Let’s take the guesswork out of this popular food and learn how to cut an avocado without stress. You know you want every bit of that gorgeous fruit inside, so I’m teaching you how to peel and slice up avocados.

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For the love of avocados! This fruit does it all- creams up a smoothie like no other, seamlessly replaces dairy as the cream factor in many of my fav recipes, helps my brain stay alert as well as keeps my skin smooth, the list goes on and on. Yet, how do I open the dang thing?! I made a super quick + simple video showing you how to cut an avocado, so you too can enjoy this incredible fruit.

Simple way to cut an avocado

Let’s get right down to it: you’ve bought an avocado, waited until the 30 second window of optimal ripeness… now how do you get into this tough skinned fruit?!

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut the avocado in half, lengthwise. Twist the 2 halves until they separate. One will have the seed and the other will be seedless.
  2. Whack the seed with the sharp edge of the knife then pull back. The seed should come right out with the knife.
  3. To continue peeling the avocado halves, cut them again lengthwise so they are now in 1/4ths, then peel back the skin.

Now run, don’t walk that perfectly ripe avocado to your dish and eat, eat, eat!

Avocado cutting tips

Here are a few tips to make sure your avocado slicing experience is easy breezy:

Make sure you hit the avocado seed hard enough to get the knife stuck in it. PLEASE be careful to keep the fruit cupped in your hand, so your fingers don’t get in the way of the knife.

Don’t cut your avocado until ripe. It should not be firm or mushy when you press it. It should be somewhere right in the middle. An unripe avocado will hold onto that seed like its life depends on it.

Peeling the avocado gets more of the fruit flesh than just scooping it out with a spoon. Keep watching the video after I remove the seed to see how easy it is to peel an avocado!

The real way to cut an avocado and not waste any

FAQs

How do you know if your avocado is ripe?

An unpeeled avocado should have some softness to it when ripe vs being rock hard. The knob at the top should also pop off easily when ripe.

Do you put avocados in the fridge after cutting?

Yes! If your not using the whole avocado then keep the seed and store the seed + left over fruit in an air-tight container in the fridge. It may still get a little brown around the edges (like an apple) but it should last up to 2 days in the fridge.

What’s the best way to get the flesh out of the avocado peel?

I prefer peeling an avocado after removing the seed. This ensures I get all the goodness inside. You can also scoop out the flesh with a spoon, yet this often leaves some attached to the peel.

How to eat an avocado

Avocados are an incredible healthy fat and versatile ingredient in both sweet as well as savory dishes. I love adding a few chunks to a smoothie to up the cream factor along with making sure I’m getting in great healthy fats. Here are some of my fav dishes you can whip up after you learn how to cut an avocado:

If you’re new to this fun fruit, then try one of the recipes above, or simply toss onto your next salad or taco. It does the body a lot of serious good… and it’s just plain delicious as well.

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How to cut an avocado (the easy way)

Learn how to cut an avocado in under a minute with this simple video.
Prep: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1 avocado

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board

Ingredients  

  • 1 avocado

Instructions 

  • Place avocado on cutting board
  • Cut in half along the widest side
  • Twist and pull halves a part.
  • Remove the seed by gently hitting the knife into it.
  • Cut into quarters.
  • Peel the avocado skin off the quarters.

Video

Notes

  • Make sure you use a sharp knife and not one that’s dull.
  • Use a flat surface for cutting, and one that won’t easily move. 
  • This method works on a wide variety of avocados. So if yours doesn’t look exactly like the one in my photos, that’s okay! 

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 20g, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 975mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 293IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg
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Smoothies with avocado

The mild taste of avocado makes is super easy to add to your fav smoothie as well. Here are some recipes that contain avocado:

Feel free to toss some into whatever you blend next, and get ready for a super creamy smoothie your skin + brain will thank you for all day long! How do you like to use avocado? Watch this quick tutorial on how to cut an avocado, then leave a comment with your fav avocado recipes.

About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    Holy kale— how have I never seen this before?! I have wasted so much of an avocado by scooping it out instead of peeling it like this. You just blew my mind Jen.

  2. I make each smoothie recipe for myself – so I get a smoothie for today and a smoothie for tomorrow with each recipe. When I use a recipe that calls for avocados, is it okay to drink the second half after it’s been in the fridge over night? Avocados go bad so quickly. Just had me wondering. Thanks!

    1. Hi Annie,

      Definitely! All of our recipes, including those with avocado will keep in your refrigerator for up to two days in an air tight container. Adding a little bit of lemon juice will help preserve all of their green goodness!

  3. I love using avocado in smoothies with cocoa powder. It’s a delicious way to make smoothies taste like a dessert – and the consistency is like a chocolate pudding if you add enough avocado. Mmm.

  4. Hi,
    I thought I saw a post about flash freezing avocados. Can you do this? If so, how? If not, is there a way for me to freeze extra avocado for my smoothies? Thanks! You gals are the best!

    Sincerely,
    Jamey

    1. Hi Jamey!
      One of the best ways to freeze your avocado is to purée or smash it up, put it in an air tight container, and freeze it. By doing this the avocado will freeze more evenly 🙂