25 Foods That Start With Q

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If you asked me to name foods that start with Q, I’d be stumped trying to think of any foods other than quinoa. 

But did you know there are actually many foods that start with Q?

You’ve probably heard of some of them, but there are many you’ve probably never heard of unless you’re a truly adventurous eater.

Just think of how great you’ll be at Scrabble after you read through our list of 25 foods that start with Q below. 

25 Foods That Start With Q

1. Quinoa

Pronounced KEEN-wah, this is a high-protein grain that has been cultivated in the Andes for over 5,000 years. When you eat quinoa you’re not actually eating the grain, but the seeds.

Quinoa is considered a superfood because it is high in fiber, protein, and contains sufficient amounts of all nine amino acids. It’s also gluten-free, making it a great food for people with gluten sensitivity.

2. Quail

Quail are mid-sized game birds that are commonly associated with gourmet cooking. They have soft, delicate bones that are often eaten along with the bird. Quail eggs are also sometimes consumed.

Quail used to be very common in French cooking and is still favored in many countries outside of the United States.

3. Quinine

Ever bought tonic water with quinine and wondered what exactly that is? Quinine is a bitter compound that comes from the bark of the cinchona tree. It was originally developed as an anti-malarial drug.

Quinine is typically used in beverages like tonic water as a flavoring to give them their bitter flavor.

4. Quorn

If you’re a vegetarian you might already be familiar with Quorn. Quorn is a meat substitute that originated in the UK and is primarily sold in Europe.

So what is Quorn actually made of?

Quorn is primarily made of mycoprotein, a single-cell fungus protein (um…. gross). Egg whites are used to bind Quorn together.

5. Quesadilla

Quesadillas are a food that we’re confident most people are familiar with. This Mexican dish consists of a tortilla that’s filled with cheese, spices, and meat before being cooked on a griddle.

Traditional quesadillas are made using corn tortillas, but modern variants sometimes use flour tortillas instead.

Quesadillas arranged on a stone plate topped with chives
Quesadillas are usually filled with cheese and meat

6. Queso

Although it most likely originated in Mexico, chile con queso is the unofficial dish of Texas. Queso is a simple dish that consists of a mix of melted cheese and chili peppers. It’s typically used as a dip for tortilla chips.

Queso is often made with processed cheese like Velveeta, which gives it a super creamy texture. While this might deter food snobs, we’re not ashamed to admit that we love a good processed cheese.

7. Quandong

Quandong is a fruit native to the Australian Outback. It’s best described as a wild peach with a dry texture and slightly tart flavor profile.

Indigenous Australians typically ate the fruit fresh or dried. Today quandong is found in commercially produced jams, sauces, relishes, and drinks.

While it’s difficult to find fresh quandong fruit outside of Australia, you can find dried versions if you’re really set on trying it.

8. Quahog

You might be most familiar with Quahog as the town featured in the TV show Family Guy, but it’s also a species of hard-shell clam native to the eastern shores of North America. They also happen to be one of the longest-lived marine animals in the world, with a lifespan of at least 200 years.

Most clams are served raw on the half shell, but quahog clams are much tougher and more often used in soups and chowders.

9. Quavers

Is it cheating if we list processed foods? Quavers are a deep-fried potato snack that originated in Britain. They sort of resemble Fritos if a Frito was a puffed snack instead of dense and flat.

Quavers come in a wide variety of different flavors, although the most common flavor is still cheese. If you’re interested in trying Quavers you don’t need to fly to Britain – they’ve available on Amazon.

10. Quiche

Another popular food that starts with Q is the quiche. A quiche is a type of French tart characterized by a pastry crust filled with a savory egg custard. The filling can contain meat, spices, and vegetables.

Today the quiche is quite popular throughout the world, and it’s commonly prepared as a breakfast or brunch food.

Vegetable quiche in a white casserole dish
Quiche is a popular brunch food

11. Qurabiya

Qurabiya is a type of shortbread biscuit that is usually made with ground almonds. It originated in 7th century Persia and remains popular in Middle Eastern countries.

There are quite a few different regional variations of qurabiya – some are made with peanuts, others are topped with pistachios, but they all look delicious. 

Unfortunately, qurabiya isn’t a dessert that you can easily find outside of the Middle East, but there are tons of recipes available online if you want to try and make your own.

12. Quesito

Cream cheese filled puff pastries? In the words of Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there.”

Quesitos are a Puerto Rican pastry that consists of a puff pastry that has been stuffed with a cream cheese filling. The cream cheese is typically whipped with vanilla, eggs, and sugar, but other ingredients like coconut or jam can also be added.

These tasty treats are usually sold at bakeries or candy shops.

13. Quenepa

Quenepa is a type of citrus fruit that is native to Mexico, Central, and South America. It’s commonly known as a Spanish Lime.

