Foods that start with A: The ultimate list of ingredients, dishes, and foods that all begin with the letter A! From fruits and veggies to desserts, this list contains any food category you could possibly need! You can stick to the items you know and love or branch out and try something new!
58 Foods That Start With The Letter 'A'
Have you been asked to take part in a food challenge to list all of the foods you can think of that start with an 'A'? I think these are a great and fun way to explore not just all of the foods that you're familiar with but also foods that are exciting and have new flavor combinations to try! I'm sharing some of my favorite recipes here for you to give the best list of challenge answers the next time someone asks!
Additionally, maybe you're doing the 'cook through the alphabet' challenge and just getting started? If so, here are 58 really wonderful food ideas all beginning with the letter A to get you started!
- 58 Foods That Start With The Letter 'A'
- 🍉 Fruits That Start With A
- 1. Acerola
- 2. Apples
- 3. Apricots
- 4. Avocados
- 🥕 Vegetables That Start With A
- 5. Ackee
- 6. Acorn Squash
- 7. Adzuki Beans
- 8. Artichokes
- 9. Arugula
- 10. Asparagus
- 11. Aubergine
- 🧂 Condiments, Herbs, & Spices That Start With A
- 12. Acetum
- 13. Achiote Paste
- 14. Aioli
- 15. Ajika
- 16. Ajvar
- 17. Allemande
- 18. Allspice
- 19. Alfredo Sauce
- 20. Amala
- 21. Amchoor
- 22. Arrabiata
- 23. Au Jus
- 🍹 Drinks That Start With A
- 24. Ade
- 🍽️ Appetizers, Side Dishes, & Snacks That Start With A
- 25. Abacha
- 26. Akara
- 27. Almonds
- 28. Amaranth
- 29. Antipasto
- 30. Arancini
- 31. Arepa
- 32. Ashcake
- 33. Asida
- 34. Achar
- 35. Attiéké
- 🥩 Meat Dishes That Start With A
- 36. Aalsuppe
- 37. Achu
- 38. Adobo
- 39. Ahriche
- 40. Albacore
- 41. Albóndigas
- 42. Alewife
- 43. Alheira
- 44. Alphabet Soup
- 45. Anchovies
- 46. Andouille
- 47. Aguachile
- 48. Arroz con Pollo
- 49. Asado
- 50. Aspic
- 🥬 Vegetarian Dishes That Start With A
- 51. Adai
- 52. Afang
- 53. Appam
- 54. Arroz con Huevos
- 55. Arroz con Maiz
- 56. Aush
- 57. Avgolemono Soup
- 🍰 Desserts That Start With A
- 58. Ambrosia
- 📋 Recipe
- Foods That Start With A: Grilled Acorn Squash (+Other Great Ideas!)
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🍉 Fruits That Start With A
Acerola is a tropical fruit shrub that bears cherry-like berries called acerola, acerola cherry, Barbados cherry, or West Indian cherry. The fruit is bright red when fully ripe, high in vitamin C, and tastes similar to a tart apple. Acerola can be eaten raw or cooked as well as juiced.
Apples are the edible fruit of an apple tree that is available in so many varieties that there are actually about 200 varieties grown here in the US! There are apples that are best for eating raw, apples that break down extremely well for applesauce, apples that are favored for making juices and ciders, and even apples that have a great texture for baking.
Apricots are the stone fruit of the apricot tree, which are typically smaller than the related stone fruit, peaches. The coloring of apricots usually ranges from yellow to orange, with a deeper reddish-orange coloring on the side facing the sunlight.
The tart and slightly sweet fruit of the apricot is not overly juicy and is typically firm in texture. Apricots can be used interchangeably in recipes where peaches and nectarines are called for such as nectarine cobbler, peach crisp, or peach galette.
Apricots are also wonderful for making apricot jams, jellies, and chutneys. They also freeze exceptionally well so you can store them for use later in the year that is outside of their growing season! Enjoy the apricots as a healthy snack and eat them peel and all on the go!
