelon sauce. Are you a genius?! 👏 Pinning!

  • Yes, I dance and sing right along with them, too! You have to. It is mandatory. This watermelon sauce recipe is so unique and looks perfect with those croissants. Love it.

  • Wendy Klik

    How can you help but sing and dance along with this movie. Loving that Watermelon sauce. I think I will enjoy mine over ice cream….watermelon belly be damned!!

  • Amy CookingAdventures

    Gorgeous sauce! Super creative!