25 Surprisingly Delicious Foods That Look Disgusting

Posted by , Updated on December 14, 2023

We are pretty sure that “food porn” is one of the most common hash tags you see on your Instagram and Facebook wall. The term relates to a glamorized spectacular visual presentation of food that usually takes the form of food photography and styling. Whether it is at a restaurant, on vacation or at home, people love to take pictures of their appetizing meals and post them on social media. However, not every meal looks that good. There are many foods that look downright disgusting but still taste great. In fact, many of these ugly meals are also very healthy and highly nutritious, containing plentiful vitamins, fibers, proteins and other good stuff. As we felt sorry for all these meals that might not look like food supermodels but have a lot to offer, we decided to compile a post dedicated just to them. From sea urchins and truffles to warty pumpkins and mussels, these 25 meals might not impress you with their visual appearance, but they are sure to satisfy your taste buds. If you are ready to bite into some oddly-looking but surprisingly tasty meals, check out these 25 Foods That Look Disgusting But Are Actually Quite Delicious.

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Baba Ganoush

Baba GanoushSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Baba Ganoush might look like a vomit, but in fact, it is a delicious Arabic dish of cooked eggplant mixed with onions, tomatoes, olive oil, and various seasonings.



PoutineSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

A traditional Canadian dish, poutine never looks good in a photo, but it is a very tasty meal made from French fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy.


Passion Fruit

Passion FruitSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com

Native to South America, passion fruit might look slimy, but it is a delicious fruit rich in vitamins, dietary fibers, and iron.


Sea Urchin

Sea UrchinSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com

One of the ugliest foods on the list, sea urchin is considered a culinary delicacy in many parts of the world. In the Mediterranean, sea urchins are often eaten raw.


Corned Beef Hash

Corned Beef HashSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

This disgusting but very tasty dish consists of diced meat, potatoes, and spices that are mixed together and then cooked.


Blue Cheese

Blue CheeseSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

It is the bluish mold created by the ageing process that makes the cheese extremely unappetizing and delicious at the same time.



RambutanSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com

Found in tropical South East Asia, rambutan is known for its bizarre appearance and sweet, mildly acidic flavor very reminiscent of grapes.



GuacamoleSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

This unattractive green mush is an avocado-based dip popular in Mexico, but it has also become part of American cuisine as a dip, condiment, and salad ingredient.


Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca PuddingSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Tapioca pudding doesn’t look very appetizing, but it contains only good stuff – tapioca, milk or cream, and sometimes coconut milk. It is a sweet delicacy.



HummusSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com

Another meal that resembles a vomit, hummus is a dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic.



TrufflesSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Truffles might look like goat droppings, but this fungus is sometimes referred to as “the diamond of the kitchen.” In fact, truffles are among the most expensive meals in the world.



CasseroleSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com

If you have ever eaten vegetable casserole, you know how delicious it is. From the visual perspective, it is a different story though.



GingerSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com

Resembling gnarled hands of a witch, ginger is a hot, fragrant kitchen spice that turns anything from meat dishes to homemade lemonades into delicacies.



CallalooSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Callaloo might look terrible on the plate, but this popular Caribbean dish made from a leafy vegetable called amaranth and taro root is actually very good.



MorelsSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Morels are edible mushrooms that are high in Vitamin D and iron, and they taste similar to truffles. Their visual appearance rather resembles dried brains though.


Cottage Cheese

Cottage CheeseSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Cottage cheese is an essential part of many delicacies, but plain cottage cheese is white and lumpy stuff that never looks appetizing.



MusselsSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Mussels might look like the inside of an alien, but they are undoubtedly one of the most popular and delicious sea foods ever.



FigsSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Figs are usually sold dried as the ripe fruit does not transport well. They might look disgusting, but figs are a sweet delicacy, and they make great fruit jam.



LifrarpilsaSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

This nightmarish meal is a traditional Icelandic dish. Basically a boiled liver sausage, lifrarpilsa is a pudding made from liver and suet of sheep kneaded with rye flour and oats.


Buddha´s Hand

Buddha´s HandSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Also known as the fingered citron, Buddha´s hand is an unusually shaped citron variety known for its exquisite aroma and taste.


Pea Soup

Pea SoupSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com

Obviously, pea soup is not the most visually-attractive soup, but it definitely is a great meal. In fact, pea soup is popular in many parts of the world.


Wheat Gluten

Wheat GlutenSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

An alternative to soybean-based foods such as tofu, wheat gluten is a food made from gluten, the main protein of wheat. The pictured dish is known as “vegetarian mock duck.”



MeatloafSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com

Meatloaf might not always look appetizing, but there are no doubts that this food is one of the most popular dishes of every meat eater.



PumpkinSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Some pumpkins look more like something out of a horror movie than food, but the variety of delicious dishes made from them is truly outstanding.



OatmealSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Unappetizing beige mush, oatmeal will never make it among the food porn dishes, but if you add some brown sugar in it, it makes a hardy, healthy, and tasty breakfast.