Foods that Start with the Letter “M”

The letter M is a versatile letter that can be found in many different foods. From fruits and vegetables to meats and desserts, there are plenty of delicious M-foods to enjoy. Here are some of our favorite foods that start with the letter M!

Macadamia nuts

These creamy nuts are a good source of healthy fats and magnesium. They can be eaten raw, roasted, or added to baked goods. Try this Macadamia Nut Hummus.

Piece of pita dipped into hummus.


This sweet and juicy fruit is a good source of vitamins A and C. Mangoes can be eaten fresh, frozen, or canned. Try this Mango Salsa, or one of these 45+ Mango Recipes.

Overhead close up of bowl of mango salsa.


This Japanese fermented paste is made from soybeans, rice, or barley. Miso is a versatile ingredient that can be used in soups, sauces, and dressings. Try this Creamy Miso Pasta, Miso Glazed Salmon or Roasted Miso Cauliflower.

Miso pasta swirled in bowl with fork.


This oily fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health. Mackerel can be grilled, baked, or smoked.


There are many different types of melons, including watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and casaba. Melons are a good source of vitamins A and C, and they are also low in calories.

Watermelon sticks stacked in large tuperware.


Mushrooms are a good source of fiber and protein. They can be eaten cooked or raw, and they add a delicious earthy flavor to many dishes. Try this Mushroom Pot Pie, Mushroom Risotto, or Hungarian Mushroom Soup.

Finished Mushroom risotto in dutch oven.


This pungent condiment is made from ground mustard seeds. Mustard can be used to add flavor to sandwiches, salads, and other dishes. Try this honey mustard dipping sauce.

Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef is made with thin sliced steak that’s been coated in cornstarch (to make it crispy). Then it’s tossed with a sauce made from soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes.

Overhead shot of mongolian beef served in grey bowl sprinkled with green onions.


This soft, white cheese is made from cow’s milk. Mozzarella is a popular ingredient in pizzas, pasta dishes, and salads. Try one of these 40+ mozzarella recipes.

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice is perfect with enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, and more.

Overhead close up of bowl of mexican rice with spoon.


These sweet berries are a good source of vitamins C and K. Mulberries can be eaten fresh or dried.


These quick breads are made with a variety of ingredients, including flour, eggs, milk, and sugar. Muffins can be made savory or sweet, and they are a great breakfast or snack option. Try these blackberry muffins!

Side view of blackberry muffin with bite taken out of it.


This classic dish is made with ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, and seasonings. Meatloaf is usually baked in the oven, and it can be served with a variety of side dishes. Try this air fryer meatloaf or Boston Market copycat meatloaf.

Sliced meatloaf in serving tray with green beans and mashed potatoes.

Macaroni and cheese

This comfort food is made with macaroni noodles and a creamy cheese sauce. Macaroni and cheese can be baked in the oven or cooked on the stovetop or in the instant pot.

Overhead shot of bowl of mac and cheese in speckled bowl with fork.


This refreshing herb is used in a variety of dishes, including salads, desserts, and drinks (like a Mint Mojito or Mint Julep). Mint can also be used to make tea or infused water.

Small bowl of mint next to muddler


Milk is a good source of calcium and protein. It can be enjoyed plain, or it can be used to make a variety of other dairy products, such as yogurt, cheese, and ice cream.

Mulled wine

This warm beverage is made with wine, spices, and fruits. Mulled wine is often served during the winter holidays.

Three mugs of mulled wine on counter next to cinnamon sticks and orange slices.


This light and airy dessert is made with whipped cream, eggs, and sugar. Mousse can be flavored with a variety of different ingredients, such as chocolate, coffee, or fruit.

Overhead close up of bowl of coffee mousse topped with flaky salt, mint sprig and chocolate shavings.

Mandarin oranges

These sweet and juicy citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C. Mandarin oranges can be eaten fresh, segmented, or juiced. Or, try them on this Berry Spinach Salad.

Prepared berry spinach salad in white bowl with dressing drizzled on top.


This sweet and tangy preserve is made with citrus fruits, sugar, and spices. Marmalade can be spread on toast, used as a filling for pastries, or added to yogurt or oatmeal.

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup is loaded with veggies, beans, and delicious pasta, then topped with lots of nutty parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Serve it with crostini for dipping into that delicious broth.

Two bowls of minestrone soup.


This light and airy dessert is made with egg whites, sugar, and sometimes cream of tartar. Meringue can be made into a variety of shapes, such as pies, nests, and kisses.


Migas are protein-packed and comforting breakfast with plenty of pizzazz! Made with fried tortilla strips, scrambled eggs, chilies, beans, and cheese, it’s a fiesta in a bowl.

Migas in grey bowl topped with sour cream, pico and black beans.


This sweet and spicy mixture of fruits, nuts, and spices is often used in pies and pastries. Mincemeat can also be eaten on its own, or used as a topping for ice cream or pancakes.


This thick, dark syrup is made from sugarcane or sugar beets. Molasses is a versatile ingredient that can be used in baking, cooking, and even cocktails.

Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce offers rich and sweet flavors that can be enjoyed on plenty of dishes. Using a handful of basic ingredients and only 1 pot, you can whip up this classic Italian sauce in just 30-minutes!

Side view of marinara sauce in jar.


This Cheese Manicotti recipe is made extra easy by using no boil lasagna noodles instead of pasta tubes. That means no need for a piping bag to fill them, and they come together so quickly. They’ll be ready to bake in just 10 minutes! 

Manicotti in bowl.


This Japanese rice cake is made with glutinous rice that is pounded until it is soft and sticky. Mochi can be filled with a variety of different ingredients, such as sweet beans, ice cream, or chocolate.

Mulled Cider

Mulled Apple Cider is a cozy warm beverage for chilly nights. Make it in the slow cooker, on the stove or in your instant pot. Can be served non-alcoholic for guests of all ages or spiked with your favorite spirit for the holiday season. 

Mug of mulled cider garnished with cranberries, apple slices and cinnamon stick.

Mozzarella sticks

These crispy fried sticks of mozzarella cheese are a popular appetizer or snack. Mozzarella sticks can be served with marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce.


Mussels are a type of bivalve mollusk that live in saltwater. They are a popular seafood dish, and can be found in many different cuisines around the world. Mussels are a good source of protein, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also low in calories and fat. Try this Mussels Marinara or one of these 15+ sauces for mussels.

Mussels in collander.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish that is often served with meat, poultry, or fish. They are made by boiling potatoes until they are soft, then mashing them with butter, milk, and salt and pepper to taste. Mashed potatoes can be made plain, or they can be flavored with a variety of different ingredients, such as garlic, cheese, or herbs.

Overhead close up of instant pot mashed potatoes in grey bowl with two pats of melted butter & chives next to bowl of sour cream.


Sure, meatballs are a delicious and versatile dish that can be made with a variety of different meats, breadcrumbs, eggs, spices, and herbs. They can be baked, grilled, or fried, and they can be served in a variety of different dishes, such as spaghetti and meatballs, meatball subs, or meatball soup.

Mongolian meatballs arranged in brown bowl with rice and broccoli.

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Foods that Start with M

The letter M is a versatile letter that can be found in many different foods. From fruits and vegetables to meats and desserts, there are plenty of delicious M-foods to enjoy. Here are some of our favorite foods that start with the letter M!
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