98 Foods Starting with S

If you’re tackling a school project, crossword, or seeking to expand your culinary expertise, here’s a comprehensive list of foods beginning with the letter S.

1. S’mores

There’s no better campfire treat! Roasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers, it’s the best way to spend an evening in nature. The name is a contraction of “some more”, which you’ll be saying a lot.

2. Saffron

The world’s most expensive spice, saffron is derived from the crocus flower. With its deep crimson hue and distinct taste, only a bit is needed to impart incredible aroma to dishes such as paella, pasta and risotto.

3. Sage

As an essential herb in culinary traditions worldwide, sage brings a distinctive flavor to dishes, especially meats and stuffing. Its aromatic leaves are prized for their ability to elevate the taste of everything from roasted chicken to pasta sauces.

4. Sake

Crafted from rice, water, yeast, and koji mold, sake is a revered Japanese rice wine. Its nuanced flavors, ranging from floral to fruity, are the result of multiple fermentation stages, resulting in such a complex aroma profile.

5. Salad

Well, we all know and love salads and they don’t need much of an introduction. And if you’re searching for something new to cook, here are some of our favorite salad recipes: caprese, watermelon and feta salad, and shrimp pasta salad.

6. Salami

Fat equals deliciousness, and salami has plenty of that. Slice it, dice it, or stack it high, salami brings only good times. Throw some on your pizza, pasta, add it to sandwiches, or make it the star of a charcuterie board.

7. Salmon

Dubbed the “king of fish,” salmon are famous for their epic upstream journeys, from freshwater rivers to ocean waters and back again. Their meat is lively pink, almost buttery due to the high oil content.

8. Salsa

Tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro combine to create a beautifully zesty condiment. Mild or spicy, it adds a refreshing kick to tacos, chips, and grilled meats. Here are a couple of great salsa recipes: summer tomato salsa and pineapple coriander salsa.

9. Saltines

Simple yet versatile, these crisp, unleavened crackers are often a pantry godsend. Pairing with soups, cheeses, or spreads, saltines add a nice crunch to any snack or meal. They’re even astronaut approved.

10. Sambuca

A sweet and aromatic Italian liqueur, sambuca is flavored with anise and infused with elderflower or licorice. Meant to act as a digestif, you can have it neat, with coffee beans, or set ablaze for a fiery spectacle.

11. Samosa

Traditional snack from the Indian subcontinent, samosas are crispy pastries filled with a fragrant mixture of spiced potatoes and peas. Served hot and crispy, they’re a delightful treat on the go or an easy everyday meal.

12. Sandwich

The epitome of convenience, a sandwich is a meal packed between two slices of bread. From classic PB&Js to towering club sandwiches, you can have them anytime, anywhere.

13. Sangria

Originating from Spain, sangria is a fruity and invigorating beverage made by combining red wine with chopped fruits and a splash of brandy or orange liqueur. Served chilled, it’s perfect for sharing and celebrating with friends and family.

14. Sardines

These small, silvery fish are full of nutrients (omega-3 fatty acids, calcium). They’re rich in healthy oils and can be enjoyed in multiple ways – grilled with lemon and herbs, in pasta dishes like puttanesca, and even on avocado toast.

15. Sashimi

Sashimi, delicate and fresh, is a Japanese culinary art featuring thinly sliced raw fish or seafood. Served with soy sauce and wasabi, it focuses on the quality of the ingredients to offer pure taste experience.

16. Sausage

From breakfast scrambles to sunny barbecues, sausages can do anything. Some classic pairings include spicy chorizo and tacos, cured linguiça for feijoada, and smoky Andouille in gumbo.

17. Sauvignon Blanc

With its crisp acidity and lively flavors, Sauvignon Blanc is a beloved white wine. Notes of citrus, green apple, and tropical fruits make it a great choice to with seafood, salads, and light pasta dishes.

18. Scallions

Scallions, or green onions, are mild-flavored vegetables with long, slender green stalks and small white bulbs. They add a vibrant, onion-like taste to dishes and are often used raw as a garnish or ingredient in salads and dips.

19. Scallops

Hokkaido Scallops with White Corn, Beluga Lentils & Dill Oil

Scallops, delicate and sweet shellfish, are effortlessly prepared in a hot skillet with butter or olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, cook 2–3 minutes on each side, add a squeeze of lemon, and enjoy!

