Learn the easiest method for how to cut a mango without peeling it! My favorite hack to cut it in half, slice it or dice it, without a glass or cup!
As much as I love the convenience of prepped food items at the grocery store (I’m looking at you, bag of coleslaw mix!), I know that doing the work myself almost always saves me money.
Today, let me show you one of my favorite easy tutorials – how to cut a mango!
The Easiest Method for How to Cut a Mango
There are various ways to cut a mango. I’ve found that the most popular method isn’t easy. It’s also very time consuming and doesn’t yield a lot of fruit.
My method for cutting a mango is very much so the opposite.
- It’s quick and easy.
- It gets the most fruit off the pit.
- It allows you to prepare mango half, mango slices or diced (cubed) mango.
- No peeling required!
While some of the steps can take practice, cutting mangoes gets easier with every mango you cut!
Do you need to Peel a Mango?
I recommend having a few kitchen tools handy before you begin:
- Sturdy cutting board. Mangos are juicy and your fruit will slip and slide all over the place if your board isn’t sturdy. I recommend a cutting board like this one, placed on top of a kitchen towel on your counter.
- Serrated knife. Sometimes the skin is hard to cut through, even with a sharp knife. Using a serrated knife will help with that, as well as cutting off the fruit closest to the pit.
- Chef’s knife. Choose a knife that has a little bit of give-way, like a filet knife or a good chef’s knife. You don’t want to use a cleaver, butcher knife, or a very long and wide chef’s knife because they don’t have the flexibility you need.
You WON’T need a vegetable peeler. In my experience, peeling a mango is not the easiest way to eat it.
But let me show you what IS the easiest way to cut a mango!
How to Prepare a Mango: Step-by-step Photos
Step 1: Cut just to the right of the centerline.
Mangos are usually oblong. If you stand one upright on a cutting board, you’ll see how it’s shaped like an oval when you look at it from overhead. Position the mango so that the oval of the mango goes up and down, away from you and towards you.
Mangos have a gritty pit that’s also oblong. As a result, you’re going to slice the mango all the way through, just to the right of the centerline. If you run into the pit as you cut, just move a little more to the outside of the fruit. This takes practice and every mango is different, so you might not get it right on the first try.
Step 2: Cut just to the left of the centerline.
Just like you did the right side, now you’re going to cut just to the left.
Step 3: Cut each mango half into thirds.
You’ll have one piece that looks close to a rectangle, and two pieces that look like prisms.
If you want more “perfect” mango cubes, you’ll want to cut as little off the two ends as possible. Again, this will come with practice.
Step 4: Filet the mango from the skin.
With the mango lying on the cutting board skin-down, gently yet firmly cut the mango away from the skin. You want to cut as close to the skin as possible, without cutting through the skin.
This is where you’re going to get the bulk of your cut mango pieces.
Note that you are NOT cutting the skin away from the mango. If you do this, you’ll leave more fruit on the skin, and less to enjoy later.
Step 5: Cut the remaining mango from the pit.
With the mango standing up, it’s time to cut off the two remaining edges from the core. Starting just off-center at the top, cut down and around the core, in the shape of a circle. You will not be able to cut straight down.
Continue cutting mango away from the pit until you feel resistance in the knife – that’s how you know you’ve hit the pit. Try to get as much mango off the pit as possible, even if the pieces aren’t very pretty.
Step 6: Filet the remaining mango from the skin.
Just like you did in Step 4, filet the rest of the mango away from the skin.
Step 7: Cube your mango.
This is the best part! Simply cube the mango chunks you have and serve or use in your favorite recipes!
How to Eat a Mango
What do you do with all the mango cubes you just chopped up? Here are some ideas:
- Mango Salsa
- As a snack!
- As a topping for Instant Pot Oatmeal or the Best Steel Cut Oats
- Creamy Factor in Beginner Green Smoothies
- Tucked in a taco shell with Slow Cooker Carnitas and Cilantro Lime Slaw
- Flash freeze for later (use the same method as how to freeze strawberries)
And here are some of my other basic kitchen tutorials: