How to Cut a Mango

How to Peel and Cut a Mango on #howto #mango #cookingMangoes are my favorite summer fruit for salads and cocktails. Today I hope to show you how to peel a mango and how to cut a mango in the easiest way possible.

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My kids are officially out of school for summer. That means sleeping in a little (for all of us), swimming, trips to the berry patch, backyard fort building, and frozen treats by the fistful.

There are 3 chilly treats my kids beg me to make on almost a daily basis all summer long.

Of the three, I always feel best about making them smoothies because they have less sugar and I can throw in a scoop of protein powder and a handful of spinach when no one is looking.

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Mangoes are a staple fruit for smoothie-making in our household because they have a smooth creamy texture that helps thicken the smoothies, and are tangy-sweet.

Yet, I’ve noticed most people massacre a mango when they try to cut it. Let me show you a couple easy ways how to peel a mango and how to cut a mango. Hopefully this will make your summer smoothie-making a little neater.

Step 1, Visualize the Pit. Mangoes have a large flat pit, the shape of a sunflower seed, that runs from tip to tip. Imagining the pit on the inside of the mango, helps identify where to cut.

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Step 2, Cut the flesh off both sides of the pit. Cut straight down from tip to tip, running the blade along the flat surface of the pit.

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Step 3, Scoop or Score. Like cutting an avocado, you can either run the blade closely around the inside of the mango peel to scoop the whole fleshy mound out, or score the mango in a crosshatch pattern and turn the peel inside-out. The latter works best for cutting small even chunks.

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Then use edge of your knife to scrape off each chunk.

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If using the blade to scoop out the flesh, place the blade close to the edge of the peel. Carefully turn the mango half in your hand, pressing the knife further into the mango, until the tip of the knife spirals down to the bottom.

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Then remove the peel and lay the flat side down and slice.

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You can then cut the small chunks off the pit, or let one of the kids snack on it. You’d be amazed at how long they will suck on a mango pit to get every last bit of tangy sweetness.

And when I say “kids” I really mean myself.

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Simple, right?

I’ve got one more thing to show you. Look at this handy-dandy OXO Mango Splitter I found. Learning how to cut a mango is simple, but this makes it even easier.

Oxo Mango Splitter

If you’re a gadget girl or guy, this one’s pretty cool.

OXO Mango Splitter

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41 comments on “How to Cut a Mango

  1. Sarah Andersonposted January 18, 2016 at 10:31 am Reply

    Ok, the way you peel this is so much easier than the way I’ve been peeling mangoes for years! I will try this out next time I buy a mango for sure. I think I’ve been making the process more complicated than it has to be, so I’ll stop being afraid to work with mangoes and use this strategy instead!

  2. Tahoedirtposted January 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Most people are using a glass to peel each half of the mango, but I have improved on that idea.  After cutting mango in two halves, leaving about 3/4″ for the seed, take a martini shaker and skin each half of the mango.

  3. Beverleyposted July 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm Reply

    How can I tell when they are ready to cut into. I usually buy them hard and wait for them to ripen. Sometimes they are too ripe and I have a horrible time getting the fruit away from the pit.

    • Sommerposted July 17, 2013 at 5:57 am Reply

      If the colors on the outside are intense and it smells like a mango, CUT! :)

  4. Angie | Big Bear's Wifeposted June 28, 2013 at 10:00 am Reply

    I love mango, but I’m awful at cutting them haha. I need that OXO Mango Splitter !

  5. Shainaposted June 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm Reply

    I remember way back when I bought mangoes and had no idea how to cut them. It was so much easier once I learned the proper technique. Wonderful tutorial!

  6. Marlyposted June 3, 2013 at 11:50 am Reply

    I love these tutorials, Sommer! They’re really helpful, including the tips and the tools!

  7. Nutmeg Nannyposted June 1, 2013 at 9:06 am Reply

    Great tutorial :) I love mangoes!

  8. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted June 1, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    So helpful! I love mangoes but I don’t love cutting them up!

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted May 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm Reply

    I am the worst at mango cutting! No matter what I try, I always seem to botch them! Thanks for the tips!

  10. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted May 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm Reply

    Great tips! And that OXO slicer sure is handy!

  11. Paula - bell'alimentoposted May 30, 2013 at 10:51 am Reply

    Absolutely love mangoes!

