How to Cut a Mango

How to Cut a Mango

A step-by-step guide for how to cut a mango into uniform slices or dices, two different ways.

There is nothing better than a ripe and juicy mango in the summer, and if you’ve ever struggled getting to the flesh, or wondered the right way to cut a mango, I’m here to help! Here are two simple, easy methods you can use to get the most delicious fruit off of your mango.

Method #1: No Peel

This method is the fastest way to cut a mango:

  1. Cut a little mango off the bottom of your fruit and stand if up on your cutting board.
  2. Cut a slice parallel on the mango getting as close as you can to the pit without hitting it. Do the same on the other side of the pit. This will give you two halves (called ‘cheeks’) of mango, and the piece with the pit.
  3. Take one of the halves of mango and score it, making vertical lines and then horizontal ones across the flesh, like a checkerboard. Careful not to cut through the peel.
  4. Flip the mango inside out so the cut flesh pieces are sticking out.
  5. Using your knife, cut the pieces of mango off of the skin. If the mango is ripe enough you may even be able to use your finger, or a spoon to scoop the fruit out.
  6. Take the piece of fruit that has the pit and trim off any extra mango with a knife, then dice into cubes.

Method #2: Peel first

This method is preferred if you want to get the most uniform cubes of mango.

  1. Peel mango completely using a knife or a peeler.
  2. Cut a little mango off the bottom of the fruit and stand it up on your cutting board.
  3. Cut 2-3 slices parallel on the mango until you hit the pit. Do the same on the other side of the pit.
  4. Chop the mango slices into large or small cubes, whatever you prefer.
  5. Take the piece of fruit that has the pit and trim off any extra mango with a knife.

How can I tell if my mango is ripe and ready to cut?

A mango is a lot like an avocado in that it gets softer when it’s ripe. Squeeze your mango gently to feel if it will give slightly, which indicates it’s ready to cut. Focus on the feel rather than the color of the mango, because there are different varieties and colors of mangos.

What kind of knife do I use to cut a mango?

A knife with a serrated edge will work best for cutting a mango, but any sharp knife will do the job. Use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler for the easiest tool to skin a mango.

How much does one mango yield?

A ripe, average sized mango will yield about a cup of fruit. A slightly larger mango may yield about 1 ½ cups.

What can I make with my diced mango?

Here are some simple and delicious recipes you can make with fresh mango:

  • Mango Salsa
  • Spring Rolls
  • Green Smoothie
  • Caribbean Jerk Chicken Bowls
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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How to Cut a Mango

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How to Cut a Mango

A step-by-step guide for how to cut a mango into uniform slices or dices, two different ways.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Lauren Allen

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Peeler

Ingredients

  • 1 Mango , ripe

Instructions

No Peel Method:

  • Cut a little mango off the bottom of your fruit and stand if up on your cutting board.
  • Cut a slice parallel on the mango getting as close as you can to the pit without hitting it. Do the same on the other side of the pit. This will give you two halves (called ‘cheeks’) of mango, and the piece with the pit.
  • Take one of the halves of mango and score it, making vertical lines and then horizontal ones across the flesh, like a checkerboard. Careful not to cut through the peel.
  • Flip the mango inside out so the cut flesh is sticking out. Using your knife, cut the pieces of mango off of the skin. If the mango is ripe enough you may even be able to use your finger, or a spoon to scoop the fruit out.
  • Take the piece of fruit that has the pit and trim off any extra mango with a knife, then dice into cubes.

Peel Method:

  • Peel skin off of mango using a knife or a peeler. Cut a little mango off the bottom of the fruit and stand it up on your cutting board.
  • Cut 2-3 slices parallel on the mango until you hit the pit. Do the same on the other side of the pit.
  • Chop the mango slices into large or small cubes, whatever you prefer. Take the piece of fruit that has the pit and trim off any extra mango with a knife.

Video

Notes

Yield: A ripe, average sized mango will yield about 1 cup of fruit. A slightly larger mango may yield about 1 ½ cups.

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