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Five Easy Ways to Cut a Mango

By Lindsay Robison, April 6, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lindsay Robison

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


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?

Category: Produce




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!
04/08/2013 9:32:02 AM CDT
wendy Hunt says ...
please send me recipes with mango's
04/09/2013 6:33:46 PM CDT
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.
04/10/2013 9:13:38 AM CDT
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.
04/10/2013 9:32:20 AM CDT
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
04/10/2013 4:33:07 PM CDT
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
04/10/2013 5:26:31 PM CDT
Natalie42 says ...
does anyone know who to use a mango fork?
04/10/2013 6:14:02 PM CDT
Patricia says ...
You can buy mango slicer on QVC.COM under Kitchen Category along with the Pipeapple Slicer too.
04/10/2013 7:19:17 PM CDT
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.
04/10/2013 7:59:06 PM CDT
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.
04/10/2013 9:37:06 PM CDT
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".
04/10/2013 11:31:52 PM CDT
Beryle Server says ...
04/11/2013 12:12:40 AM CDT
Ms. Fine says ...
Where is he fifth way to cut a mango? I count only four.
04/11/2013 5:36:59 AM CDT
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!!
04/11/2013 8:11:45 AM CDT
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.
04/11/2013 8:52:18 AM CDT
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.
04/11/2013 9:11:53 AM CDT
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!
04/12/2013 7:40:59 AM CDT
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.
04/12/2013 8:27:39 AM CDT
Mangos 4 lyfe says ...
am i crazy or are there only 4 ways given?
04/12/2013 11:44:15 AM CDT
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!
04/12/2013 5:10:21 PM CDT
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
04/13/2013 1:07:00 PM CDT
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.
04/13/2013 9:29:04 PM CDT
maria fatima says ...
keep coming the beautiful and good receipts
04/15/2013 6:02:04 PM CDT
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.
04/15/2013 6:46:18 PM CDT
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.
04/18/2013 4:04:39 PM CDT