Avocados, also called alligator pears or butter fruit, are the fruit from the avocado tree that is actually a pear-shaped berry containing a large seed. The avocado tree likely originated in south-central Mexico and is popular in Mexican foods but is now one of the most popular foods in the produce aisles of grocery stores.
🥕 Vegetables That Start With A
The ackee, also called ackee apple, achee, akee, ankye, or ayee, is a West African fruit that is cooked and used as a vegetable. The ackee is related to lychee and longan but is noted that if eaten improperly the ackee is a dangerous food to eat.
6. Acorn Squash
Acorn squash also called Des Moines squash or pepper squash is a winter squash with a distinct acorn shape, protruding ribs, green outer skin, and golden yellow to orange flesh on the inside. While the acorn squash is usually considered a winter squash, it is from the summer squash family.
Acorn squash is a delicious vegetable side dish on its own when baked, and it can be stuffed with savory fillings including meats, rice, or vegetables. However, my favorite way to bake acorn squash is to fill each half with butter and brown sugar. You can make it in the microwave, in your Instant Pot, or even on the grill!
7. Adzuki Beans
Adzuki beans also called azuki beans or aduki beans, are small red mung bean that is grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas. While the adzuki bean is typically red, it can also be white, black, or grey and many mottled patterns are seen as well.
This legume variety can be cooked and used like other beans, simply soak them overnight to soften before using them in recipes. Use your adzuki beans in chili, soups, and stews or even served with kale or coconut, and/or rice.
Adzuki beans are most commonly cooked down, boiled with sugar, and mashed into a sweet red bean paste to make desserts and dessert fillings.
Artichokes are most likely globe artichokes if you are buying your artichokes at a US grocery store. These globe artichokes are also called French artichokes or green artichokes and are a variety of thistle plant that has been cultivated as food.
The flower of the artichoke plant is the 'globe' shaped portion that is the head of the artichoke plant that is harvested for food consumption. Artichokes are most often steamed or boiled and the leaves are enjoyed, the fuzzy choke ( and yes, you can choke on it ) is then removed to reveal the heart of the artichoke.
You will frequently find artichoke hearts on pizzas, in pasta salads, or as the star of a meal. You can try some artichoke dip like my spinach artichoke dip or hot lobster artichoke dip. Enjoy some roasted artichokes and dip the leaves in your favorite pesto, aioli (see above), or cheese sauce.
Every edible part of the artichoke is absolutely delicious!
Arugula, also called colewort, eruca, rocket, salad rocket, garden rocket, Italian cress, rucola, roquette, rucoli, or rugula, is a leafy green cruciferous vegetable that is frequently used as salad greens. It has a distinctive peppery taste that makes it a tasty addition to salads and Italian pasta dishes.
Asparagus, also called garden asparagus and sparrow grass, is a perennial vegetable plant that's tender young shoots are harvested for produce. The distinctive flavor of asparagus is earthy, yet also very savory, and has been described as similar to broccoli, green beans, or Chinese long beans.
I have always enjoyed asparagus as a treat, like artichokes, usually paired with special occasion dinners while growing up. Now, living in Minnesota where asparagus can be found growing in roadside ditches ( and is in fact growing in my horse pasture ) I get to enjoy asparagus on a much more regular basis!
Asparagus can be cooked in many ways, including roasted, steamed, and sautéed as well as chopped up fresh and eaten raw in salads.
Aubergine, commonly called eggplant in the US and also called brinjal, is a nightshade fruit that has thin purple skin with spongy, soft, absorbent flesh in the center. The eggplant is actually a berry that is eaten as a vegetable with a mild, somewhat smoky flavor.
It can be cooked in many ways, such as roasting, frying, and using in casseroles or dips. The eggplant is used in many recipes including eggplant parmesan, Provençale ratatouille, Greek moussaka, and baba ganoush.
🧂 Condiments, Herbs, & Spices That Start With A
Acetum is used as a food preservative or served as a condiment. It is a sour liquid made when wine or cider is oxidized.
