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Five Easy Ways to Cut a Mango

My parents are from the Midwest, and mangoes weren’t a part of our dinner table growing up. Now I’ve come to LOVE mangoes and become a mango-cutting master. (I’m not just tooting my own horn here; I’ve probably shown 20 friends how to do it.) A lot of people have had a bad experience hacking away at a mango with little fruit at the end, and as a result haven’t tried again. Never fear!

Many argue over the best way to cut a mango (my favorite is the slice-and-scoop method from the National Mango Board). I’ve rounded up ideas from some of my favorite bloggers so you can judge for yourself:

Mango Fingers

The great thing about Kristin’s method at Iowa Girl Eats is that you can easily control the size of your mango pieces without a lot of extra chopping. Simply cut off the mango “cheeks” on either side of the pit, then slices the cheeks into the desired width. Finally, score each slice without penetrating the skin, and scrape off the cubes with a knife.

Mango - Photo by Kristin of Iowa Girl Eats

Hedgehog

This might just be the most fun method because it involves making a mango “hedgehog.” Score a crosshatch pattern on the cheeks and push the skin side so it flips inside out and fans out the fruit; eat out of hand (probably over a sink – they’re juicy!) or slice the cubes off the skin. Leave it to the ladies at Our Best Bites to have some fun with the mango, and also share some handy tips on how to select one.

Mango - Photo by Our Best Bites

Mango Slicer

If you’ve got extra space in your kitchen drawers, you may want to make room for a mango slicer (OXO makes a good one). Danielle at Against All Grains demonstrates how a slicer can be a useful start for any mango cutting method.

Mango - Photo by Against All Grain

Peel and Slice

The brave at heart (and handy with a knife) may prefer peeling the mango first, which can maximize the amount of mango flesh you get. Natalie of Perry’s Plate and Tasty Kitchen shows how it’s done and shares a tasty Mango Frozen Yogurt recipe. Use extreme caution, since mangoes can be slippery!

Mango - Photo by Natalie Perry, Perry's Plate

What’s your favorite way to cut a mango? Any tips or tricks of your own to share?

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Bruce Johne says …

For sure the "cut off the cheeks" method above, however, that still leaves a lot of "meat on the bone." Take the pitted part and place a knife btwn the skin and the flesh. Run the knife all the way around and remove the peel. Then, place the pit, with all that juicy fruit left on it, firmly on a cutting board and cut the remaining fruit off from around the pit. You'll enjoy several more bites of mango. You can further bite/suck the pit until there is virtually nothing but the pit left. Enjoy!

wendy Hunt says …

please send me recipes with mango's

Hardy Rueb says …

Instead of using a knife, we have a Swiss potato peeler which also works with skins or rinds. We definitely maximize our flesh with this method and don't have to worry about fingers getting cut with the slipperiness.

Rachel O. says …

Mine is a combination of Mango Fingers and Peel and Slice. Slice off the sides closely against the pit, then slice around the edges. Finally, peel and slice into pieces.

Cg says …

Since I dehydrate my mangoes I peel them, then cut slices about 1/4-1/2" thick depending on how you like the dried mango. After getting all available mango for drying I then scrape a spoon down the pits and blend briefly and pour into ice cube trays. After that it's time to lean over the sink and suck the rest of the lovely stuff off the pit. I especially like to put frozen mango cubes in a bowl and pour heavy cream over them, naughty but delicious. Enjoy. Cg

barbara Walls says …

Your first description of cutting a mango is the way I have always cut them. I love them. When you are finished with your cutting, pick up the seed and enjoy either sucking on it or chewing what's left on it. You don't want to waste anything on it. Mmmmmm! I can't imagine cooking the fruit. I'm drooling as I write this. Wish they weren't so expensive. Barbara

Natalie42 says …

does anyone know who to use a mango fork?

Patricia says …

You can buy mango slicer on QVC.COM under Kitchen Category along with the Pipeapple Slicer too.

Nan Aitel-thompson says …

I can't seem to tell when mangoes are ripe. I'm fine with the yellow champagne ones, when the skin wrinkles they're ripe, I keep them dark in a paper bag until then. But the big ones just rot or aren't ripe. Help.

Tony Vera says …

The mango is best eaten when peeled with the front teeth, enjoying the rich aroma of the skin as you peel down the first half, chew away to the seed, then work your teeth on to the other half. It is messy and, perhaps, for the orally fixated, but fun and very satisfying. With experience, one learns to use the peel as a napkin to minimize the stickiness.

Larry Chandler says …

Kent & Keitt mangoes not only taste better than any other varieties that I have tried, but they are easier to slice, probably because they do not have the stringy flesh of some other varieties. I don't like Haden nor Tommy Atkins. I have been disappointed that Whole Foods in Atlanta doesn't put up signage identifying the variety of Mango they sell. Generally, the only description I see is "Red Mango".

Beryle Server says …

THOUGHT THIS COULD GIVE U SOME IDEAS

Ms. Fine says …

Where is he fifth way to cut a mango? I count only four.

susan says …

Love the suggestions. I usually do the "fingers" or "hedgehog" cuts. I am going to get a really good small knife to try peel & slice. I want the most mango!!

