98 Tasty Foods Starting with I
Here are some of the most irresistible and intriguing foods that start with I:
1. Ice Cream
Ice cream is a life saver during hot summer days and one of the most popular desserts worldwide. Apparently, the cone was popularized during the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, when an ice cream vendor ran out of dishes and teamed up with a waffle vendor. Now you can find ice cream in any imaginable flavors and shapes, some very affordable brands and some brands that are crazy expensive.
While the exact recipe remains a secret, this Scottish carbonated soft drink is supposedly created with a blend of 32 flavors and a dose of caffeine. A national icon of sweet, citrusy, and slightly bubblegum-like flavor.
How about a different kind of breakfast? Idli is a savory Indian steamed cake made with fermented rice and black gram (urad dal) batter. Enjoy it with the customary coconut chutney or some nice peanut chutney.
4. Ivy Gourd
Ivy gourd is a tropical vegetable popular in Asian cuisines. Resembling tiny cucumbers, it’s cooked in various ways, offering a mild, slightly crunchy texture. Mainly used in curries, stir-fries, and (spicy) pickling.
Ikura is a Japanese delicacy consisting of salmon roe (fish eggs). These glossy, orange beads are briny and burst with a distinct oceanic flavor. Often enjoyed as a sushi topping or garnish.
Injera is a spongy Ethiopian and Eritrean flatbread made from teff (native grain), perfect for scooping up stews and sauces. To make your own, you’ll need a flat circular griddle called a mitad and a long-handled pan called a mogogo.
Beside the 8 or so spiders everyone swallows on average per year, other insects such as crickets, ants or grasshoppers are available for consumption. Bred or harvested under strict standards and regulations, they might be the next big thing.
Cakes, pastries, and many other desserts would not be the same without it. It’s not only tasty, but also a way of creating beautiful artistic designs.
9. Irish Coffee
Better left as an after-dinner treat, this classic cocktail features hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and a layer of cream on top. Created by bartender Joe Sheridan to warm up passengers affected by bad weather delays.
Made from the root of the konjac plant, itokonnyaku can be shaped into thin, translucent noodles. It is used as a low-calorie and low-carb substitute for traditional wheat noodles, or light and refreshing flavored jelly.
11. Imitation Crab
Imitation Crab, a cost-effective and credible substitute for the real thing, is primarily composed of processed fish meat (often pollock). It is flavored, colored, and shaped to mimic the taste and texture of actual crab pretty well.
12. Inga Edulis
Inga edulis is a tropical tree that makes the “ice cream bean”, a pod-like fruit that contains sweet and cottony pulp with a taste reminiscent of vanilla ice cream. It’s wonderful on its own, made into smoothies or added to desserts.
Imqaret are traditional pastries that are popular in Malta. These pastries are typically made by filling a pastry envelope with a sweet mixture of dates, then deep-frying until golden brown. The name “Imqaret” is derived from the Maltese word for “diamond,” which describes the diamond-shaped pattern of the pastry after it’s been sliced into portions.
14. Irish Oatmeal
Irish oatmeal is a great way to start the day. Mix one cup of these steel-cut oats with two parts water or milk, and one pinch of salt. Top with your favorite fruits, peanut butter, honey or maple syrup.
15. Iceberg Lettuce
Iceberg lettuce is great for salads, wraps, sandwiches, and taco fillings. Despite its low nutrient content compared to other darker greens, it’s popular for having a refreshing crunch and great versatility.
Ilama is sometimes referred to as a flavor bomb due to its complexity flavors including multiple tropical fruits, strawberry, pineapple, citrus, and banana. It is a close relative to cherimoya and soursop.
17. Ice Apple
Ice apple, found in Asia and Africa, is a jelly-like fruit with a translucent, watery texture. The taste is subtly sweet and refreshing, making it a popular treat during hot weather.
18. Italian Sausage
Originating in Italy, embraced by Americans, this delicious sausage brings together all the traditional Italian seasonings, including garlic, fennel, basil, red pepper flakes, and sometimes red wine. It enhances many pasta dishes, soups and sandwiches.