20. Schnitzel

Perhaps the original breaded recipe that sparked a whole load of imitations. The authentic schnitzel uses thin slices of veal or pork, having lemon wedges and potato salad for sides. Similar dishes include Italian Milanesa, Japanese Tonkatsu and American Chicken Fried Steak.

21. Scone

Quintessential British baked goods, scones are small, lightly sweetened breads made with flour, sugar, butter, and baking powder. Commonly served with clotted cream and jam for breakfast or afternoon tea.

22. Scotch

A symbol of Scottish heritage, whisky is crafted from malted barley and aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years. Each distillery imbues its unique character, offering diverse flavors, from smoky to fruity, and even floral notes.

23. Scrambled Eggs

For foolproof scrambled eggs, follow Gordon Ramsay’s legendary tips: cook low and slow, constantly stirring, adding butter, and finishing with crème fraîche. Works every time.

24. Seafood

This is literally food from the sea, encompassing fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. Incredibly healthy and delicious, seafood ranges from comforting dishes like hearty seafood chowder to restaurant delicacies such as decadent lobster bisque.

25. Seaweed

This marine plant enriches dishes worldwide with its particular umami flavor and unusual texture. Embraced in sushi, salads, and soups for its nutritional value and natural sustainability.

26. Sesame Seeds

Tiny yet mighty, sesame seeds lend a nutty flavor and satisfying crunch to dishes. Whether sprinkled on salads, stir-fries, or baked goods, or ground into paste for tahini sauce, they’re essential, even for hummus.

27. Sesame Oil

Reasons to pick sesame oil over other varieties: has a distinguished aroma that adds depth and complexity to dishes; is rich in antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids; has a high a smoke point, so fewer incidents in the kitchen.

28. Semolina

Ground from durum wheat, semolina is the reason pasta maintains a firm and chewy texture. When combined with water and kneaded into dough, it forms gluten strands that give pasta its familiar structure and characteristics.

29. Shallots

Small, bulbous members of the onion family, shallots offer a subtle flavor – between mild onion and garlic. Their fine texture is ideal for sauces, dressings, and vinaigrettes. Bonus points: easy to peel.

30. Shellfish

Aquatic delicacies, including shrimp, lobster, crab, and mollusks. Prized for their sweet, briny flavor, they’re enjoyed in dishes ranging from pricey Lobster Thermidor to simple shrimp cocktail.

31. Shepherd’s Pie

A comforting traditional British dish, featuring layers of minced meat, vegetables, and mashed potatoes. Traditionally made with lamb or beef, this hearty dish is baked until golden and bubbling, transforming into a wholesome meal.

32. Shiitake Mushrooms

Revered in Asian cuisine, shiitake mushrooms provide a rich umami flavor and meaty texture to dishes such as stir-fries and risottos. They’re also valued as a meat substitute for vegetarian and vegan diets.

33. Shish Kebab

For a savory snack or easy on-the-go meal, nothing beats a tasty shish kebab. Marinated grilled meat, fresh vegetables and warm flatbread provide a great way to refuel and replenish energy levels.

34. Shortbread Cookies

Buttery and crumbly, shortbread cookies are an awesome treat with Scottish origins. Made from simple ingredients like butter, sugar, and flour, they melt in your mouth and are perfect for dunking in tea or enjoying on their own.

35. Shrimp

Easy Tomato Shrimp Pasta

Despite their small size, shrimp are voracious eaters, consuming algae, plankton, and even small fish. This broad diet contributes to their rich flavor profile, resulting in a signature sweet and briny taste.

36. Sliders

“Buy ‘em by the sack” was White Castle’s tagline for sliders, making smaller burgers even more appealing. The US loves sliders, especially for game days and sports bars. Their mini format means same level of satisfaction in fewer bites.

37. Sloppy Joes

Familiar American sandwich, Sloppy Joe holds seasoned ground beef and tangy tomato sauce inside soft buns. Despite a convoluted history, their enduring popularity proves their status as a beloved comfort food.

38. Smoothie

Get the same nutritional benefits of fruits, vegetables, or other ingredients in a creamy, drinkable form. Customize recipes to match your taste and dietary needs, creating delicious and healthy smoothies every time.

39. Snow Peas

Beyond stir-fries, snow peas shine in salads, pasta dishes, and vegetable medleys. Their delicate crunch and sweet flavor complement a wide range of ingredients, so get creative! Try them in quinoa salads, spring rolls, and maybe citrusy shrimp ceviche.

40. Snapper

From Mexican fish tacos to Australian barramundi burgers, snapper makes an appearance in plenty of signature dishes. Tastes great with little preparation, simply grilled, pan-fried or added to ceviche.

41. Snickerdoodles

Soft, chewy, and coated in cinnamon sugar, snickerdoodles are beloved American cookies. With a hint of tanginess from cream of tartar, they strike a perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Warm a glass of milk for the ultimate combo.

42. Soba Noodles

Food for samurai, soba noodles have a rich history in Japanese cuisine, dating back to the Edo period (1603-1868). Made primarily from buckwheat flour, they’re somewhat nutty and chewy, commonly used for Zaru, Tempura, or Kitsune.

43. Sofrito

At the heart of Spanish and Latin American cuisine, sofrito is an aromatic base made from onions, garlic, peppers, and tomatoes. It’s the secret ingredient that brings depth and character to dishes such as paella and carne guisada.

44. Soju

When doing shots in Korea, beware of Soju, a distilled spirit made from rice, wheat, or barley. Clear and mild, it typically ranges from 16% to 25% alcohol content. Traditionally taken neat, it’s even better in cocktails.

45. Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Combining the best of both worlds, these bars feature a luscious cheesecake filling nestled between layers of buttery, cinnamon-sugar-dusted pastry. They’re a heavenly indulgence that captures the essence of Mexican-American fusion cuisine.

46. Sole

Sole’s delicate taste and flaky texture make it a versatile ingredient in seafood recipes. Served as a fillet or incorporated into salads and pasta dishes, this fish provides a light and flavorful dining experience.

47. Souffle

A testament to the artistry of French cuisine, showcasing the magic of whipped egg whites. While its reputation for being finicky is well-known, the satisfaction of cutting into a perfectly risen soufflé is unparalleled.

48. Sorrel

Bright and citrusy, sorrel leaves lend a tart flavor to culinary creations. From French cuisine to Caribbean dishes, it’s mainly used in salads, stews, and cocktails. As a bonus, sorrel packs a nutritional punch, offering vitamins and antioxidants.

49. Sorbet

Keep it simple and sweet with sorbet, a yummy frozen dessert made from fruit and sugar. It’s a refreshing way to cool down on a hot day without the heaviness of dairy. Just pure, icy goodness.

50. Soup

Warm, comforting, and endlessly customizable, soup is the greatest soul-soothing meal. Do you prefer creamy bisques, spicy chilis, or brothy versions? There’s a bowl of soup out there to satisfy everyone.

51. Sour Cream

Sour cream is produced by fermenting cream with lactic acid bacteria. This process not only enhances its tangy flavor but also imparts probiotic benefits. A key ingredient in dishes like borscht and burritos.

52. Sourdough Bread

Crusty boules, chewy baguettes, and hearty loaves – sourdough comes in many shapes and sizes. Looking for a gluten-free option? Plenty of alternatives using flours like rice or buckwheat. The hardest part is choosing a topping.

53. Soursop

Spiky green fruit with a sweet and tangy flavor reminiscent of pineapple and strawberry. Fresh or blended into smoothies, its creamy texture will feel like a delight.

54. Soy Sauce

Ever wondered how soy sauce is made? It starts with fermented soybeans, mixed with wheat, salt, and koji mold. Left to mature for months or even years, the result is a complex, savory condiment that enhances tofu or sushi.

55. Soybeans

From field to table, soybeans undergo a fascinating journey. Cultivated worldwide, they’re harvested and processed into various products like soy sauce, miso, and soybean oil. A great source of plant-based protein and essential amino acids.

56. Spaghetti

From Italy, spaghetti is a type of pasta made from durum wheat semolina. Its long, slender shape is ideal for trapping sauces, while its firm texture offers a satisfying bite (means “little strings” in Italian).

57. Spaghetti Squash

Forget pasta – spaghetti squash is the new low-carb sensation! When cooked, its flesh transforms into delicate, noodle-like strands that make a perfect base for sauces and toppings, such as marinara, pesto, or garlic butter.

58. Sparkling Water

Bubbles without the calories! Sparkling water offers the sensation of carbonation without any added sugars or artificial flavors. Enjoy it on its own or as a mixer in cocktails and mocktails for a refreshing twist.

