How To Cut A Mango | 2 Easy Methods

Mangos are better when you know how to slice ’em. This post will guide you through the best (and easiest) techniques on how to cut a mango. Effectively…and without losing a finger!

How To Cut A Mango

The mango. There’s something special about this yellow gem of sweet, supple goodness. 

My son was once 100% obsessed with mangoes, asking for them 24/7. So you can imagine how well my 3 Ingredient Mango Sorbet was received in this household.

One day (just for fun), I handed him an unpeeled mango and told him he could have the ENTIRE fruit if he could tell me how to take off the skin.

He just stared at it for 5 minutes and gave up.  

And honestly, I didn’t know how to cut a mango either! I’d cut it down the middle, try to peel the skin off…and yeah it worked. But effective and efficient? Not so much.

That’s why I initiated some juicy research for a better way! This post is going to give you step by step instructions on 2 helpful techniques to cut delicious mangoes. So you can eat them plain, or perhaps in your overnight oats?

How To Cut A Mango

How To Tell If A Mango Is Ripe?

To test a mango for ripeness, all you have to do is squeeze it gently. Emphasis on gently! If the mango is ripe, it will make a slight dent. This shows that the flesh inside has softened. If you don’t see any indentation while pressing on it, it’s most likely not ripe enough to eat. And when it’s not ripe…it’s sour!

Is There A Pit In A Mango?

Mangos contain long, flat pits right smack dab in the middle. This is actually the seed and what makes them such a challenge to cut…when you don’t know what you’re doing, that is.

But once you learn to work around this pesky pit, the rest is super easy. You’ll get used to it after some practice, trust me.

How To Cut A Mango

How Do You Cut Mango For A Salad?

When we cut mangos for salads we want them to shine, like the star ingredients they are! To accomplish this, there’s a proper way to cut them in the perfect size that maintains their supple (but still slightly firm) texture. You’ll want to cut them into dense squares about an inch thick. You’ll learn how to do this below!

Why Can’t You Eat The Skin of The Mango?

You shouldn’t eat the skin of a mango because it contains the compound urushiol. Which is the same active chemical you’ll find in poison ivy, and poison oak. Okay, yikes. There’s also the risk of ingesting any remaining pesticides clinging to the skin.

Some people with highly sensitive skin can get dermatitis just from touching a mango! While mangoes are generally a safe and edible fruit, stick with eating the inside (the tasty edible part) and you’ll be fine.

How To Cut A Mango

How To Store Cut Mango? 

Once you have your cut-up mango, I recommend storing it in an airtight container. I usually eat it within 5 days to make sure I still get that fresh fruit sweetness and flavor.  You can also opt to freeze.

Here’s how I recommend freezing your mango slices…

  • Use a few resealable plastic bags and store your sliced mango into smoothie size portions (like these Mango Green Smoothie Freezer Packs). All you have to do is to pop a portion in your blender in the morning. A smoothie in minutes, hooray!

Once they’ve hardened, you can then transfer the mangoes to your preferred container. Easy!

How To Cut A Mango

What Is The Best Way To Cut A Mango?

The best way to cut a mango helps you get the most mango for your cut. It’s efficient. And, it’s safe! Let me help you avoid those knife slips. (You may use a knife that isn’t too sharp. Something sharp enough to slice through the peel is good.)  

Below are two techniques I use to cut up this amazing fruit.

How To Cut A Mango

Option #1 Cut A Mango With A Knife And Glass Cup

  1. Cut the sides off the mango, working to avoid the large pit in the center.
  2. Hold a mango half upright along the rim of a glass cup and align right where the peel meets the skin to the edge of the glass. Slide it down to separate the peel from the mango flesh.
  3. You can dice the peeled mango into cubes from here now that the skin has been removed.
How To Cut A Mango

Option #2 Cut A Mango With A Knife

  1. Cut the sides off the mango, working to avoid the large pit in the center.
  2. Use a knife to score cubes into one of the mango halves, but be careful not to cut through the skin.
  3. Invert the mango so the cubes separate a bit.
  4. Use a small paring knife to cut each cube off the mango peel.
How To Cut A Mango

The Middle: How To Cut The Remaining Mango

  1. Cut along the middle of the mango (that is left after slicing off the large halves). Cut the flesh away from the pit.
  2. Use a paring knife to separate the peel from the flesh, holding it flat on the cutting board.
  3. Slice the strips of mango into cubes.
An overhead image of a food processor with mango puree made from frozen diced mango and lime juice for the Mango Sorbet.

Tasty Mango Recipes

Now that you know how to properly slice the mango, there’s an abundance of dishes and drinks you can try. 

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How to Cut A Mango
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe mango
Instructions
Option #1 Cut A Mango With A Knife And Glass Cup
  1. Cut the sides of the off the mango, working to avoid the large pit in the center.

  2. Hold a mango half upright along the rim of a glass cup and align right where the peel meets the skin to the edge of the glass. Slide it down to separate the peel from the mango flesh.

  3. You can dice the peeled mango into cubes from here now that the skin has been removed.

Option #2 Cut A Mango With A Knife
  1. Cut the sides off the mango, working to avoid the large pit in the center.

  2. Use a knife to score cubes into one of the mango halves, but take care not to cut it through the skin.

  3. Invert the mango so the cubes separate out a bit.

  4. Use a small paring knife to cut each cube off the mango peel.

The Middle: How To Cut The Remaining Mango
  1. Cut along the middle slice of the mango (that is left after slicing off the large halves). Cut the flesh away from the pit.

  2. Use a pairing knife to separate the peel from the flesh, holding it flat on the cutting board.

  3. Slide the strips of mango into cubes.

Recipe Notes

One small-medium sized mango yields about 1 cup of diced mango. 

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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