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How to Cut a Mango

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

How to cut a mango
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.

Sliced mango on a cutting board
Elise Bauer

How to Cut a Mango

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • 1 mango, ripe but firm


  1. Cut away sides from pit:

    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.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer

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

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  2. Make crosswise cuts in flesh:

    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.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  3. Cut or peel segments away:

    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.

    Elise Bauer
  4. Cut away pit:

    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.