59. Spelt

This ancient grain is making a comeback. With its nutty taste and a chewy texture, it improves hearty dishes such as risottos, stews, and grain bowls. Plus, it’s naturally high in protein and fiber.

60. Spinach

This leafy green is a nutritional dynamo, containing high levels of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron, calcium, and folate. Have it raw in salads, sautéed, or blended into soups and sauces.

61. Spring Rolls

Delicate rice paper wraps filled with a medley of fresh vegetables, herbs, and sometimes protein, spring rolls are a light appetizer or snack. Dip them in peanut sauce or sweet chili sauce for an extra burst of flavor.

62. Spirulina

Nature’s original superfood, spirulina is a nutrient-dense algae rich in protein, iron, and antioxidants. Whether consumed in powdered form or as a supplement, it’s prized for its potential health benefits, such as improved energy levels and immune support.

63. Sprouts

These tiny greens are full of vitality, from mung bean to radish sprouts. Add them to salads, sandwiches, or wraps for a crisp and nutritious boost of flavor and texture.

64. Sponge Cake

Victoria sponge, Chiffon cake, Castella, all marvellous examples of sponge cakes. Their appeal lies in having a light and fluffy consistency, achieved with only basic ingredients: eggs, flour, and sugar.

65. Squab

Considered a delicacy, squab (young pigeon) offers a rich and gamey flavor that pairs well with savory ingredients. Popular in haute cuisine, it’s often roasted or grilled and served with a red wine reduction or with wild mushroom risotto.

66. Squash

A staple of autumn cuisine, squash varieties like pumpkin, butternut, and delicata offer a sweet and earthy flavor. Baked into pies, roasted with savory herbs, or puréed into creamy soups, squash adds warmth and richness to seasonal dishes.

67. Squid

Also known as calamari, squid is a popular seafood, cooked as crispy fried rings, tender grilled tentacles, or stuffed with flavorful fillings. But squid ink is also valued as an ingredient for making pastas or risottos.

68. Star Anise

Harvested from the Illicium verum tree, star anise is a fragrant spice with a licorice-like flavor, used in both sweet and savory dishes. Commonly found in Asian cuisine, it adds depth to dishes like pho and biryani.

69. Star Fruit

Resembling a star when sliced, this tropical fruit is as visually appealing as it is tasty. Add it to fruit skewers, tropical fruit salads, or homemade sorbets to elevate your culinary creations.

70. Steak

Steak comes in various cuts such as ribeye, sirloin, and filet mignon, each offering its unique flavor and texture. Sizzling on the grill or pan-seared crispy, steak is a carnivore’s delight. And if you ever wondered, check out the list of the most expensive steaks in the world.

71. Stevia

Derived from the Stevia rebaudiana plant, stevia is a natural alternative to sugar, up to 200 times sweeter. Its zero-calorie sweetness makes it a go-to choice for diabetics, keto enthusiasts, and people on a diet.

72. Stew

Beside its delicious taste, stew is a practical and economical way to stretch ingredients and minimize food waste. Simply toss meat, vegetables, and spices into a pot, let them simmer, and voila – a nourishing meal.

73. Stir-fry

With its roots in Asian cuisine, stir-fries are based on high heat, constant movement, and a balance of flavors and textures. Use a hot wok (or pot), a splash of oil, and almost any ingredients you see fit.

74. Stir-fried Ice Cream

A fusion of science and dessert, stir-fried ice cream originated in Thailand as “rolled ice cream.” Fresh cream and toppings are poured onto a frozen plate, then chopped and rolled into delicate curls for a delectable frozen treat.

75. Stone Fruit

This category of fruits grow a juicy flesh around a hard, central pit. These include peaches, plums, apricots, cherries etc. In fact, many of the summer fruits follow this classification.

76. Strawberries

Risotto with Strawberries

Symbolizing summer, strawberries are perfect for picnics, desserts, risottos, or as a snack on their own. Dip them in whipped cream, blend into daiquiris, or slice onto cereal for a refreshing start to the day.

77. Stracciatella

Translating as “little shred” from Italian, stracciatella gelato is characterized by its creamy vanilla base strewn with fine ribbons of chocolate. Try some with a cup of warm coffee and buttery biscotti.

78. Strawberry Shortcake

Picture-perfect layers of fluffy cake, ripe strawberries, and whipped cream make strawberry shortcake a dessert dream come true. So nice for picnics or summer get-togethers.

