How to Cut an Orange

Here’s exactly how to cut an orange into sections with the pith and peel removed (called supremes). They’re perfect for salads and garnishes!

How to cut an orange

Wondering how to cut an orange but not sure the best way? It’s easy to cut wedges and rings. But what about sections for salads? While you could just segment it with your hands, this results in sections with the tough pith, which is hard to chew. Never fear: there’s a fancy French method that will do the trick. Here’s how to supreme an orange: that is, cut it into sections with the peel and pith removed! They’re perfect for garnishes and salads. Here’s how to do it!

Related: Knife Skills 101: How to Cut Basic Fruits & Vegetables

How to cut an orange step by step

Step 1: Slice off the ends.

Step 1 Slice off both ends

Use a large chef’s knife to slice off both ends of the orange. Make sure you’ve cut through all of the pith and can see some of the orange flesh.

Step 2: Cut off the peel.

Step 2: Cut off the peel

Angle your knife and follow the round shape of the orange to remove the peel. Be careful not to cut too much of the orange flesh away.

Step 3: Cut away a segment (inside the membrane lines).

Here’s where it’s a little tricky: cut right on the inside of each membrane line to remove a segment. You don’t want to cut right on the membrane, but just inside of it. Make the two angled cuts, and the segment will pop right out.

Step 3 Cut away each of the segments

Step 4: Repeat for all segments!

How to cut an orange

Keep cutting inside each membrane line to remove the sections of the orange. And that’s it: beautiful orange segments with no tough pith!

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How to cut an orange

How to Cut an Orange


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 orange 1x

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Here’s exactly how to cut an orange into sections with the pith and peel removed (called supremes). They’re perfect for salads and garnishes!


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Ingredients

  • 1 orange

Instructions

  1. Use a large chef’s knife to slice off both ends of the orange. Make sure you’ve cut through all of the pith and can see some of the orange flesh.
  2. Angle your knife and follow the round shape of the orange to remove the peel. Be careful not to cut too much of the orange flesh away.
  3. Here’s where it’s a little tricky: cut right on the inside of each membrane line to remove a segment. You don’t want to cut right on the membrane, but just inside of it. Make the two angled cuts, and the segment will pop right out.
  4. Keep cutting inside each membrane line to remove the sections of the orange. And that’s it: beautiful orange segments with no tough pith!

  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to Cut an Orange

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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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