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Follow this simple guide on How to Cut an Avocado for perfectly sliced or diced avocado every time! Plus, we share our tips on how to ripen an avocado immediately, so you can enjoy creamy, flavorful avocado right away.
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How to Cut Avocados
How to Pit an Avocado
- Hold the avocado firmly in one hand and cut through, lengthwise, until you feel the pit.
Rotate the avocado in your hand, steadily holding the knife in place, to cut it in half.
- Take the avocado in both hands and twist. The avocado halves should separate easily.
- To remove the pit of the avocado, tap the knife into the pit enough to get a good grip.
Turn it like you’re turning a key.
It should loosen and remove easily and cleanly.
Carefully knock the pit off of the knife using a spoon or use the edge of a thick cutting board to remove it.
Alternatively, you can also cut the half with the pit in half again to expose more of the pit and make it easy to remove with a spoon.
How to Slice an Avocado
- Hold an avocado half in one hand. Score the inside of the avocado lengthwise with your knife.
Run the knife through enough to touch (but not pierce through) the peel.
Cut into thin or thick slices as you prefer.
How to Cut an Avocado – Diced Avocado
- Following the instructions above, run your knife through the avocado in the opposite direction to the slices you’ve already cut.
This will create a dice you can then easily use for salsa recipes, guacamole, or avocado deviled eggs.
How to Peel an Avocado
- After you slice or dice your avocado, peeling it is easy. Simply take a spoon and carefully run it under the flesh of the avocado to loosen it from the peel.
Alternatively, peel your avocado half before slicing, and then slice or dice on a cutting board.
I find cutting while the avocado is still in the peel makes it much easier to get clean slices.
How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe
Ripe avocados are darker in color and feel soft when gently squeezed. Press on the avocado with your fingers. If it is hard and will not yield, it is not ripe.
Another easy trick is to take the “cap” of the stem off of the avocado. If it’s green underneath, the avocado is most likely ripe. If it has specks of brown, it’s starting to over-ripen.
Unripe avocados are also a brighter green in color than ripe avocados. Ripe avocados tend to have a more purplish, black skin.
How to Ripen an Avocado Immediately
- How to ripen an avocado in a paper bag: Store your avocados in a brown paper bag, roll it up, and then leave it on the counter for a couple of days.
This is a great trick if you do not need to use your avocados immediately, but are planning to in a few days. Even better if you store them with an already ripe banana!
Fun fact: This is actually the same science behind the phrase “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch”. Avocados, like apples and bananas, produce a natural gas that causes the fruit to ripen over time. Storing it in a paper bag speeds up this process!
- How to ripen an avocado in the oven: Wrap the avocado in foil and place it on a baking sheet. Bake it until it softens at no more than 200°F.
Check it at the 10-minute mark and if it’s still hard, let it bake for another 5 minutes and check again. Repeat as necessary until it’s soft.
How to Keep Avocados from Ripening too Quickly
- If possible, choose avocados that are not yet close to ripe. These will be green, firm avocados.
- Store the avocados in your refrigerator – they’re best kept in the produce/crisper drawer.
Remove from the fridge a couple of days before you plan to use them, and allow them to ripen through one of the methods above.
How long do avocados last?
Normally, a ripe avocado would last 3-5 days when stored properly in the refrigerator, and a cut avocado would last about 2-3 days.
However, there is a trick that will keep your avocados fresh for months!
The trick? Freezing the avocado whole!
❄ Can you freeze avocados?
Yes. Freezing your avocados is a great way to keep ripe avocados fresh for 4-6 months.
- Allow your avocados to ripen. If they are not quite ripe, you can use one of the methods listed above to help them reach that perfect ripeness.
- Place whole avocados in the freezer until they are frozen solid. After freezing, take them out of the freezer and add to an air-tight container, plastic wrap, or freezer-safe bags. Label with the storage date.
- When ready to use, remove your avocados from the freezer and run them under hot water for a few minutes. Then, let them sit out for 30 minutes to 1 hour. After they’ve defrosted, you can cut them!
This trick will amaze you – it really works! Ripe avocados can last for months in the freezer. If you have avocados that are ripening too quickly, this is a great way to keep them at that perfect point to use later.
Easy Avocado Recipes
- Avocado seasoning: Season the avocado with salt and pepper, or other seasonings like everything bagel seasoning, lemon juice, olive oil, paprika, or cayenne. Avocados taste delicious on their own this way.
- Slice or dice it up and add it to eggs: Try avocados in a breakfast recipe like chilaquiles rojos or alongside a delicious brunch recipe such as eggs benedict.
- Serve it over soup or chili: Top Mexican soups like Chicken Tortilla Soup or Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup, or chilis like this Mexican chili recipe, with slices of avocado. It really enhances the flavor!
- Mash it up and use it in guacamole or salsas: Avocado is the perfect ingredient for salsas and is, of course, the main ingredient for homemade guacamole! Guacamole pairs deliciously with taco recipes like these Pulled Pork Tacos.
- Spread it on avocado toast: Avocado toast is easy to make and one of the most delicious ways to enjoy avocado. Mash it up like you’re making guacamole and spread it on toast for a flavorful, easy lunch or breakfast.
What are your favorite ways to eat avocado? I like mine with just a little salt and pepper. But, in a recipe, avocado toast is hands down my favorite!
- 1 avocado ripe – or as many as you want to cut
- Hold the avocado firmly in one hand and cut lengthwise until you feel the pit. Rotate the avocado in your hand while holding the knife steady to cut it in half.
- Hold the avocado in both hands and twist to separate the halves.
- Tap your knife (carefully) into the pit of the avocado. Turn it like you're turning a key to loosen and remove it from the avocado.Carefully knock the pit off of the knife using the back of a spoon or pop it off with the edge of a thick cutting board – do not attempt to remove it with your bare hand.
- Hold the avocado half in one hand. Score the inside of the avocado lengthwise with your knife. Run the knife through to reach, but not pierce, the skin. Slice as thinly or thickly as you prefer.To cut into dice, run the knife in the opposite direction after cutting your slices.
- After slicing or dicing your avocado, peel it by taking a spoon and running it under the flesh of the avocado. This will loosen it from the peel and make it easy to remove in one piece.
- You can tell an avocado is ripe if it’s dark in color and is slightly soft when gently squeezed. If it is firm, bright green, and will not yield to pressure, it is not yet ripe.
- To immediately ripen your avocados, bake them wrapped in foil at 200°F for 10 minutes or until they are soft to the touch. To ripen quickly over 2 to 4 days (depending on how ripe they are to begin with) store in a brown paper bag on the kitchen counter.