79. Stuffed Peppers

This is a delicious way to enjoy Mediterranean flavors, with tender peppers filled with a savory mixture of rice, tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese. Baked until soft and fragrant, they’re like a taste of sunshine.

80. Sturgeon

A prehistoric fish famed for its caviar, though sturgeon meat is pretty good as well. Grilled or smoked, it becomes rich and firm, pairing well with flavors like lemon, garlic, and herbs.

81. Sriracha

This fiery sauce blends chili peppers, sugar, garlic, and vinegar for a bold taste. A staple in Asian cuisine, not just for spice lovers; its balanced flavor ramps up soups, sandwiches, and dips.

82. Submarine Sandwich

Sometimes called hoagie, hero, or grinder, the sub is one amazing sandwich. Layered deli meats, cheeses, and veggies on a crusty roll, it’s pretty much a meal in itself.

83. Sugar

Derived from sugarcane or sugar beets, it adds sweetness to desserts, drinks, and savory dishes. Whether granulated, brown, or powdered, sugar is a versatile ingredient for any occasion.

84. Sugar Cookies

Crisp on the edges, soft in the middle, sugar cookies are a crowd-pleaser. Decorate with icing and sprinkles for festive occasions or savor them plain with a glass of milk.

85. Sugar Snap Peas

Not exactly sweet, but rather fresh and crisp, sugar snap peas can be enjoyed raw, in stir-fries, or quickly sautéed with garlic for a flavorful side dish.

86. Sultanas

Sweet and succulent, sultanas are dried grapes commonly used in baking and cooking. Add them to bread, muffins, or oatmeal for a touch of sweetness, or enjoy them as a snack on their own.

87. Sun-dried Tomatoes

Intensely flavored and preserved in the sun’s warmth, sun-dried tomatoes add depth to pasta dishes, salads, and sandwiches. They’re also delicious blended into pesto or tapenade for a rich and savory spread.

88. Sundae

Born from a clever workaround to Sunday soda bans, the sundae is a delicious rebellion. Topped with syrup, nuts, and whipped cream, it’s a scoop of history with a cherry on top.

89. Sunflower Seeds

Snack smart with sunflower seeds – packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Add them to trail mix, bake them into bread, or enjoy them as a standalone treat.

90. Sushi

Contrary to popular belief, sushi doesn’t always involve raw fish. In fact, options like tamago (sweet egg omelet), kappa maki (cucumber roll), and inari (sweet tofu pouch filled with rice) offer delicious alternatives for those seeking non-seafood dishes.

91. Surimi

Imitation crab is a seafood product made from white fish such as pollock. It’s flavored and shaped to mimic crab meat, offering a cost-effective option for sushi rolls, salads, and seafood dishes with a mild, sweet taste.

92. Sweet Potato

Indigenous to the Americas, sweet potatoes boast a rich history spanning millennia. They’ve journeyed across continents to become beloved dishes, like Camote Cue (Philippines), Bubur Candil (Indonesia) or Daigaku Imo (Japan).

93. Sweet and Sour Chicken

Crispy, tender chicken is tossed in a sticky, tangy sauce. With pineapple and bell peppers for a pop of color and flavor, it’s a timeless takeout favorite.

94. Sweetbreads

Sweetbreads are neither sweet nor bread. They are organ meats, typically from the thymus or pancreas of calves or young animals, prized for their delicate flavor and tender texture.

95. Swiss Cheese

With its characteristic holes and creamy texture, Swiss cheese adds depth to any dish. Ideal for melting in grilled cheese or topping off burgers, its mild flavor complements a variety of ingredients.

96. Swiss Chard

An earthy yet slightly sweet leafy green, Swiss chard is as visually appealing as it is nutritious. Its versatility shines in dishes like quiches, pasta, or as a stand-alone side, offering a welcome dose of vitamins and minerals.

97. Swiss Roll

Lemon Curd Swiss Roll

A classic dessert, Swiss roll features a light sponge cake rolled around a sweet filling, such as whipped cream, jam, or chocolate ganache. A great example is the Christmasy Yule Log.

98. Swordfish

As impressive on the plate as it is in the ocean, swordfish has thick, steak-like fillets. Mild and slightly sweet, it pairs beautifully with tangy citrus marinades or herb-infused sauces.

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