The quenepa fruit is small and round, with a brittle green peel. Inside the fruit is an orange, edible pulp with a bittersweet flavor. It is typically consumed fresh or canned and is also used in alcoholic beverages. 

14. Quince

Another fruit in our list of foods that start with Q is Quince. Quince is native to East Asia and parts of Western Europe. The fruit closely resembles a yellow pear in appearance.

Quinces may look like pears, but their hard texture and tart flavor make them impossible to eat raw. They are most often blended with sugar and turned into jams, jellies, and puddings.

15. Quark

Quark is a dairy product that is made by warming soured milk until it curdles, and then straining it. The final product is a soft, white cheese with a texture similar to cottage cheese.

Quark originated in Slavic and Scandanavian countries, where it still remains a popular traditional dish. It’s often eaten alone, but it can also be used in baking.

Quark in a glass bowl sprinkled with paprika
Quark strongly resembles cottage cheese

16. Quadretti

Quadretti is a delicate, square-shaped pasta made from egg dough and typically served in a broth. Because it’s made from egg dough it should never be served to someone with an egg allergy.

Quadretti won’t be easy to find on store shelves in the United States, but it can be ordered online.

17. Quenelle

Quenelle is a French dish that consists of a mixture of creamed fish or meat with an egg binding that has been formed into an egg-like shape and cooked. They are usually poached and served as a sauced dish.

A quenelle can also refer to other foods cooked in a similar shape, such as ice cream or sorbet.

18. Quindim

Made from sugar, egg yolks, and ground coconut, quindim is a popular Brazilian custard. It has a glistening, intense yellow color due to the egg yolks and is typically served cold.

You’ll have a hard time finding quindim outside of Brazil, but the short ingredient list means that it’s relatively easy to make. Here’s a simple recipe for quindim if you’re interested in trying it.

19. Qatayef

Qatayef is an Arab dessert commonly served during the month of Ramadan. It most closely resembles a sweet dumpling.

Qatayef starts with a batter used to make pastries that resemble small pancakes. The pancakes are then folded and filled with a combination of sweet cheese and any number of mixtures of nuts. Finally, they’re deep-fried, drizzled with syrup or honey, and served.

20. Qeema

Sometimes also called Keema, Qeema is a minced meat dish that originated in India. It typically contained minced meat, vegetables, spices, and butter or ghee.

Qeema can be eaten alone over rice or used as a filler for samosas. It can also be used to make qeema naan (naan bread stuffed with qeema).

Freshly cooked samosas made in a heavy cast iron pan
Qeema makes a great filling for samosas

21. Quisp

Quisp is a sugar-sweetened breakfast cereal created and sold by the Quaker Oats Company starting in 1965. The cereal has crunchy, sauced-shaped puffed corn flakes that have a consistency similar to Kix but a taste more like Cap’n Crunch.

Quisp has a cult following of sorts and is still available in some stores and online. We haven’t tried Quisp but we got a chuckle out of the mascot (he looks like Butters from South Park to us). 🙂

22. Quetschentaart

A Luxembourg specialty (it’s their national dish), quetschentaart is a simple open fruit tart made with damson plums. Traditional recipes use a shortcrust pastry for the dough, but modern versions of quetschentaart often use a yeast dough.

Quetschentaart is a seasonal dish that is prepared in autumn when the plums are ripe. It’s typically served with whipped cream and coffee (yum!).

23. Quassia

Quassia is a species of plant that is used in traditional medicine as well as an additive in the food industry.

The bitter substance from the bark and wood is used as a flavoring in soft drinks, gin-based drinks, and digestive tonics. It also forms the basis of Angostura Bitters.

24. Qottab

Qottab (sometimes known as Ghotab) is a traditional deep-fried Iranian pastry filled with almonds, walnuts, and spices like cardamom and cinnamon.

Qottab is prepared similar to dumplings. First, the sweet dough is mixed, rolled to a thin consistency, and cut into small circles. Then the spices, almonds, and walnuts are ground up and spooned into the center of the dough. The dough is sealed and fried in vegetable oil, then topped with confectioner’s sugar once it’s finished cooking.

25. Queijadinha

Another custard-like dessert from Brazil, Queijadinha is made from sugar, milk, butter, egg yolks, coconut, and cheese. Queijadhina resembles little yellow muffins and are commonly found in bakeries or served at children’s parties. 

It might be challenging to find queijadinha outside of Brazil. Thankfully there are many easy-to-follow recipes online if you’re interested in trying these tasty little desserts.

quejadinha on a wood board with a cup of juice and sunflowers
These pastries closely resemble queijadinha

Did we miss any foods that start with Q? Let us know in the comments. 🙂

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