How to Cut a Mango

How to cut a mango into cubes, an easy, tried-and-true method. Step-by-step instructions with photos showing how to peel and dice mangoes.

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Mangos, delicious in smoothies, luscious in salsa, can be a slimy, slippery challenge to cut. The best way to go about it is to start first with a ripe, but still firm fruit. If the mango is too ripe, it will be a mushy mess, and hard to cut into pieces, though easy enough to scoop out for pulp.

How to Cut a Mango

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe, but still firm, mango

Method

1 The mango has a flat-ish oblong pit in the center of it. Your objective is to cut along the sides of the pit, separating the flesh from the pit.

Holding the mango with one hand, stand it on its end, stem side down. Standing up the mango up like this you should be able to imagine the alignment of the flat, oval pit inside of it. With a sharp knife in your other hand, cut from the top of the mango, down one side of the pit.

Then repeat with the other side. You should end up with three pieces: two halves, and a middle section that includes the pit.

2 Take a mango half and use a knife to make lengthwise and crosswise cuts in it, but try not to cut through the peel. Invert the mango half so that the cut segments are sticking out like a hedgehog.

3 At this point you may be able to peel the segments right off of the peel with your fingers. Or, you can use a small paring knife to cut away the pieces from the peel.

4 Take the mango piece with the pit, lay it flat on the cutting board. Use a paring knife to cut out the pit and remove the peel. You may be able to extract a little extra mango from around the pit.

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Links:

Wikipedia on mangoes

How to Cut a Mango

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  • Elaine

    Followed directions and got every bit of flesh by using a grapefruit spoon and scraping every bit from pit and skin. Sooo good.

  • Linda

    Thank you for sharing your instructions. I just tried it out & it worked so so. But I will keep practicing & will have it done right soon. Thanks again.

  • karan

    Even This Mango Slicing Looks Cool https://youtu.be/mNOvPsBrmFY

  • Angeline

    The bast way to eat a mango is in the bath! That way you can get all that lovely flesh, including all the yummy stuff around the pip. You can be safe in the knowledge that no one will see you and therefore not care how messy it gets. Totally deluxe, everyone should try it.

  • Caleb Van Horn

    I have always had a hard time figuring out the best way to cut a mango. However, this method works great, thank you for the tip!

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