How to Peel/Chop a Mango

Took a trip to the grocery store. Bought a mango. Made some friends.

I didn’t actually make any friends at the grocery store. For the most part I try to avoid eye contact at the grocery store so I can go about my business. Men don’t make this easy. Men are annoying. Men leave their carts in the middle of the aisle while they wander around looking for the Beefaronis. Like exactly in the middle of the aisle so to get past them you either have to do u-turn, physically move their cart yourself or glare at them. That’s where the eye contact comes in. Or the shiv.

So as I mentioned I bought some mangos at the grocery store for the sole purpose of making this video for you.

How to peel a mango


How to cut and cube a mango. Plus my new Joe Fresh top.

Wanna  know how to properly chop an onion? Take a look at this tutorial.

I ate that mango right after I shot this video by the way. It was gross. I hate fruits that come with a peel that I can’t rip off while in the grocery store. And yes. I am that person. I eat the fruit. I’m not paying $6 for a bag of grapes only to find out they taste like a bag of Sour Keys once I get them home. I try the cherries, the grapes, sometimes the strawberries and the clementines. Yeah. I even try fruit you have to peel. And I do it while glaring directly at the produce manager.

Who is usually standing right in the middle of the aisle.


  1. c says:

    you are so cute! new reader here, just wanted to say hi. Even though I *did* know how to peel a mango before this…

    I think what you may have been thinking when you did the cut-and-twist is an avocado? That trick works wonders on our yummy green friends, :p Those, and non-stick-to-the-pit-nectarines.

    • Karen says:

      c – Hi! Thanks for introducing yourself. Yes, I was thinking Avocado. LOVE avocados. What an idiot I am. I’ve peeled a mango a million times. Clearly I wasn’t thinking about the beets in the oven so I don’t know what I was thinking of, LOL. Thanks for visiting The Art of Doing Stuff! ~ karen

      • Antoinette says:

        I loved the clip ~ you are So fun! I live on the Sunny Coast in Qld, Oz … we eat A LOT of avocado’s (ha-ha) and mangoes. A neater way of cutting for full display, is to cut each FLAT side of a RIPE mango(leaving about 2-3 cm in the middle ~ including the seed). Cube and invert outter rounds as you have described. Turn the flat fruit with the remaining seed on a board and cut 2 long strips along each longer sidewith the skin still showing ~ then cube these long finger bits. These fingers are great to adorn the side of another dish too. Cooked on the BBQ for only a couple of mins each side is an awesome addition to fresh seafood too :)

  2. Sara says:

    Sooo very late to this party! Forget the top! That silver ring is super cute. A close up of that in a future how-to video please. :)

    • Karen says:

      Sara – Uch. Now you’re gonna make me go back and watch that video to see what ring I’m wearing, LOL! ~ karen

  3. Ana says:

    I love these videos!! I have to say this is the only blog where I literally read every single post.

    I love to wait a few days and get back in here (while at work perhaps) and catch up on three or four posts at a time. It’s like a gift to myself!

    Regarding mango peeling: I saw an episode of Poirot on Mystery! where he peeled a mango a little differently (I think it was the Christmas episode). He sliced around the mango pit like you did, but instead of cutting around the pit, he inserted a large spoon to release the mango flesh around the pit. Then he scored it, same as you. His mango was super ripe though, but I thought it was very clever, especially for a fictional character!

  4. Jamieson says:

    Wow, LOTS of commentary generated by mangoes!
    I have my own patent-pending way of cutting these slippery, juicy fellas: I use a filet knife. Filet knives have a more flexbile blade. I slice along the pit like you did, but cut right through, with my filet knife nestled along one side of the pit until the mango is halved. Then i carve out the pit by nestling the knife along the pit’s other side. The whole time while carving I cradle the mango in my other hand. If you have a sharp filet knife and a confident grip on the mango you shouldn’t cut yourself.
    Then i slice my half mangoes into 4-6 mango tenders (har) and filet the skin off each of these, again with the filet knife, cutting as close as I dare to the skin. I end up with really meaty mango spears that I can cut smaller or keep whole for more presentation options.
    It only took a couple of attempts til ai was feeling all Quickfire up in here!

  5. MARTIN says:

    An attractive Canadian blonde suggested I visit this site A. I do not ever leave my cart unattended while shopping. In fact, it is an important instrument for my reason for shopping. I wait in an aisle until an attractive lady enters the aisle (I beg to differ, but most women think they are in their vehicles and usually meander down the center of the aisle). The rule book for males intent to making eye contact is to quickly move to the same area, looking iroically for the same product. Please don’t avoid eye contact. Please let me know when you do a video on peeling a pomegranate.
    Your friendly shopper.

  6. Ha! I love it. This link was posted by a friend on my facebook page, and I clicked on it out of curiosity, as I do know how to peel mangoes. This was funny and refreshingly comfortable and honest. You made me laugh. My only suggestion is that you invest in a small tripod!
    Thanks for sharing Karen.

  7. cred says:

    ditto~ love your videos! btw- I peel my mangoes much like this, however, a little more dangerously by holding the mango half in my hand while scoring (yes, I cut myself a lot, too). One thing I do differently, is to use a large spoon to scoop the cubes away from the peel- safer, quicker and allows you to gets closer to the peel. Works best when the mango is ripe~ a must for me since unripe mango tastes like ass.

    Then I toss the pit to the kids to chew on- lots of flesh left on it but too messy and slippery for my liking. But my goofy kids like chewing on the pit.

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