Foods that Start with K

You may think that if you get given any letter, you will easily be able to reel off foods which start with it.

Have you ever tried to teach a child the ABCs. Teachers are grossly underpaid, and they make it look so easy. However, if you’re at home trying to teach your kiddos their alphabet, you have to get creative. One thing you can do is make lists of foods that start with different letters. When you get to the letter K, you have lots of tasty options. Kiwi fruit is fun to eat (and fun to say). For a sweet treat, you can whip up a key lime pie. They have key lime pie flavored yogurt at the grocery store, too. For dinner, grill some kebabs.

But when you actually sit down and think about it, it can be difficult to recall more than perhaps 5 different foods all linked to one specific letter.

Kaffir Lime leaves

This is made even harder when you come across the letters that score highly on the scrabble world, for example, K. You might know a handful of foods that begin with the letter ‘k’, but there is a good chance that your knowledge might be limited.

That’s totally okay though, because we’ve put together this in depth list filled with 31 different foods, all of which begin with the letter ‘K’.

For more great food lists check out food that begins with the letter L and food that begins with the letter J.

So if you want to brush up on your knowledge of food, or want to prepare a ‘K’ themed party then keep on reading to find out about a whole load of foods which begin with the letter ‘K’. 

1. Kiwi Fruit

First things first, let’s kick it off with an easy one, and that is Kiwi fruit. Kiwis are a small fruit which are notable for their green color and health benefits.

These little fruits are packed with different vitamins which promote good health, and are also a great source of antioxidants and fiber.

Kiwis come with a furry rind, but remove this, and you will find a glowing green fruit that is packed with goodness.

2. Kale

Next, you have kale. Again, this is probably something that you will have heard of as kale is commonly included in dishes because it is very healthy.

Kale is a leafy green plant which, just like kiwi, is packed with vitamins, calcium, and fiber which can have great benefits for your health.

You can get things such as kale chips, and can also put kale into salads. But, most commonly, kale is added to smoothies to make a healthy drink.

3. Kaffir Lime

Following on, another food beginning with ‘K’ is the Kaffir Lime. This is a citrus fruit, like a regular lime, which originates in Southern China.

While these fruits aren’t that common in Western cuisine, you will often find them in Asian dishes as both the fruit itself and its leaves can be used in cooking.

As you will probably expect, these fruits have a strong tangy flavor that enhances the ingredients in lots of dishes.

4. Kiwi Berries

Next up, you have Kiwi Berries. As you probably expect, these fruits are very similar to regular kiwi fruit. Due to the ‘berry’ in their name, these fruits are basically like a hybrid of a kiwi and a grape.

They are high in vitamins, and great for your cholesterol, making them just as healthy as kiwis. So if you fancy a smaller version of a kiwi, then a kiwi berry could be a yummy treat.

5. Key Lime Pie

Moving away from fruit, and onto the slightly less healthy options, we have key lime pie. Key lime pie is a traditional American dessert made of key lime juice, condensed milk and egg yolks.

It is a tasty treat that is incredibly yummy, but definitely not a great option if you are watching what you eat.

6. Kettle Corn

Following on, we have kettle corn, which is a very sweet type of popcorn. This popcorn is sweetened using refined sugar and was traditionally made in cast iron kettles.

It is now made in pots and pans, but it still has that same sweet yet salty flavor.

7. Kit Kat

If you want to take a break with a sweet treat, then a Kit Kat is another great choice which begins with the letter ‘K’.

Most people will have heard of this popular chocolate bar, but if you haven’t then a Kit Kat is a chocolate bar consisting of wafers and chocolate.

They are most famous for their bright red packaging which is a trademark of Kit Kat and the far-fetched idea that you might share it.

But as anyone who’s ever eaten a Kit Kat will tell you, the chances of that bar being shared are slim.

8. Klondike Bar

Another sweet option beginning with ‘K’ is the Klondike bar. These sweet treats make a great dessert because they combine ice cream and chocolate.

