29 Foods That Start With Z

There are so many amazing foods that start with the letter Z, it’s hard to figure out where to even begin!
We could talk about zucchini and ziti, but those are too easy.
And how about zambaglioni? They’re a favorite for pasta dishes. But there’s also Zabaglione and Zuccotto – both of which start with “Z.” And don’t forget zeppelins! They’re another great option for breaded chicken. There’s Zebra Cakes, Zoodles…and more! There are so many more great foods that start with Z, 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 Z


A zabaglione is an Italian dessert wine custard made with egg yolks, sugar, and dry white wine. It’s typically eaten on its own but can form the base for many other desserts like crème brulee or tiramisu.


A tube-shaped pasta that can be served either oven-baked or boiled then dressed in a sauce like marinara or meat sauce. Baking means baking the dish covered for about 20 minutes, allowing enough time for the cheese to melt.


A zeppelin is a type of German dumpling. They are typically boiled then fried or baked. The dumplings are filled with swiss chard, onion, garlic, parsley and ricotta cheese.

Zest of Citrus

The zest contains the oils which is what gives them their flavor. The zests can be added to desserts like cakes, muffins, cookies and preserves for extra flavor. Zesting your citrus fruit helps you avoid having to peel off the bitter white part.


A zapiekanka is a Polish-style pizza made with garlic sauce, dried mushrooms, cheese, and meat or vegetables on top of French bread or baguette. It’s often sold at street food stalls in Poland.

Zucchini Fritters

These fritters are fried cakes that include grated zucchini and other ingredients such as garlic, onions, cheese (like Pecorino Romano), herbs (like basil), and sometimes flour and eggs mixed into the batter. They can be used as a side dish or appetizer.


Zwetschkenknödel is fruit dumplings that are popular in Germany. They consist of a sweet dough filled with plums or apricots that have been soaked in rum or another liqueur.


A zeppole is a traditional Italian pastry that is also known as Italian doughnuts. They are fried pastry balls that are most commonly made filled with ricotta or zucca (pumpkin). Zeppole can be served alone, with powdered sugar, or soaked in honey.


A Zarzuela is a Spanish seafood stew made with mussels, clams, shrimp, squid, chicken, and tomatoes.

Zereshk Polo

This dish is called zereshk polo because it pairs perfectly with barberry rice which is known as zereshk polow in Persian. The ingredients include basmati rice seasoned with onion puree, chopped nuts (typically almonds), butter, cooked chicken meatballs marinated in saffron and turmeric, barberry (zereshk) and fresh coriander.


A clear flavored malt beverage that contains 4% alcohol by volume which was manufactured by the Miller Brewing Company from 1993 until 2008 in the United States and was marketed to young adult drinkers. It was also produced under license in Canada by Sleeman Breweries and some international markets, including Japan and Australia.


The zucchini is a summer squash that can be used to make savory foods like pigs-in-the-blanket or fritters, or sweet dishes like zucchini bread or cake.


Zwieback is a type of soft bread that can be used to make French toast or sandwiches and to accompany soups and salads. It was first created by the Swiss as a way to preserve bread without it going stale.

Zig-Zag Vine Fruit

Also known as Jamfruit, this plant originates from Malaysia where it’s also known as Ong Choy or ong chai. In Thailand, it’s called Hua Le Nang and in Laos they refer to it simply as ong choy. It’s been introduced into other tropical areas around the world, including Africa.


Zwiebelrostbraten is a German roast beef dish that contains onions and pepper to create a delicious meal. It’s often served with potatoes or vegetables to form the perfect, hearty meal.


A Zambaglioni is an Italian-style meatball made with ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg yolks, parsley, and Parmesan cheese.


A Zopf is a braided bread that originated in Switzerland. The bread is usually made with white flour, eggs, and salt.


A traditional Japanese soup or stew made with beef, chicken, or seafood and root vegetables (such as lotus root and daikon radish), and rice cakes. It’s seasoned with soy sauce and mirin, a sweet rice wine that can also be used to flavor sushi rice. The ingredients are simmered together until the meats are slightly tender then served piping hot over plain white rice.


A zander is a European fish similar to pike. It’s typically smoked or eaten cold as part of a charcuterie board or sandwich.


A zerde is a traditional Iranian dessert. It’s like a rice pudding that contains saffron and rosewater topped with pistachios and dried fruit.


This dessert originates from Tuscany and consists of a dome of cake filled with either creme Anglaise or whipped cream and then covered in a thin layer of chocolat fondant.

Zesta Saltines

These are a type of cracker that come in many flavors such as buttery garlic and onion, honey wheat and salt & pepper. They’re so light and crisp they can even be broken apart and sprinkled over soup or salads.

Zebra Cakes

A Zebra Cake is a chocolate cake with vanilla or chocolate frosting that’s typically painted to mimic the look of zebras. The cake itself can be black or white but the zebra-like stripes are typically made using food dye.

Zinfandel Grapes

This variety of grape is a very popular red wine. The grapes grow well in the warmer regions of California, and they’re really sweet, with notes of cranberry and strawberry.


You can make them at home easily by using your spiralizer! Simply cook for two minutes in boiling water before adding it to your favorite pasta dish – they taste amazing! You’ll love this healthy alternative to regular noodles 🙂


A German Christmas treat consisting of a marzipan paste filling covered with white powdered sugar, granulated sugar or crushed sugar cubes, dried whipping cream powder. Icing may be used to connect the top two parts together or sometimes icing is not needed at all because each part is very sticky when freshly made. The star-shaped cookies are formed from the marzipan mixture rolled into a log shape about 1/2 inch thick, chilled until firm, then sliced into rounds about 3/4 inches thick.


This popular cake is made from yellow or white cake mix that has been mixed with zesty lemonade concentrate instead of water to make it extra moist and flavorful. It’s frosted with a mixture of powdered sugar, butter, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and grated lemon peel.

Zucchini Bread

There are many different recipes for zucchini bread including chocolate chip, apple cinnamon raisin, lemon poppy seed, banana nut muffins, pumpkin spice loafs…

Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana is an Italian dish that consists of kale, potatoes, and sausage in a creamy broth. Zuppa Toscana originated at the Olive Garden restaurant.

Wrap Up

The list of foods that start with the letter Z 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 “Z” 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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