Deep-Fried Watermelon Rind – Vegan & Gluten-Free

Who thought that kitchen scraps can taste so delicious? Make deep-fried watermelon rind with the part of the fruit that you’d usually toss! Deep-fried watermelon rind is healthier than French fries and just as delicious!

Deep-Fried Watermelon Rind - Vegan And Gluten-Free

The deep-fried watermelon rind is inspired by Indian pakoras. I used my vegan batter as coating for the watermelon rind – so the fried watermelon rind is vegan and you can make it gluten-free if you want.

Deep Fried Watermelon Rind Recipe

The eggless batter for the fried watermelon rind is made with chickpea flour. Chickpea flour is healthy and delicious, and even if it’s naturally gluten-free it has great binding power – it’s a vegan egg substitute. For the gluten-free version use just chickpea flour and omit the breadcrumbs. You can use raw or roasted chickpea flour for the deep-fried watermelon rind. And what’s best, chickpea flour protects the watermelon rind from absorbing too much fat during deep-frying.

Deep Fried Watermelon Rind

Deep-Fried Watermelon Rind


  • 2 cups watermelon rind, cut into French-fry like pieces
  • 1/2 cup flour (8 tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup (roasted) chickpea flour (8 tbsp)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • breadcrumbs

Fried Watermelon Rind


Stir together flour, chickpea flour, water and salt. Let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, salt and pepper the watermelon rind. Dip the watermelon rind pieces in the flour mixture, then roll in the breadcrumbs and deep-fry in hot oil until golden and crisp. Serve hot with ketchup or soy yogurt for dipping.

Deep-Fried Watermelon Rind Recipe

37 thoughts on “Deep-Fried Watermelon Rind – Vegan & Gluten-Free

  1. This is absolutely facinating to me. A totally new concept on what would normally be thrown away watermelon parts. I will certainly be trying this out especially as it has a vegan batter which I can have. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. #cookblogshare

  2. Wow! I’ve never even heard of this … and have just thrown out the rinds from a watermelon. Definitely going to give this a go though!

  3. This is one of several recipes I’ve seen for watermelon rind, but I’m intrigued about the ‘roasted’ chickpea flour? Do you roast it yourself or buy it ready roasted? Oh and thanks for bringing this over to Fiesta Friday!

  4. Interesting. I have never heard of deep frying watermelon rind before. It kind of reminds me of my grandmother who tried to used everything that she could. I like the idea. Thank you for sharing at Dare To Share.

  5. Definitely a unique idea! I’ll test this out on my next watermelon — after all even my chickens don’t want to eat the rind! Why waste it if it can be made into something good and tasty!

  6. When I saw the title to this post I had to click on it. I’ve never heard of frying watermelon rinds before. Pickling yes, but not frying. I’d be fascinated to know how it tastes.

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