How to Slice a Mango

One of my favorite summer fruits is the mango.  Mangoes are silky and sweet, perfect for nibbling.  They also work in a variety of recipes from salsas to desserts.  But how do you cut into one?  Let me show you.

First of all, start with a mango that is slightly soft when you push into it.  You don’t want it to be rock hard, but you don’t want it to be too soft or wrinkled either.  The one I cut into was actually a little bit on the green side, I should have waited a day or two.  Mangoes that aren’t ripe enough are a bit tart.  We ate it anyways.

Lay the mango on your cutting board.  The tricky part of cutting a mango is that you can’t cut it in half like most fruit because it has a long flat seed running down the middle.  

Stand the mango up on it’s end,

and start cutting about 1/2 inch away from the stem.

Cut the first side off,

then the other side.
You will be left with the long seed in the middle, set this to the side.

Take each side and cut into it across and lengthwise, slicing all the way to the skin but not through it.

Now for the fun part, take your mango and flip it out!

From here, you can easily slice the pieces off.

And what to do with that middle part with the seed?  I always save it for my husband who likes to get every last piece of fruit off with his teeth.  

And that’s how you slice a mango!  

  • A Spoonful of Yumm July 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    good one !

  • Tiffany Williams July 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    My kids always fight over the seed! šŸ˜€

  • Rebecca from Chow and Chatter July 30, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    good tips I need to be better at this

  • Cassie July 31, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Brilliant tutorial! I love mangoes but they're always so intimidating. I feel like I waste so much fruit. Not any more… thanks!

  • Jackie July 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for posting this. I have challenged myself to try fresh fruits and vegetables. I haven't tried a fresh mango yet. Now I know what to do with it once I have it.

  • Marina at My Busy Children August 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    how fun!
    I am on my way to buy some mangos and try it out

  • Stephanie August 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    A fantastic tutorial! I'm going to keep this "on-file" for reference.

    Thank you!

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