40 Foods That Start With M

There are so many amazing foods that start with the letter M, it’s hard to figure out where to even begin!
We could talk about mushrooms and mangos, but those are too easy.
And what about macaroni and cheese? They’re a favorite for entrees and snacks. But there’s also muffins and mozzarella sticks – both of which start with “M.” And don’t forget malt! It’s one of our favorites because it makes great ice cream sundaes! There’s Mexican bowl, Meringue, and more! There are so many more great foods that start with M, but I’m getting hungry just keeping them all straight in my head. Let’s see the list below.


List of Foods That Start With M


A typical moussaka recipe contains eggplant, ground meat (beef or lamb), tomato sauce, and sometimes potatoes. Moussaka is popular dish in Eastern Europe; you can find it served Greece, Turkey, and respectively.


Can be made from an assortment of different ingredients like vinegar, water, salt, garlic powder, mustard seed, turmeric, paprika, chili powder, and even pickles! Mustard is often eaten with meat dishes because it helps cut the fat.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts have a rich flavor and creamy taste that most compare to butter. They grow on trees in Hawaii and Australia with smooth shells that split open when ripe with a soft texture similar to an almond inside. The macadamia nut is high in vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, iron malonate, thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamin B6, and niacin.

Maraschino Cherries

Maraschino cherries are bright red cherries preserved in maraschino liqueur, making them extra tasty for cocktails like a Shirley Temple or an Old Fashioned. They’re also great for cakes, ice cream sundaes, whipped cream toppings, and more.


Muesli is usually eaten as breakfast, but it can be enjoyed at any time during the day! It’s made of rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. When milk is added to it for a porridge consistency, muesli becomes a very popular cereal in Europe and Australia.


Merlot is a type of wine produced in the Bordeaux region in France and is popular all over the world.


These sweet and tart berries grow in clusters on trees and were very popular in Ancient Rome when the Emperor demanded they be sent all across his empire! Mulberry is usually eaten fresh, but if you want to add sugar or preserves into the mix, it’s your choice.


Mussels are bivalve mollusks that live in seas and oceans – they’re one of the most popular seafood dishes in America! They’re great with potatoes and peppers because the sauce tends to be thick.


Margaritas are a popular cocktail made with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. They can be served on the rocks or blended into cocktails like the blended margarita.


Marshmallow is a great ingredient for so many different desserts! Marshmallows are made from sugar, water, gelatin, vanilla flavoring or marshmallow extracts.


A muffin is a small cake that typically contains fruits or vegetables like applesauce, blueberries*, but you can also find savory flavors like bacon and cheddar cheese. They go great with coffee after dinner! *If you don’t want your muffin to stain, you can always add a bit of lemon juice to the mix before baking.


Macaroni is a type of pasta, and includes elbow macaroni, spaghetti, penne, fusilli. There are so many dishes to make with macaroni, like baked ziti or mac and cheese.


There are several different types of marjoram, including sweet marjoram, pot marjoram, knotted marjoram, and more. They can be used in lots of different dishes or drinks.


These fancy French pastries look like little meringues but they’re actually made of ground almonds, icing sugar, granulated sugar, egg whites and food coloring. They can come in many different flavors like lemon and chocolate ganache. Their crispy exterior hides a soft inside.


Malt is made from germinated grains – usually barley, but it can be other grains. It’s grown by farmers and then harvested, soaked, and dried. The harvested malt is then crushed into smaller pieces to be used in different food or drink recipes.

Moon Cake

Moon cakes are a type of pastry traditionally eaten during Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Moon cake dough is usually made out of rice flour and filled with things like red bean paste or lotus seed paste – they’re so delicious!

Mozzarella Sticks

Stuffed with 100% real mozzarella when you order them, these tasty sticks are great when dipped in marinade or honey mustard sauce. They come with ranch for dipping or you can ask for marinade or honey mustard to be served with the sticks.

Miso Soup

Miso soup is made from miso paste and dashi, which is a type of seaweed stock. You can find it served at just about any Japanese restaurant. It’s usually served with tofu or vegetables added into the broth for additional texture and flavor.


Mozzarella cheese is an alchemy produced in Southern Italy since at least the seventh century AD (which makes it one of the oldest cheeses in history). Nowadays, mozzarella cheese can be used to make all sorts of dishes like pizza!


Mirin is a Japanese cooking wine, which gives dishes a slightly sweet flavor. Mirin is very high in sodium, so it may not be the healthiest addition to meals.


Mandarins are a delicious citrus fruit that looks like tangerines but can be distinguished by the bump on top of its main orange color section. They’re typically easy to peel and sweet, with seeds that are not hard. It’s easy to see why they’re so popular!


