Let’s learn how to cut an avocado quickly and easily. There are plenty of ways that you can cut an avocado, but in my experience doing it the way that we show below makes the process less messy.
I grew up in Texas, but I didn’t have an avocado until I was in my mid 20’s. How does that happen? I am starting to question my family. Hmm
Now that avocado is a regular part of our lives now, we have them regularly. As a matter of fact, we are having a chilled avocado soup for dinner tonight.
How to cut an avocado
Note: A lot of folks teach a technique for removing the pit that I find dangerous. I don’t use this method and don’t recommend using this method. The method is that you stab or whack the avocado pit with a knife to remove it. The reason that I find this method dangerous is because when removing the pit from the blade, the knife tends to slip.
What you will need:
Step 1: Wash your avocado
You may be wondering why on earth you should wash an avocado when the skin is tossed. The answer surprised me a bit as well. However, what you don’t want is for there to be any cross-contamination. When you are cutting and peeling your avocado, the skin will likely touch the meat of the avocado. It is always better to be safe than sorry with these things.
Step 2: Cut the avocado lengthwise
Cut the avocado lengthwise down the long equator of the avocado. Do not just start slicing the avocado in half. If you do that you will hit the pit and you don’t want to attempt to cut the pit.
Instead, run your knife around the entire perimeter of the avocado. Push the blade gently until you feel the pressure of the pit and stop. Gently rotate the avocado and continue cutting it until you have cut it all the way around.
Once you have completed this 360 cut, your avocado should have a cut all of the way around it
Step 3: Twist the avocado apart.
Use both hands and gently twist the avocado and pull it apart.
Step 4: Remove the seed
Use a spoon and gently remove the seed. You will likely have to work at it a bit to get it out.
Step 5: Slice the avocado
After the seed is removed, hold the avocado skin side down in your palm. Using a paring knife gently slice the avocado lengthwise. Be careful as to stop the knife tip at the skin and to not puncture through to your hand. For added security, you can place the avocado in a dishtowel and hold that in your hand.
Note: As you can see, I actually used my chef's knife for this step. This is a perfect case of do as I say, not as I do. Using a paring knife is definitely safer.
Step 6: Cut the avocado into cubes
To cut the avocado into cubes, hold the avocado half in the palm of your hand. Slice it horizontally and vertically to create a crosshatch pattern.
Step 7: Remove the avocado flesh from the skin
Hold the avocado in your non-dominant hand and scoop the avocado flesh from the skin.
How to tell if an avocado is ripe
Color is not a good indication of avocado ripeness. Take the avocado in your hand and give it a gentle squeeze. If the avocado is soft to the touch but not mushy, it is ripe. Another method to tell if the avocado is ripe is by gently removing the stem. If the stem is easily removed and you see green underneath, it is ripe and ready to consume.