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. Here’s how to cut a mango properly to get the most from your fruit. Once you’ve mastered this technique, get ready to make plenty of mango salsa—a fruity twist on our favorite dip.
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 Peel and Slice a Mango
Don’t try to remove the skin right away! Instead, slice the fruit and then scoop it from the peel.
Step 1: Make the First Cut
Lay fruit on the counter on its side. Using a sharp knife, make a lengthwise cut as close to the long, flat seed as possible to remove each side of the fruit. Trim fruit away from the seed.
Step 2: Make Criss-Cross Cuts
Score each side of the fruit lengthwise and widthwise, being careful not to cut through the skin.
Step 3: Invert the Peel and Cut
Using your hand, push the skin up, turning the fruit out. Cut fruit off at the skin with a knife. You should end up with pretty perfect cubes of mango. You can dice smaller for something like a mango salsa or leave as-is for use in a fruit salad.