31 Foods Beginning With R

Ever wondered what delicious foods there are that begin with the letter R? Well, we just so happen to have found 31 of the best R foods around…


A creamy soft cheese from Italy that can be used in various recipes, both sweet and savory. It is made from milk (either from sheep, cow, goat, or buffalo).


Parcels of pasta, originating in Italy. The pasta parcels usually contain a filling such as ricotta cheese, spinach, or meat, with cheese. It is served with a sauce, such as a tomato and basil sauce.

Roast Potatoes

Simple but delicious, roast potatoes are coated with an oil or fat, seasoned (just plain old salt with some garlic is our favorite), and roasted at a high temperature in the oven! Serve with a roast dinner, or your favorite meat dish, and lots of veggies.

Red Lentils

Red lentils are a legume that can be used in a variety of different recipes such as dhal, lentil soup, and to bulk up your favorite casseroles, curries, stews, and soups. A staple source of carbs and protein.


A relative of chicory that originates in Italy. It is a red-purple vegetable that can be used alone or in a variety of recipes. It has a peppery taste that has a spicy edge. However, it gets milder if you grill or roast it.

Rye Bread

Simply put, rye bread is a type of bread that has been made from rye grain flour. It is dark in appearance, and a little tougher than some types of bread. It is a popular health food.


A particularly pungent cheese from the South of France made using sheep’s milk. It is known for its distinctive blue mold, strong flavor, and creaminess. It is France’s second most highest consumed cheese and can be used in recipes or on its own.

Rice Pudding

A dessert made from rice and milk is often topped with sugar, cinnamon, raisins, or other dried fruit. It is eaten in countries around the world and can be baked or made on the stove.

Rum Truffles

These are sweet truffles made from chocolate, butter, cream, and rum. They are often coated in chocolate strands or dusted with cocoa powder. They are a popular holiday candy that is eaten in countries around the world.

Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is actually a chocolate cake that is red in color. It features a cream cheese frosting and has become a popular choice of cake around the world, particularly in the US.

Refried Beans

A Mexican cuisine staple, whether you are using them in fajitas, enchiladas, or any other delicious dish. They are beans that have been mashed up and twice-cooked. Typically, pinto beans are used but it may depend on who is cooking them as there are different methods and recipes.

Red Onions

Onions….that are red. These are common vegetables used in cuisines around the world. Like white onions, they can be used raw or cooked. The skin is red and the flesh is a mixture of red and white. Also known as purple onions.


Raita is a dipping sauce and condiment that is a staple in Indian and other South Asian cuisines. It is made from yogurt, cucumber, mint, coriander, and many other ingredients (they may vary depending on individual and geographical preferences).


This tube-shaped pasta (often larger than other pasta tubes in terms of diameter) originates from Italy. It can be used in a variety of dishes and is boiled until soft to be eaten with sauces, meat, and cheese.

Romaine Lettuce

This crunchy, green lettuce is a staple leafy green in salads. It is a tall head of lettuce that is more oblong than round. Most often eaten raw but can be grilled.


A sweet alcoholic liquor made from the fermentation of sugarcane. It is a popular drink around the world and can be found in many cocktails and drunk on its own or with a mixer.


Dried, dehydrated grapes. A popular dried fruit that is eaten as a snack or cooked into cakes, desserts, and added onto cereal or trail mixes. They can also be coated in chocolate for a delicious sweet treat.


A very popular dish from Japanese cuisine. It consists of a broth with noodles, vegetables, meat, and often an egg. It can be made mild or spicy, depending on the preferences of the chef or person eating it.


A spicy, crisp, and fresh root vegetable that is often eaten raw in a salad. It is a reddish-purple color on the outside and creamy white inside. The taste is very peppery and distinct.


A perennial edible berry that grows on the woody-stemmed raspberry bush. A very popular berry that can be eaten raw, made into jam, baked into a pie, and added to desserts.


A popular Swiss cheese dish. It involves heating cheese (usually Swiss cheese) and scraping off the melted part onto the plates of diners.

Red Peppers

A common crunchy vegetable that is used in a variety of different cuisines around the world. Red pepper is typically in reference to the bell pepper which is a sweet and crunchy veggie that can be cooked or eaten raw. A great source of vitamin C.

Rack of Ribs

Typically pork ribs but can also be beef. A rack of ribs is quite often coated in a delicious BBQ sauce and cooked on the grill. An American cuisine staple!


A grain that comes from grass seeds in Asia. of course, we highly doubt rice needs much of an introduction, but suffice to say that it is a staple carbohydrate in cuisines all around the world.


The edible stalks of the rhubarb plant. Sweet and sharp, often cooked into a crumble or pie. Very popular in British cuisine for its use in desserts. Just watch out because the leaves can be toxic!


These are the herbs taken from the shrub-like rosemary bush. It is one of the most common herbs in the world used in a number of different cuisines. It is fresh, woody, and aromatic.


Of course, a rose is a flower, but many varieties of rose are also edible. It is often used for its scent and flavor, with rose water being a key ingredient in Turkish delight, as well as being used in cocktails and desserts. The picture below shows rose nougat, a popular sweet treat.


A small patty of minced meat, potato, vegetables, and herbs that are cooked and mashed before being coated in breadcrumbs and fried.


An Italian rice dish that is cooked using arborio rice and cooked with broth to create a creamy texture. It is often served with herbs, vegetables, and meat.


A stewed vegetable juice that originated in France. It often contains peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, capsicum, and courgette among other veggies. It is very fragrant and packed with herbs and delicious flavors.


Also known as Welsh rarebit (Wales is its country of origin), this is slices of bread that have been toasted and covered in cheese and grilled. Worcestershire sauce or brown ale is also used for flavor.