How To Cut Avocados

Knowing how to peel avocados and how to cut avocados are handy skills as the weather warms up. I start topping all sorts of wonderful dishes with Haas avocados (the small dark brown ones) the moment I see fresh blades of grass shooting up in my yard. 

Avocados are one of my favorite foods. I love the creamy texture and sense of luxury that comes along with biting into a slice of ripe avocado.

How to Cut Avocados #avocado #howto #cookingtips

However the riper the avocado, the harder it is to peel and slice them. So today I want to show you how to cut avocados the easy way, and how to remove that pesky pit.

The first step is to pick the right avocado.

I like to buy mine a couple days ahead, picking avocados that are firm but not brick-hard, and are dark greenish-brown. Then I let them ripen on the counter top for another day or so before cutting.

How to Peel Avocados #howto #avocado #cookingtips

When selecting avocados, don’t squeeze! You could bruise half the pile, trying to choose the right avocado. Instead, lightly touch the skin to test for texture. You can also pop off the stem and check for a bright green color underneath.

If you have to use the avocado the day you buy it, try to find one that is slightly soft, but not mushy, and very even in color.

How to Cut Avocados

First run your knife lengthwise, around the pit. Carefully hold the avocado and rotate it around the blade.

How to Cut Avocados - Step 1 #howto #avocado #cookingtips

Then twist and open the avocado.

How to Cut Avocados #avocado #howto #cookingtips

Now carefully tap the pit with the blade, so that it sinks into the pit.

How to Cut Avocados - The Pit #howto #avocado #cookingtips

Twist your knife and the pit should pop out. Use the heel of your hand to tap the pit off the blade into the trash.

How to Peel an Avocado

To Cut Cubes: Gently cut parallel slices through the flesh, right in the avocado peel.

Cutting an Avocado

Then turn the avocado 45 degrees and cut perpendicular slices, making a grid pattern.

How to Cut Avocados

Using both hands, press the back peel of the avocado to invert the avocado half. Most of the avocado chunks with fall out. Use your finger, or a spoon, to remove the rest.

Chopped Avocado

To Cut Slices: Use a large spoon to scoop closely around the inside of the peel to release the avocado flesh in one piece.

How to Peel an Avocado

Then cut through the flesh in parallel slices.

Peeling Avocados

Use the avocado immediately so it doesn’t brown.

Cooking Tips: How to Cut an Avocado

Related Posts

35 Responses to “How To Cut Avocados”

  1. #
    1
    danielle — May 8, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    don’t throw the pit away until the avocado is gone – the pit keeps the avocado from turning brown. When i was in Mexico over ten years ago, they laughed at me in the kitchen for throwing the pits away. drop that pit in leftover guacamole , and it will stay greener. =)

    Reply

    • Sommer — May 8th, 2013 @ 5:56 am

      Thanks Danielle, That is a great tip!

      I’ve heard of doing that, however when we open an avocado it’s GONE immediately, so we never have to worry much about browning. ;)

      Reply

  2. #
    2
    Joy Harris — May 8, 2013 @ 6:29 am

    When I clicked on your interview with chef Ben Ford I will have to admit I saw he is Harrison Ford’s son and was curious and just wanted to take quick look, but as soon as he started answering your questions I watched the entire video. You did ask great questions and now I want to make something with pineapple and avocado. You website is beautiful by the way, thanks for sharing.

    Reply

  3. #
    3
    Maria — May 8, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Great tips! I cut an avocado every day:)

    Reply

  4. #
    4
    Tieghan — May 8, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    Such great tips! I am going through an avocado a day lately!

    Reply

  5. #
    5
    RavieNomNoms — May 8, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    Great tips! I learned these from my mom a long time ago, but it is great to let others know it is easier than it looks!

    Reply

  6. #
    6
    Jenny Flake — May 8, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Love the step by step Sommer! Now I want an avocado :)

    Reply

  7. #
    7
    Paula - bell'alimento — May 8, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    Now I want an avocado, or two!

    Reply

  8. #
    8
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — May 8, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    Your tutorials are always great, Sommer, with helpful beautiful photos. I buy more and more avocados all the time…my family is getting pretty fond of them!

