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How to Cut a Mango

Mangos are delicious but difficult to work with if you don’t know how to prepare them. Learn how to cut a mango using this tried-and-true technique.

A bowl of mangos.

How to Select a Ripe Mango

Ripe, not overly ripe, mangos work best for salsa recipes, and here’s how to find them!

  • Look: Color is more of an indicator of the type of mango and has less to do with ripeness. Instead, look for mangos with a rounded shape.
  • Touch: The outside of the mango should feel soft but not mushy.
  • Smell: A ripe mango will smell fruit near the stem.

If you don’t have access to ripe mangos, leave unripened mangos on the countertop at room temperature for a few days.

How to Cut a Mango: Step by Step

Step 1: Use a paring knife to cut the end off of the mango to make slicing easy and safe.

The end of a mango cut off.

Step 2: Mangos have an oblong pit, so begin by holding the mango upright on the tallest side. Using the paring knife, cut along the side of the pit.

A knife slicing a mango.

Step 3: Turn and repeat on the other side.

A knife slicing a mango.

Step 4: Score the mango with vertical and horizontal lines.

A knife showing how to cut a mango.

Step 5:

Method 1: Push on the peel to expose the mango. Run the paring knife along the peel to remove the the cubes.

A pushed out mango.

Method 2: Score the mango with a paring knife and scoop out the cubes with a spoon.

A spoon scooping out a mango.

Step 6: Remove the mango from either side of the pit.

A knife slicing a mango.

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A pushed out mango.

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A bowl of mangos.

How to Cut a Mango

Tressa Jamil
Mangos are delicious but difficult to work with if you don't know how to prepare them. Learn how to cut a mango using this tried-and-true technique.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Preparations
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Mango
Calories 1 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 1 Mango
Instructions
 
  • Use a paring knife to cut the end off of the mango to make slicing easy and safe.
  • Mangos have an oblong pit, so begin by holding the mango upright on the tallest side. Using the paring knife, cut along the side of the pit. Turn and repeat on the other side.
  • Score the mango with vertical and horizontal lines.
  • Method 1: Push on the peel to expose the mango. Run the paring knife along the peel to remove the the cubes.
  • Method 2: Score the mango with a paring knife and scoop out the cubes with a spoon.
  • Remove the mango from either side of the pit.
Notes
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Mango | Calories: 1 kcal | Carbohydrates: 15 g | Sodium: 1 mg | Potassium: 168 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 14 g | Vitamin A: 11 IU | Vitamin C: 36 mg | Calcium: 11 mg
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Recipe Rating




Jamie

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

This was super helpful. I loved the tip about scooping it out with a spoon, so easy!

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Right, that was a game-changer for me too!