Foods That Start With S

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In this post, I list various kinds of food that begin with the letter S. See the whole food dictionary!


Lemon Garlic Salmon from a Toaster Oven

An oily fish found in the family Salmonidae, that lives in the sea but returns to the freshwater to reproduce. It is native to the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. As food, it can be bought whole, cut in fillets, or steaks. It can also be canned. Salmon is consumed grilled, poached, and baked. It is a great source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamin D.


Two or more slices of bread filled with cheese, meat, vegetables, and many other sweet and savory ingredients. Sandwich is one of the most popular snacks and breakfast meals. Typically, bread slices are spread with butter, mayonnaise, or cream cheese and topped with hams, eggs, cheese, and vegetables. The sandwich can have sweet fillings as well, like jam, jelly, or marmalade combined with butter. Some well-known combinations are peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, and bacon with eggs.



Sausages are made of ground meat mixed with spices and stuffed into a skin. They usually have cylindrical shapes and may contain fat and preservatives. They can be sold fresh, dry, or smoked. To be consumed, they are boiled, grilled, or fried.



A small round-shaped pastry with a texture similar to biscuits. Scones are made from flour and baking powder or oatmeal, combined with raisins, dates, currants, or cheese. Many other varieties are also possible. They can be sliced and filled with jam and cream. Scones were originally made in the United Kingdom, baked on a griddle, and served with tea.


Sesame Seeds for Sesame Oil
Close up on a pile of dried Sesame Seed.

A small seed of the Sesamum indicum plant grown in the tropics. It comes in many colors, from off-white and tan to gray and black. Seeds are covered in a smooth or ribbed coat. Their texture is soft and crunchy, and they have a subtle nutty taste. Sesame seeds are used toasted and sprinkled in salads, chopped in desserts, candy bars, and bread, or eaten whole as a snack. They can be pressed into sesame oil, which is used in cooking or as a condiment.


A vegetable is native to Central or Southwest Asia and a member of the genus Allium. Shallots are called small onions being similar in shape and close relative to this vegetable. They have a milder flavor and aroma than onions. They are made of white bulbs covered with brown, red, or gray skin. Shallots are grown in clusters and made of multiple cloves. They can be used fresh, pickled, or cooked.


The sharkarkandi is the Indian word for sweet potato. It is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the bindweed or morning glory family, Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable. The young shoots and leaves are sometimes eaten as greens.


Middle Eastern specialty, made of meat cooked on a rotisserie and cut into thin slices. The meat is served wrapped in pita bread, seasoned, and topped with vegetables. This is common street food, traditionally made of lamb, but nowadays chicken or beef shawarma is more available.

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

A dish composed of minced meat cooked with vegetables, topped with mashed potato, and baked. The vegetable mixture often includes onions, garlic, peas, celery, carrots, and tomato paste. It can be sprinkled with grated cheese before baking to add a crunchy layer. Lamb meat is used in the original recipe that was created in the United Kingdom.



Shiitake is a small to medium-sized mushroom with a brown umbrella-shaped cup. Its flesh is cream with a spongy consistency. This is one of the top three most consumed mushrooms in the world. It is native to Asia, cultivated in China and Japan since ancient times. Shiitake mushrooms have a buttery, meaty flavor when fresh and a smoky aroma when dried.



Type of shellfish found in the decapod order, closely related to crayfish, lobsters, and crabs. They are used as food prepared in many ways, from fried and grilled to breaded and baked. They can be cooked in soups, curries, or stir-fried in rice meals. Shrimps are low in calories and high in selenium, proteins, and vitamins B.



American snack made of marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. It was originally prepared as a campfire sweet treat made of roasted marshmallows. Its name comes from the phrase ‘’some more’’.


Clear or thick liquid food cooked in water or milk using various vegetables and meat as a flavoring. They may contain noodles, dumplings, rice, or lentils. Commercial soups are sold dried and canned. They can be served warm or cold (like gazpacho).

Sour Cream

Sour Cream

Pasteurized, fermented light cream that is produced with lactic acid bacteria. Regular commercially sold types contain at least 18 % milkfat. They have a sour, tangy flavor and a creamy consistency. Sour cream is used as a condiment to any meal including sauces, soups, and baked dishes.