19. Irish Cream
Irish whiskey, dairy cream, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors combine for an outstanding beverage. Served over ice or in cocktails, it’s known for having a smooth, sweet taste with a hint of alcoholic warmth.
20. Ice tea
Lemon is the classic version, with a zesty and refreshing touch, but peach and mint are also very popular. By the way, the Long Island Iced Tea doesn’t contain any ice tea.
Iru is a traditional fermented condiment used in West African cuisine that adds a distinctive umami flavor to soups and stews. It’s a key ingredient in jollof rice and can even be mixed with porridge.
22. Indian Squash
This has the same elongated shape and pale green skin, but with a mild, slightly sweet flavor and tender flesh. Used in curries, stews, and even desserts, it’s a nutritious and adaptable ingredient used across India.
Iyokan is a hybrid between a mandarin orange and a sweet orange, with a juicy, sweet, and mildly tangy flesh. It is particularly appreciated in the Ehime Prefecture of Japan, where you may even visit museums dedicated to iyokan and other citrus fruits.
The fruit of the ita tree is round, reddish-brown, and covered in tiny spines. You will find it orange and citrusy, pretty good on its own, but more commonly blended into a beverage known as aguaje or burahem.
25. Ice Breakers
Perhaps a lesser known product from the The Hershey Company, these mints have particularly intense and long-lasting flavors. From classic mint to fruit blends, sour flavors, and more, give them a try.
26. Indian mustard
From medicine to cooking, this plant does wonders. Mustard seed poultices and ointment have been used for centuries to relieve pain, while also making for a spicy condiment.
Icaco is a charming tropical fruit that brings a hint of the beach to your taste buds. Small and sweet with a touch of tanginess, it’s perfect for snacking or adding a twist to jams and drinks.
Inasal is grilled chicken marinated in a blend of spices, often including annatto for its distinct red color. Served with rice and a side of flavorful dipping sauce, it’s a tasty and beloved Filipino street food.
29. Indian Cucumber
Indian cucumber is actually a vine that produces a fruit long and slender, resembling a snake. Native American tribes, such as the Iroquois, commonly used Indian cucumber root for food, and medicinal purposes.
For sushi enthusiasts, this is a must-try. Sushi rice encased in a seasoned, slightly sweet pouch of fried tofu called aburaage, filled with vegetables and sometimes seafood. The name comes from a Shinto deity fond of rice.
31. Instant Noodles
It all started in 1958, when Nissin introduced Chicken Ramen, the world’s first instant noodle product. They took it a step further in 1971 with the creation of the first Cup Noodle.
32. Ice Plant
A succulent plant native to coastal regions. Its fleshy, glistening leaves resemble ice crystals, giving it its name. They are mildly salty and slightly tart, often finding their way in salads or pickling.
33. Indian Almonds
While not true almonds, they do have a similar taste. They’re mostly consumed roasted, and the leaves are used for their medicinal and culinary properties.
This is an Indian sweet made with deep-fried batter and traditionally shaped into pretzel-like spirals. Similar to jalebi, it’s soaked in sugar syrup, absorbing its sweetness. Often a star during celebrations like Diwali (Festival of Lights).
35. Ice Box Cake
This fuss-free dessert is crafted by layering cookies and cream in a pan. Chilled until firm, it transforms into a luscious, no-bake treat, combining creamy layers with a delightful crunch. Ideal for effortless indulgence.
36. Indian Pudding
Of Native American origin, this pudding combines cornmeal, milk, and molasses and is baked until thick and custard-like. Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and served with a scoop of ice cream, it’s a classic treat.
37. Iskender Kebab
What makes this kebab stand out is the layered flavors. The grilled meat’s smoky and savory notes combine with the tangy yogurt, rich tomato sauce, and velvety melted butter. Yummy!
This is a fish strongly associated with the monsoon season in South Asia, apparently that’s when it tastes best. It’s also included in the New Year feast, being considered auspicious and festive.
39. Ice Pop
The story goes that 11-year-old Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda and water with a stirring stick on his porch overnight. When it froze, it accidentally created the first ice pop. What luck!
