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How to Cut an Avocado

Cut the delicious, creamy avocado quickly and easily! Learn how to select a perfectly ripe avocado and easily cut it with step-by-step instructions, as well as a short instructional video. Avocados are great when eaten on their own, on a sandwich or in soup, salads or guacamole!
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time1 min
Total Time6 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado, cooking tips, fruit, How-to
Yield: 1 Avocado
Cost: 2

Equipment

Materials

  • 1 ripe avocado

Instructions

STEP 1 – ENSURE ITS RIPENESS

  • Determine that an avocado is ripe for cutting and enjoying.

CUT IN HALF LENGTHWISE

  • Cut around the pit by cutting lengthwise down all sides of the avocado. Gently twist the halves to pull them apart. One half will hold onto the pit.

REMOVE PIT

  • If an avocado is ripe, the pit will come out easily with your fingers. Some people like to use a knife to remove avocado pits, but I’ve cut my hands too many times to do this (and it’s truly not necessary).

(CHOPPING) – CUT CROSS HATCHED LINES IN FLESH

  • If your end goal is to have chopped avocados, hold a half in the palm of your hand and use a paring knife to cut cross hatches into the flesh, being careful not to cut all the way through the skin.

(CHOPPING) – SCOOP FLESH OUT WITH A SPOON

  • Use a spoon to separate the flesh from the skin.

(SLICING) – CUT IN HALF THROUGH SKIN AND SLICE

  • If your end goal is to have sliced avocados, cut each avocado half in half lengthwise. You’ll want to cut entirely through the skin this time. Hold each avocado quarter in the palm of your hand and use a paring knife to cut slices through the flesh.

(SLICING) – PEEL SKIN AWAY

  • Peel the skin away from the flesh to reveal perfect avocado slices.