Janice says …

I have been addicted to mango's this year and eat them every single day. I read "the mango is the European apple". I am trying to lose a lot of weight and this is helping me. I had to laugh about cutting it, because it was a challenge at first and then I just found my way slicing around it. I even got my 8 year old picky grand-daughter to now eat it as a snack. She loves it.

Andrew Braun says …

I like to cut wedges and then peel the skin away from the wedge ....use a paring knife from top to bottom like a line of latitude (like the prime meridian, not the equator). Then repeat like multiple lines of latitude around the mango. Then pop out a wedge and peel. It can be tricky to get the first wedge out, but then just use a paring knife along the pit and the wedges just pop off.

Remona says …

Or as my children prefer...a whole ripe mango squashed and squeezed 'till the juice starts to escape from the top then squirt straight into their mouth! Juice, flesh and eventually stone - no corner is left unturned or wasted. Followed by orange faces and huge smiles!

James Whitson says …

The best Mangoes are the ones from my tree on the Big Island. What is better is the honey from the mango flowers. So aromatic.

Mangos 4 lyfe says …

am i crazy or are there only 4 ways given?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MANGOES 4 LYFE - There is actually 1 other suggestion at the top of the page, we put it in bold text so it's easier to see now! Thanks!

Linda Wheatcraft says …

Thank you as I have a lot of trouble cutting mangos. I live in AZ and love a variety of fresh. Thanks

Ashish says …

I call it "monkey" style....simply peel the skin with your teeth and then expose the whole bare fruit. Dig in. This way you loose minimum amount of fruit. Caution, be ready to get your hands dirty but it is a lot of fun, especially with children.

maria fatima says …

keep coming the beautiful and good receipts

CJMac says …

I have washed mangoes and then put them straight in the freezer. When I want some they will peel quite easily with a potato peeler and then just cut off some frozen pieces. Grandkids love that.

Jean Millner says …

You can also buy the mango slicer at KitchenConservatory.com. And if you're in St. Louis, Missouri, check out the more than 850 cooking classes they offer.

Laura says …

The Hedgehog is a favourite in our house. Sent one to school w 5yo son with extra raisins for eyes. Great snack!

carol says …

RE: cutting a mango I have tried cutting a mango many times. The problem I seem to have, no matter the method, is that the pits are quite large for the size of the mango...I can carefully remove the skin but there is so little fruit..truly a very thin layer and it is hard/impossible to carve off. I certainly can't do the hedgehog cut. Maybe I need to learn how to pick a mango that has a greater proportion of fruit as compared to pit and skin????

Jean Ann says …

I use a potatoe peeler to peel the mango!

Lucia says …

I found it hard to hold onto the mango to peel. In Mexico, they generally cut off an end and then stick an ice pick into the pit. Then use a potato peeler. Finally cut the sides off. Works well for me!

Tori says …

As a child, when I was in the Philippines, my friends and I learned an awesome way to peel mangos. The style is very similar to how one would peel a banana. Because there's no simple way to peel this it from scratch, usually you have to cut a few intersecting lines at the top; enough for six corners, and pinch one of the "v" shaped corners, pulling it about half way down the fruit. This way you can peel it further as you eat it, and none of the fruit goes to waste.

The Count says …

Ah ah ah, you only have listed 4 ways to cut mangoes, not 5! Let us watch some sesame street again so we may learn our numbers.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@THE COUNT - The first method is listed in bold in the 2nd paragraph with a link to the method!

Average Suburban Mom says …

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for uploading this. Thanks to you, I have finally learned how to *properly* cut a mango. I've always known how to cut apples, pears, and cantaloups, but I was never able to cut a mango. Who knew it was so simple?! Bless you, whoever wrote this. You have made my life 38548x times simpler.

pete smith says …

do it like an avacado

Zahar Alao says …

In Africa, we ate the entire mango, skin and all! Its good for you too, full of fiber!

Joanne Tèmplejones Templejones says …

I LOVE YOUR FIVE WAYS TO EAT A MANGO FRUIT. NEVER HAD TO CJT IT UP MYSELF IT. WAS really hard to do love it.

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Lilly says …

I haven't eat'in a mango yet but i really want to they look magnificent <3

Jim Sullivan says …

Great tips! I'm a former Ex-Chef and I hate to admit it but I did not have demand for mangos. So I'm all eyes

Colleen says …

Hi! I've never seen the "mango cutter". I just discovered another awesome method, and we've gone mango-crazy ever since! SO Easy with a BEER glass! My preschooler can even do it! Check it out: http://fresh-you.blogspot.com/2015/06/mango-peeling-made-easy.html Enjoy some juicy mango!!! Colleen :)

Julie Ann Allender says …

I use a peeler to get the skin off my mangoes. It is easy and quick. I leave a small piece of skin on the side I peel first to keep a place to hold the slippery mango. Finish the second half and then peel off the small finger size piece I left for holding. Then the mango can easily be cut into any shape I want. I eat the fruit around the seed after making the final cut. It makes for a juicy treat.