How to Cut an Avocado

Wondering how to cut an avocado? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to cut avocado slices and the best method for avocado pit removal.

Video: How to cut an avocado

Are you wondering how to cut an avocado but not sure the best way? Alex and I have a great method for avocado pit removal and how to cut avocado slices. You’ve heard about the injuries that can happen removing avocado pits, right? Here’s a safe way to do it! We use this method all the time, like when we make our avocado black bean quesadillas, avocado quinoa salad bowl, or avocado grilled cheese. Oh and of course our easy guacamole! Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut an avocado, including a video of me cutting avocado slices in our kitchen.

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How to cut an avocado step by step

Step 1

How to Cut an Avocado | Cut lengthwise around the avocado

Using a large chef’s knife, cut lengthwise around the avocado.

Step 2

How to Cut an Avocado | Twist to separate halves

Twist the two halves to separate them.

Step 3

How to Cut an Avocado | Tap with a knife to remove the pit

Place a towel in your hand and put the avocado on top. With a gentle but quick motion, tap the knife into the avocado pit.

Step 4

How to Cut an Avocado | Do not grab the pit
How to Cut an Avocado | release the pit using the cutting board

Do not attempt to remove the avocado pit with your hand! Instead, pull the cutting board close to your body, then place the pit against the far edge of the cutting board and pull back to release it from the knife. (Watch the video for this part!)

Step 5

How to Cut an Avocado | Scoop out the avocado with a spoon

Use a large spoon to scoop out the avocado from the peel.

Step 6

How to Cut an Avocado | Cut into slices

Place the avocado with the cut side down, then cut it into slices. To dice the avocado, turn the slices and cut crosswise to make diced avocado.

And there you have it: how to cut an avocado in 6 easy steps!

Let us know if you try our method for how to cut an avocado and tell us how it goes in the comments below.

How to store cut avocado

Have leftover avocado and wondering how to store cut avocado so it doesn’t brown? Squeeze your cut avocado with lemon juice or lime juice and wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap. (Exposure to air causes the fruit to brown.) Store it refrigerated for up to 1 day.

Best chef knife & cutting boards

Alex and I are often asked about the best kitchen tools. And every time we answer, “A good sharp chef’s knife!” A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen, and lasts for years (we’ve had our chef knives for 10 plus years). Here are some of the knives we recommend, as well as cutting boards and the best knife sharpener. These recommendations are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

Video: Knife Skills, Gear, & How to Hold a Knife!

Looking for avocado recipes?

Now that you know how to cut an avocado, here are some of our favorite avocado recipes for you to try (some use mashed avocado, not avocado slices!):

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How to Cut an Avocado

How to Cut an Avocado


1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 to 2 cups diced 1x

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Wondering how to cut an avocado? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to cut avocado slices and the best method for avocado pit removal.


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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado

Instructions

  1. Using a large chef’s knife, cut lengthwise around the avocado.
  2. Twist the two halves to separate them.
  3. Place a towel in your hand and put the avocado on top. With a gentle but quick motion, tap the knife into the avocado pit.
  4. Do not attempt to remove the avocado pit with your hand! Instead, pull the cutting board close to your body, then place the pit against the far edge of the cutting board and pull back to release it from the knife. (Watch the video for this part!)
  5. Use a large spoon to scoop out the avocado from the peel.
  6. Place the avocado with the cut side down, then cut it into slices. To dice the avocado, turn the slices and cut crosswise to make diced avocado.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut an avocado, How to store cut avocado, How to cut avocado slices, Avocado pit removal

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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