How to Freeze Avocado (4 Easy Ways)

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Did you know you can freeze avocado? Follow these simple methods and you’ll always have this creamy fruit on hand for all your recipes!

Avocado that has been sliced, cubed and mashed to freeze

Why Freeze Avocado?

Avocados are chock full of flavor and nutrients but it can sometimes be a guessing game whether the fruit is ripe but not too ripe, soft but not mushy. Now you can pop them in the freezer in various forms and have them on hand for all kinds of recipes. Guacamole, smoothies, dressings and spreads can come together in no time when you have a stash of frozen avocado. So if you find a good deal on avocados, snatch them up, then use the following tips to freeze them for later.

Freezing Avocado Whole

You can freeze the entire fruit, skin and all! This is the easiest way, and it works great. Here’s all you do:

  1. Wash the entire fruit and dry.
  2. Wrap each piece tightly with plastic wrap.
  3. Place each piece of fruit into a Ziploc freezer bag and seal tight.
  4. Keep in the freezer for 3-6 months for optimum freshness.
Whole avocados wrapped in plastic wrap

Freezing Avocado Halves

Avocado halves freeze well too. You’re doing a little bit more work on the front end, but having avocado halves on hand are great for when you only need a little bit at a time, and don’t want to use an entire fruit.

  1. Wash the avocado with the skin on.
  2. Cut in half and peel (no need to remove the pit).
  3. Sprinkle lemon juice on each half.
  4. Wrap each avocado half in plastic wrap.
  5. Then place them all in a freezer safe bag.
  6. Press out all the air, zip closed then freeze.
avocado halves ready for freezing

Freezing Avocado Sliced or Diced

Having frozen slices of avocado on hand are perfect for smoothies! Just grab a few at a time and toss in with fruit and veggies and you have a creamy, healthy snack or meal.

  1. Wash and peel the avocado.
  2. Slice in half, remove the pit.
  3. Slice the fruit into wedges or dice.
  4. Sprinkle lemon or lime juice on each slice.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for about an hour.
  6. Then transfer the frozen slices into a Ziploc bag and seal tight, removing all the air.
Diced avocado in freezer bags to freeze

Freezing Mashed Avocado

Mashed avocado can stay in the freezer for six months or longer, and works perfectly for guacamole, baby food, salad dressings or spreads.

  1. Wash, peel and remove pit.
  2. Mash the avocados with a fork or in a food processor with a little bit of lemon or lime juice.
  3. Store in individual serving sizes in Ziploc freezer bags or freezer-safe container, with all the air removed.
Mashed avocado in a container to be frozen

Tips for Freezing and Thawing

  • Make sure your avocados are ripe. Don’t try to freeze super green avocados or they won’t be soft enough even after they thaw.
  • Get a cheap spray bottle from the dollar store and fill with lemon juice. Then you can spray your avocado pieces evenly with lemon juice before freezing so they don’t brown.
  • Make sure to use airtight containers or Ziploc bags when storing avocado in the freezer.
  • Avocado may be brown after thawing, so use them right away or toss with lemon or lime juice before freezing.
  • To thaw, place the frozen avocado in a bowl of cold water for about thirty minutes or thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  • You can make guacamole and freeze it too! Let it thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.
Avocado on a baking sheet ready to freeze

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Avocados are full of healthy fats and vitamins so they’re a terrific source of nutrients for your family.
  • Freezing allows you to salvage all your ripe fruit to use for later.
  • It’s perfect to throw into smoothies, make salad dressings or spreading on sandwiches, burritos or tacos.
  • Frozen mashed avocado makes perfect baby food or guacamole.

Cons:

  • Avocados contain a lot of water causing ice crystals can form. This can cause a little mushiness when the avocado is thawed.
  • Freezing can take away the avocado’s signature creamy texture so you may want to opt for fresh instead of  frozen avocado for slicing on salad or avocado toast.

Recipes that Use Frozen Avocado

Once you have a stock pile of frozen fruit in your arsenal, you can make many different recipes! Try a few of our favorites:

Different sized slices on avocado ready to freeze

How to Freeze Avocados – 4 Ways!

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Did you know you can freeze avocado? Follow these simple methods and you’ll always have this creamy fruit on hand for all your recipes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Freezing Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Spread
Cuisine American, Mexican/Spanish
Servings 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Method 1: Wrap each whole avocado tightly with plastic wrap. Place each piece of fruit into a Ziploc freezer bag and seal tight.
    Whole avocados wrapped and frozen
  • Method 2: Cut in half (no need to peel or remove the pit). Sprinkle lemon juice on each half. Wrap each avocado half in plastic wrap then place in a freezer safe bag. Press out all the air, zip close, then freeze.
    avocado halves ready for freezing
  • Method 3: Peel and remove pit. Slice or dice the avocados. Sprinkle on lemon or lime juice. Place cuts on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for about an hour then transfer the frozen slices into a Ziploc bag. Seal tight, removing all the air.
    Different sized avocado slices on a tray
  • Method 4: Peel and remove Pit. Mash the avocados with a fork or in a food processor with a little bit of lemon or lime juice. Store in individual serving sizes in Ziploc freezer bags or freezer-safe containers, with all the air removed.
    Mashed avocado in a container

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 490mgFiber: 7gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 147IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 3 stars
    Thanks for sharing these tips. I mashed and froze ripe, flavorful avocados with lime. Looked beautiful when thawed but had very little flavor—almost none—and the creaminess was gone.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for your instructions. Even though I live in the Avocado Capital I didn’t know they could be frozen. How long does a whole avocado take to thaw? Mine are all large grade avos. Thank you.

  3. Thank you very much for this beautiful, helpful list of suggestions. I’m 45 and am just now learning this- woo hoo!!🤓

  4. Tq very much for that tip. I did try this and my avocados are now diced up and frozen. Cannot wait to try them in winter.

    1. It depends on what you use it for. In the post above we go over how freezing affects the taste and texture in the Pros and Cons section. That should give you an idea of how to best use your frozen avocado.

  5. 5 stars
    I never knew you could freeze avocados! This will come in SO HANDY, especially since they get so ripe so quickly.