Soy Milk

Milk produced from pressed mature soybeans mixed with hot water. The liquid is strained and used as a drink. It may contain additional sweeteners and flavors. This type of milk originated in East Asia. It has a rich, smooth consistency and can be a good substitute for milk for people with lactose intolerance.


A variety of pasta in form of thin, long strips. It became a popular type of pasta in Italy in the 19th century when the first spaghetti factories started their business. It is made of wheat flour and water and it can easily be cooked in salted water either fresh or dried. Spaghetti pasta is usually served with an aromatic tomato sauce and grated cheese, or with famous Italian Bolognese and Carbonara sauces.



Grain native to Europe where in some regions it used to be a staple food. It is a type of wheat, also known as hulled wheat or Dinkel wheat. Spelled is processed into flour that can be substituted for wheat flour in baked goods. It is high in protein, dietary fiber, manganese, zinc, iron, and vitamin B.


Leafy vegetables originated in Asia as a member of the amaranth family. It can be sold fresh or frozen. Spinach is very nutritious, providing healthy minerals and vitamins, and protein. It is especially rich in vitamin K, containing over four times the recommended daily intake of this vitamin in 100 g. It is also a good source of vitamins B, iron, calcium, manganese.

Spotted dick

Spotted dick is a traditional British baked pudding, historically made with suet and dried fruit and often served with custard. Non-traditional variants include recipes that replace suet with other fats, or that include eggs to make something similar to a sponge pudding or cake.

Sponge Cake

Light and airy dessert, containing eggs, flour and sugar. This type of cake uses eggs as a leaving agent, although sometimes baking powder can be added. It is baked until the crust is crispy, but the center of the cake remains fluffy and soft. It comes in different varieties, enriched with creamy frostings, fresh fruits or sweet jams.


Edible starchy fruit of the gourd family, native to Central and South America. Squashes are cultivated in various types, including pumpkin, zucchini, scallop, and acorn squash. They are a good source of fiber, beta-carotene antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins A and C.

Steak and kidney pie

Steak and kidney pie is a savory pie that is filled principally with a mixture of diced beef, diced kidney, fried onion, and brown gravy. Steak and kidney pie is a representative dish of British cuisine.

Steak Tartare

A meat specialty made of raw ground meat combined with salt, black pepper, eggs, vinegar, mustard, capers, Worcestershire sauce, and served in a form of a patty. It is often served topped with a raw egg yolk and a toast.



Fruit of the rose family of plants, known for its sweet flavor. Botanically, it is a hybrid of the genus Fragaria. It is harvested when fully ripe and bright red in color. The fruit can vary in size and shape depending on the variety. It is covered in numerous small edible seeds. Strawberries can be eaten fresh or preserved in delicious jams and jellies. They are a common ingredient in tarts, pies, ice cream, cakes, chocolate bars, and candies.


The Japanese word “sumibi” or “sumibiyaki” refers to food that is grilled over a charcoal fire. Charcoal fire grilling adds a rich, smoky flavor to each dish and enhances the taste of the “umami”; a deep, almost indescribable taste known in Japanese traditional cuisine.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil

Vegetable oil produced of pressed sunflower seeds. It is a rich source of vitamin E. With its neutral flavor, it can be used raw or in frying, baking, and deep-frying. Its smoke point is 450 °F (230 °C), so it is suitable for cooking over high heat.



Cooked rice covered in a thin layer of fish, seafood, or vegetables. Rice is flavored with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt and served cold. It can be wrapped in nori and cut into small bite-sized pieces. Sushi is usually prepared with short-grain or medium-grain white rice. It is served with a sauce, most commonly wasabi or soy sauce.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato
Sweet Potato

A root vegetable of the order Solanales, related to the common potato but much sweeter in flavor. It has a long tapered shape. Its flesh and skin can be beige, yellow, orange, red, purple, or brown. The darker the color, the sweeter the taste of this vegetable. The variety of orange-colored sweet potatoes is known as yam, but the name can be applied to all types of sweet potatoes. It is originally cultivated in the American tropical areas.


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