Nourish PA: How to Cut a Mango

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

Serves 1
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
3 min 0 min 3 min


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


  1. Cut a thin slice from bottom end of mango so that the mango sits flat on counter.
  2. Cut down along center of mango, cutting against side of flat pit to remove cheek of mango. Repeat with other cheek.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Trim any remaining flesh from pit. Cut, facing peel-side-down, and remove flesh.

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