40. Irish Stew
This is a traditional dish hailing from Ireland. It typically consists of tender lamb or beef, potatoes, onions, and carrots, all slow-cooked together with herbs and sometimes a bit of Guinness for flavor.
41. Ikan Bakar
This dish is a marinated fish (snapper, mackerel, pomfret, or tilapia) grilled over an open flame or charcoal fire. In Indonesia, it might feature a spicy red sauce, in Malaysia, ikan bakar may be served with sambals (chilly sauces).
42. Italian Wedding Soup
Despite its name, this soup is not traditionally served at weddings. Instead, the term wedding refers to the harmonious marriage of flavors between the ingredients, meatballs, leafy greens, pasta, and an aromatic broth.
43. Indian Breads
There are a lot to choose from, so here are the highlights: Roti, best with chutneys, naan for stuffing, deep-fried puri goes with sweet and savory dishes, and bhature for chole (chickpea curry) and special occasions.
44. Indian Gooseberry
Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and various minerals, these help support the immune system and promote overall health. These gooseberries are simultaneously sweet, sour, and astringent.
45. Indian Pickles
These involve vegetables, fruits, or even meats preserved in a mixture of oil, spices, and often vinegar or lemon juice. The result is a burst of flavors, ranging from tangy to fiery, enhancing the taste of meals.
46. Iced Buns
These sweet bread rolls are filled with a layer of cream or jam and topped with a sweet icing glaze. They were part of the Victorian-era tea tradition and could be decorated with festive colors or designs.
47. Indian Tacos
These are a fusion of Native American and Mexican aromas in a handheld treat. The foundation is a fried bread which holds the usual toppings of ground beef, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, but with indigenous spices.
48. Imam Bayildi
This traditional Turkish dish translates as “the imam fainted”. It is basically eggplants stuffed with a mixture of onions, tomatoes, garlic, and various herbs. Supposedly, an Imam was so overwhelmed by its exquisite taste that he fainted in sheer delight. There’s also a meat-based version of this dish with ground beef filling that is called karnıyarık.
49. Ipoh Hor Fun
This popular Malaysian noodle dish originates from Ipoh and is known for its smooth, flat rice noodles (hor fun), tender chicken or prawns, and tasty broth. It has actually contributed to the rise of food tourism in Ipoh.
50. Irish Soda Bread
This is a rustic, quick-to-make loaf leavened with baking soda and buttermilk. Its signature cross allows heat to penetrate. Tradition says it wards off evil spirits while baking. Enjoy its dense, slightly tangy goodness.
51. Iga Penyet
Penyet means smashed and describes the preparation method. These deep-fried, smashed beef or pork ribs are served with a spicy sambal (chili sauce), rice, and side dishes.
52. Indian Rice
Often used to make dishes like biryanis, pulaos, and plain steamed rice, this variety in known for its fragrant aroma, long grains, and delicate texture. Rice dishes such as dosa and idli are popular breakfast options.
53. Irani Chai
This beloved Indian tea is renowned for its unique preparation involving strong black tea, milk, and spices like cardamom. Served in charming Irani cafés, it often accompanies crisp biscuits.
This is a dish of rice flour noodles shaped into intricate circular patterns before steaming, creating an edible work of art. Served with coconut milk or spicy accompaniments, it’s a taste of South Indian tradition and creativity.
55. Isi Ewu
In Nigeria, Igbo spicy goat head is a delicacy enjoyed during gatherings, celebrations, and cultural events, seen as a sign of hospitality and generosity.
56. Ice Cream Soda
This nostalgic treat unites fizzy soda and creamy ice cream. Classic flavors like root beer and vanilla collide, forming a frothy, delightful concoction, and offering a refreshingly sweet contrast.
57. Iced Coffee
A popular pick-me-up on hot days, iced coffee give a caffeine boost in a refreshing way. Widely customizable, sweeteners, milk or cream, and flavorings such as syrups or spices can be added to enhance the taste.
58. Iced Gems
These are iconic British biscuits, small and sweet, topped with colorful icing and often decorated with fun designs. A childhood favorite, they’re enjoyed as playful treats, accompanying tea or serving as a cheerful addition to celebrations.
