How To Cut Avocados

How to Peel an Cut an Avocado on #howto #avocadoKnowing 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.

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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.

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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.

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Then twist and open the avocado.

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

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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

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35 comments on “How To Cut Avocados

  1. danielleposted May 8, 2013 at 5:47 am Reply

    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. =)

    • Sommerposted May 8, 2013 at 5:56 am Reply

      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. ;)

  2. Joy Harrisposted May 8, 2013 at 6:29 am Reply

    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.

  3. Mariaposted May 8, 2013 at 6:35 am Reply

    Great tips! I cut an avocado every day:)

  4. Tieghanposted May 8, 2013 at 6:49 am Reply

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

  5. RavieNomNomsposted May 8, 2013 at 7:51 am Reply

    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!

  6. Jenny Flakeposted May 8, 2013 at 7:59 am Reply

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

  7. Paula - bell'alimentoposted May 8, 2013 at 8:12 am Reply

    Now I want an avocado, or two!

  8. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted May 8, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

    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!

  9. Berryposted May 8, 2013 at 8:40 am Reply

    I have this:
    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.)

  10. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted May 8, 2013 at 9:38 am Reply

    Great tips! I could live on avocado.

  11. naomiposted May 8, 2013 at 9:59 am Reply

    Great tutorial!

  12. Heather Christoposted May 8, 2013 at 11:31 am Reply

    great tips!! I love avocado!

  13. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted May 8, 2013 at 11:46 am Reply

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

  14. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungryposted May 8, 2013 at 11:47 am Reply

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

  15. marlaposted May 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm Reply

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

  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted May 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply

    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!

  17. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm Reply

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

  18. Marian (Sweetopia)posted May 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm Reply

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

  19. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted May 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm Reply

    Great tips! We eat avocados almost daily :)

  20. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted May 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm Reply

    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! ;)

  21. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted May 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm Reply

    Great tips, I always struggle to get perfect cubes!

  22. heather @ a sweet simple lifeposted May 9, 2013 at 7:01 am Reply

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

  23. Aggieposted May 9, 2013 at 9:58 am Reply

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

  24. Chrisposted May 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm Reply

    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!

  25. Daniel - Comedera.Composted May 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm Reply

    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!

  26. Monetposted May 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm Reply

    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!

  27. Carolynposted May 10, 2013 at 10:46 am Reply

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

  28. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted May 11, 2013 at 8:21 am Reply

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

  29. Jeanetteposted May 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm Reply

    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!

  30. Nutmeg Nannyposted May 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm Reply

    Wonderful tutorial :) so useful

  31. Shainaposted May 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm Reply

    Avocados are my favorite. SO good.

  32. Sweetsugarbelleposted May 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm Reply

    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!

  33. Val - Once A Week Cookingposted May 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm Reply

    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.