  12. Beverlyposted May 30, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

    Awesome, only thing better would have been if I had read this last week lol I mutilated a mango over the weekend. I justify “having” to eat all the flesh from around the pit so it’s not wasted :0 After seeing positive comments I think I’ll buy the splitter. I hesitated bec my pineapple cutter was a waste of money imho. Thanks for the tutorial :)

  13. Carolynposted May 30, 2013 at 4:47 am Reply

    I love mango and I was taught how to cut them up properly when I lived in Barbados. But that pitter is great!

  14. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted May 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Great tutorial! I just got the OXO mango splitter and love it!

  15. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted May 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm Reply

    great info!! Love the tutorial posts

  16. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted May 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm Reply

    Love this post, great tips!

  17. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted May 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm Reply

    Mango is so refreshing this time of year. Great post, Sommer!

  18. Nancy Longposted May 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm Reply

    I posted this on FB hoping my son will get me the splitter, lol! They sure can be a pain to pit

  19. nessaposted May 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm Reply

    When we buy mangoes at my house, they don’t last very long! Great tutorial Sommer!

  20. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted May 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm Reply

    You have no idea how useful this is, Sommer! I LOVE mangoes but loathe cutting them… I always destroy them!

  21. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungryposted May 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm Reply

    This tutorial would have come in handy yesterday when I was butchering the mango I was trying to cut!

  22. Colette @ JFF!posted May 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Ok, I’ve had my eye on that OXO mango doohickybob forever.
    Maybe it’s time to get one?

  23. Belinda @zomppaposted May 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Love mango season!!

  24. Toni | Boulder Locavoreposted May 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Mangoes are one of those tricky things that make tips like these life changers! I have had the oxo Mango cutter for years and love it for stripping an entire mango quickly from the pit!

  25. Angieposted May 29, 2013 at 11:41 am Reply

    I’m going to have to try that new OXO tool, love it!

  26. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted May 29, 2013 at 10:32 am Reply

    Wow, look at that OXO mango splitter, cool! Great tutorial. And I’m sending my kids your way for shaved ice this summer, fun!!

  27. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakesposted May 29, 2013 at 10:18 am Reply

    I just love your tutorials, Sommer, and nothing could be more helpful than tips on how to release that lovely mango flesh! The process can be a challenge, but totally worth it. I so appreciate your step-by-step approach!

  28. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fareposted May 29, 2013 at 10:06 am Reply

    Mango pits are so weird. This is a great tutorial, and that Oxo gadget looks so cool! Love! :)

  29. marlaposted May 29, 2013 at 9:37 am Reply

    Such a helpful post ~ I LOVE mangoes :)

  30. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted May 29, 2013 at 8:53 am Reply

    I’ve thought about getting a mango cutter, but so far haven’t gone for it. I DID, however, realize the other day that you can feel a mango with a veggie peeler and then cut it like you said here! Since my knife skills aren’t always fabulous it seems to work for me that way!

  31. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 29, 2013 at 8:32 am Reply

    LOVE THIS. i hate cutting mangoes so much because i can’t ever do it correctly! i’ve bookmarked this for my next mango cutting adventure!

  32. [email protected]posted May 29, 2013 at 8:27 am Reply

    Hi, Sommer. I love this! My daughter has it down – she is the mango queen and cuts it just like you’ve shown here. I, on the other hand, need help. LOL. Great post!

  33. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted May 29, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

    Love these tips! Now off to get some mangoes!

  34. Mariaposted May 29, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

    I love a good mango! Great tips!

  35. Jenny Flakeposted May 29, 2013 at 7:24 am Reply

    We love mangos in our house! Great tips :)

  36. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted May 29, 2013 at 7:02 am Reply

    I so miss mangoes! If only I wasn’t allergic to them.

  37. Tieghanposted May 29, 2013 at 6:56 am Reply

    Loved this one and am using it today! Thank you!

  38. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted May 29, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply

    Now this I definitely need! I never knew the correct way to peel and cut a mango!

  39. Marian (Sweetopia)posted May 29, 2013 at 6:33 am Reply

    Another excellent how to post, Sommer! Thanks! -And would you like to come guest teach in my class? ;-)

  40. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted May 29, 2013 at 4:34 am Reply

    Perfect tutorial, Sommer! I like to do the crosshatch for chunks but it will be so much easier with the OXO Mango Splitter! Never knew they made one. Thanks for sharing!