From their polar bar branding to their vanilla ice cream interior, Klondike bars are a great treat no matter what age you are.

There are 14 different flavors of Klondike bar available meaning there is the perfect choice for anyone, but the original vanilla option is a total classic.

9. Krispy Kreme

Another yummy takeaway treat that begins with ‘K’ is Krispy Kreme. This American company traditionally started off producing donuts, and have since branched out into other types of food and drink, all of which they serve in their many stores.

But nothing will beat the classic glazed donut from Krispy Kreme, not even the wide variety of variations that they have created over the years.

Whatever your order is from Krispy Kreme, these are another food that begin with the letter ‘K’.

10. Krackel Bars

The final sweet option on this list beginning with ‘K’ is Krackel Bars. These bars were created by Hershey’s all the way back in 1938.

Unlike some other products by Hershey’s, Krackel bars are only available intermittently throughout the years as an independent treat, but the smaller option of these bars are always available in Hershey’s miniatures selection.

These treats are made of a combination of chocolate and rice pieces which create the crackling texture which the treat is named after.

11. Kidney Bean

Moving back onto some healthier options, you have kidney beans which begin with a ‘K’. This type of legume was originally found in Mexico, but you can now get them all over the world.

One thing that puzzles some people about kidney beans is why they are given their name, but kidney beans are called kidney beans because they look like kidneys.

These make a yummy addition to any meal, but ensure you cook them thoroughly before eating, otherwise they could cause an upset stomach.

12. Kim Chi

Travelling across from Central America, the next food beginning with a ‘K’ comes directly from Korea, and that is Kim chi. Kim Chi is a staple dish in Korean culture, and it consists of fermented vegetables, mainly cabbage and radish.

These ingredients are then seasoned to create something that is packed with vitamins and incredibly healthy for you.

13. Kenchur

The next food on this list is something that is actually commonly used to add flavor to dishes and that is kenchur, or as it is sometimes otherwise known, aromatic ginger.

This ingredient isn’t something that you could eat alone, but it is found in a lot of different dishes, even some which you might not realize that it is a part of. It is only an ingredient, but Kenchur is another food that begins with the letter ‘K’.

14. Kumera

Moving back onto vegetables, you have Kumera, which is another name for a sweet potato. Most commonly, sweet potatoes are referred to as Kumera in New Zealand, but if you are stuck for foods beginning with ‘K’ then this is one to add to the list.

Sweet potatoes are a hugely versatile vegetable, and they can be used as a standalone dish or in a variety of others.

15. Kombu

Next, let’s talk about Kombu which is the name given to seaweed in some cultures. This type of seaweed is mainly used in Japanese cuisine and cooking, and it is rare that you will find it in any dishes that aren’t of Japanese origin.

If you do ever encounter kombu in any other types of cuisine, you will not hear it called by this name, instead it is referred to as dasima in Korean culture, and Haidai in Chinese culture. But all of these names are associated with this one specific type of seaweed.

16. Kalettes

Some people might see this next addition to the list as a bit of a cheat answer because Kalettes are actually a hybrid type of kale.

Unlike kale which is usually leaves, kalettes are instead kale sprouts, which are made using breeding techniques to mix the kale plant with the brussels sprout plant.

This type of vegetable is incredibly nutritious and packed with things that make it a healthy option, and coincidentally, it also begins with a ‘K’.

17. Kohlrabi

Another vegetable beginning with the letter ‘K’ is Kohlrabi which belongs to the wild cabbage category of vegetables.

Sometimes you might hear this vegetable referred to as German turnip, because these two names are used interchangeably. This vegetable is very nutritious and tasty, but it is quite tedious to prepare.

To be eaten this vegetable must be trimmed and peeled thoroughly which allows you to access the inside of the vegetable.

Once you get inside you can then slice or grate this vegetable and then cook or prepare it in a variety of ways before enjoying it.

