How to Cut a Mango
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Mangoes 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.
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.
- Hawaiian Shaved Ice (We have one of those little electric shavers.)
- Juice Pops
- And Fresh Fruit Smoothies
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then use edge of your knife to scrape off each chunk.
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.
Then remove the peel and lay the flat side down and slice.
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.
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.
If you’re a gadget girl or guy, this one’s pretty cool.
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!
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.
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.
If the colors on the outside are intense and it smells like a mango, CUT! :)
I love mango, but I’m awful at cutting them haha. I need that OXO Mango Splitter !
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!
I love these tutorials, Sommer! They’re really helpful, including the tips and the tools!
Great tutorial :) I love mangoes!
So helpful! I love mangoes but I don’t love cutting them up!
I am the worst at mango cutting! No matter what I try, I always seem to botch them! Thanks for the tips!
Great tips! And that OXO slicer sure is handy!
Absolutely love mangoes!
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 :)
I love mango and I was taught how to cut them up properly when I lived in Barbados. But that pitter is great!
Great tutorial! I just got the OXO mango splitter and love it!
great info!! Love the tutorial posts
Love this post, great tips!
Mango is so refreshing this time of year. Great post, Sommer!
I posted this on FB hoping my son will get me the splitter, lol! They sure can be a pain to pit
When we buy mangoes at my house, they don’t last very long! Great tutorial Sommer!
You have no idea how useful this is, Sommer! I LOVE mangoes but loathe cutting them… I always destroy them!
This tutorial would have come in handy yesterday when I was butchering the mango I was trying to cut!
Ok, I’ve had my eye on that OXO mango doohickybob forever.
Maybe it’s time to get one?
Love mango season!!
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!
I’m going to have to try that new OXO tool, love it!
Wow, look at that OXO mango splitter, cool! Great tutorial. And I’m sending my kids your way for shaved ice this summer, fun!!
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!
Mango pits are so weird. This is a great tutorial, and that Oxo gadget looks so cool! Love! :)
Such a helpful post ~ I LOVE mangoes :)
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!
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!
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!
Love these tips! Now off to get some mangoes!
I love a good mango! Great tips!
We love mangos in our house! Great tips :)
I so miss mangoes! If only I wasn’t allergic to them.
Loved this one and am using it today! Thank you!
Now this I definitely need! I never knew the correct way to peel and cut a mango!
Another excellent how to post, Sommer! Thanks! -And would you like to come guest teach in my class? ;-)
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!