How to Cut an Orange (Without Skin)

By Rena Awada |

How to cut an orange into thin slices without the skin is very easy! In this simple guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about cutting an orange in two ways: regular and circular slices. Oranges are high in nutrients and perfect for your next snack.

orange slices on white plate with knife

Oranges are delicious–especially by themselves. Whether you’re preparing a simple snack for yourself or your little one or getting ready to prepare a fruit salad, you’ll need to know exactly how to cut an orange.

Cutting an orange has never been easier with this simple method! Here, we show you two different ways to slice your favorite citrus fruit which makes it easy for you to enjoy your orange even faster.

What are the Benefits of Orange Fruit?

Oranges are packed with all types of nutrients and minerals that are essential for your body’s growth and development. One orange is packed with vitamin C, folate, fiber, antioxidants, and other minerals that will keep your body energized and strong.

Oranges are also great for the skin as they naturally promote collagen production throughout the body. You can consider oranges as super fruits because they are packed with so many essential nutrients.

orange slices on white plate

How to Pick an Orange at the Grocery Store

If you’re at the grocery store trying to find the perfect orange, keep these things in mind:

  • Choose oranges that are heavy for their sizes.
  • You’ll want your orange to have a firm and finely textured skin.
  • Avoid oranges that are soft or spongey.
  • Oranges can be delicious regardless of their color – just make sure they are heavy and firm.

How to Cut an Orange

We’ll show you two very easy ways to cut an orange without the skin so you can enjoy it for your fruit salad, fruit and veggie tray, snack, smoothie, etc.

First, you’ll need to make sure you have a sharp knife and cutting board so you can get started. Start by cutting the top and bottom of the orange with the knife, then slice off the skin on all sides of the orange.

Method 1 – Vertical Slices

Next, slowly cut through the flesh of the orange making sure to scoop each orange slice out of the fruit. Cut around the membrane of the orange with the knife.

Before you know it, you’ll have your vertical orange slices ready to be served and eaten!

Method 2 – Circular Slices

Follow the first three steps from above making sure to slice the skin of the orange with the knife.

Once all the skin has been removed, place the orange on its side, then slice through the orange from top to bottom making a circular ring like the images demonstrate below.

Now, you’re ready to serve your orange slices or rings without the skin! The slices are super juicy and delicious so it will be hard to not eat them in one sitting!

How to Store Your Cut Orange

Place the sliced orange(s) in an airtight container with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Place the orange slices in the refrigerator for up to three to four days.

If your orange is not cut, don’t worry about storing it in the refrigerator. You can store your whole oranges at room temperature until ready to eat. Placing the whole oranges in the refrigerator will allow them to remain fresh longer, though.

slicing an orange into rings with knife

Can I freeze sliced oranges?

Yes, you can freeze orange slices for up to four months. Just place the orange slices in an airtight container or bag in a single layer, then place them in the freezer. Frozen orange slices are perfect for smoothies or juices.

How to Use Orange Slices

  • Eat the slices by themselves.
  • Use orange slices for your fruit salad.
  • Place your orange slices in a blender or juicer for smoothies and juices.
  • Bake with the orange slices.
  • Make a fruit tray.
  • Use the slices for vinaigrettes or dressings.
one bowl of oranges

Tips on How to Cut Oranges Without Skin

  • Be sure to use a sharp knife to cut the skin off the orange.
  • You’ll want your knife sharp so you can easily cut out each orange wedge, too.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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cutting an orange with knife

How to Cut an Orange (Without the Skin)

How to cut an orange into thin slices without the skin is very easy! In this simple guide, you'll learn everything you need to know about cutting an orange in two ways: regular and circular slices. Oranges are high in nutrients and perfect for your next snack.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 62kcal
Author: Rena

Equipment

  • 1 knife
  • 1 cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 medium orange
  • tsp salt optional

Instructions

Method 1

  • Start by cutting the top and bottom of the orange with the knife, then slice off the skin on all sides of the orange.
  • Next, slowly cut through the flesh of the orange making sure to scoop each orange slice out of the fruit. Cut around the membrane of the orange with the knife.

Method 2

  • Follow the first three steps from above making sure to slice the skin off the orange with the knife.
  • Once all the skin has been removed, place the orange on its side, then slice through the orange from top to bottom making a circular ring.
  • Now, you're ready to serve your orange slices or rings without the skin! The slices are super juicy and delicious so it will be hard to not eat them in one sitting!

Notes

  • Be sure to use a sharp knife to cut the skin off the orange.
  • You’ll want your knife sharp so you can easily cut out each orange wedge, too.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
  • Note: This is optional, if your orange is a bit on the sour side, you can sprinkle a bit of salt over it. So good!

Nutrition

Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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