18. Koshihkari Rice

Now you may not have heard of this type of rice, but there is a good chance that you might have eaten it at some point in your life. This is because koshihkari rice is one of the main ingredients in one of America’s favorite dishes, sushi.

This type of rice is most commonly used to create fresh sushi due to its ability to retain moisture and the shape of sushi. So now only is it a food beginning with the letter ‘K’ but it is also likely one that you will have eaten before.

19. Kokam

Moving onto another food which you might not have heard of before, we have Kokam. This is a fruit which is not only used for cooking purposes, but is also widely used for medicinal purposes too.

It is found in sap trees and has a bright red/pink appearance and there is a good chance that you might never encounter Kokam in your lifetime. But if you want an obscure food beginning with the letter ‘K’, then Kokam is a good choice.

20. Kudzu

Sticking to the category of fruit and natural foods, we have Kudzu.

Kudzu is a type of plant, and almost every single component of this plant is edible, this includes the leaves, roots, flowers, and vine tips. But the vines are not edible, and you should never attempt to eat them.

If you wanted to compare this vegetable to something a bit more well-known, then spinach is probably the closest that you will get in terms of taste and consistency.

21. Kidneys

Moving onto the meat options that begin with the letter ‘K’ we have kidneys. You can eat the kidneys of pretty much every animal that meat is generally harvested from, and they are actually very good for you.

Some people struggle with the concept of eating organ meat, but it is very healthy because this type of meat is full of omega fatty acids which can support a healthy lifestyle.

22. Kangaroo

The next meat on this list beginning with ‘K’ is kangaroo, and again, it is very much an acquired taste.

Some people are unsure about eating kangaroo because it is not considered one of the typical meats that you might eat in America, but in countries like Australia, eating kangaroo is generally accepted and fairly common. 

So if you want to try a new meat beginning with ‘K’ then kangaroo is always an option.

23. Kipper

Sticking to the category of meat, let’s take a look at some fish beginning with ‘K’, starting with kippers. Kippers are small fish which are very oily, and they are sometimes served as part of a breakfast meal in some US states.

They are smoky and salty which makes them very flavorful, but they are also very good for you as they contain omega fatty acids which will support a healthy diet and lifestyle.

24. King Crab

Another type of fish that begins with a ‘K’ is King Crab. Crabs are, of course, a crustacean rather than a fish, but generally they are accepted as part of the same food category.

Unlike some other types of fish, king crab is viewed as a delicacy because of its rich taste and texture, and for this reason it can cost a lot if you eat it out in a restaurant. But it is a healthy meal that can take your dinner party to the next level.

25. King Fish

We’re going to call this food King Fish, but you might also sometimes see it referred to as King Mackerel. But either way it begins with the letter ‘K’.

This fish tastes its best when it is seasoned then grilled or cooked on a low temperature as this can enhance the flavor and make it very yummy. But be careful when cooking this type of fish because it can dry out very quickly.

26. Kabobs

Next, let’s talk about kabobs, or kebabs as they are sometimes known. Kabobs are made using pretty much any type of meat that you want and skewering it onto sticks.

Once secure, you can then flavor this meat and either grill it or pan fry it. You can also add vegetables to the sticks as well if you wanted to.

But no matter what variation that you choose, kabobs are guaranteed to be a success at your next barbecue.

27. Kung Pao Chicken

Another great meal beginning with the letter ‘K’ is Kung Pao Chicken. This is a dish of Chinese origin that is renowned for its spicy flavor and delicious taste.

To be able to enjoy this meal you definitely need to be able to handle your heat because it is typically made with chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns.

This is a popular takeaway dish from most Chinese restaurants, but it can also taste amazing when you make it at home. It’s my favorite recipe.

28. Kedgeree

The final dish that we are including on this list, before we move onto drinks, is Kedgeree. This is a traditional dish which contains flaky fish (like haddock), hard-boiled eggs, rice, and lots more.

