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How To Cut Avocado

Posted by: ari | well seasoned

There are many ways to successfully cut and slice an avocado, but some are more efficient than others! In this step-by-step guide, I'll show you the way I was taught to peel and slice avocados working in a Michelin starred restaurant kitchen in NYC. It eliminates waste and will give you beautiful, smooth slices every single time.

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Posted by: ari | well seasoned
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How to Cut Avocado

There are many ways to successfully cut and slice an avocado. In this step-by-step guide, I'll show you the way I was taught to peel and slice avocados working in Michelin starred restaurant kitchens. It eliminates waste and will give you beautiful, smooth slices every single time.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: haas avocado, ripe avocado
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 80kcal

Equipment

  • Chefs knife
  • Paring knife

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado

Instructions

How to Cut Avocado

  • Hold the avocado firmly in one hand, then carefully use a knife to cut through the peel, pressing down until the knife meets the pit. Cut the avocado length-wise, working your way completely around the pit.
  • Twist both halves of avocado away from each other. The avocado should pop open revealing two halves, one of which is housing the avocado pit.
    One ripe avocado sliced in half

To Remove Pit

  • Hold avocado half firmly in your hand, then swiftly tap a chefs knife into the pit. Twist the knife and pit to the side, 45 degrees. The pit should wedge free and release from the flesh of the avocado.
    removing the pit of an avocado with a chefs knife
  • To remove pit from knife: use a kitchen towel or folded paper towel - NOT YOUR HAND! - and pull the pit off the knife. Alternatively, you can place the pit over a bowl, such as a mixing bowl, and pull the knife away from the edge, allowing the pit to break free and drop into the bowl.

To Peel

  • Slide your thumb under the skin of the fruit, then lift to peel back.
    how to peel avocado

To Smooth Avocado Flesh

  • Place the avocado cut side down on a cutting board. Fold over a paper towel or kitchen towel, then very gently rub the surface of the avocado to smooth any imperfections.

To Cut Peeled Avocado Into Thin Slices

  • Use a paring knife to cut all the way down the fruit, from top to bottom, making even slices across the entire length of the avocado.
    slicing an avocado thinly with a paring knife

To Dice Peeled Avocado

  • Use a paring knife to cut the avocado into a grid, cutting equal squares first horizontally and then vertically. Gently break apart with your hands into a small dice.
    peeled diced avocado on a gray board

To Dice an Unpeeled Avocado

  • Use a paring knife to score the flesh of the avocado into a grid, then carefully use a large spoon to scoop out the avocado, getting as close to the skin as possible.
    diced avocado with peel still on

Notes

  • To preserve shelf life of already ripe whole avocados: place in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, then use.
  • To prevent oxidation: squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice on any exposed part of the avocado. White vinegar works too!
  • To preserve avocado that has already been prepared (such as guacamole): prevent air from having contact with the food. Take a piece of plastic wrap, then press firmly onto the food, ensuring that it makes direct contact and there is no air in between. If a tiny bit of oxidation occurs, simply scrape off the very top layer - everything underneath will remain bright green!
  • Can I preserve avocados by storing them with the pit? Doesn't work, we've tried!
 

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Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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