43 Foods That Start With E

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Get to know all of the ingredients available to use in the kitchen with this list of 43 foods that start with E. From eggs to empanadas – they are all listed below!

You might be familiar with most of the foods, but there might be some new foods that start with E for you to learn about – and some for you to go out and try!

43 Foods That Start With The Letter E

1. English Muffin

English muffins are served as a breakfast food, and sometimes breakfasts just aren’t right without one!

They can either be served sweet, topped with some butter, jam, or honey, or you could give them a savory finish with some eggs and hollandaise sauce.

You can also toast an English muffin in the toaster for a quick breakfast during the week.

English muffins look different from American muffins, as they use yeast instead of baking soda in order for the muffin to rise. They are also more popular in America than they are in England!

2. Eggs

Eggs are a staple ingredient in many households and can be cooked and prepared in so many different ways.

Commonly served as a breakfast food, eggs can be poached, fried, scrambled, or baked. These are often served up with toast, hashbrowns, and bacon. 

Many sweet desserts are made using eggs, there is no end to their versatility! Eggs used in cooking are usually from chickens, but quail eggs, duck eggs, ostrich eggs, pheasant eggs, and goose eggs are also popular to eat.

3. Elbow Macaroni

Elbow macaroni can be used to make some amazing pasta dishes, and are a great choice if you are looking for a quick and simple pasta to prepare for lunch, and you definitely can’t forget everyone’s favorite dish – macaroni and cheese, which is popular in many homes as a quick dinner!

4. Egg Salad

Egg salad is made with boiled egg, mayonnaise, and then whichever herbs, spices and sauce you like to add-in.

It can be served between two slices of bread, on a roll, on crackers, or even eaten as is! Egg salad is popular to take along on picnics and to make for quick and easy lunches.

5. Eggplant

Eggplants are also known as aubergines. They are a vegetable, with a deep purple color, which can be used in many different cuisines, cooked and served in an Italian pasta dish, or sliced, crumbed, and deep-fried.

While the outside of eggplant is purple, the flesh is usually an off-white color.

6. Egg Roll

Egg rolls are a Chinese food. It is a deep-fried, cylindrical savory roll that is traditionally filled with shredded cabbage, pork, and some other fillings.

The outside, or the wrapping of the egg roll, is a thick wheat flour wrap, which is deep-fried in hot oil to make it wonderfully crispy.

Egg rolls can be filled with different meats such as pork, chicken, and beef, but there are vegetarian options as well.

7. Elderberries

Elderberries are berries from the elderberry tree. They are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that are great for your immune system. 

Ripe and fresh elderberries have a tart and tangy taste and are not as sweet as blackberries or raspberries. They can be quite bitter, so are not usually eaten raw, but instead used to flavor different foods and drinks.

8. Empanadas

An empanada is a fried or baked turnover pastry with a tasty filling. It is a Spanish or Latin-American pastry that is most commonly savory. They can be filled with beef, pork, chicken, or vegetables and served with a sauce.

However, empanadas can also be filled with a sugar fruit mix and served as a dessert with a spoonful of ice cream.

9. Escargot

Escargot is a classic French dish, which is usually served in top-class restaurants. Escargot is a land snail, and the snail is cooked and prepared in different sauces. These could be garlic butter, blue cheese sauce, or a chef’s specialty.

Escargot is usually served as an hors d’oeuvre, and while it might not be to everyone’s taste, it should be tried by everyone at least once!

Chefs do not cook the snails in their shells, and instead, remove them from the shell before cooking. The escargot is then often placed back into their shell for better presentation.

10. Eggo Waffles

Eggo waffles are a quick and convenient breakfast that many families enjoy. The Eggo waffle just needs to be placed into the toaster and then covered with butter and syrup once they have warmed up.

You could also add some strawberry jelly or another marmalade to add some flavor to the Eggo waffle.

11. Escarole

Escarole is a leafy green vegetable. It is leafier than kale and sold in bunches, and often looks just like a head of lettuce. The leaves are short and have wavy-edges. While escarole can be slightly bitter, it is wonderful in salads and adds a bit of an aroma and flavor to an ordinary salad.

12. Endive

Endive another leafy green vegetable. When eaten raw, it has a slightly bitter taste, but when cooked it has a mild nutty flavor.

The endive needs to be added into boiling water for a few minutes to help remove some of the bitterness. Once cooled, it can then be added to a salad.

13. Edamame

Edamame is a name given to immature soybeans that can be eaten as-is out of the pod.

Many people enjoy edamame as a healthy snack, as they are high in protein, and can keep you feeling full for longer without having to consume too many calories.

You can usually find edamame packed into small containers in the grocery store, portioned out to be the perfect snack size to eat during the day when you need an extra punch of protein.

14. English Sole

English sole is a type of fish that carries a wonderful flavor. It is considered to be quite a delicacy, and the flavor pairs well with many different sauces and sides, such as rice and steamed vegetables.

