How to Cut an Avocado

How to Cut an Avocado

Cutting avocados, with their large seed nestled in the center of them, can be a bit of a struggle. But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how to cut an avocado in an easy and safe way without thwacking a knife into the seed to remove it.

Recommended Knife:

4" Paring Knife

The 4" Paring Knife is a good knife for avocados since the length is a good fit for the size of the fruit. The sharp edge and comfortable handle make it easy to maneuver around the seed.

How to Cut an Avocado

  1. With the avocado resting on a cutting board, use a 4" Paring Knife to cut around the radius of the avocado lengthwise, down to the seed.
  2. Turn the avocado a half turn lengthwise and make another radial cut, down to the seed to create four quarters.
  3. Remove the quarters from the seed.
  4. Peel off the skin from each quarter.
  5. Slice the quarters.
  6. Rotate and cut the slices crosswise to dice.

How to Prevent Avocados From Turning Brown

  1. Brush the flesh with lemon or lime juice and seal in an airtight container.
  2. Brush the flesh with olive oil and seal in an airtight container.
  3. Lay chunks of red onion in the bottom of an airtight container and place cut avocado down on top of the onion.

How to Store Avocados

  • Unripe avocados should be stored at room temperature.
  • Ripe avocados should be stored in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life.

Try these other techniques for cutting foods with large seeds or pits.

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