How to Save an Avocado from Browning with Michael Symon

Chef Michael Symon knows how to make the most of the warm spring and summer weather, which he proves in each episode of his grill-inspired series, Symon’s Dinners: Cooking Out. With each dish, he doles out inspiring plates that taste like downright summer, from fried clams to peach sangria.


Is there any ingredient that packs those warm summer vibes the way a fresh avocado does? Opening one when it’s perfectly ripe and throwing it into a salsa or whipping up some guacamole is the epitome of memorable, warm-weather eats. That’s why it’s so equally disappointing when an avocado goes brown before you can use the whole thing.

Related: This is How Michael Symon Keeps Herbs Super Fresh.

So how do you save an avocado from browning? To avoid brown avocados, Symon has some expert tips. First, leave the seed in the half of the avocado you aren’t using. That keeps the immediate area underneath the seed nice and fresh for when you’re ready for Round 2.

Then, lightly rub some kind of acid—like lemon or lime—on the exposed parts of the avocado. Citrus fruits naturally contain antioxidants, which help to slow down browning. Finally, be sure to wrap your avocado nice and tight and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Related: This is How Michael Symon Flavours Salt.

Watch the video above to learn exactly how Michael Symon keeps his avocados from browning. Then, whip up an avocado-based dish while tuning into Symon’s Dinners: Cooking Out Saturdays at 10:30AM ET/PT as part of the In The Kitchen combo on Food Network Canada. Also Available on STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, fuboTV, Rogers Ignite TV and Ignite.