How to Cut an Avocado

Learn how to cut an avocado into quarters—and how to remove the pit without a wielding a sharp knife.

The first time I ever saw someone’s method for how to cut an avocado, I had ordered tableside guacamole at a restaurant. The server sliced the fruit in half, removed the pit with a sharp knife and then spooned the fruit into a bowl. I saw countless people do it this way—Food Network stars, cookbook manuals and my own parents. I always figured that scooping the fruit from the flesh was the only way to do it.

Luckily, our Test Kitchen knows a better way to cut an avocado! This method makes it easy to peel the skin from an avocado for beautiful quarters, ideal for a topping on any meal in a bowl.

How to Cut an Avocado the Right Way


  • Ripe avocado
  • Sharp kitchen knife

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Step 1: Cut the avocado into quarters


Cut into the ripe avocado stem to stern until you hit the seed. Repeat across the other way to cut the avocado into quarters.

Step 2: Twist the avocado to separate

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Twist the avocado in half to separate.

Step 3: Remove the avocado seed

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Pull out the seed. While traditional methods remove the seed with a sharp knife, we’ve found this is a much safer method for how to cut an avocado and remove the pit.

Step 4: Peel the avocado skin off

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Pull the skin back like a banana peel. If the avocado is ripe, the skin should separate cleanly. Not only do you get the most of the fruit, but you don’t even need a spoon to do it!

Even though it might seem strange to peel an avocado, the added carotenoids should delay your avocado from browning—the ultimate guacamole hack.

How to Cut an Avocado into Slices

After you’ve sliced your avocado into quarters and peeled the skin off, place the avocado with the flat side facing down on a cutting board and thinly slice it using a knife. In just a few seconds you’ll have perfectly sliced avocado ready for your morning avocado toast. Store any remaining avocado in an avocado keeper to keep it fresh until the next use.

Avocado Hacks and Tricks

Use a cooling rack to dice avocados

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If slicing or dicing an avocado with a knife seems intimidating, this cooling rack hack will save the day. Place a grid-style cooling rack over a large bowl and then place the peeled avocado on top of the rack. Gently push the avocado through the grid and voila! You have diced avocado ready to go.

Remove the pit with your thumb and finger

You can also cut the avocado in half and safely pop out the pit. The credit for this method goes to TikTok creator and sushi chef _mynameischo.

You do have to use a knife at first to cut the avocado in half, but that shouldn’t send anyone to urgent care with a case of avocado hand. Then, once the avocado is halved, put the knife away.

Simply place your index and middle finger on either side of the avocado pit. Put your thumb on the back of the avocado half and press like you’re pushing an elevator button. Wham! The pit tumbles out like an Olympic gymnast.

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You can also use a butter knife to pop the pit out of the avocado from the back. To see this technique in action, check out Cho’s follow-up video.

Submerge avocados in water to keep them fresh

Have too many avocados to use before they go brown? Don’t worry, they won’t go to waste. You can keep whole avocados from turning brown by submerging them in a container of water and then placing them in the fridge. This will keep the fruit fresh until you’re ready to use them.

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Emma B. Kumer
Emma Kumer is a marathon-runner, magazine-writer, and graphic design addict. She was a digital editorial intern for Taste of Home Magazine for Summer 2017. She is also a junior in Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.