If you think you have had your fair share of adventure and excitement navigating through the culinary alphabet, wait until you discover the delights beginning with the letter Y. And why wait? Let’s do it! Surprisingly, Y is a treasure trove of delicious and diverse foods that can excite your meals. Consider the indispensable yeast that gives us the fluffy loaves of bread we all adore or the creamy, versatile yogurt that’s a staple in many kitchens around the globe. Then, there’s the humble yam, a holiday favorite, ready to bring warmth and sweetness to your table, perfectly complementing dishes like the classic Yorkshire pudding. And before we name them all here, let’s start our “yummy” quest of 25 Foods That Start With Y.

1. Yams

Nothing can make a holiday dinner table more “candied” than these fiber-rich yams. You can also use sweet potatoes to create this side dish, complimented by a touch of honey and sugar. Butter lends a dreamy, velvety texture to this already delicious recipe. Give it a try, and you’ll crave it beyond Thanksgiving and Christmas!

2. Yogurt Parfait with Mixed Berry Compote

Although the dairy product (yogurt) used to make this parfait is high in protein and calcium, some of its main health benefits come from the bacteria used to make it. A blend of blueberries and blackberries is gently simmered with cumin and salt to infuse the compote with authentic flavor. Layered in a jar and crowned with calcium-rich yogurt and crunchy granola, this raspberry yogurt parfait is the new breakfast sensation.

3. Yuzu Lemonade

Are you looking for a refreshing drink to quench your thirst this summer? Look no further than this Yuzu Lemonade! Made with the delicious citrus fruit, yuzu, this drink is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and floral notes. Unsweetened lemon juice adds just the right amount of tartness, while sparkling water gives it a fizzy kick. Best of all, it only takes 5 minutes to make! Whip up this quick and easy Japanese drink and enjoy a taste of sunshine.

4. Yorkshire Pudding

Crafting Yorkshire pudding is a breeze with four essential ingredients: eggs, flour, salt, and milk. Whip them into a smooth, lump-free batter and bake them in beef drippings in muffin tin cups. The outcome will be highly delicious puddings with a tantalizingly crispy finish. Serve with roast beef, topped with gravy; even the pickiest eaters will ask for seconds.

5. Yuca Fries

Elevate your snack game with irresistible yuca fries, a flavorful departure from classic potato fries. Also known as cassava, yuca is a Latin-American tuber with starchy flesh. Just peel and dice the yuca, then parboil in salted water until tender. Finish by frying to a golden crisp for a satisfying crunch with every bite.

6. Yellow Eye Beans with Smoked Chicken

Want a double dose of protein for lunch or dinner? This yellow-eyed bean recipe is your best bet, bringing together hearty legumes and chicken. Like kidney beans, yellow-eye beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein and elevate your soups and stews like no other. Onions and garlic lay a savory foundation, while the smoked chicken imparts a salty flavor to the dish. It’s a true winter warmer for those chilly evenings when your comfort food cravings peak.

7. Yellowfin Tuna

This yellowfin tuna recipe is a game-changer with a crispy exterior and a moist and flaky inside! Packed with protein, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, it is the perfect side dish for rice, noodles, salad, or vegetables. Wanna know the best part? After marinating, it only takes 5 minutes to cook! Imagine enjoying a restaurant-quality dish in the comfort of your own home.

8. YALI Pear, Pecorino, And Blonde Leaf Salad with Maury Vinaigrette

This Ya li pear salad brings the flavors of Australia to your table and captivates your palate from the first bite. With its sweet, aromatic crispness, the Ya Li pear pairs exquisitely with the sharpness of aged pecorino. The blonde leaves—radicchio di Treviso, curly endive, and witlof—brings a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet, creating a complex yet harmonious mouthfeel. The tangy Maury vinaigrette ties everything together in a dish that’s as delightful to the palate as it is to the eyes.

9. Yukon Gold Roast Potatoes

Not every indulgent recipe has complicated instructions; this roast potatoes recipe is the perfect example. It’s a mouthwatering Thanksgiving side dish and a match made in heaven with Turkey—season thin slices of Yukon gold potatoes with salt, thyme, and black pepper. Coat them in melted garlic butter and roast to a perfect crisp. Among all potato side dishes, this one is sure to please even the littlest diners with its irresistible and crunchy flavor.

10. Yardlong Beans Salad

Also known as asparagus beans, yardlong beans belong to an edible legume family, just like green beans, that can be eaten raw or cooked. They’re packed with vitamins C and A. Add chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, and raw beans to prepare a quick bowl of yardlong bean salad. Season with salt and pepper and a splash of lime for a zesty kick. Enjoy this wholesome Naga salad loaded with vegetable protein!

11. Yellowtail Sashimi with Serrano & Ponzu

Yellowtail Sashimi is an exquisite Japanese-inspired dish showcasing sushi-grade yellowtail’s delicate flavor and texture (hamachi). Thin slices of yellowtail are artfully arranged on a platter, each topped with a thin slice of sharp Serrano pepper and a fragrant cilantro leaf, then finished with a drop of yuzu kosho for a hint of citrusy heat. The dish is brought together with a drizzle of ponzu sauce, adding a tangy and slightly salty depth that complements the rich, buttery fish.

12. Yakisoba

Japanese dishes never disappoint you, and this Yakisoba recipe is a perfect example. These noodles are infused with a flavorful sauce made with Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Cooked in peanut oil, chicken, and pork meat adds a protein boost to the meal. Sautee carrots, cabbage, and assemble the noodles with vegetables and meat. Coated in the savory sauce, yakisoba is plated to be a delicious and savory supper.

