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How to Peel a Mango with a Glass

Learning How to Peel a Mango with a Glass is the easiest way to cut a mango. Use a glass to slide the mango skin away from the mango flesh and enjoy mango in no time!

peel mango glass

There are many varieties of mangos (yes, you can spell the plural “mangos” OR “mangoes”, whichever floats your boat) like Haden and Ataulfo and oh so many ways to eat them such as in a salsa, a smoothie, a fruit tart, but…the biggest challenge for me when it comes to mangos (it’s certainly not a problem to figure out how to eat a mango!) has always been how to peel a mango.

Picture this and tell me if you can relate: you picked out a few fragrant, colorful, and gorgeous mangos and have them in your kitchen at home.

You turn the mango right-side-up then upside-down and wonder where to start.

You’re looking for an easy way to peel a mango– I’ve got you covered! Whether you are making this creamy mango gelato or this stunning mango Bundt cake, you’ll find this mango tip helpful!

Two mangos on a wooden cutting board

Let’s talk about how to cut a mango

You’ve heard that it’s necessary to cut around the oval mango pit or rough part of the mango in the center but a mango isn’t like an avocado whose seed is obvious.  It’s more of mysterious middle area that is fibrous and tough and its color blends into the flesh seamlessly making it difficult to see the separation.

And, even once you figure out how to cut around the middle and have two “cheeks” of the mango you still need to separate the flesh from the skin so that you can move on with your mango enjoyment.

You could try a mango peeler like this one on Amazon. Have you tried this method? If so, let me know what you think.

Is a fruit really worth this much work???

Yes! Here’s an easy shortcut that makes cutting a mango much easier and it might even bring a smile to your face. Mango magic, here we come.

The trick? A simple glass

I think this is the best way to peel a mango. Simple tools that you already have– a glass!

Yes, a cup, glass or even a bowl would likely work well. You still need a knife to cut the mango cheeks away from the center but after that it is smooth sailing with the glass. Here’s what worked for me, have you tired this before?

Check out the video that shows you the steps to separate the mango skin from the mango flesh. You’ll be ready to make your mango recipe in no time!

How do you peel a mango with a glass?

  1. Slice the mango from top to bottom with a knife, trying to curve around the pit area in the middle. Repeat for the second side. Throw out the middle section. 
person cutting a mango with a knife

2.    Now set the bottom edge of one mango cheek along the rim of a glass.  Your hand curves around the mango skin; press gently but firmly to move the glass in between the skin and the flesh of the mango. Push down and the peel magically separates from the flesh and the goodness lands right inside the glass. Repeat for the other side. your mango is ready to go!

one hand on mango and one on glass to peel mango with glass

This special Ataulfo mango in stores usually in late March. The ataulfo is often grown in Mexico, has yellow skin and a soft fleshy interior.

Ataulfo mango honey mango in a pile

Its thin pit makes it especially easy to slice and it is perfect for this slice-a-mango-with-a-glass trick.

GIF showing how to cut an Ataulfo mango with a glass

Are you looking for another way to cut a mango into cubes so that you can use it in recipes? Try the method where you make crisscross cuts in each mango cheek then slice the cubes off close to the peel.

Yield: 1 mango

How to Peel a Mango with a Glass

one hand on mango and one on glass to peel mango with glass

What a neat trick! Use a drinking glass to peel a mango.

Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Materials

  • One mango of any type

Tools

  • a knife
  • a drinking glass

Instructions

  1. Slice the mango about a centimeter from the middle from top to bottom with a knife, trying to curve around the pit area in the middle. Repeat for the second side. Throw out the middle section. person cutting a mango with a knife
  2. Now set the bottom edge of one mango cheek along the rim of a glass.  Your hand curves around the mango skin; press gently but firmly to move the glass in between the skin and the flesh of the mango. one hand on mango and one on glass to peel mango with glass
  3. Push down and the peel magically separates from the flesh and the goodness lands right inside the glass. Repeat for the other side. Your mango is ready to go!

Notes

This method works on any type of mango. Traditional mangos or smaller, honey mangos.

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Here are some mango recipes that you’ll enjoy!

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Post originally published in March 2015

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Karen Harris

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I have seen mango slicers but I have never bought one because I try to steer away from things with a single use. Love this method because a glass has at least two. Holding liquid and now peeling mangoes. Thanks for the tip.

Holly E

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I love mangoes in smoothies.

Holly F

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Me too! Smoothies are a great way to enjoy mangos.

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I peel them an entirely different way! I take a long, thin, sharp knife (like a tomato knife), and I peel all the skin off, leaving me with a slippery fruit. I set it on the board standing on its side and cut as close as possible to the pit, leaving me with 2 large cheeks, which I can cut into cubes. I then cut around the pit to get the remaining flesh. Easy!

Holly F

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Your knife skills are better than mine for sure! I think I'd drop that slippery mango on the floor. I am going to try your method, though, to see if I have luck with it. I watched a woman do just what you described when I was at Costco today. She was giving samples of the Ataulfo mango and she prepared it just like you would. Thanks Dorothy!

Abbe @ This is How I Cook

Thursday 26th of March 2015

There is nothing like a good mango. I usually use a spoon to peel them, but this looks very interesting! I love mangoes eaten in fruit salads and my hubby loves them sprinkled with lime and a bit of chili. Is there ever a bad way to eat a mango?

Holly F

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Oh a spoon, that is a good idea. I use a spoon to peel ginger but it hadn't occurred to me to do the same with a mango. Thanks, Abbe!