How to Cut a Mango—the Hassle-Free Way

You, too, can learn the simple technique for cutting a mango.


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Craving a fresh mango is natural, but figuring out how to cut mango slices is another story. These tropical fruits are delicious, juicy, and delightful as a mango smoothie. Unless you want to buy pre-cut mangos at the grocery store, learning to peel, cut, and slice a mango is the easiest way to eat one at home.

First, make sure it's ripe. Next gather a sharp knife, a peeler, and a cutting board. Like cutting an avocado, learning to cut a mango requires managing a thick, inedible pit, so you want a good knife that is easy to maneuver.

Read on for an easy method of cutting a mango so you never have to buy pre-cut mango slices again.

Mangos have thinner skins than avocados, so peel them with a vegetable or Y-shaped peeler instead of scooping the fruit out from the skin.

What You'll Need


  • Mango
  • Y-shaped peeler
  • Paper towel or dish towel
  • Cutting board
  • Chef's knife


  1. Woman peeling a mango with a peeler

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    Peel the mango from top to bottom. Using the Y-shaped peeler, work around the mango, removing the skin. If the fruit is not quite ripe, keep peeling it away until the pulp is bright yellow. As you expose more pulp, use a paper towel or dish towel to hold the peeled mango so it doesn't slip out of your hand. Peel away the tips.

  2. A peeled mango on a cutting board

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    Determine the tallest line of the mango. Place the mango on the cutting board and find the side that seems the tallest; the pit will be sitting along that line.

  3. A person cutting a mango in half

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    Slice in half, avoiding the pit. Holding the mango with a paper towel, position the chef's knife, aiming it at the center of the fruit; you may need to adjust the knife's angle if you hit the pit. Slice the sides of the mango, careful not to cut into the large pit.

  4. Person cutting the flesh away from a mango pit

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    Cut around the mango's pit. Holding the fruit vertically, trim the remaining flesh off the pit.

  5. A person cutting a mango into pieces

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    Slice the cut halves. Finish cutting the mango by slicing the pieces horizontally into smaller wedges or bite-size pieces.

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