It is a lean protein, so it is also enjoyed by those who like to watch their calorie count.

15. Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a traditional Mexican dish that pack a whole lot of flavor. Enchiladas are made with corn tortillas, which are filled with a delicious filling, which could be vegetable, beef, chicken, pork, which are rolled up and baked topped with a sauce and some cheese.

16. Emmenthaler

Emmenthaler is a classic Swiss cheese. It has a dense, firm body and is full-flavored, with a smooth and buttery texture.

Emmenthaler, or Emmental, is made from cow’s milk. Emmental has walnut-sized holes. The flavor is fruity, and it does have a slight tang to it as well.

If you are looking to add a kick to a sandwich or create a cheese platter, Emmenthaler is a great option.

17. Egg Fruit

Native to southern Mexico and Central America, the egg fruit can be eaten fresh or cooked and turned into different preserves, such as jam or jelly. 

The unique taste of the egg fruit makes it a popular topping for pancakes and other cakes. The texture of the fruit is similar to custard or a pudding.The egg fruit is native to southern Mexico and Central America.

18. Eggnog

Eggnog is a drink which is popularly served around the holiday period. Made from milk or cream, sugar, raw eggs, alcoholic spirits, and spices such as nutmeg and vanilla, it is a rich and creamy drink usually served warm.

Most families enjoy some warm eggnog the night before Christmas, and many have their own special recipes that they use to make the drink.

19. Emu Apple

The emu apple is an exotic fruit and is not so commonly found. It is grown naturally in Australia, and can also be called native cranberries.

The taste of an emu apple is similar to a spicy apple but is quite a unique taste that some consider to be hard to get used to.

20. Earth Nut

The earth is more commonly known as a peanut! It is an incredibly popular snack on its own, and is usually roasted and salted, or served whole in the shell. Peanuts are also used in many different meals, both savory and sweet!

21. Éclair

An éclair is a delicate French dessert. It is most commonly served in an oblong-shape. The pastry is filled with fresh cream and dipped or draped in chocolate icing. They are a very popular dessert around the world and are fairly easy to make up at home.

22. Evaporated Milk

Evaporated milk is made from cow’s milk, where 60% of the water content is removed. It is a canned shelf-stable product. It has no added sugar, such as condensed milk does. Evaporated milk is ideal to use in pies, desserts, cake, fudge, and even some savory meals.

23. Edam

Edam is a cheese that originates from the Netherlands. The rind is made from red wax, which is inedible, but the actual cheese is very creamy.

It is a semi-hard cheese and can be made from either cow’s milk or goat milk. The taste of edam intensifies as it is left to age.

24. Eel

Many of us are familiar with eel as a sea creature, but it is also served as a protein as well. Eel is often served alongside other seafood items, and when cooked up, it pairs well with soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger. It can also be used to make a sushi roll.

While not common all over, many enjoy eel often!

25. English Walnut

An English walnut is high in protein and healthy fats. It is a superfood and full of vitamins and minerals. It has a sweet, earthy flavor and pairs well with other nuts to be enjoyed as a snack. 

English walnuts can also be used in different dishes, from savory to sweet.

26. Espresso

Espressos are enjoyed all over. It is a single shot of coffee, usually made in a coffee machine.

It is an Italian method of making coffee, which involves ground coffee beans and very hot water. This method of brewing coffee gives a thicker and more concentrated brew, which is extremely strong.

Espressos can be made from a wide array of roasts and different coffee beans. There are so many different coffee bean flavors to choose from, from all over the world.

If you need a shot of caffeine, an espresso will hit the spot!

27. Ecrevisse

Ecrevisse is an old French name for crayfish, which is a very popular, and delicious, seafood. An ecrevisse is smaller than a lobster and has a taste similar to crab and shrimp. It is slightly sweet and tender, and fairly meaty.

An ecrevisse is also known as crawfish, mudbugs, and freshwater lobsters.

28. Escallop

An escallop, or escalope, is a piece of boneless meat that has been thinned down using a mallet, or butterflied, or flattened with a rolling pin. 

This thin piece of meat is then shallow-fried and is usually crumbed. This can be served as-is with a side of vegetables, or it can be served with a sauce as well.

One of the best examples of an escallop is veal. With the veal escallop being thin, it cooks faster and stays wonderfully tender.

29. Emblic

An emblic is also known as the Indian Gooseberry. It is grown on the Malacca tree. It is an edible fruit and is often used for its antioxidant properties. It is believed that it helps to boost the immune system and has anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

30. Entrecote

Entrecote is a French name for a premium cut of beef used to make steaks. It is a center-fillet, cut from the sirloin. It is the front part of the animal and should be marbled and tender. Entrecote is suitable for frying or grilling.

If a piece of entrecote has the ribs left on, it is considered rib-eye steak. Entrecote is also known as Scottish fillet or Cote de boeuf. It is a premium piece of meat that holds quite a high price tag.

