Use these easy step-by-step process on How to Cut an Avocado. You can slice, dice or mashed an avocado to use it in recipes or just to enjoy on its own.

Close up image of sliced avocados with three whole avocados.

How to cut an Avocado?

We love having Avocados. They are so good mashed in guacamole or sliced on toast. There are so many health benefits that avocados offer that we try to enjoy them with lots of different recipes.

Learning how to cut them can seems hard at first glance. The rough and bumpy texture and knowing if it is ripped can be a struggle at first.

These tips will help you know how to store, cut, and picking the right Avocado.

Close up image of sliced avocados with three whole avocados. Also a knife and a cutting board.

Picking the Right Avocado:

When picking the right avocado, it will depend when you are going to be eating them. I usually buy several for the week. If I am going to be eating them right away, I will get one that is ripped.

The way you can tell if it is ripped, if the skin is a dark green and it is soft to the touch. Also if the small stem can easily be removed, then your avocado is ripped.

Also read How to Ripen Avocados Quickly if you are unable to find ripe avocados.

How do you properly cut an Avocado?

There are two ways you can cut an avocado. The first way, is if you are wanting to slice the avocado with a paring knife. The second way is if you want to dice the avocado.

Make sure you have the right supplies handy. You will need a Chef’s knife and a cutting board.

Close up image of sliced avocados with three whole avocados.

How to Cut an Avocado – 1st Way:

The first way to cut an avocado is to cut slice the avocado. We love to use this method to put on avocado toast.

Step 1 – Cut the avocado in half lengthwise:

Hold the avocado in the palm of hand or on a cutting board. Take your knife and cut lengthwise on each side. Cut into the avocado until the knife hit the seed.

The process of beginning to slice a avocado with a knife on a cutting board.

Step 2 – Twist the two halves of the Avocado:

Once you have cut your avocado, twist both sides of the avocado halves.

The process of twisting the avocado to make two halves.

Then remove the Avocado Pit:

Use towel to protect your hand. Then hit the pit with your knife. Twist and remove the pit. I have even used a spoon to scoop out the seed.

The process of removing the avocado pit with a knife

Step 4 – Spoon out the avocado:

Use a large spoon and run it along the skin of the avocado to remove the avocado. This will remove the avocado from the skin so you can slice it.

The process of removing the avocado from the skin with a spoon.

Step 5 – Slice the avocado:

Place the avocado on your cutting board, and slice with your knife. You can then also chop the avocado.

Chopping the avocado is the second method.

Close up image of sliced avocados with a knife on a cutting board.

The second way to cut on avocado:

Chopping the avocado is great to use to top your favorite taco recipe or on a salad.

Close up image of sliced avocados with a knife on a cutting board. With chopped avocados in a clear bowl.

First do steps 1-3 of the first method:

Repeat steps 1 – 3 as indicated above to open up your avocado.

Close up image of avocado chopped in the skin holding in the hand.

Slice the avocado in the skin.

Once you have two halves. Run your knife through the avocado carefully not to cut the skin. If you want the avocado chopped, turn the avocado and continue running your knife through it.

Close up image of holding a avocado half in hand with the avocado diced in skin.

Remove the chopped avocado from the skin

You can use a large spoon to scoop out the avocados, or you can squeeze the avocado from the flesh.

Close up image of sliced avocados with three whole avocados.

How to Ripen Avocados?

To prevent your avocados turning bad, they need to be eaten when they ripened. If you need to ripened your avocado fast, place them in a brown paper bag with a banana or a apple overnight. You can also leave them on your counter to ripened naturally.

If you are not going to be eating your avocado and you are wanting to slow down the ripening process, place in the refrigerator. If you do end up cutting the avocado, the ripened process wills stop.

close up image of sliced and chopped avocado on a cutting board with a knife and spoon.

How to Store Avocados?

The main thing to keep in mind when storing avocados is avoiding air getting to the avocados. That is what cause the avocados to brown so quickly.

  • You can brush your avocado with some olive oil. You can then place in on a plate that has olive oil on it face down.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice or lime juice on the avocado and wrap in plastic wrap and store in an air tight container.

A sliced avocado will stay good in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 days using one of these methods.

close up image of sliced and chopped avocado on a cutting board with a knife.

Keeping Unused Avocados Green:

If you are not ready to use your Avocados and want to slow down the ripening process, place in the refrigerator. This will slow down the process and keep your avocados green longer.

Placed in the refrigerator you avocados will stay green about 2 days longer. We like doing this when I am not using the avocado until later in the week.

Close up image of sliced and chopped  avocados with three whole avocados.

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How to Cut an Avocado

Use these easy step-by-step process on How to Cut an Avocado. Slice, dice, or mash an avocado to enjoy on its own or in recipes.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Garnish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Cut an Avocado
Servings: 2
Author: Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • Avocado

Instructions

  • Hold the avocado in the palm of hand or on a cutting board. Take your knife and cut lengthwise on each side. Cut into the avocado until the knife hit the seed.
  • Once you have cut your avocado, twist both sides of the avocado halves.
  • Use towel to protect your hand. Then hit the pit with your knife. Twist and remove the pit. I have even used a spoon to scoop out the seed.
  • Use a large spoon and run it along the skin of the avocado to remove the avocado. This will remove the avocado from the skin so you can slice it.
  • Place the avocado on your cutting board, and slice with your knife. You can then also chop the avocado.

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Here is the 2nd Way to Cut an Avocado. 
Hold the avocado in the palm of hand or on a cutting board. Take your knife and cut lengthwise on each side. Cut into the avocado until the knife hit the seed.
Once you have cut your avocado, twist both sides of the avocado halves.
Use towel to protect your hand. Then hit the pit with your knife. Twist and remove the pit. I have even used a spoon to scoop out the seed.
Once you have two halves. Run your knife through the avocado carefully not to cut the skin. If you want the avocado chopped, turn the avocado and continue running your knife through it.
You can use a large spoon to scoop out the avocados, or you can squeeze the avocado from the flesh.

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