This is a very versatile dish as it can be served both cold and hot, and you can slightly tweak the ingredients to ensure that it suits your taste buds. Traditionally, this was an Indian dish, but now it is much more commonly enjoyed in Great Britain.

29. Kvass

Finally, let’s wrap up this list with some drinks that begin with the letter ‘K’. Starting with Kvass. This drink is of Slavic and Baltic origin and is made by fermenting rye bread.

It is technically an alcoholic beverage with a percentage of approximately 1.5%, but in some cultures this drink is still consumed by children.

This is mainly because kvass isn’t produced for its alcoholic tendencies, instead it is produced because of the excellent health benefits it can offer.

30. Kirsch

Next on the list is Kirsch, which is an alcoholic beverage of the brandy family. It is traditionally made by fermenting Morello cherries, but now there are a wide variety of other cherries used in production.

This isn’t a sweet drink, by any means, and it is definitely a unique taste, but it does begin with the letter ‘K’.

31. Kahula

Finally, we come to number 31 which is going to be another drink, called Kahula. This alcoholic beverage is of Mexican origin (so put it in the Mexican food category), and it is a type of coffee liquor similar to Bailey’s.

It is made using rum, sugar, and coffee to produce an alcoholic percentage of 20%. For the best experience with Kahula we would recommend drinking it on the rocks, but there are a variety of ways in which you can enjoy this beverage.


In conclusion, there you have it, a complete list of 31 different foods and drinks that begin with the letter ‘K’.

From sweet treats to vegetables to, even, alcohol, it’s all there.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some healthy options for foods starting with K?

Kale is a popular choice for a healthy green leafy vegetable, packed with vitamins and minerals. You can also try kefir, a probiotic-rich fermented dairy drink, or kohlrabi, a low-calorie cruciferous vegetable loaded with fiber and vitamin C.

What are popular snacks that begin with K?

Some tasty snacks that start with K include kettle chips, a crunchy snack made from sliced potatoes, or if you prefer a sweet treat, try a Kit Kat chocolate bar. For a healthier option, you can munch on kale chips, which are made from kale leaves baked or dehydrated with various seasonings.

What are some breakfast items that start with K?

A few breakfast items starting with K are Kellogg’s cereal, a popular brand offering various options like cornflakes and rice krispies. You can also enjoy a warm bowl of oatmeal with kiwi fruit or try a Greek yogurt parfait topped with kumquats.

What are some unique dishes that start with K?

Kibbeh, a Middle Eastern dish made of bulgur wheat, minced onions, and finely ground meat, is a unique option that starts with K. Another example is kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish made from fermented vegetables, typically cabbage, spiced with red pepper flakes and other seasonings.

What are common fruits and vegetables that start with K?

Some common fruits that begin with K include kiwi, kumquat, and kabosu (a Japanese citrus fruit). For vegetables, you’ll find kale, kohlrabi, and kabocha squash, all of which offer a variety of flavors and textures.

What are some global cuisine options with foods that start with K?

Consider trying a variety of global cuisine options, such as korma, an Indian curry dish made with yogurt and spices, or kebabs, a popular Middle Eastern dish of skewered and grilled meat or vegetables. For a Japanese option, opt for katsu, which is a breaded and deep-fried meat cutlet, typically served with rice and a tangy sauce.

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31 of the Best Foods that Start with K

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5 from 5 votes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Substitute
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 322 kcal


  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Kale
  • Kaffir Lime
  • Kiwi Berries
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Kettle Corn
  • Kit Kat
  • Klondike Bar
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Krackel Bars
  • Kidney Bean
  • Kim Chi
  • Kenchur
  • Kumera
  • Kombu
  • Kalettes
  • Kohlrabi
  • Koshihkari Rice
  • Kokam
  • Kudzu
  • Kidneys
  • Kangaroo
  • Kipper
  • King Crab
  • King Fish
  • Kabobs
  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • Kedgeree
  • Kvass
  • Kirsch
  • Kahula


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