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How to Cut an Avocado to Slice, Dice or Garnish

Learn how to cut an avocado and remove the pit and peel so it is ready to slice, dice or garnish a dish. 

sliced avocado, diced avocado and avocado slices on top of guacamole

If you enjoy eating avocados, learning how to cut an avocado properly is an important life skill.

First, learn how to pick a good avocado.  Then wait for it to ripen.  Next, cut it open.  And finally, slice it, dice it or use it as a garnish.  Or mash it for the best guacamole.

California avocados are a good brand to look for.  They are my favorite avocado.

How to Cut an Avocado

cutting an avocado

After you cut the avocado, hold it in the palm of one hand and gently twist the fruit with your other hand until the avocado comes apart.

twisting avocado to open

One half will have the pit and the other half will have an empty hole.

half and avocado with spoon removing pit

Gently dig the pit out with the spoon.  It is also fairly easy to remove the pit with your fingers, if you prefer.

How to Peel an Avocado

How to Cut an Avocado Inside the Peel

You can also dice or slice the avocado with the peel still on.

scoring avocado in peel

Hold half of the avocado firmly on the cutting board with the peel side down.  Gently score the avocado vertically from top to bottom, taking care not to cut through the peel.

Rotate the avocado and make 4 or 5 cuts horizontally without cutting through the peel.

removing avocado from skin

Use a spoon to remove the avocado chunks.  Repeat with the other half.

How to Preserve an Avocado

When the avocado flesh is exposed to air, it begins to oxidize and turn brown.  To stop this process, sprinkle lime juice, lemon juice or vinegar on the avocado.

squeezing lime juice on half an avocado

To store cut avocado in the refrigerator, keep the pit intact so less of the flesh is exposed.  Sprinkle with lemon or lime juice.

Then tightly wrap the avocado in plastic wrap, completely covering it tightly to keep out all the air.  Your avocado should last 1-2 days in the refrigerator.

half an avocado wrapped in plastic wrap

How to Freeze Avocado

Avocados freeze beautifully.  If your avocado is ripe and you are not ready to use it yet, freeze it until you need it.  Follow these steps for best results.

mashed avocado in a zip top bag

  • Cut the avocado open and remove the pit and peel.
  • Mash, cut in chunks or cut in halves.  Freeze it in any of these forms.
  • Place the avocado in a freezer zip top bag.
  • Sprinkle some lime juice or vinegar on the avocado to help prevent browning.
  • Label and date the bag.
  • Place avocado in the freezer.

I always have an appetite for avocados, full of rich flavor, unlocked when fully ripened.

When you know how to pick a good avocado, recognize when it is ripe, cut it correctly, and store it appropriately, you are on your way to many tasty avocado dishes.

And that is The Tasty Tip of the day!

What are you going to do with your cut avocado?  Comment below and let me know.


Avocado Nutrition Facts