How to Cut Mango

5 from 18 votes

This is an easy tutorial for how to cut a mango properly. I show you the best way to pick a ripe mango and chop it up to use in smoothies or other recipes!

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Follow my directions on how to cut mango and you will end up with delicious succulent squares for snacking, smoothies, and more. Mangos can be one of the more challenging fruits to properly cut. And there is nothing worse than hacking away at a hard, unripe mango and ending up with an inedible, stringy mess. Read on and I will show you how to properly cut a mango.

opening up a mango half

Mango’s unmistakable flavor lends a burst of sunshine to any dish! Why not start the day with this Mango Papaya Smoothie or add a tropical punch to Thanksgiving with this scrumptious Cranberry Mango Sauce.

How to pick the best mango

You want to look for a ripe mango. Especially, if you want to cut the mango right away. If you can, pick up your mango and press gently on its flesh.  Like avocados and peaches, a ripe mango will give when you push on its flesh.

The most common mango in U.S. supermarkets is the Tommy Atkins. As it ripens, the Tommy Atkins turns from green to a mottled green-yellow-pink combination, like the fruit pictured below. But, beware, other varieties do not turn color as they ripen. They can be always green or yellow.

whole ripe mango

How to cut mango

Begin by washing your mango. Then, position it with the stem side down on the cutting board.

hand holding a mango

Next, using a large, sharp knife, cut alongside the wide part of the pit as close to it as possible. Cut from the top of the mango down one side of the pit. Repeat the same thing on the other side of the mango.

process shots of knife cutting through mango

At this point, you will end up with two halves and a middle section around the intact pit. Cut the two small sides off the middle section of the mango from the top down the side towards the stem. Viola, you’ll have four pieces of mango.

process shot of a knife cutting a mango slice

Now, score the mango flesh for any of the four pieces by making lengthwise and crosswise cuts. Be careful not to cut through the peel. Pop open the mango by pushing the skin side down towards your thumb

scoring a mango half

How to remove cut mango chunks from the peel

Knife method

For the knife method, use a small paring knife to cut along the peel of the mango and carefully remove the pieces from the peel.

knife cutting fruit cubes

Spoon method

As an alternate way, use a teaspoon to scoop out the pieces of the cut mango from the peel.

spoon taking out a fruit cube

Cup method

Or, you can even try a cup! Take a small glass cup with a thin rim to scoop out the mango pieces from the peel in one motion from top to bottom. Bonus that you can snack from the cup then!

placing cut mango cubes into glass

How to store mango

In the fridge

In the refrigerator, place the mango pieces in an airtight container. There, they should last for five days.

storing cut mango in airtight container

In the freezer

If you want to freeze the cut mango, I recommend placing the chunks on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan in the freezer and then transferring to a freezer-safe bag when fully frozen. They will last for three months.

Recipes with mango

Frequently asked questions

How do I store uncut or unripe mangos?

Mangos, like bananas, are a tropical fruit and ripen best outside of the refrigerator. So if you have bought some hard ones, let them sit out on the counter until they soften. Once ripe, they can be stored in the refrigerator. To hasten to ripening, try putting mangos in a paper bag on the counter.

What’s the best season for mangos?

They are available year-round. Some mangos are grown in this country; others are imported. Look for Tommy Atkins in stores from March through December.

You’ve learned how to cut a mango and now can enjoy a sweet treat that offers up an amazing amount of vitamin C – 100 percent of a day’s requirement in one-half of an average-sized mango.

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How to Cut Mango

This is an easy tutorial for how to cut a mango properly. I show you the best way to pick a ripe mango and chop it up to use in smoothies or other recipes!
5 from 18 votes
Servings 2 servings
Course Side
Calories 62
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ripe firm mango

Instructions

  • Position the mango with the stem side down on a cutting board.
  • Using a large sharp knife, cut alongside the wide part of the pit as close to it as possible from the top of the mango down one side of the pit.
  • Repeat the same thing on the other side of the mango. You will end up with two halves and a middle section with the pit intact.
  • Cut the two small sides off the middle section from the top down the side towards the stem. Now you’ll have four pieces of the mango.
  • Score the mango flesh for any of the four pieces by making lengthwise and crosswise cuts, being careful not to cut through peel. Pop open the mango by pushing the skin side down towards your thumb.

Remove the mango from the skin with a knife, spoon or cup.

  • Using a knife: Use a small paring knife to cut along the peel and carefully remove the pieces from the peel.
    Using a spoon: Use a spoon to scoop out the pieces of mango from the peel.
    Using a cup: Use a small glass cup with a thin rim to scoop out the mango pieces from the peel in one motion from top to bottom.
  • Use the mango pieces immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 5 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific mango you use.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 62kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 174mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 1120IU, Vitamin C: 38mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

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Illustrating the knife method for removing the mango from the skin

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  1. Thank you so much for this!! The first time I tried to cut a mango without any instructions, what a disaster!!