How to Cut an Orange for Slices

How to cut the skin off an orange – or any citrus fruit, really, tangerines, grapefruit, blood oranges, etc. All you need is a sharp knife and an attack strategy. Here's the one that works for me.

Once the oranges are sliced, make something that's surprising and delicious – for a salad, try Savory Orange Slices or for dessert, try Citrus Slices with Orange Flower Water, Spices & Chocolate Shavings.

Slice Off the Top and the Bottom.

First, cut small slices off the top and the bottom. Make sure to cut completely through the "pith" – that's the white fibrous layer between the orange skin and the orange sections.Two reasons why we do this.

First, it needs to come off. But it also creates flat – and safe – surfaces to work with.

How to Cut Orange Slices

Slice Off the Sides, Just from the Top.

Place the orange with a flat-side on the cutting board. Holding your knife at an angle, slice off a section of orange peel, top to bottom, cutting at least halfway down, a little more if you can. After finishing one section, turn the orange and cut off another. Repeat until the top half is "bare of skin".

How to Cut Orange Slices

Flip and Repeat.

Now turn the orange over, place the flat side down and repeat the process, removing the rest of the skin.

How to Cut Orange Slices


Cutting cross-wise, cut the orange into slices.

How to Cut Orange Slices

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  1. Anonymous11/22/2011

    I would have to say this method is for beginners. Not much of the actual fruit is left to eat by the time all the cutting is done. It would be helpful if you could show how you cut most of the rind off and not the fruit


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