19 Foods That Start With H

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Alright, can you quickly name a few foods that start with the letter “H”?

I for some reason thought of honey. Well over the next few minutes, we’ll take you through a wide variety of foods and drinks that will get your palate tingling, and your stomach rumbling.

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If you had a choice, would you start a meal with an appetizer? What drink would you have with your main course?

Herbs, spices, toppings, sauces – all ideas from the letter “H” now!

1. Haagen Dazs Ice Cream

Okay, first and foremost who knew Haagen Dazs was founded in the United States of America? Believe it! The Bronx, New York in 1960 to be exact! Now an ice cream favorite. It started with just three flavors – chocolate, vanilla and coffee, but is now a favorite around the world!

2. Haddock

The Haddock is a favorite amongst fish lovers. A little known fact is that it’s actually from the cod family. Typically sold fresh, frozen, or smoked. It can also be canned but on a much smaller scale.

3. Halibut


From Haddock to Halibut. Very popular for Catholic Holy Days. Atlantic Halibut is the world’s largest flatfish. So big in fact, one was caught that weighed 515 pounds in Norway back in 2013. An Atlantic Halibut is made up of 80-percent water, and 19-percent protein, and interestingly enough no fat and no carbs.

You can serve Halibut boiled, deep-fried, grilled, or even sous vide. If you’re a fish lover then this one is the way to go to truly satisfy your cravings.

4. Ham

Ham is cured pork that is made around the world. It in fact dates back to 160 BC, although the debate continues as to its country of origin.

Dry-cured, wet cured, or smoked are all methods in which ham is produced.

Served in sandwiches, it’s also a common pizza topping, and let’s not forget its connection to bacon. Mmmm. That’s right, ham isn’t just a holiday dish!

5. Hamburger


We all have our favorite hamburger. Whether it’s cooked on the grill, or from your favorite burger joint, this all-time favorite continues to not only grow in popularity but also in different versions. Your choice of toppings and buns only adds to its deliciousness. My favorite is Travis Scott Burgers from McDonald’s.

And let’s not forget about the increase in popularity of veggie burgers over recent years. 

However you serve it, and what you serve it, Hamburgers will always be a favorite amongst family and friends. So don’t forget to bring them to your next cookout!

6. Hash Browns

Potatoes and eggs are all you’ll need to make these breakfast favorites.

Hash Browns became more commercialized in the 1980’s by fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King.

They can be shredded, pan-fried, grilled – and add some onions or even some cheese to liven things up! And if you’re a condiment type of person, load them up with ketchup too!

7. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Boiled eggs are a popular breakfast food served around the world. One of the tips to remember to get those perfect hard-boiled eggs is to shock them in cold water after they’ve boiled for just about 10 minutes. This also allows them to be peeled quite easily.

8. Hazelnut


When you hear the word hazelnut you most likely think of that flavored cream for your coffee! Truth be told, hazelnuts are actually a nut that can be consumed simply by cracking their shell! The best part is that they are extremely good for you through supporting healthy bowel movements, lowers cholesterol and supports heart health. So don’t wait until Christmas to bring out that bowl of nuts, get to cracking those nuts-hazelnuts that is!

9. Heineken

An acquired taste to some but a must-have beer to others, Heineken is a commonly known pale ale served since 1864! Fun fact, the green bottle often receives comments from critics but Heineken stands behind their green bottle stating it not only looks good but provides that distinct Heineken taste. If going with a clear bottle it would oxidize the beer and hinder that smooth pale ale taste.

10. Herbs

Savory and aromatic – herbs are simply plants that can flavor and garnish dishes. Sounds good to me! Parsley, basil and thyme are three common herbs.

Herbs can also be used in herbal teas. Herbal teas are often used for relaxation.

11. Hoisin Sauce

Oriental night in your household? Don’t forget the hoisin sauce!! Fragrant and flavorful, this sauce can be used for dipping or a glaze but commonly used in stir fry dishes. Don’t have it handy? Make your own! Go on and grab that honey, molasses, hot sauce, cornstarch and peanut butter-yes peanut butter! You’

12. Honey


Dating back 8,000 years honey is another product that has grown in popularity.

Honey is a food substance made by honey bees and some related insects.

Honey can be used in cooking, baking, desserts, as a spread on bread or in your favorite cup of tea.

13. Honeydew

Not talking about that list you give your partner to complete, we’re talking about melons! And despite the name, they aren’t loaded with honey or sugar! They are nutritious and delicious though! Packed with nutrients to keep you hydrated, aid in diabetes management, and promotes skin repair! So next time you opt to eat melon, grab a honeydew and eat it diced, as a topping or in a salad!

14. Horseradish

Horseradish fan? If not, you may become one soon after reading this!  Horseradish has antibiotic properties that help ease throat and upper respiratory tract infections. If that hasn’t sold you, what if I told you it helps to detoxify your liver? It’s also easy to grow and easy to prepare! If that got you wondering, then take the first step and go grab some and smother your next piece of roast beef in it.

15. Hot and Sour Soup

As the name suggests, this soup is not only spicey but sour too! It is perfect on those cold nights where you’re looking to warm up and is a traditional dish in many Asian cuisines.  Originating in the Philippines, it consists of pork, mushrooms, eggs, soy sauce, vinegar, bamboo shoots and tofu. Not a fan of tofu, don’t worry you can simply skip on that ingredient but be sure you add in those red pepper flakes and chili seasoning to give it that extra bite!

16. Hot Cross Bun

Does the jingle instantly come to your mind when you read that title? How does a freshly made bun with cinnamon, nutmeg and filled with raisins, currants or candied citrus sound? I bet it has you running to the cupboards or the store right now to grab all those ingredients! Hot cross buns are typically served on Good Friday or Christmas, but are definitely delectable at any point of the year!

17. Hot Dogs


Preparation of hot dogs and the condiments used vary worldwide and from household to household. They typically get a bad rap for the process used to make them, but setting that aside can allow you to truly experience the deliciousness that hot dogs have to offer. Fun fact, hot dogs originated in Germany and were called frankfurters and weren’t called hot dogs until they came to the states in 1884.

18. Hummus

Chickpeas and tahini! That’s all it takes to make your very own hummus and the best part? You can add your own flavoring in there as well, with garlic being a common flavor. Once you’ve successfully made your own hummus, you can use it as a simple spread on toast, on sandwiches or even better, use it as a dip for tortilla chips/crackers or keep it healthy with veggies! Fine other delicious food to eat with hummus here.

19. Hush Puppies

Seafood fans rejoice! Here is a great side for catfish mains, but truly goes with any of your seafood dishes! This cornmeal-based ball is delectable and a definite for your next dinner. There are many stories that describe their origin but one of the best ones is that fishermen used to make these to hush their puppies while they were out with them on their fishing trips.


Whether it’s a side, drink or main dish, there are plenty of options to choose from with the letter “H”. To make things more interesting, try seeing if you can add in some extra ingredients or spices with the letter “H”.

Foods By the Alphabet

Foods that start with AFoods that start with B
Foods that start with CFoods that start with D
Foods that start with EFoods that start with F
Foods that start with GFoods that start with H (here)
Foods that start with IFoods that start with J
Foods that start with KFoods that start with L
Foods that start with MFoods that start with N
Foods that start with OFoods that start with P
Foods that start with QFoods that start with R
Foods that start with SFoods that start with T
Foods that start with UFoods that start with V
Foods that start with WFoods that start with X
Foods that start with YFoods that start with Z

Editor note: Originally published Feb 2, 2021 and updated April 8, 2021.

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