How to Cut, Peel, Prepare an Avocado - Best Avocado Recipe Ideas

There are many ways to cut and peel an avocado, the method described below is simple and foolproof and avoids squishy bits and mess. It is simple, easy and fast. It is the perfect way to prepare avocado for the recipes included at the end of the article. Always start with avocados that are just a little firm. Avocados that are overripe are very hard to peel, cut and to prepare. To help pick a ripe one pick up an avocado that looks ripe up and look closely at the stem end. If you can pull the stem out very easily the avocado is rip. Otherwise gently squeeze an avocado - unripe one will feel hard to a gentle squeeze, the skin of an over-ripe avocado will feel a little loose.

The ripeness you choose when you buy them depends and how quickly you want to use the avocados. Choose softer ones for immediate use, firmer ones for delayed use.

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Method for Cutting and Peeling an Avocado

Cutting in half
Cutting in half
Separating the halves
Separating the halves
Slicing to remove sectors from the seed
Slicing to remove sectors from the seed
Grabbing the seed by inserting a knife blade
Grabbing the seed by inserting a knife blade
Slicing into sectors
Slicing into sectors
Separating the sectors
Separating the sectors
Removing sectors from the skin
Removing sectors from the skin
Cutting  cross-hatch pattern
Cutting cross-hatch pattern
Spooning out the flesh
Spooning out the flesh

Step 1. Grab the avocado gently with one hand and with a broad-blade sharp knife cut through the avocado to the seed all the way round.

Step 2. Rotate one half gently while holding the other tightly. Open the two halves to expose the seed.

Step 3. There are three ways to proceed depending on whether you want to keep the two halves of the avocado intact

  • Sector Method - One way is to make one or more cuts, lengthwise on the half avocado that has the seed so that it is easier to remove each of the sectors with skin attached. You can gently twist the knife blade between the sectors to separate the sectors from the seed.
  • Spoon Method - You can simply use a spoon to scoop out the seed.
  • Insert a Knife into the Seed - This method can be dangerous so be careful. Using a towel and grab the avocado with the seed pointing upward. Gently swing the knife so that the blade wedges firmly. The knife can then be used to pull the seed out after rotating it slightly.

Step 4. Removing the flesh - the method you use depends on whether you want to keep the avocado in halves or sectors or chop the avocado.

  • Spoon Method - you can simply scoop out the flesh of the avocado with a spoon, which is ideal for preparing guacamole. To make it easier to scoop out the flesh, take a small knife and gently make a series of cuts in a cross-hatch pattern. Only cut into the flesh not into the avocado peel. Then you can easily use a spoon to scoop out the avocado pieces.
  • Sector method - use a knife to slice the flesh of the avocado halves into sections. It does not matter if you cut through the peel. Use your fingers to gently remove the avocado sectors from the peel.

How to Stop a Sliced Avocado from Browning

  • Squeeze some fresh lime or lemon juice on the exposed area and seal it with plastic film as airtight as you can. Store in the fridge with the cut side down.
  • Spray the cut surface with a little cooking oil spray sprayed and covered it with foil and store in the fridge.

Wonderful ways to Use Avocados

Avocado is much more than just a tasty addition to dips such as guacamole. It can be the base of a hearty satisfying meal when eaten in salads, added to pizza and tacos and in many other dishes.

Avocados contain many vitamins, minerals, active enzymes,soluble fiber, easily digested proteins and fats.

Avocados make a delightful addition and accompaniment to many meat and poultry dishes, and are ideal for snacks.

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Detailed Nutrient Summary for Avocado (100g)

NUTRIENTS 100 g Whole Avocado
Units
Amount
recommended dietary intake and percent supplied by 120 g
Energy
kJ
862
8700
Protein
g
2
50
Fat Total
g
21.4
70
saturated
g
4.8
23% of total fat
trans
g
0
 
monounsaturated
g
12.8
 
polyunsaturated
g
4.7
 
Omega 3 (ALA)*
mg
115
200
Plant sterols (total)*
mg
83
 
Fibre, total dietary
g
5
30
Fibre soluble
g
2
 
Carbohydrate total (sugars)
g
0.5
 
MINERALS
 
 
 
Calcium
mg
14
800 (2%)
Iron
mg
0.64
12 (7%)
Magnesium
mg
27
320 (10%)
Phosphorus
mg
48
1000 (6%)
Potassium
mg
509
3800 (16%)
Sodium
mg
4
920 (<1%)
Zinc
mg
0.56
12 (6%)
Copper
mg
0.27
3 (11%)
Manganese
mg
0.23
5 (6%)
VITAMINS
 
 
 
Folate
mcg
120
400 (18%)
Biotin
mcg
4.9
30 (20%)
Pantothenic acid
mg
1
5 (24%)
Vitamin C
mg
11
40 (29%)
Vitamin E
mg
1.9
10 (23%)
Vitamin K
mcg
21
80 (31%)
OTHER
 
 
 
Beta carotene
Eq mcg
179
 
Lutein + Zeaxanthin
mcg
271
 
Antioxidant capacity ORAC
umol Trolox Equivalent
1922
 
Antioxidants Polyphenols
mg GAE
142
 
 
 
 
 

© 2011 Dr. John Anderson

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Comments 3 comments

Marie Gail profile image

Marie Gail 4 years ago from Olathe, KS

A useful Hub here and good pics, too. Thanks for sharing the tips on peeling. I will put them to use immediately.


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janderson99 4 years ago from Australia on Planet Water Author

Glad you found the tips helpful


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peachpurple 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i always have trouble with removing the seeds, thanks to yr hub

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