Watermelon granita

Total Time
16 min
6 min
10 min
This delicious icy treat is full of refreshing melon flavor and just the right amount of lime juice and freshly grated zest. A granita is more granular in texture than a sorbet due to the proportion of liquid to sugar. You can scoop the granita into glasses with an ice-cream scoop for the easiest presentation, but here is the classic way of serving this treat: Using the tip of a metal spoon, scrape the surface of the granita, transferring the icy shards to a well-chilled container. Continue until you have enough shards to fill two chilled wine glasses. Gently scoop the granita shards into the glasses and serve immediately with iced-tea spoons. For ease of preparation, buy seedless watermelon.



½ cup(s)


½ cup(s)


6 cup(s), chunks

Lime zest

1 Tbsp, grated

Fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp


  1. Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan; boil 5 minutes.
  2. Puree the watermelon in batches in a food processor; transfer to a large bowl. Add the sugar mixture and lime zest and juice. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until partially frozen, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove from the freezer and stir with a fork, making sure to scrape the icy parts into the center of the dish. Cover the dish and return to the freezer until the granita is completely frozen, about 3 hours longer, stirring every 30 minutes. To serve, scoop the granita into glasses. Yields generous 1/2 cup per serving.


The purpose of stirring the granita every 30 minutes is to prevent the ice crystals from forming into a solid block. A fork is the best utensil to use as the tips of the tines easily break up the larger ice crystals. You can keep the granita covered in the freezer for up to a month and take out 1/2 cup at a time for a refreshing treat.