How to Cut an Avocado Like a Pro

Trust us—this is the best way to cut an avocado.

Avocados are among the world's most perfect foods. They're buttery, super versatile—you can use them for everything from avocado salad to smoothies—and pack plenty of heart-healthy fat and fiber.

But preparing an avocado can be a slippery, messy task. Follow these simple steps to make working with avocados a breeze—and get you a step closer to that guacamole you love. Plus, check out this simple tip if you need to speed up (or slow down) the ripening process before you slice your avocado.

The Best Way to Cut an Avocado

What You Need

  • Avocado
  • Chef's knife
  • Cutting board
  • Glass bowl
  • Large spoon

Follow These Steps

  1. Cut the avocado in half. Using a sharp chef's knife, slice through the avocado length-wise until you feel the knife hit the pit. Then, rotate the avocado—keeping the knife steady—and carefully cut all around the pit. Twist the two halves apart. Tip: It's safest to do this on a cutting board.
  2. Remove the pit. Aim the length of your knife at the pit and whack into it, using enough force so that the knife won't slip. Twist the knife to pull out the pit. Tip: Remove the 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 the 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 the skin all the way around and scoop out the flesh whole. Place it flat side down on a cutting board and slice using the tip of your knife.
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