13. Yellow Squash Fritters

Satisfy your candid hunger pangs by creating this fun recipe- the irresistible yellow squash fritters. Made with shredded squash and onions, these fritters will surely be a hit among youngs and adults alike. Along with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, a dash of Italian seasoning grants an enchanting taste to these fritters. Add flour to bind everything together, then fry until golden brown. Garnish with parsley and enjoy with your preferred dipping sauce for a tasty appetizer experience.

14. Yakitori

Make the grilled chicken yakitori at your next gathering, and everyone will ask you its recipe. Small bites of chicken are grilled on skewers and basted with the signature yakitori sauce multiple times as they cook. The cornstarch adds thickness to the sauce, while garlic and ginger are responsible for its deep flavor. Garnish the grilled yakitori with sesame seeds- serve and delight!

15. Yabby Or Crayfish Fettuccine

Although preparing this crayfish fettucine requires quite some ingredients, its remarkable flavor urges you to make it again and again. Begin by cooking the sauce infused with caramelized onions for sweetness, pumpkin soup for volume, and coconut cream for a velvety texture. Assemble the boiled fettuccine with sauce and veggies, and serve it with yabby or crayfish for a delicious meal with long-lasting flavor.

16. Yiros

Smoky, juicy lamb, stuffed with evenly cut tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumber, topped with inviting Tzatziki sauce, all that on a warmed pita bread & a side of crispy fries; who wouldn’t fancy a meal as exquisite as this! Gyros, pronounced as Yiros by Greeks, requires preparing your BBQ lamb, adding flavoring, toppings, & the classic Tzatziki sauce prepared with Greek yogurt, garlic, lemons & other seasonings. Don’t even think of making a small batch, even if you have a small family.

17. Yellow Bell Pepper Soup

This Soup is by far one of the best appetizers to have, especially in winter, as it offers a sense of warmth & nourishment. It’s healthy & age-friendly! Owing to its vibrant look thanks to yellow bell peppers, a smoky flavor, and a creamy texture, it’s an innovative side dish that everyone will love to have. What’s more? It’s versatile! It can be served hot or chilled, & both are equally yummy!

18. Yellow Watermelon Juice

When the sun’s scorching heat is sweating your soul, and you need to quench your thirst, watermelon juice comes to the rescue! With 99% of the fruit being water, you can wear down the yellow sun while benefiting from the sweet flavor and antioxidants of yellow watermelon fruit! Take 2 cups of cubed yellow watermelon & add sugar, lemon juice & salt, and blend. Sweet, delicious, and loaded with Antioxidants & color!

19. Yellow Pepper Spaghetti

There’s something utterly comforting about a dish that combines the richness of marinara sauce, the gooey goodness of mozzarella cheese, and the fresh crunch of yellow peppers. This recipe offers a delightful array of textures and flavors and packs a nutritional punch, thanks to the vitamins and antioxidants found in yellow peppers. Moreover, it’s a fantastic way to use leftover spaghetti, ensuring nothing goes to waste in your kitchen.

20. Yodels

If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy snack, this yodel cake is worth a shot! Made with eggs, cream of tartar, cocoa, vanilla extract & butter, it will satisfy your sweet cravings in the most indulgent way possible. The soft texture & creamy inside make it a children’s favorite, too. So, if you’re looking to get along with kids, learn this recipe!

21. Yokan

Yokan is a Japanese Wagashi Dessert that has been fulfilling cravings for centuries! So, if you call yourself cultured, this azuki bean jelly with its distinctive texture, refined taste & acclaimed history is for you! It’s made from Koshian azuki red bean paste, sugar, water & Agar/kanten. Thanks to its sublime history, various adaptations & variations have been made to the original recipe, giving rise to 3 different types of Yokan. Sliced into bite-sized pieces & served with delight!

22. Yam Beans

Also known as Mexican turnip or jicama yam beans, it is a starchy root vegetable with a nutty flavor. This stir-fried, low-fat, and protein-packed meal is a traditional dish for the Chinese New Year! Julienne 1 Medium Yam beans, carrot, jicama, and other vegetables, depending on one’s choice, by hand, preferably, to get a firmer texture. But of course, if the laziness gets you, you can always use a mandolin—season with oyster sauce, soy sauce & salt. Serve with lettuce & sambal belachan.

23. Yumberry Mimosas

This naturally shaded pink liqueur will look gorgeous in any glass you pour it in! Yumberry, a fruit stacked with vitamins & antioxidants, is converted into liqueur & is perfected with the addition of sparkling beverages & berry garnish. Pour ⅓ organic Yumberry Liqueur & top with a glass of sparkling wine, garnishing with berries of your choice! It’s not a bad birthday gift either, is it?

24. Yaki Udon

Four words to describe this Asian-inspired recipe: simple, delicious, vegetarian-friendly & customizable! This delectable recipe is cooked in under 30 minutes & the choices are limitless! Submerge the Udon noodles in the pot of boiling water & add the sweeter dark soy sauce. You can add vegetables, ground chicken, beef, or shrimp to it to maximize variety to your dinner table. Easy weeknight dinner!

25. Yassa Chicken

A perfect combination of the very famous Senegalese mouthwatering chicken & caramelized onions! This French-inspired recipe has a lot of potential to be an elegant dinner party centerpiece. The chicken can be grilled or fried, according to one’s taste buds, & flavored with lemons and hot pepper to make it juicy & aromatic. Serve with rice or vegetables & bless your taste buds.

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