Oh hey, pitmaster.

Avocados are among the world's most perfect foods. They're buttery, super versatile—you can use them for everything from avocado salad to sweet potatoes 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. And if you need to speed up (or slow down) the ripening process before you slice, check out the easiest-ever way to do it here.

Here's how to cut an avocado like a pro.

What You Need

  • avocado, glass bowl, cutting board, chef's knife, large spoon

Follow These Steps

  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. Tip: It’s safest to do this on a cutting board.
  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. Tip: 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.