How to Cut an Avocado

by Bill Hinds

An effort to stop the wasteful practice of scooping out avocado halves.


  • Avocado
  • Knife
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Take a ripe, but not soft, avocado.

    Step 2

    Using a sharp knife, cut through avocado's skin and meat, stopping at the pit. Revolve the avocado on the blade until the fruit is cut in half on the pit.

    Step 3

    Twist the avocado to separate the halves.

    Step 4

    Take the half without the pit and cut it lengthwise.

    Step 5

    At this point many people would slap the blade into the pit and twist it out. Showy, but unnecessary.

    Step 6

    Just cut it in half again, twist and pull apart.

    Step 7

    You can now easily pop out the pit. You now have an avocado cut in lengthwise quarters.

    Step 8

    Grab the tip of the skin at the narrow end and peel it off.

    Step 9

    Perfect, with no scooping with a spoon. You wouldn't scoop out a banana with a spoon would you?

    Step 10

    Now you can toss the peels into the trash can--never into a garbage disposal!

    Step 11

    Cut the avocado and do with it what you want. I recommend a little salt and pepper and a fork.