13. Achiote Paste
Achiote (or annatto) paste is a flavorful paste made of spices and garlic that can be used as a rub, sauce, or marinade. The paste is used in Mexican cooking and you have likely enjoyed the flavors in your chorizo or tacos al pastor. Originally an important part of Southeastern Mexican recipes, the paste has spread in availability and is now used widely throughout the country.
Aioli (also called allioli or aïoli) is a garlic sauce found in Northwest Mediterranean cuisine, typically in the coastal foods of Italy, France, and Spain. The name literally means 'garlic and oil' in the Catalan/Valencian and Provençal languages. It is similar to mayonnaise as it uses eggs and olive oil that is emulsified into mashed garlic typically finished with lemon and some seasoning.
Ajika (also called adjika) is a hot and spicy sauce that originated in the Georgian-Abkhazian region of Eastern Europe. This Slavic condiment sauce is made using hot chile peppers, garlic, walnuts, and lots of fresh herbs including coriander, dill, basil, and even marigold leaves.
Ajvar is a Serbian condiment sauce that is popular throughout Southeastern Europe. The sauce is typically made from roasted red bell peppers and oil although there are variations of eggplant and tomato and another with green bell peppers and oregano.
Allemande sauce (also called sauce Parisienne) is a white sauce made with stock rather than milk, that has been thickened with egg. The allemande is based on velouté sauce, which is a light-colored French sauce. The sauce is then thickened with egg yolks, heavy cream, and some lemon to make the allemande.
Allspice is also known as Jamaica pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, or pimento. It is the dried unripe brown berry from the Pimenta dioica tree that is native to Central America, Southern Mexico, and the West Indies. This flavorful spice is related to cloves and is a great warm spice to use in baking and things like Pumpkin Pie Spice!
19. Alfredo Sauce
Alfredo sauce is an American favorite that has been thoroughly adopted from Italian cuisine! The typical American eats the Americanized version of this creamy white sauce that includes heavy cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Authentic cooks will argue that all you need is the pasta, butter, and a good Parmigiano-Reggiano to enjoy this much-loved dish!
Amala is a flour made in Nigeria, usually using yams, but the popular flour can also be made using cassava, a combination of yam and cassava, or with unripened plantains.
Amchoor, also called aamchur, amchur, or dried mango powder is a fruit-based spice powder made from green unripened mangoes. The citrus seasoning is most commonly used in India to add a sour flavor to chutneys, curries, marinades, and soups.
A spicy, Italian red sauce that is made from tomatoes, garlic, and dried chili peppers.
23. Au Jus
🍹 Drinks That Start With A
Ade is actually the suffix used as slang to name a fruit-flavored sweetened drink. Think lemonade, limeade, cherryade, orangeade, etc.
🍽️ Appetizers, Side Dishes, & Snacks That Start With A
Abacha is an African salad that is popular with the Ndi Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria. The Abacha is made from cassava root that is sliced, soaked, and dried before adding to the salad along with fish, crayfish, ugba (oil bean), garden eggs, greens, and onions.
Akara (also called Acaraje) is a fritter made from 'cowpeas' or black-eyed peas that are found in West African and Brazilian cuisines. The bean buns are deep-fried cakes made from black-eyed bean paste.
Almonds are a very popular edible seed from the almond tree. They are grown throughout the US, as well as in many other countries outside of their native region in Iran and surrounding countries.
Almonds are great on their own as a snack, either raw, roasted, smoked, or flavored. Amazing flavor combinations for your almonds include roasted salted, honey roasted almonds, smokehouse, sriracha flavored almonds, habanero or bbq flavored, wasabi and soy sauce flavored almonds, salt and vinegar almonds, dill pickle flavored almonds, sweet Thai chili flavored almonds, sea salt almonds, toasted coconut almonds, chocolate covered almonds, oven-roasted blueberry almonds, curry-flavored almonds, chipotle roasted almonds, cinnamon almonds, mocha roasted almonds, and pumpkin maple roasted almonds.
