How to Cut a Mango

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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.

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Earl

    Great!!! I learned something new today. I might try to cut a mango now.

  • Denise

    This worked great! We were able to pop off most of the pieces and just slid the other pieces off with a knife. Thanks for posting this.

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  • Alyssa

    Game changer! I’ve always struggled with cutting mangos as they are so slippery when skinned first. Makes it almost impossible not to drop it or injure yourself!

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  • Kelly K

    This method works so great! I’ve told most of my friends about it. Thanks so much!

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  • Linda Hooke

    Hint: I peel my mangos before cutting with a regular potato peeler. Or, the Hawai’ian way is to cut it as you describe then cross cut each flesh side gently until you feel the inside of the skin. Once you completely have crossed cut the half then turn it inside out and cut the pieces off. A video would be better I know. Good luck.

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