How to Cut an Avocado

Learn how to cut an avocado into quarters—and how to remove the pit without a wielding a sharp knife.

The first time I ever saw someone cut an avocado, I had ordered tableside guacamole at a restaurant. The server sliced the fruit in half, removed the pit with a sharp knife and then spooned the fruit into a bowl. I saw countless people do it this way—Food Network stars, cookbook manuals and my own parents. I always figured that scooping the fruit from the flesh was the only way to do it.

Luckily, our Test Kitchen knows of a better way. This method makes it easy to peel the skin from an avocado for beautiful quarters, ideal for a topping any meal in a bowl.

How to Cut an Avocado

What You’ll Need

  • Ripe avocado
  • Sharp kitchen knife. (In the market for a new one? Check out our guide to the best kitchen knives.)

Step 1: Cut the Avocado into Quarters

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Cut into the ripe avocado stem to stern until you hit the seed. Repeat to cut the ’cado into quarters.

Step 2: Give It a Twist

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Twist to separate.

Step 3: Remove the Seed

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Pull out the seed. While traditional methods suggest removing the seed with a sharp knife, we’ve found this is a much safer alternative.

Step 4: Peel the Avocado

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Pull the skin back like a banana peel. If the avocado is ripe, the skin should separate cleanly. Not only do you get the most of the fruit, but you don’t even need a spoon to do it!

Even though it might seem strange to peel an avocado, the added carotenoids should delay your avocado from browning—the ultimate guacamole hack. Learn more about how to keep an avocado from turning brown.

How to Pit an Avocado

You can also cut the avocado in half and safely pop out the pit. The credit for this method goes to TikTok user and sushi chef _mynameischo.

You do have to use a knife at first, to cut the avocado in half, but that’s fairly standard and shouldn’t send anyone to urgent care with a case of avocado hand. Then, once the avocado is halved, put the knife away.

You can simply place your index and middle finger on either side of the avocado pit. Put your thumb on the back of the avocado half and press like you’re pushing an elevator button. Wham! The pit tumbles out like an Olympic gymnast.

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You can also use a butter knife to pop the pit out of the avocado from the back. To see this technique in action, check out Cho’s follow-up video.

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Emma B. Kumer
Emma Kumer is a marathon-runner, magazine-writer, and graphic design addict. She was a digital editorial intern for Taste of Home Magazine for Summer 2017. She is also a junior in Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.