Almonds are on their own on this list, however, there are many 'A' list words that can be added from almond products such as almond milk, almond flour, almond paste, and almond butter to name a few!
Amaranth is what's called a pseudocereal, it has a starchy seed that can be eaten like true cereals including oats, wheat, or rice. It is a whole grain that is a great gluten-free grain option like quinoa.
Mentioned in Aesop’s fables and Milton’s Paradise Lost and sometimes called the “food of immortality” by the Aztecs, this resilient and visually striking plant has recently gained popularity in the health food scene and is ready to retake the spotlight. ~ Whole Grains Council
Amaranth can be popped like popcorn and eaten as a breakfast cereal, can be cooked into porridge, make polenta, or the traditional Mexican snack food Alegría.
Antipasto is an Italian appetizer that means 'before the meal'. It is typically a combination of cured meats, olives, pepperoncini, marinated artichoke hearts, and cheeses.
Arancini are balls that are formed using leftover rice or risotto. The balls are coated in breadcrumbs and then deep-fried.
These ground corn patties are a staple dish in Venezuela and Colombia. They can be enjoyed alongside your meal (similar to bread), or even stuffed with cheese or meat!
An ashcake is a type of cornmeal-based bread that is cooked over hot stones and covered in heated ashes.
A staple dish in Yemen that is made of a lump of wheat flour dough that commonly is mixed with honey or butter.
This is simply another name for a pickle!
A traditional side dish in West Africa, Attieke (or Acheke) is made from grated fermented cassava.
🥩 Meat Dishes That Start With A
Aalsuppe is a Northern German soup that is more of a stew. It originated in Hamburg, Germany which is why it is also known as Hamburg Aalsuppe. The soup consists of eel, vegetables, peas, dried fruits, bones from smoked ham, a little bit of smoked meat, and dumplings. Vinegar and a variety of herbs are typically added to the soup.
Achu or Yellow Soup is an African dish that originated with the Ngemba in the Northwest region of Cameroon. The soup consists of boiled then pounded cocoyams (taro), red palm oil, spices, water, and canwa (limestone). The soup gets its distinctive yellow color from the palm oil. Finally, it is typically served with oxtail, cow skin, tripe, or steamed eggplant.
Filipino adobo is a whole dish and it's so popular that it's practically the national dish of the Philippines. Adobo can be meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in a sauce that is vinegar and soy sauce-based. Herbs including bay leaves, garlic, salt, paprika, and black peppercorns are frequently used in the marinade that is then browned in oil and simmered for a rich and hearty flavor. Typically served with rice for a meal.
In Mexican cuisine buying chipotle peppers in adobo sauce is quite common. Meanwhile, in Caribbean cuisine, the adobo is typically a dry or wet rub used to season meat.
Ahriche is a Morrocan meat dish that is popular with the Zayanes and Khénifra tribes. The dish is made by wrapping tripe around sticks, then cooking it over coals.
Albacore also called a longfin tuna, is a type of fish in the tuna family. The albacore is found worldwide, is typically around 90 pounds in weight, and is actually one of the smaller fish in the tuna family. Plus, it is my favorite canned fish to use in my tuna casseroles!
Albondigas are meatballs in Spanish. While the meatballs term may originate from Spain, the Mexican culture has adopted this into a hearty soup that is full of spicy chipotle pepper flavor. The meatballs are made by mixing herbs and rice with ground beef and pork then simmered in a tomato-based broth. Lots of vegetables can be added to the soup, as well as more rice before or after serving.
Alewife, also called a branch herring, grayback, gaspereau, or sawbelly, is a small fish in the herring family. This fish is found in North American rivers and is typically eaten either salted or smoked.
Alheira is a Portuguese smoked sausage that is made with a combination of meats, garlic, and bread and is typically horseshoe-shaped.
44. Alphabet Soup
Alphabet soup is a soup found commonly in grocery stores in the canned soup section. It is made with ground beef and vegetables and uses an alphabet-shaped pasta that gives it the 'alphabet soup' name. Alphabet pasta is made with a mechanical press to get the little letters we all enjoyed as kids.
