51 Foods That Start With D


Whether you’re dining over breakfast, lunch, or dinner check out these fun foods, all starting with the letter D. From donuts to dumplings there are tons of delicious treats and eats donned with a D.

I love cooking and dining out, and have never been one to turn my nose up at trying something new. One of my favorite things about cooking is discovering something delicious that I’ve never tried before.

What better way to learn about new, delicious foods then to go letter by letter through the alphabet? Next, we will be talking about all of the different foods that start with the letter D. I hope you’re hungry!


51 Foods That Start With D

There are a lot of foods that start with the letter D. Some are more popular, like dessert, while others you may have never heard of. Do you know what a Darjeeling is? Let’s check out 51 foods that start with the letter D.

Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is a fruit grown from the cactus, the Honolulu Queen. The Honolulu Queen’s flowers only bloom overnight. The Dragon fruit is rich in fiber and antioxidants. It is also effective at lower blood sugar.

Dandelion Green

Dandelion greens, also known as Swedish Mums, can be sautéed in oil, and seasoned to combat the bitter taste. The whole green is edible, however knowing what to do with each part is challenging. Dandelion greens consist of the blossom, leaves, and root.


Native to South Africa, Droewors are a popular snack food. This thin sausage is convenient, because thin sausage dries quicker than thick sausage. This dish is an abnormal type of sausage in the way it is made in a thin sheet on rock.

Deviled Eggs

Another name for Deviled eggs is Russian eggs, or stuffed eggs. To make Deviled eggs, hard boil the eggs, remove the shell, and cut them in half. Once they are halved you fill them with paste made from the yolk and other toppings. Deviled eggs make a great appetizer, but they are time consuming.

Dahi Vada

Dahi vada is made by drenching the vadas in a thick dahi sauce. This chaat originated in South Asia, and is a popular street vendor food. This dish is made of lentil dumplings, chutneys, spicy powders, and yogurt.


Dewberry is a type of fruit originating from North America, but they can also be found in Northern Europe. There are many similarities between a blackberry and a dewberry. You can tell them apart because dewberries are a little bigger than blackberries.

Dijon Mustard

This traditional mustard from France was named for a town in Burgundy. Burgundy was the focal point of mustard making during the Middle Ages. Dijon Mustard is known for being thick and bold in flavor.


A Date is chewy, and some compare it to a raisin. Dates are high in sugar. The older a Date gets the sweeter it gets. A date is ready to be eaten when the outside is wrinkled and has a shiny appearance.


Donuts are a sweet treat, often eaten for breakfast. They can be glazed, filled, frosted, creamed, in hole form, sprinkled, and more. This is a popular take out food, but can also be made at home.


Dumplings can come with a whole array of different fillings. A dumpling consists of a filling wrapped in dough. Dumplings can be filled with fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat, or jams.

Dahi Kebab

This North India dish is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This vegetarian option is made of hung curd, flour, spices, and paneer. Dahi Kebab makes a terrific appetizer or main course.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a delicious treat with a ton of nutrients and antioxidants. This dish is made from cocoa tree seeds. Dark chocolate is known to lower a person’s risk of heart disease.

Devil’s Food Cake

Devil’s Food Cake is a multi-layered chocolate cake with frosting on the top and between each layer. Known for its rich flavor, this cake is different than regular chocolate cake because it is fuller.

Dim Sum

Dim Sum are small dishes that are shared over a meal with friends. Cantonese were the original founders of Dim Sum, which is supposed to be served as breakfast or lunch.

Duck Roast

Duck Roast is a time-consuming dish where the duck is cooked in a large roasting pan. Duck has been prepared since the Imperial era, and can be done in many different ways. You can dress duck up with different herd and spices, make it crispy, or keep it simple.

Dulce De Leche

Spanish for candy milk, Dulce De Leche is a sweet treat. To prepare Dulce De Leche sweetened milk is heated on low until it is the correct flavor and color.


Dragee are a favorite candy in Europe. Originating in Italy, these candies consist of a sugar coating that covers a filling. Almonds are one of the most popular fillings inside of a Dragee. Dragee are often found on top of wedding cakes.


The Durian fruit can be found on several different trees, all deriving form the genus tree species Durio. Only about a third of the Durio fruits are edible. People who have tasted a Durian describe it has sweet, creamy, and savory.


Dashi is a soup stock popular in Japan that has a savory flavor. Dashi is the base of some popular soups including miso soup, noodle broth soup, and clear broth soup.


A Dosa is a very thin pancake, and is often mistaken for a crepe. This dish involves fermenting batter made of rice and lentils. Dosa has a savory flavor, unlike a sweet crepe.


Draft is beer served from a keg instead of a can or bottle. Sometimes called, “keg beer”, draft can be a stout, lager, pale ale, porter, ale, bitter, and wheat beer.

Dilkush Bread

Dilkush Bread is a popular bakery treat in India. This snack is made mainly of bread dough, and has a creamy pastry center. The center of the Dilkush Bread can vary, coconut is a popular filling.


Dolma is a stuffed dish with a vegetable wrap. This dish is popular in Central Asia, and is stuff with vegetables. Dolma’s can be stuffed with onion, pepper, tomato, zucchini, gourd, or eggplant.


This brand was founded and owned by the MacKinnon family for a hundred years, until its sale in 2014. Drambuie is a liqueur that is known for its golden color and rich flavor. Drambuie is made from heather honey, various spices, herbs, and scotch whiskey.


Dill is an herb that can only be found annually. Deriving from the celery family, dill is potent in flavor. Eurasia is a popular place to find dill; however, it can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores.


