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7 Ways to Use Unripe Avocado (and How to Ripen a Cut One)

Just last week, I cut open an avocado before it was ready. My mistake led me to research techniques and recipes for unripe avocados.

Have you ever thrown away an avocado just because it wasn't ripe?

Have you ever thrown away an avocado just because it wasn't ripe?

Help! The Avocado I Just Cut Open Isn't Ripe

Just last week, I cut open an avocado before it was ready. I'm not known for my patience, and I had a craving that needed to be satisfied. Instead, I got the disappointment of a hard, bitter and definitely unripe fruit.

However, this story ends well. My mistake led me to research and experiment with different techniques, recipes and ideas for an unripe avocado that I can now share with you.

Not only is it possible to ripen an already-open avocado, but you can actually eat it unripe using several different techniques to make it soft and tasty.

Read on to find out what to do with an unripe avocado—you'll be amazed!

7 Ways to Use Unripe Avocado

You've cut into the avocado and discovered it isn't ripe yet. Can you do anything with that hard avocado flesh? Sure you can!

  1. Slice it up, and then dip the slices in a beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Now either fry the slices or bake them until crispy and golden.
  2. Cube the flesh, bake until soft and then mash it all up. Combine with breadcrumbs, an egg and spices to make nice avocado patties.
  3. Grate the avocado and marinate in a mixture of equal parts sugar, lemon juice and fish sauce. Let rest for at least 20 minutes, then sprinkle the salad with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.
  4. Slice the avocado, wrap the slices in bacon or prosciutto and bake until crisp.
  5. Dice the avocado and place the cubes in a baking dish. Make a béchamel sauce, pour it over the avocado and sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Bake until golden and bubbly.
  6. Dip slices of the avocado in tempura batter and fry until crisp.
  7. Simmer the avocado with onions, garlic, carrots and herbs until the vegetables are soft. Blend the soup until totally smooth, add salt and pepper to taste and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice or sour cream.
Did you know it's possible to ripen an avocado after you've already cut it open?

Did you know it's possible to ripen an avocado after you've already cut it open?

Can I Ripen an Avocado After It's Cut Open?

The answer is yes, you can—with a caveat. The caveat is that you must have the patience to wait for a couple of more days! If you can do this, then yes, your avocado can be salvaged. (Just make sure not to throw away the pit.)

How to Ripen an Avocado After It's Been Cut Open

  1. Put the avocado back together, with the two halves fitting snugly around the pit.
  2. Now, secure the halves so they can't come open. You can use plastic wrap, masking tape, rubber bands or a piece of twine. Whatever you have on hand will work.
  3. The trick is to make sure the fruit is totally closed, so that no bugs, dust or moisture can enter.
  4. Place the avocado back on the counter or in the fruit bowl (NOT the fridge). Check every 12 hours or so for ripeness by gently poking the fruit.

How to Ripen an Avocado Fast!

What about those rock-hard avocados sitting on your kitchen counter? There's no point cutting those open because it's obvious they're not ripe yet. But what if you're in a hurry and you want them to ripen quickly? If you haven't already cut them open, there are some really easy and effective ways to ripen them fast. Here are some of the techniques that people suggest (I personally use the rice method).

Avocado-Ripening Techniques

  • Bury it in flour
  • Wrap it in newspaper
  • Store it near fruits such as bananas or apples that release ethylene (a ripening gas)
  • Place it in a paper bag
  • Put it in a jar of rice
  • Heat it in a microwave

Avocado Saver: A Must-Have for Avoholics!

Avocados truly are one of my favourite foods, but they happen to be pricey and don't last long once cut open.

That's why I love the avocado saver. It keeps your avocado halves green and fresh for days by stopping the oxidisation process. No more wasted avocados, thrown out just because they'd turned brown.

Consider purchasing an avocado saver if:

  • You use only half an avocado at a time
  • You're an avoholic like me
  • You hate brown, slimy avocado

Questions & Answers

Question: Why is my avocado still hard after having had it in a fruit bowl for over a week?

Answer: Sometimes, it may take a while (even several weeks) for an avocado seed to germinate. Wait a little longer and it should sprout.

Question: Does unripe avocado taste bitter?

Answer: Very! Best to hide the taste in a fruit smoothie or other preparation.

Comment below! What do you do with unripe avocados?

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 14, 2020:

Thanks for sharing this information. I didn´t know that you can cook this or use the unripe avocados in many ways. I will be trying some of them. Thumbs up.

Lee on April 30, 2020:

Hm. When I tried to cook avocado, the results were bitter. Unsure about all your recipes.

Myles on June 28, 2019:

A lot of baby 3" or so , avos are falling out of the tree every day . Is there anything that can be done with these small unripe avocado ?

Emilie Naylor on January 04, 2019:

Filipinos like it with milk. I mashed it in a blender, add sugar, heavy cream, egg yolks, vanilla, and made it into an avocado leche flan.

R on August 30, 2018:

Right now I am eating it raw. Bitter. Also tasty.

Oliver on August 27, 2017:

Curious to know what's the reason to keep the pit to help ripen the cut avocado? thanks

KD on October 12, 2016:

We are hosting a company lunch with a Mexican cuisine. We purchased and split around 15 avacados before realizing their extreme under-ripeness. Thanks to this post, we were able to soften them up on the grill with foil, lime juice, and spices to make a much more edible guacamole dish than we thought possible. Thank you!

RuralAl on September 30, 2016:

Fabulous! You can also blend it with mousse ingredients for a lovely pudding. I used 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/2 unripe avocado, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 t vanilla extract and honey to taste.

Sandi Kroeger from Minnesota, USA on April 06, 2016:

I love avocados and eat them fairly often. I didn't know how to ripen them however. Thank you so much!

Klara on April 01, 2016:

Thank you very much, you saved my avocado that I thought of throwing away...:-)

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 02, 2013:

You really are the top on the use of avocados and I now know so very much more about this fruit. Thank you.

dudokdudok on April 26, 2013:

I love avocado. Great informative lens. Did not know avocado can be fried.

webscribbler on April 11, 2013:

Thank you. I never knew how to select an avocado. Now I just might have to try my hand at making some fresh guacamole. ooooh yum!

anonymous on April 06, 2013:

I throw them away, but I won't have to do that anymore thanks to this lens. Well done!