M&Ms are a great little candy with a crunchy chocolate shell and gooey inside. They come in all sorts of colors, from red to blue to green. After the candies have been produced, machines sort them by color so they can be packaged accordingly.

Malt (Ice Cream)

Malt is made by milling and combining barley malt, maize, bran, wheat flour, etc. It’s then used in ice cream or other desserts to give it a chewier texture that melts in your mouth like soft serve. Some places even use it for their sundaes! Malt contains all nine essential amino acids which mean it has protein! So if you’re getting hungry while you read this article grab yourself an ice cream sundae or milkshake with malt syrup!

Mai Tai

This tiki cocktail is typically made of rum, orange liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup or powdered sugar, curacao or blue curacao liqueur (orange flavored), bitters (optional), orange slice garnish, pineapple wedge garn, maraschino cherry.


Mayonnaise is one of those super versatile foods that can be used as an ingredient in many meals (like potato salad) or eaten on its own (on sandwiches). Mayonnaise is made from egg yolks, vegetable oil, lemon juice or vinegar, salt and pepper.


Mint leaves grown on mint plants, which are related to the menthol-producing mint plant. Mint comes in many varieties like spearmint or peppermint, but they all have similar characteristics. Mint is popular for flavoring food and drinks like iced tea, mojitos, fruit salads, chewing gum, jam, basil pesto sauce and more!

Macaroni & Cheese

The classic American comfort food! Macaroni is a hollow pasta that comes in many shapes including shell, elbow, wagon wheel, and corkscrew. The noodles are typically cooked in salted water to boiling, drained well, rinsed to stop the cooking process and get them nice and cold before baking with cheese (typically cheddar) and butter or margarine.


There are thousands of different species of mushroom, which come in many shapes and sizes. They also vary in flavor; some taste like potatoes while others tend to be more earthy and woodsy in taste. Mushrooms typically go great with garlic and onions (just like most vegetables).

Maple Syrup

The sap of the maple tree is boiled to produce pure maple syrup! It can be used on pancakes or waffles or as part of cookie batter. Maple syrup has a strong flavor that some love and others don’t – but it’s definitely worth trying at least once!

Mexican Bowl (Soup)

A Mexican bowl is a type of soup that’s similar to a white chili or chicken tortilla soup. It’s made with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and lots of spices like cilantro and lime juice for extra flavor. There are so many options to experiment with – beef instead of chicken or different beans can be used in place of pinto beans.


Meatballs are a classic dish that many people enjoy around the world. These little balls usually contain ground beef, pork, lamb, or a combination of meats that have been mixed together with spices and then baked or fried. Some countries eat meatballs as a staple food while others serve them at special occasions like weddings or holidays.

Monterey Jack Cheese

Monterey Jack cheese is a firm, mild cheese that originated in Monterey, California. It’s now made all over the world and can be used as an ingredient in many different types of dishes and desserts.


A mousse is usually thick and creamy, like a pudding. It can be made into various flavors like chocolate or fruit, but it’s typically eaten as dessert after the main course of a meal.


Melons come from vines called Cucumis melo and grow all over the world from hot climates to colder ones. There are several different types of melons like honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Each kind has a different color and taste that can range from sweet to tart.


The tropical mango is a staple fruit of many parts of the world. Mangos are great for adding to salads, desserts, smoothies, and even some savory dishes.

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is Italian-style thick vegetable soup that usually includes beans and pasta in addition to vegetables like carrots, celery, onion, zucchini and more. Popular vegetables include cabbage, potatoes and spinach. Minestrone is a great way to use up all the vegetables in your fridge and make a big pot of soup that can be served throughout the week.


Molasses are typically associated with baking because its rich flavors make great additions to recipes like gingerbread, but you can also use molasses in salad dressings and marinades for meat!


Mead is the oldest alcoholic drink in the world. It’s made with honey and yeast, which turns into ethanol in the process of making mead. Mead is usually between 6% to 18% alcohol by volume.

Meringue (Egg Whites)

Egg whites are the clear part of an egg that contains proteins and is present when you crack open an egg. They’re used in lots of foods such as meringue, angel food cake, macarons, marshmallows, Swiss buttercreams and many more desserts. Meringues made with whipped egg whites stiffen up when baked at a low enough temperature so they stay light and airy on the inside while getting crispy on the outside.

Marinara Sauce

Marinara is one of many different types of spaghetti sauces. It’s typically made with tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, and other herbs and spices. It’s great for topping off pizza or pasta dishes.

Wrap Up

The list of foods that start with the letter M is a long one. There are so many different types of food from all over the world, it can be hard to keep track!

Now that we’ve covered the letter “M” and all of its delicious foods, It’s time to have a look at some lists like this- perhaps starting with another letter?

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