Anchovies are a small fish variety that is commonly found in grocery stores in the canned section near tuna. These small, slender, silverfish are related to herring fish. The canned anchovies are cured in a brine which adds to their intensely fishy, salty flavor.
Anchovies are a base ingredient in caesar dressing, served on pizzas, make a puttanesca sauce, make Spanish pintxos, a Scottish woodcock for breakfast, serve on toast, or on an open-faced sandwich, or just eat them right out of the can!
Andouille is a spicy smoked sausage made with pork that originated in France. Modern andouille sausages are available in beef and chicken varieties as well as traditional pork sausage.
Many andouille sausage brands available in the US are also cajun seasoned as andouille was brought to Louisiana by French or German immigrants.
Aguachile is a dish from western Mexico that combines chile peppers, lime juice, salt, cilantro, cucumber, and onion with raw shrimp. The dish is similar to a cold soup or ceviche.
48. Arroz con Pollo
Arroz con Pollo is a popular chicken and rice dish in Latin America and Spain. It is a close relative to paella.
Asado is more so a technique of cooking rather than the food itself. It can consist of beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, or morcilla that is cooked on a grill over an open fire.
Also known as meat jelly, aspic is a thickened meat-based broth that firms up into a gelatinous substance once cooled. Typically, this will act as a way to encase other ingredients, such as other meats, seafood, eggs, or veggies.
🥬 Vegetarian Dishes That Start With A
Adai is an Indian breakfast pancake recipe made with mixed lentils, rice, and spices. The lentils including toor dal, urad dal, chana dal, and moong dal are soaked with rice for several hours and up to an overnight soak. Adai is a commonly eaten breakfast or snack in Tamil cuisine that is typically served with coconut chutney or peanut chutney.
Afang is an African vegetable soup that is popular primarily in Southern Nigeria. The soup originated with the Efik people and the Ibibio people. The soup uses afang (okazi in Igbo), water leaves, onion, seasoning, and sometimes fish, crayfish, periwinkles, or meat.
Appam, also known as Ãppa, hoppers, kallappam, palappam, or vellappam, is a South Indian dish similar to pancakes. The hopper batter is made using fermented rice and coconut milk, and then the appam is pan-fried like our American pancakes.
54. Arroz con Huevos
Arroz con Huevos is a Mexican breakfast consisting of fried eggs and rice. It is also popular in the Caribbean. There are many things that can be added to the dish, and it can be served with your favorite salsa, guacamole, or pico de gallo!
55. Arroz con Maiz
A Latin American dish that features corn and rice.
A variety of thick noodle soups are popular in Iranian cuisine.
57. Avgolemono Soup
A Greek soup that is made with egg yolk and lemon broth. It can be vegetarian or include chicken!
🍰 Desserts That Start With A
Ambrosia is a dessert fruit salad that is common in America. It is made with pineapple, orange slices, coconut, and marshmallows, as well as a combination of cool whip and sour cream.
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Foods That Start With A: Grilled Acorn Squash (+Other Great Ideas!)
- To get started, preheat your grill to medium heat (450°F / 230°C).
- Cut your acorn squash in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Then, slice the acorn squash into ½-inch thick slices.1 acorn squash
- Place your acorn squash slices into a large bowl and drizzle with the olive oil.2 tablespoon olive oil
- Next, sprinkle in the ground cinnamon, paprika, salt, and pepper, and toss until all of the squash pieces are well coated.½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Use tongs to transfer the slices to the preheated grill and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.
- Remove from the heat and enjoy immediately. If desired, mix together the honey and butter and brush it onto the acorn squash right before serving.1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon butter
- Check out my grill temperature guide for more information on how hot your grill should be!
- Keep your seeds! You can toss them with some olive oil and roast them for a tasty snack!
- To store: Keep your leftover acorn squash in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- To reheat: Pop your squash into the oven at 350°F (175°C) until heated through.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!