How To Cut an Apple Into Slices

By Rena |

There are so many creative ways to cut and core an apple, but cutting the apple into slices is probably the easiest and fastest method! Learn how to cut an apple fast with a sharp knife to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or snack with this simple tutorial with photos.

apple slices on cutting board

Apple slices are refreshing, crispy, and naturally sweet which makes them the perfect snacks or sides to your lunch, pre or post-workout meal, or mid-day snack. Learning how to cut an apple fast is great and the best way to prepare lunchboxes in little time.

All you need are a wooden cutting board and a sharp knife to cut this fresh apple into even slices. Cutting an apple has never been easier with this easy method!

Fresh apple slices can be used for so many things. Enjoy cut apple slices all on their own or use them in your favorite apple pie, apple bread, salad, and dessert recipes.

Why This Is the Best Way to Cut an Apple

  • Fast and mess-free: Since we are not cutting the apple into a star or spiral, this method is one of the best and quickest ways to slice an apple! This method is straight to the point without the extra mess.
  • Versatile and easy: You can slice any type of apple this way and serve the apple slices with an assortment of foods and snacks. All you need are two kitchen tools to get started–easy enough.
  • Even slices are great for recipes: Small and even apple slices are ideal for baking pies, cakes, and more and ensure that everything is mending together evenly.
five apples on cutting board

How to Slice and Core an Apple with a Knife

First, place the apple on a wooden cutting board and make sure you have a sharp knife ready. Next, while holding the apple with your hand, carefully slice through the apple from top to bottom one half of an inch to the right or left from the core.

Rotate the apple while slicing away from the core until you have cut all of the sides of the apple off. Be careful to not cut through the core during these steps. The core of the apple should look similar to the photo below.

Discard the core of the apple, then get ready to slice the big pieces of the apple that you sliced off–you should have four slices.

While they are face down, slice the four pieces of apple into halves or fourths. You can slice the apples into however many slices you would like.

Serve the apple slices on the wooden cutting board and enjoy.

If you are not enjoying the apple slices right away, then store them in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

apple slices on wooden cutting board

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to cut up an apple?

The best way to cut an apple into slices is by using a sharp knife and cutting board. From top to bottom, cut the apple into four large pieces ½-inch away from the core.

Can I cut apples ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare and slice apples up to one to two days in advance. Just be sure to store the apple slices in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

How do you cut apples without turning them brown?

If you want to avoid the apple browning, then be sure to soak them in half a teaspoon of sea salt and one cup of filtered water for at least ten minutes.

slicing and coring an apple with a knife on cutting board

Notes and Tips

  • You can use any variety of apples such as Granny Smith, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala, etc.
  • Be sure to use a sharp knife or slicing the apple into slices will be difficult.
  • Use apple slices for baking, applesauce, sauces, smoothies, breakfast, etc.
  • Serve apple slices with sweet fruit dip, caramel sauce, peanut or almond butter, fruit spreads, etc.

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How to Cut and Core an Apple

There are so many creative ways to cut and core an apple, but cutting the apple into slices is probably the easiest and fastest method! Learn how to cut an apple fast with a sharp knife to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or snack with this simple tutorial with photos.
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Course: Appetizer, Gluten-Free, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 apple
Author: Rena

Equipment

  • 1 knife
  • 1 cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 apple whole

Instructions

  • Place the apple on a wooden cutting board. While holding the apple with your hand, slice through the apple from top to bottom one half of an inch to the right or left from the core.
  • Rotate the apple while slicing away from the core until you have cut all of the sides of the apple off. There should be four pieces of the apple sliced off.
  • Discard the core of the apple, then get ready to slice the big pieces of the apple that you sliced off. Slice the four pieces of apple into ¼ or ½-inch thick pieces.
  • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator up to two days.

Notes

  • You can use any variety of apples such as Granny Smith, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala, etc.
  • Be sure to use a sharp knife or slicing the apple into slices will be difficult.
  • Use apple slices for baking, applesauce, sauces, smoothies, breakfast, etc.
  • Serve apple slices with sweet fruit dip, caramel sauce, peanut or almond butter, fruit spreads, etc.
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