31. Erbazzone

Erbazzone is a savory pie. It consists of two round pieces of puff pastry, which is stuffed with spinach or chard, eggs, bacon, onion, and Parmigiano. It is then baked and sliced and served.

Originating from Emilia, erbazzone is most commonly served in the summer months.

If ready-made puff pastry isn’t used, the pastry can be made from an unleavened dough formed with flour and water and enriched with lard or oil. This dough is known as pasta matta.

32. Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant parmesan, or parmigiana, is an Italian dish. It is also known as parmigiana di melanzane. The dish is made from shallow or deep-fried sliced eggplants, which are placed in a dish and layered with cheese and a tomato sauce.

This can be topped with cheese and then baked in the oven. It is a rich dish, full of flavor, and is vegetarian, so it suits many different diets. The dish originated in southern Italy, in either Campania or Sicily.

33. Easter Eggs

Easter eggs, which can also be called Paschal eggs, are eggs that are decorated. These are given at Easter. Nowadays, the eggs are made from candy and chocolate and are hidden around the garden, where children search for them during an Easter egg hunt.

Easter eggs now come in many shapes, forms, sizes, and flavors.

34. Egg Noodles

Egg noodles are popular in Asian cuisine but are eaten all around the world. They are made from flour and egg and can be topped with many different sauces and foods.

You can either serve egg noodles in a pad thai or simple soy sauce or topped with creamy beef stroganoff. They go well with so many different flavors.

35. Elephant Ears

No – this does not mean actual elephant ears! Elephant ears are a popular carnival snack made in Canada. It is a yeast dough that is deep-fried until golden and crisp, but still soft on the inside, and sprinkled with some powdered sugar.

The treat gets its name from the shape the dough takes once deep-fried – looking very similar to an elephant ear!

36. Ensaimada

Originating from Spain, ensaimada is a sweet bread that is made with a mother dough, flour, eggs, sugar, water, and pork lard.

The bread can be eaten as is, but it can also be made with sweet fillings such as chocolate, custard, or pumpkin.

There are no rules to how you can serve ensaimada, so you could also top it with apricot jam, powdered sugar, or even shredded cheese.

37. Egg Tart

Egg tarts are a Cantonese dessert which are derived from the English custard tart and Portuguese pastel de nata.

These tarts consist of an outer pastry crust, which is filled with a creamy egg custard. These are often served at dim sum restaurants, or they can be made at home.

Unlike Portuguese egg tarts which use puff pastry, Cantonese egg tarts are made with a shortcrust pastry and are sweeter and caramelized.

38. Egg Drop Soup

Egg drop soup is a popular dish served in Chinese restaurants. This is made with a lightly seasoned vegetable or chicken broth, and when the broth is cooking, raw eggs are whipped into the broth and create light and delicate egg ribbons.

It is an easy soup to make at home, and offers a quick and delicious dinner with very few ingredients needed!

39. Egg Tong Sui

Egg tong sui is essentially a sweeter version of the traditional egg drop soup. It is very rarely served at restaurants and is more a home-style dish made in China. It is a dessert soup, and the main ingredients are usually water, sugar, and eggs.

40. Escabeche

Escabeche is an exotic food that most of us would never have heard of. It is a fried fish that is marinated and served cold.

This fish is soaked in vinegar or citrus juice before being served. The same method can also be used on vegetables as well.

While traditionally made with fish, escabeche can also be made using meat as well. It more broadly refers to a meat or fish cooked in an acidic sauce which commonly contains vinegar, and then colored with pimento, as well as infused with citrus and other fragrant spices.

41. Eggs Benedict

Eggs benedict is a popular breakfast or brunch meal. It consists of an English muffin, with ham or bacon, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce topped onto it. 

It is the perfect sized meal for breakfast, and the hollandaise sauce adds a wonderful creaminess to the brunch dish.

If the ham or bacon is replaced with smoked salmon or lox, then the dish is considered Eggs Royale, which is another common brunch dish on its own!

42. Elk

Elk meat is lean, tender, and very flavorful. It requires very little fuss and a few seasonings to prepare it. It is low in calories but dense with nutrients, containing many important vitamins and minerals. 

Elk is available in a wide range of cuts and preparations, and you can find loin chops, rib racks, and flank steaks at a butcher.

Many hunters choose to hunt elk thanks to their delicious, yet lean meat, that is versatile and suited for many different dishes.

43. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Extra-virgin olive oil is made from cold-processed, pure olives. To be considered extra-virgin olive oil, it must be free from any alterations to the taste, color, nutrients, or vitamins.

It is made when the pure olives are crushed into a pulp using force only, not with heat or chemicals, such as how the processing of other olive oils and oils is done. These pressed olives then have the oils extracted from them.

Extra-virgin olive oil is used in cooking, to fry or roast meat or vegetables, and it can be used to make some salad dressings and marinades.

Foods Starting With Letter E

There you have 43 food items starting with the letter E, to better expand your culinary knowledge, and know more ingredients available to you when cooking, or to confidently order new dishes when eating out!

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