    Reply

  9. #
    9
    Berry — May 8, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    I have this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Zyliss-12550-Avocado-Tool/dp/B00421ATN6
    it is basically a large slotted spoon shape with a “serrated knife” edge. If you have a slotted serving spoon, use that for scooping out the half. Works much better. (As a side note, the avocado spoon works well for cutting pie and pizza and for salads and stuff.)

    Reply

  10. #
    10
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 8, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Great tips! I could live on avocado.

    Reply

  11. #
    11
    naomi — May 8, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    Great tutorial!

    Reply

  12. #
    12
    Heather Christo — May 8, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    great tips!! I love avocado!

    Reply

  13. #
    13
    Aimee @ Simple Bites — May 8, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    That’s how I do it too! And I have the twin to that knife. =)

    Reply

  14. #
    14
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 8, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    This is a great tutorial! I am always struggling to get the pesky pit off the knife.

    Reply

  15. #
    15
    marla — May 8, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    A great & very important how to for folks like me who love avocados!

    Reply

  16. #
    16
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 8, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Great tutorial, Sommer – I love all the different methods. Ben Ford’s restaurant Ford’s Filling Station is one of my favorites, too! Always worth a stop-in every time I’m in LA. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  17. #
    17
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 8, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    LOVE avocados!! great tip on how to get all of it out in perfect cubes!

    Reply

  18. #
    18
    Donalyn@The Creekside Cook — May 8, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    Really good tips – we got through an avocado or two every day around here. Everything is better with avocados on it!

    Reply

  19. #
    19
    Marian (Sweetopia) — May 8, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    Handy tips! Thanks for this post – I’ll be showing this one to my students too!

    Reply

  20. #
    20
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — May 8, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    Great tips! We eat avocados almost daily :)

    Reply

  21. #
    21
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — May 8, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    Terrific tutorial, Sommer! Love all of the visuals for making beautiful cuts! Although I have to admit I just dive in with a spoon to enjoy an avocado for lunch far too often! ;)

    Reply

  22. #
    22
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 8, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    Great tips, I always struggle to get perfect cubes!

    Reply

  23. #
    23
    heather @ a sweet simple life — May 9, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    Great tutorial! Love avocados… Now I really want one!

    Reply

  24. #
    24
    Aggie — May 9, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Great post! I’ve been eating the heck out of avocados lately, almost every day!

    Reply

  25. #
    25
    Chris — May 9, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    it drives Alexis nuts when I do the tap into the seed with the knife part while the avocado is in my hand. Excellent step by steps!

    Reply

  26. #
    26
    Daniel - Comedera.Com — May 9, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    ha! very nice!
    i do cut my own advocatos, but i spend a lot of time doing it.
    Now i will try this technique to improve it!!

    thank you!

    Reply

  27. #
    27
    Monet — May 9, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    A very good tutorial (especially since my family LOVES guacamole). Thank you for sharing. Your photographs are stunning, as always. Even something as a simple as an avocado looks beautiful!

    Reply

  28. #
    28
    Carolyn — May 10, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    I have yet to master the trick of getting the knife in to get the pit out.

    Reply

  29. #
    29
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — May 11, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    I generally make a giant mess cutting avocados, this is great.

    Reply

  30. #
    30
    Jeanette — May 12, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    I remember when I first learned the trick of using a knife to get the pit out – that was a life changer! Great tutorial Sommer!

    Reply

  31. #
    31
    Nutmeg Nanny — May 12, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    Wonderful tutorial :) so useful

    Reply

  32. #
    32
    Shaina — May 14, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    Avocados are my favorite. SO good.

    Reply

  33. #
    33
    Sweetsugarbelle — May 14, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

    Nothing makes me happier than correctly cut avocados. Can you say OCD?! I know! I’m a perfectionist, but it’s the little things (like this) that make me very happy! Great post!

    Reply

  34. #
    34
    Val - Once A Week Cooking — May 15, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Hubby taught me this way because he saw it on food network. But he also taught me to slice it in the skin and pop it out. That trick working depends on how ripe the avocado is.

    Reply

Leave a Comment