How to Cut Citrus Fruits


Citrus fruits come in many varieties, from lemons and limes to grapefruit and oranges. While there is no single way to cut citrus fruits, the most practical way to cut most citrus fruits is into wedges. Citrus wedges offer a large variety of serving options, from drink garnishes to snacks, and they are easy to cut. Plus, they retain more of the fruit than citrus fruit cut into sections. The only problem with citrus wedges is that the seeds are still in the citrus fruit, but those can be removed by hand.

Step 1

Wash the citrus fruit you wish to cut in warm soapy water for one minute. Rinse the citrus fruit until no soap remains.

Step 2

Set the citrus fruit on the cutting board. Cut the citrus fruit in half.

Step 3

Lay each half face down on the cutting board and cut each piece in half again. Cut the fourths in half until you have eight citrus wedges.

Step 4

Serve the citrus fruit immediately. Use lemon or lime wedges as garnishes on a drink, or serve orange wedges as a healthy dessert.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use a sharp knife when cutting citrus fruit into wedges so as not to loose too much juice. Do not squeeze the citrus fruit while cutting it or removing the seeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Liquid soap


  • Sunkist: Citrus 101 Buying, Storing, and Handling

Who Can Help

  • Coolthink: How to cut citrus fruit into sections
Keywords: cut citrus fruits, citrus wedges, citrus fruit

About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.