How to Slice and Dice an Avocado

Follow These Four Easy Steps
Preparing an avocado can be a slippery, messy task. Follow the simple steps in this video to make working with avocados a breeze—and get you a step closer to that guacamole.

What You Need

  • avocado, glass bowl, cutting board, chef's knife, large spoon
  1. Cut the avocado in half

    Using a sharp chef's knife, slice through the avocado lengthwise until you feel the knife hit the pit. Then rotate the avocado, keeping the knife steady, to make a cut all around the pit. Twist the two halves apart.
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    Tip:</strong> It’s safest to do this on a cutting board.
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    Tip:</strong> To ripen a hard avocado, store it in a brown paper bag.

  2. Remove the pit

    Aim your knife at the pit and whack into it, using enough force that the knife won’t slip. Twist the knife to pull out the pit.
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    Tip:</strong> Flick pit off the knife with your thumb or the side of a bowl.

  3. If dicing, score the flesh of the avocado without piercing the skin

    Use your knife’s tip to score avocado flesh, making squares, then scoop it out with a spoon.

  4. If slicing, scoop out and slice

    For neat slices, use your spoon to loosen skin all the way around, and scoop out the flesh whole. Place flat side down on cutting board and slice using the tip of your knife.