How to Cut a Mango with or Without a Mango Slicer

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Learn how to cut a mango, whether you have a mango slicer or not. This guide explains how to cut a mango into cubes, slice a mango into strips and even make a mango rose!

The juicy mango is arguably one of the sweetest the tropics have to offer, but freeing the soft fruit from its thick skin can be tough. The deliciousness of the mango is worth every effort, though!

Here’s how to cut a mango properly to use in salads, salsa and all kinds of mango desserts.

How to Clean a Mango

Hold the whole fruit under cool running tap water. Rub it gently with your hands as you rinse it. You may also use a clean vegetable brush to scrub the surface of the mango. Don’t be overly concerned, since you won’t be eating the skin—you just want to remove any dirt that might dirty your cutting surface and the fruit inside.

How to Cut a Mango Without a Slicer

Note that there are four sides to a mango—two wider sides, also called the cheeks, and two narrower sides, with a pit/seed in the middle.

Tools You’ll Need

Step 1: Cut the mango in half

Hold the mango vertically on a cutting board with the two mango cheeks facing to the left and right. Using a chef’s knife, make a lengthwise cut as close to the long, flat seed as possible to remove each side of the fruit.

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If you hit the pit of the mango, move the knife slightly off-center slice through.

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For the remaining two sides, slice carefully around the pit. Then, discard the pit or set it aside to grow in your garden.

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Step 2: Make “hedgehog” cuts

Pick up the mango cheeks. Score each side of the fruit lengthwise and widthwise, being careful not to cut through the skin. You want to form sort of a grid.

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Step 3: Scoop out the cubes of mango

Using your hand, push the skin up, turning the fruit out. Cut the fruit off the skin with a knife. You should end up with perfect cubes of mango!

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How to Cut a Mango with a Mango Slicer

The most commonly used mango slicer is a mango slicer/splitter. It helps remove the pit easily, by slicing through the whole fruit in one go!

Step 1: Cut the mango in half

To cut a mango using a tool like this, hold the mango vertically on a cutting board with the two mango cheeks facing either side.

Place the slicer/splitter on top of the mango so that the blade cheeks align with the mango cheeks. Gently, slice through the mango pushing down the blade. This will separate the pit from the rest of the mango.

Scrape the pit with a knife to remove the rest of the flesh. Discard the pit or put it aside to grow it in your garden.

Step 2: Make “hedgehog” cuts

Score each side of the fruit lengthwise and widthwise, being careful not to cut through the skin. You want to form a grid in the mango flesh.

Step 3: Scoop out the cubes of mango

Using your hand, push the skin up, turning the fruit out. Cut the fruit off the skin with a knife. You should end up with perfect cubes of mango using this method, too.

5 Different Ways to Cut up a Mango

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  • Hedgehog cuts: This is the method mentioned above, where you form a grid on the mango cheek using a knife, invert the skin and the cubes stand out—like quills on a hedgehog.
  • Cubes: The flesh from the “hedgehog” is carefully cut out. You can eat the cubes as-is.
  • Diced: Take a slice of mango, cut it vertically and then horizontally, forming small dice. This is the perfect size fruit for making mango salsa.
  • Strips: You can also julienne mango. Cut and peel a slice of mango. Then, cut into thin matchstick-like strips. Use mango strips to garnish green salads.
  • Rose: Peel a mango cheek. Put it horizontally on a cutting board and slice thinly. Using both the hands, gently separate out the slices, forming a line. The slices should still be overlapped with each other. Then, start rolling it inwards from one end. Once done, it will resemble a rose. Use this delicate mango rose to garnish salads or top a pastry.

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