The supermarket usually does not have ready-to-eat avocados all the time. Sometimes they are sold out just when you want them, or they have avocados but they are green and rock hard. This is why it makes sense to know how to freeze avocado.

 

How To Ripen Avocados Fast?

An avocado should ripen before it is frozen. To do this, wrap the unripe avocado in newspaper, and store at room temperature. It’s even faster if you put the fruit in a paper bag together with an apple.

Ripening can take a few days. Check the avocado’s ripeness ever so often by doing the pressure test. If the avocado gives slightly when pressed, the inside should be perfectly ripe. Now the avocado has to be consumed quickly or frozen.

avocados on a cutting board

Can You Freeze Avocado?

Frozen avocados are great for adding to smoothies, desserts, sauces, and guacamole. It takes out some of the difficulty of not being able to obtain a ripe avocado right when you need it.

Some of my favorite recipes to add frozen avocados is in my Avocado Mousse, Vegan Avocado Crema, and Green Detox Smoothie.

There isn’t much to look out for when freezing avocado. The most important thing is actually the right time. The avocado should be perfectly ripe so that it can be eaten straight away. Once the fruit has been cut, it will no longer ripen.

If you press the avocado skin with your finger, it should give way with a bit of pressure. However, this state is only short-lived; if the avocado is not eaten now, it will quickly bruise and develop brown spots. Before that happens, we’d better freeze the avocado!

Frozen peeled avocado is easier to use than an unpeeled whole avocado, so I prefer to peel them first before freezing.

how to freeze avocado in halves on a cutting board with lemon

How to Freeze An Avocado in Halves?

I would never freeze the avocado whole. It will take significantly longer to thaw, and you don’t know whether you are putting a rotten fruit in the freezer.

It is better if you cut the avocado in half, remove the core, and remove the skin. Now the two halves can be wrapped in freezer wrap or placed in an airtight container and frozen.

If the avocado is drizzled with a bit of lemon juice before freezing, the beautiful green color will be retained.

How to Freeze An Avocado in Pieces?

Cut a pitted and peeled avocado into cubes or slices, then place them on a plate or sheet pan in the freezer for about 15 minutes so that they are slightly frozen. Now, you can transfer to a freezer bag or freezer container, and place in the freezer until you are ready to use the avocado.

The advantage to this method is that now the avocado pieces no longer stick to each other, and you only need to remove as many as you really need. The rest of the food is placed back in the freezer for later!

How to Freeze An Avocado in Puree Form or Guacamole?

Alternatively, you can freeze the avocado as an avocado cream or guacamole. This works similarly to freezing a whole avocado. Again, the ripe fruit is cut open, pitted, and peeled. You have to mash the pulp with a fork or put it in the blender beforehand for the avocado cream.

Even with the avocado cream, you need a good splash of lemon juice to keep the color. For freezing in portions, we recommend ice cube trays. This allows you to also remove only as much as you need.

After the avocado puree is frozen, you can remove the avocado cubes and place them in a freezer bag for easier storage in the freezer.

I also love this method for smoothies, since I can just drop a few ice cubes of the avocado puree into the blender with the other ingredients.

How To Thaw Avocados?

When frozen, avocado pieces can be kept in the freezer for up to about eight months. Technically, they can last longer, but the taste and texture will deteriorate. To thaw, you can either place the avocado in a bowl at room temperature for about an hour, or you thaw it gently in the refrigerator overnight.

You will notice that the structure of the avocado has changed slightly after thawing. But it doesn’t matter for creams, cold avocado soups, or guacamole. I also love to add the frozen pieces directly to the blender for excellent refreshingly creamy smoothies.

Frozen avocado halves can be kept in the freezer for around eight months. They are thawed at room temperature for one hour before consumption.

Avocado puree can be frozen for six months. It should be thawed gently in the refrigerator, which may take anywhere up to 12 hours, depending on the portion size.

Be sure to only thaw what you need, since the quality of the avocado will deteriorate if it is thawed and refrozen. This also can be dangerous because it allows bacteria to grow while it is not frozen, causing quicker spoilage.

How to Tell If an Avocado Is Spoiled?

Avocados can be rotten in two ways: they smell bad or are very mushy. If it smells or has brown spots, you should throw it away. Some brown spots are normal, but the flesh should still be at least 66% green when sliced in half.

Throw away avocados that have visible mold or are over 35% brown all the way through.

It’s possible to cut away the bad parts of an avocado and still freeze the good parts, especially if it doesn’t smell bad and still has some firm green spots.

How To Use Frozen Avocado?

Avocados should be defrosted in the refrigerator overnight so that they can be used in guacamole, avocado toast, chocolate pudding, salads, and even avocado ice cream.

After the avocado has been defrosted and thawed, it will be about 80% of the same texture as fresh avocado, and it will taste the same.

As you can see, freezing avocados is a breeze. Just add a little lemon, and the avocado will stay fresh in the freezer for months. This works just as well whether it is done with avocado halves, pieces, or puree.

avocado prepared for freezing on a wooden cutting board

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 137 kcal / 573 kJ
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Carbs: 5.8 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • For:
  • 4 Servings

Instructions

Freeze Avocado Halves

  1. Cut the avocado in half, remove the core, and remove the skin. Drizzle them with lemon juice.
  2. Now the two halves can be wrapped in freezer wrap or placed in an airtight container and frozen.

Freeze Avocado Pieces

  1. Cut a pitted and peeled avocado into cubes or slices, drizzle with lemon juice, then place them on a plate or sheet pan in the freezer for about 15 minutes so that they are slightly frozen.
  2. Now, you can transfer to a freezer bag or freezer container, and place in the freezer until you are ready to use the avocado.

Freeze Avocado Puree

  1. Cut, core, and peel the avocados. Place into the blender with a liberal drizzle of lemon juice. Blend until smooth. You can also mash them with a fork.
  2. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until hard. You can leave them in the trays or you can transfer them to freezer bags.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.