Let your mind wander. Think of all the veggies, fruits, snacks, desserts, and dishes that start with “B”. Hungry yet? Hopefully the list below stirs and satisfies some cravings, and brings you into the world of foods that start with the letter “B.”
Whether it’s a side dish, condiment, or main dish, you’ll be surprised at how many simple foods there are that start with the letter B.
Learn a bit more about these foods, how they can be used and even try to come up with some other foods that aren’t listed here.
Foods that Start with Letter B
What’s the old adage – everything is better with bacon?! As a main dish, or side, bacon is a favorite for the masses. In recent years bacon has become an accompaniment to anything and everything. You can cook it in a skillet, oven, or even microwave!
Toasted, not toasted, your choice of toppings from spreads to fruits to proteins, bagels fill those hunger pains throughout the day.
From France with love, the baguette is another favorite that is typically described as a long thin loaf that has grown in popularity over the years. The baguette comes in all shapes and sizes, and of course flavors and toppings.
The banana is full of potassium and can be easily paired with many delicious food. Chocolate, Nutella, peanut butter – just to name a few! Of course a good fresh banana by itself is a healthy choice as well.
5. Baby Back Ribs
Baby Back Ribs. Just the name alone can make your mouth water. Smoked, grilled, boiled, baked, air fried, or sous vide – with the rub of your choice! Practise makes perfect with Baby Back Ribs. Experiment and enjoy!
6. Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar is not just a salad dressing anymore. It’s used in a number of recipes as an accompaniment or a topping. Again, the sky’s the limit with what you can do with Balsamic Vinegar.
Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned barbeque? And with the new technology and the advent and availability of smokers barbequing has become a 365 day a year venture. From different meats, to different rubs and of course all the sides – barbequing is a fun, interactive way to involve your whole family in the art of grilling.
Quick name one of the main ingredients in your favorite beer? Yes, you guessed it, barley! This grain, which is over 10,000 years old, can also be used in bread, stews and other dishes. It provides many nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Some may think of basil with pasta, but this herb can be used in so many different ways, and so many different dishes. Basil is used in cuisines across the world and is a great source of Vitamin K.
Derived from Middle English, meaning “perch”; it is a fish that is high in protein content and low in fat. How you cook it, and the sides you choose to accompany it can vary dramatically. If you enjoy fishing, why not try to go out and catch one on your own?
11. Bean Curd
Also known as tofu, bean curd is very popular in Asian dishes but has also increased in popularity in North America. How it’s cooked, and the spices used with it make this a very interesting, must try, dish.
When you talk about different varieties, tastes, and colors, beans might be the most unique food. As a main dish or side, experiment galore with beans from all over the world! Their taste and texture can enhance any dish you decide to make!!
We’ve been eating beef since prehistoric times, and how it’s cooked and what it’s cooked with – the possibilities are endless! And different cuts and types of beef steak make meals delicious and interesting. If you’re looking for a great source of protein and nutrients, then this is the way to go!
Not only is beer one of the oldest and most widely consumed drinks in the world, but it’s ever-changing with the sudden popularity of craft beer. The non-alcoholic choice also gives consumers many different options. Many brewers also give food suggestions to accompany their brews.
15. Bell Peppers
Color and taste. Bell peppers are used in many different dishes. And a little known fact is that bell peppers are actually considered a fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked.
Buttery, savory, warm and moist biscuits are an old-fashioned, all-time favorite. And again, toppings and fillings are endless. My favorite is cheese biscuit that’s full of flavor!
17. Black Cod
Not many people realize there is a difference between black cod and cod. If you’re looking for a fish that is white and fatty, then black cod is the way to go, especially if you’re looking for that velvety texture and buttery flavor. However, if you’re looking for a fish that is white and flaky then stick to regular cod.
18. Blue Cheese
It’s mainly known as a side for chicken wings, but can be used in many different dishes. Its taste can be mild to strong. Again, experimenting here can go a long way in how you enjoy, or what you pair blue cheese with.
Low in calories, but high in nutrients, blueberries can prevent heart disease, improve brain health, and help moderate blood sugar levels.
20. Bok Choy
Is a type of Chinese cabbage that can be eaten raw or cooked, and mixed with many different meats, meat substitutes, or other vegetables.
Garlic Bread, Cheese Bread, Pizza Bread!!! And for those with a sweet tooth – banana bread. Dozens of different types of bread! It’s a food that is the basis to many cultures.
It was just the other day I heard on the radio that brisket is one of the new buzz words when it comes to food. It is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest with a bit more of a chewy and fatty taste.
Raw, cooked, served with your favorite type of meat or fish – or other vegetables – broccoli is one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables you can find in the produce department at your local grocery store.
When it comes to dessert favorites, brownies still score high amongst sweet-tooth enthusiasts. Whether they’re served plain or with nuts, warmed up, or served at room temperature a good brownie goes a long way in satisfying family members or guests over for a visit.
25. Buffalo Chicken Wings
Buffalo and chicken wings are said to be started back in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY. Since then different sauces, as well as breaded or unbreaded wings have continued to grow in popularity. Baked or deep-fried – buffalo chicken wings are definitely favorites in many households across the country.
Whether you spread it on your bread in the morning, melt on your popcorn, or bake your favorite dessert with it, butter is a staple in most homes across the world. Heck, there’s even flavored butter if you’d like!
Buttermilk is a fermented dairy drink that’s often used in baking. It’s often used as an important ingredient in pancakes, biscuits, muffins, and quick bread. It can also be used in batters for deep-fried food.
A food item that brings joy to many bellies. Burritos are a Mexican dish that has become widely known across western culture. They consist of a flour tortilla stuffed typically with meats and veggies and are served for lunch and dinner. More recently we also see many people make breakfast burritos.
Finding foods and dishes that start with B can be challenging and fun all wrapped up in one. The next challenge would be to see how many of these B foods you can combine to make a great dish!
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Editor note: Originally published Jan 24, 2021 and updated April 7, 2021.