Nourish PA: How to Cut an Avocado

Avocados are truly a superfood: Packed with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, this fantastic fruit is beloved for its nutty, mild flavor and creamy texture. It might be most famous as the base for guacamole, but we love it on toast, as a filling for omelettes, sliced onto burgers, cubed on top of chili, and tucked into sandwiches. You can even use avocado in smoothies!

Breaking down an avocado is relatively simple, once you’ve tried it a few times. Follow the instructions in our video to see how it’s done!

A few other avocado tips:

  • When an avocado yields to firm but gentle pressure, it’s ripe and ready-to-eat!
  • Once an avocado is ripe, eat within the next day or two. Or, you can store it whole in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Avocados can be peeled, cut and frozen in a freezer-safe zipper bag for 4 to 6 months.
  • To prevent cut avocado from turning brown, toss in lime or lemon juice, and keep in an airtight container for up to a day.

How to Cut an Avocado

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
5 min 0 min 5 min

If using avocado for guacamole, or another recipe where it’s mashed, proceed through Step 3 and place avocado halves in a bowl.


  • Cutting board
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon (optional)


  1. Place avocado on cutting board. Holding avocado firmly in place with opposite hand, cut avocado in half with sharp knife, lengthwise, until you feel the knife hit the pit. Rotate avocado, keeping knife steady, to cut around pit.
  2. Twist two halves apart.
  3. If slicing, using a spoon and loosen skin around avocado to remove flesh. Repeat with second half.
  4. Place avocado half cut-side-down on cutting board, and slice lengthwise with knife. Repeat with other half.
  5. If dicing, cut slices crosswise into small cubes. Repeat with second half.

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