How to Peel a Mango

Learn how to peel a mango easily with the Taste of Home Test Kitchen. Find step-by-step photos for peeling and slicing, plus tasty recipes for fresh mango.

By Elizabeth Harris, Contributing Editor

Person holding a small wooden crate filled with ripe, fresh mango in one hand and a single mango in the other

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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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

Lay fruit on the counter, then turn so the top and bottom are now the sides. 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.

Cutting a mango lengthwise along the flat seed to remove each side of the fruit.

3. Score each side of the fruit lengthwise and widthwise, being careful not to cut through the skin.

Scoring mango fruit lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through skin.

4. Using your hand, push the skin up, turning the fruit out. Cut fruit off at the skin with a knife.

Pushing mango skin up to turn the scored fruit out while cutting fruit from skin.