Doughboy is another name for a deep-fried dumpling. Fried dough might seem simple; however, to achieve the right consistency it has to be baked to perfection. Using peanut oil can add extra flavor to a doughboy.

Dandan Noodles

Dandan noodles were named after street vendor dan dan’s, which are used to carry baskets. This noodle dish is a popular Chinese food. Coated in a spicy sauce, these noodles may have pork, vegetables, or scallions served over top.


Dahl or Dal is a type of Indian food that is made of dried legumes like, peas, beans, or lentils. The texture of Dahl is similar to a thick soup, and its flavor is similar to curry.

Dump cake

This fun dish can have just about anything in it. Typically, a dump cake will have baked fruit inside with a crusted top. To make dump cake put your choice of fruit in the base of a cake tray, and then coat it with dry cake mix.


Another name for a chicken or turkey leg is a drumstick. The drumstick got its name for resembling the 1500s percussion drumstick. Drumsticks are savory in flavor, and can be prepared in a variety of ways.


Divinity is a sweet, nougaty treat made of corn syrup, egg, and sugar. Sometimes divinity can be made with chopped fruit or nuts. These confections are sometimes called sea-foam, and can be made with brown sugar.


Dasheen is a starchy food, that is nicknamed elephant ears. Often used as a thickener in soup, Dasheen can also be cut up or boiled. Some other names for Dasheen are taro, coco, and tannia.


Dip can come in wide array of flavors, and have various ingredients. Often served with chips, pretzels, or vegetables this dish in popular at social get togethers. Some of the most popular dips include French onion, salsa, and guacamole.


Decaf coffee and tea are great options for people trying to avoid caffeine. Most coffee and tea flavors are available in both caffeinated and decaf options. Decaf coffee is a great beverage during the evening hours. Some people even prefer the taste of decaf to caffeinated.

Deli Sandwiches

Deli sandwiches are a popular food, often eaten over the lunch hour. These sandwiches consist of two pieces of bread with slices of deli meat inside. Popular deli meats include turkey, ham, and roast beef.

Dodger Dog

A Dodger Dog is a hotdog topped with nacho cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, opinions, and chili. Thomas Arthur is the creator and founder of the Dodger Dog, which was named after Dodger Stadium.


Dripping is the animal fat produced from the parts of the pig or cow that are not usable. Sometimes referred to as pork or beef dripping, the dripping is similar to lard.


Damson is a type of gin that is typically homemade. Made using damson plums fermented in gin syrup and sugar, damson is the beverage of choice for many people. Damson is often served topped with champagne.


A super common snack food, Dorritos are a popular chip. Dorritos are cheese flavored and have a signature triangle shape. These chips can be used in a variety of dishes, for example walking tacos.


Daiquiri’s are a cool, frozen drink made of blended ice, fruit flavoring, and alcohol. Popular Daiquiri flavors include strawberry, peach, and mango. Daiquiri’s are often found on the menu at Mexican restaurants, and can also be made at home.


Dolphinfish, or Mahi-Mahi as it’s sometimes referred to, is a high-end fish dish, and is often prepared grilled. Dolphinfish is known to be a cause of ciguatera poisoning; however, this has not seemed to slow down the popularity of this dish.

Debbie Cakes

Debbie Cakes are one of the most popular, and well-known, desserts in the United States. Swiss rolls, cosmic brownies, zebra cakes, and birthday cakes are some of the most popular types of Debbie Cakes.


Dowdy is a deep-dish dessert. The most popular dowdy flavor is apple, but it can also be made in peach or cherry. Dowdy is usually sweetened with molasses, sugar, or maple syrup and have a hearty, flavorful crust.


A dessert is a sweet treat, usually eaten after a meal. Sometimes a drink, such as wine or liqueur can be considered dessert. Desserts can range from fruity to rich in flavor.


The dough is what bread is made out of. Before bread is cooked it is a malleable, substance that can be kneaded and shaped. Normally dough is not eaten plain, but instead is used to make various bread.


Demitasse is a coffee drink that might interest any coffee fan. This small cup of Turkish espresso is about half the size of a normal cup of joe. Usually, demitasse is 60 to 90 milliliters in size.

Darjeeling Tea

Created from the popular Camellia tea, Darjeeling tea originated in West Bengal and is lighter than most green teas. Darjeeling tea is considered to have a unique flavor, and it undergoes a strenuous harvesting process.

Draw Soup

Draw soup is a name given to many different soups from Nigeria. This soup is made from okra, eqedu leaves, and ogbono. The ingredients in draw soup vary; however, it is usually watery.


The favorite pastry of Denmark, the Danish has multiple layers and is made with laminate yeast leaved dough. The Danish is a type of puff pastry and can have a fruity or creamy center.

Diet Coke

The diet coke is a popular caffeinated beverage. Famous for having the perks and taste of a traditional soda, the diet was created as a calorie-free alternative. While some people don’t like the artificial sweetener taste, others claim they cannot tell the difference.


The Dreamsicle started as a brand of ice cream, but eventually grew to be considered a flavor. Dreamsicle is orange in color and tastes similar to sherbet. The Dreamsicle is sometimes referred to as Creamsicle.

Devilled Kidneys

Devilled kidneys are a British delicacy. It can be served for breakfast on toast or as a main course with rice. Recipes vary and you can adjust the spices based on your taste  preferences.  See my recipe pick here for devilled kidneys.

Wrap Up

It’s hard not to be hungry after researching 51 delicious foods that start with the letter D. Whether you’re wanting to change up your dinner routine, or looking for your new favorite snack food there are many great options for you to try. Enjoy your Dasheen, Dodger Dog, and Dreamsicle!

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