Watermelon steaks are steak-shaped pieces of watermelon, often prepared by grilling. The steaks can also be cooked by pan frying, by baking, or by marination followed by roasting. Depending on the method used, cooking can take from a few minutes to over two hours.
Some who have tried it compare its texture to that of seared meat, while others claim it is unique in its taste and texture. It is called "watermelon steak" due to its appearance and texture. If the steak are baked, a raw fish like texture can result. When well cooked, most of the fruit's water evaporates. This concentrates flavor and texture, yet still leaves the steak tender and juicy, "kind of like a fillet steak" . Cook books sometimes suggest watermelon steak as a meat substitute for vegetarians.Some recipes involve serving the steaks uncooked; once the raw watermelon is cut into steak like slices, it can be garnished with various condiments or simply served together with salad. Watermelon steak was popularized by a Boston-area chef. Boston Phoenix writer Robert Nadeau