59. Inca Berries
These small, tangy fruits wrapped in papery husks hail from South America. They boast a unique sweet-tart flavor and are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
60. Indian Black Salt
This pungent, sulfurous salt is used in Indian cuisine. Despite the name, it’s actually pinkish-grey in color. Known for its distinct aroma reminiscing of eggs, it’s a crucial ingredient in many vegan dishes.
61. Iberico Ham
Jamón ibérico is a premium Spanish cured ham from Iberian pigs. Prized for its marbled texture and distinguished taste, it’s aged for extended periods, developing complex aromas.
Skewered and grilled chicken or pork intestines is a popular street food in the Philippines. Isaw is often served with various dipping sauces that add extra flavor and zing.
Squid is brushed with a soy-based sauce, making it savory and slightly sweet, then grilled or pan-fried. Served as a whole squid on a stick, it comes with either soy, teriyaki or eel sauce.
64. Irish Whiskey
Whiskey is one of the oldest recorded distilled spirits in Europe, going back to the 6th century. Jameson introduced theirs in 1780 and it is probably the most well-known and widely consumed brand of Irish whiskey today.
This fruit looks like a small mango and it’s sweet and tangy, with a hint of tartness. They are generally used to make jams, jellies, and refreshing beverages.
66. Italian Kisses
Created in Perugia, Italy, these Italian cookies have been a symbol of affection and a beloved treat since 1922. Two hazelnut or almond cookies are sandwiched together with a layer of chocolate ganache, resembling a kiss.
67. Italian Plum
With a distinctive oval shape and deep purple skin, they are commonly used for cooking and preserving due to having a slightly tart taste. They are turned into jams, compotes, and baked goods.
68. Irish Moss
You might not think of algae as particularly appetizing, but this red moss makes for a fantastic beverage. It’s first simmered with water and blended into a gel to which vanilla, nutmeg, or condensed milk are added.
69. Illawarra Plum
Native to the Illawarra region of Australia, this small fruit with a dark purple to black skin has a mix of sweet and tart taste, with complex notes of plum, berry, and a hint of spiciness.
70. Indian Corn
Tortillas for burritos, popcorn for movies, cornmeal for polenta, these are just some of the ways to enjoy corn. How about Corn Ice Cream or Corn Cake? Oh, they’re real…and tasty.
71. Impossible Quiche
Impossible in this case means crustless, so the batter is poured directly into the baking dish. This makes cooking simpler and possibly more fun.
72. Irish Bacon
Unlike traditional bacon, this cut is taken from the back of the pig and is similar to Canadian bacon. It’s meatier and leaner, often part of a hearty breakfast, with eggs, sausage, and black pudding.
73. Italian Sandwich
A tasty sub filled with Italian meats, like salami, pepperoni, mortadella and delicious cheeses, typically provolone or mozzarella. Add lettuce, tomato, onion, and a vinaigrette dressing, and it’s a beauty.
74. Insalata Cannellini
It’s all about the cannellini beans, which are a type of white bean that is native to Italy. Insalata also includes Mediterranean staples like tomatoes, onions, celery, and carrots.
75. Irish Nachos
What if, instead of using tortillas, you could have thinly sliced potatoes? They were invented in 1980 at J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill in Arlington, Texas, and became a tasty St. Patrick’s Day’s tradition.
76. Island Beans
This is a fast and convenient dish that makes use of this incredibly versatile vegetable. Beans are a healthy and affordable way to add protein and fiber to your diet and also a good source of vitamins and minerals.
77. Ichigo Daifuku
This is a Japanese wagashi (traditional sweet), made with a soft mochi (sweet rice cake) filled with red bean paste and a whole fresh strawberry. A popular dessert, especially during the springtime when strawberries are in season.
78. Ilocano longganisa
Easily recognizable due to its small size, plump shape, and bright red color, this Filipino sausage is filled with flavor. The use of annatto seeds is what gives it that distinct hue.
