Come find out how to peel an avocado. In this tutorial, you’ll discover the safest way to cut an avocado and the most straightforward way to remove the pit!

Knowing how to properly peel an avocado comes in handy for recipes like this Avocado Chocolate Pudding, Guacamole, Avocado Strawberry Spinach Wraps, and my Loaded Breakfast Sandwich

A cut and peeled avocado in a hand.

Before implementing this method, I typically cut the avocado in two and used a spoon to scoop out the flesh, thinking I was getting most of the fruit. However, that is not the case at all.

The spoon method does not get that dark layer right under the skin that holds most of the nutritional value in an avocado!

Say goodbye to the mess that can come with peeling and pitting an avocado with any other method! My step-by-step directions and pictures show you exactly how to peel an avocado easily!

How To Cut and Peel An Avocado

  1. First, gently wash and dry the avocado. 
  2. Next, cut it in half, lengthwise, around the seed. 
  3. Then, turn the avocado 90 degrees and cut lengthwise around the seed again. 
  4. Twist the avocado again to separate it into four pieces. 
  5. Easily pop out the seed with your hands from the piece it’s attached to. 
  6. Finally, pick up one piece of avocado and start at one end and slowly peel the skin off the avocado slice. Use the slices as needed.

A picture collage showing how to How To Cut And Peel An Avocado.

I learned this “nick and peel” technique for cutting and peeling and avocado while on a press tour with the California Avocado Commission. Along with this method, I learned a lot of helpful information about avocados!

Avocado Peeling Facts:

  1. Peeling an avocado using this method extracts the fruit closest to the peel. This is the most nutrient-dense part of the avocado.
  2. Using this method is quick & easy. Plus no special peeler is needed, just a regular kitchen knife will do!

FAQ’s

How do I know if my avocado is ripe?

Hass avocados usually turn dark green to purplish-black when they’re ripe. Additionally, when you gently squeeze an avocado in the palm of your hand, if it’s ripe, it will yield to gentle pressure.

Is it good to refrigerate avocados?

The cold air from the fridge slows down the ripening process, so it is not a good idea to put them in the refrigerator before cutting if you need them soon. After peeling an avocado, it will not last long before browning. Storing it in the fridge will help prolong the freshness but only for a day or two at the most.

To make the most of your avocados, I suggest you cut and peel them using this method. It’s easier, safer, and keeps all the nutrient-rich fruit intact.

Cook’s Tools

  • Chef’s Knife
  • Cutting board

A side profile picture showing how to feel the skin away from the avocado.

Now that you have those beautiful avocados peeled, make my Best Guacamole Recipe!

A close up picture of a cut and peeled avocado in a hand.

How To Cut And Peel An Avocado

Come find out how to peel an avocado. In this tutorial, you'll discover the safest way to cut an avocado and the most straightforward way to remove the pit!
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Course: accompaniment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado, kitchen how to
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado

Instructions

  • First, gently wash and dry the avocado.
  • Next, cut it in half, lengthwise, around the seed.
  • Then, turn the avocado 90 degrees and cut lengthwise around the seed again.
  • Twist the avocado again to separate it into four pieces.
  • Easily pop out the seed with your hands from the piece it's attached to.
  • Finally, pick up one piece of avocado and start at one end and slowly peel the skin off the avocado slice. Use the slices as needed.
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7 Comments

  1. I’ve been prepping avocados that way for ages. It has a lot to do with having a neighbor in FL with an avocado tree. Lots of avocados to play with! Glad you discovered it! Thanks!

    1. A few months back I went to an avocado tour with the CA Avocado Commission and they prepped their avocados this way by quartering them. Everyone in the room was like “that makes complete sense!”. I have never seen avocados cut this way before; on cooking shows you always see them cutting the avocado in half and then they use a knife or spoon to get the pit out.
      Anyhow, glad you already knew this method, you’re ahead of the curve! 🙂

  2. veenaazmanov says:

    Thanks. Your post seems quite informative. Will definitely try this method the next time I cut Avocado.

  3. kushigalu says:

    Great tips on peeling avocado. Thanks for sharing

  4. My little one loves avocados so this tip will come in handy around our house! Thank you!

  5. These tips are so perfect. I love avocado and now I know the right way to peel it! Great tips.

  6. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    Great instructions now I don’t have to waste so much of my favorite avocado! thanks