Spicy Melon Skewers

These zingy marinated fruit kabobs make a light and fresh appetizer for a summer party or a fun side dish at a cookout.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Marinate Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 recipe Chile Syrup, recipe below

  • 3 cup papaya or cantaloupe chunks or balls

  • 3 cup honeydew melon chunks or balls

  • 3 cup seeded watermelon chunks or balls

  • 20 10 inch bamboo skewers

  • 4 ounce thinly sliced prosciutto (6 slices)

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho, pasilla, or cayenne chile pepper

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • Snipped cilantro

Chile Syrup

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho, pasilla, or cayenne chile pepper


  1. Prepare Chile Syrup. Place papaya, honeydew, and watermelon in large self-sealing plastic bag. Pour in Chile Syrup. Seal; turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 2 to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally. Drain papaya and melon, reserving syrup. Thread papayas and melon pieces on skewers.

  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange prosciutto, cut in thin strips, in single layer on large baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to paper towels; cool.

  3. In bowl combine brown sugar, the 1 teaspoon ground chile pepper, the paprika, cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle skewered papaya and melon with spice mixture, prosciutto, and cilantro. Drizzle Chile Syrup. Serve with any remaining spice mixture and syrup. Makes 10 servings.

Chile Syrup

  1. In small saucepan bring water; sugar; and ancho, pasilla, or cayenne chile pepper to boiling. Stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; cool.

Hot: 1 tsp. ground ancho chile pepper Hotter: 1 tsp. ground pasilla chile pepper Hottest: 1 tsp. ground cayenne chile pepper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

171 Calories
3g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 171
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 31.3mg 156%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 317mg 7%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.