Even wine can become a dessert. Riesling, Vidal Blanc, or Chenin Blanc grapes are harvested when frozen, which concentrates the sugars, resulting in a very sweet wine with a high alcohol content.
80. Iodized Salt
Iodine is an essential mineral that is needed for thyroid regulation, something that helps a variety of bodily functions, including growth, development, and metabolism. Iodized salt has become standard in most place around the world.
81. Iced Mocha
Mix espresso, white chocolate mocha syrup, milk, and ice for an awesome cup of coffee. But guess what, you can make it even better by adding pumpkin pie spice or hazelnut syrup.
82. Ice Cream Sandwich
Two (chocolate) cookies embracing a scoop of ice cream. It was initially called cream between and it really took off when the Klondike Bar was introduced.
83. Ile Flottante
French for floating island, this dessert consists of meringues that are poached in vanilla custard and often topped with caramel sauce and toasted almonds. Pretty fancy, but not difficult to make.
84. Ice Kachang
Also known as ABC, meaning mixed ice, this is a popular Southeast Asian dessert made with shaved ice, sweetened red beans, grass jelly, sweet corn, nata de coco, and various toppings. Perfect for a hot day.
Visually stunning and incredibly delicious, ispahan is a French pastry that is made with layers of rose-flavored macarons, raspberry mousse, and lychee jelly. A great choice for special occasions.
86. Itek Sio
This is a wonderful example of fusion cuisine, mixing Chinese cooking techniques and ingredients with Indonesian flavors and spices for a tasty braised duck dish. It is so good with rice and a spoon of sauce over the top.
87. Isan Sausage
Isan sausage is known for its bold and complex mix of seasonings, including lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, shallots, chili peppers, and fish sauce. In some cases, sticky rice is added to bolster the texture.
This incredible hot pot soup brings people together at festivals, local events, and outdoor gatherings. Closely associated with the autumn in Japan, it features taro root as the star ingredient.
This Japanese dish is made with thin slices of fish, often mackerel or sardines, marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and other seasonings. The fish is then dried and smoked, gaining umami flavor and a chewy texture.
90. Inaniwa Udon
Handcrafted using traditional methods, these Japanese noodles are thin and flat, creating a delicate texture. They’re often served cold with a dipping sauce, showcasing their refined taste and smoothness.
91. Ilish Bhapa
This traditional Bengali dish features Hilsa fish marinated with mustard paste and spices, then wrapped in banana leaves. Hilsa fish is frequently used with poetic expressions and metaphors.
92. Irish Breakfast
Like the English breakfast, but this one is just better. The bangers (sausages) are more soft and tender, the rashers (of bacon) are leaner, white pudding sits alongside the black pudding, and farl (potato bread) is a traditional component.
Part of a larger category of Korean rice cakes, injeolmi is chewy, slightly sweet and dusted with powdered soybean or sesame. They are commonly enjoyed with tea or coffee during Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) and Lunar New Year.
Icee brings on the ultimate brain-freeze! It is a frosty, slushy spectacle of flavors like cherry, blue raspberry, and cola. It’s impossible to forget that iconic tall, cylindrical cup with a dome-shaped lid and a long straw.
95. Ika Rings
Thinly sliced and seasoned squid is deep-fried to achieve a crispy, crunchy texture. These savory, bite-sized rings are loved for their seafood flavor, umami richness, and addictive crunchiness.
96. Ishikari Nabe
Ishikari nabe is a great reason to visit Hokkaidō, Japan. Ishikari nabe is a hearty and warming hot pot known for its rich miso-based broth, an array of fresh seafood, and fresh vegetables. It is especially good after skiing.
97. Italian Soda
This refreshing drink is made by combining carbonated water with flavored syrup (usually fruit), often served over ice and garnished with fruit slices. Sometimes using amaretto is the only Italian thing about it.
98. Imli Sharbat
This is perfect for beating the heat and quenching your thirst on scorching summer days. This cooling Indian drink is made from tamarind pulp, sugar, and water. Sweet and tangy, it’s enhanced with spices like cumin and black salt.
Quite the tasty lineup ‘I’-named foods, wouldn’t you say?