The honey-sweet tropical flavor of mango is such a treat as a topping for yogurt or ice cream, mixed into a fruit salad or blended into a smoothie. But the fruit itself is tricky to break down — the oblong shape with a giant pit in the center isn’t as intuitive to cut in pieces as an apple or orange. But we’ve got a foolproof method for how to cut a mango, and once you get the hang of it, cutting up this tasty fruit is easy as 1-2-3.
How to Cut a Mango
- 1 ripe mango
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Spoon (optional)
- Cut a thin slice from bottom end of mango so that the mango sits flat on counter.
- Cut down along center of mango, cutting against side of flat pit to remove cheek of mango. Repeat with other cheek.
- Holding mango cheek firmly in place with opposite hand. Cut, peel-side-down, lengthwise and crosswise slices into flesh, without cutting through peel. Repeat with other cheek.
- Hold mango cheek firmly in place with opposite hand. Using a spoon, scoop cube segments out from peel (alternatively, invert mango cheek and cut away cube segments from peel). Repeat with other cheek.
- Trim any remaining flesh from pit. Cut, facing peel-side-down, and remove flesh.