26 Foods that Start with X

Well, if you were looking for foods that start with the letter X you probably know already that they are pretty hard to find. We did our best to research as many as possible, but if we missed any, please let us know in the comments section below.

1. XO Sauce

This iconic condiment features dried seafood, chili, and garlic. The “XO” is a nod to its perceived high quality, akin to “extra old” cognac, and not referring to hugs and kisses. Still, it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

2. Xacuti

This Indian curry is a popular dish in the Goa and it is made from coconut, poppy seeds, chilies and other spices. There is a similar dish in Portugal, chacuti, which is not very surprising given Goa is a former Portuguese colony. You can also find a similar dish in Mozambique, another former Portuguese colony with a local cuisine heavily influenced by the Portuguese.

3. Xalapa Punch

From Mexico’s vibrant city of Xalapa, this spirited concoction blends pineapple, mango, or citrus with warming spices such as cinnamon, cloves, or ginger, all lifted with a splash of tequila. It really hits the spot.

4. Xampinyons en Salsa Mushrooms

A rustic Spanish dish of mushrooms cooked in a tomato-based sauce with garlic, olive oil, and herbs. It can be served as tapas (appetizer) or paired with meats. Some recipes add wine or amontillado sherry wine for extra complexity.

5. Xavier Soup

Xavier Soup brings Italian flair to tender homemade Parmigiano-Reggiano dumplings in cooked in a hearty chicken stock. A sprinkle of parsley adds freshness to this comforting classic.

6. Xavier Steak

The perfect recipe for busy nights: roast the asparagus, season and sear the steaks, then bake until done. Top with asparagus and cheese, broil until melted. Easy, delicious, and ready in no time!

7. Xi Gua Lao

A centuries-old Chinese dessert, Xi Gua Lao ingeniously repurposes watermelon rind. Slow-cooked with rock sugar, it exemplifies resourcefulness, transforming a typically discarded ingredient into a nice treat.

8. Xia Mi

Or dried shrimp, is a common ingredient for Cantonese and Korean dishes, imparting an intense umami flavor to stir-fries, soups, and fried rice. These tiny crustaceans are sun-dried for days, concentrating their savory essence.

9. Xian Cao

Also called grass jelly, this offers a unique gel texture infused with herbal flavors. Typically, served cold and sweetened, it’s a popular choice for cooling off.

10. Xiangcaojing

Xiangcaojing, or vanilla extract, is derived from vanilla beans, it infuses dishes with a rich, aromatic flavor, elevating everything from baked goods to beverages.

11. Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) are known for the use of a unique cooking technique. Gelatinized broth solidifies into a flavorful jelly when chilled, then melts into a delicious soup when steamed, creating a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

12. Xidoufen

A Yunnan special, this Chinese dish features rice noodles in a spicy-sour soup with fermented bean paste, chili, and vinegar. Topped with peanuts and tofu, it’s wonderfully comforting.

13. Xīhóngshì Chǎo Jīdàn

This is simply the taste of Cantonese culinary tradition, bringing families together around the dinner table. This recipe elevates tomatoes and eggs into a culinary delight, uniting loved ones with its familiar flavors and heartwarming simplicity.

14. Xilacayota Squash

“Calabaza de Castilla” or “Mexican crookneck squash” is a winter squash variety native to Mexico. It has a pale yellow to orange skin and a sweet, nutty flavor. It is often used to make “candied pumpkin” for the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebrations.

15. Ximenia caffra

A type of sour plum from which wild plum oil can be extracted. It’s rich in essential fatty acids, including omega-6 and omega-9, beneficial in preventing signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

16. Xingren doufu

This Chinese dessert is made from almond milk and agar-agar, a vegetarian alternative to gelatin. Despite its name, Xingren doufu, almond tofu, doesn’t contain tofu; instead, it has a texture similar to soft pudding or jelly.

17. Xinomavro Grapes

Considered one of the most notable grape varieties from Greece, it is highly regarded by wine enthusiasts. Xinomavro produces complex and age-worthy red wines with bold tannins, vibrant acidity, and flavors of dark fruits, spices, and earthy undertones.

18. Xiphias

These guardians of the ocean reign as majestic hunters with their formidable sword-like bills. As both apex predators and culinary treasures, they embody the wild beauty of the open seas.

19. Xnipec

This is a Mayan salsa from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Typically made with habanero peppers, onions, tomatoes, sour orange juice, and cilantro, it delivers a fiery kick balanced by citrusy tanginess.

20. Xocolatl

If you could go back in time, you’d have to add this to your “To try” list. Known as “bitter water,” Xocolatl is an Aztec and Mayan beverage made from cacao beans. It was a frothy, spiced chocolate drink mainly enjoyed by royalty and warriors.

21. Xoconostle

Getting pricked by this pear cactus might be worth it. Tart and acidic with a hint of sweetness, it’s used in Mexican cuisine to add a unique flavor to dishes such as salsas, sauces, and beverages.

22. Xoi

This Vietnamese dish is made from glutinous rice that’s steamed or cooked with various ingredients such as mung beans, peanuts, or shredded chicken. It’s often served as a savory or sweet snack or dessert, offering a delightful combination of flavors and textures.

23. Xouba of Rianxo

Xouba is the Galician name for small sardines, a fish that’s abundant on the northwestern Spanish coast, as well as in Portugal. Xouba are very appreciated in the local Galician cuisine and you can enjoy them between mid-May and July.

24. Xylocarp

Xylocarps, like coconuts and chestnuts, have tough, woody husks protecting their seeds. They require specialized tools or techniques to open, but the nutritious treasures within are well worth the effort.

25. Xanthan gum

This has become a familiar feature on ingredient lists. Xanthan gum is a food additive and thickening agent derived from sugar fermentation. Its role is to improve texture, provide viscosity, and prevent ingredient separation.

26. Xi fan

This simple rice porridge is made by boiling rice in water or broth until it reaches a thick, creamy consistency. It is often served to those recovering from illness or as a symbol of care and hospitality, highlighting its nurturing qualities.

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