24 Amazing Mango Pairings For You To Try
· March 9, 2021

No matter how bad the weather is this fruit instantly transports me to some tropical paradise far far far away. Your typical mango has a beautiful golden color and a rich creamy flesh full of juices that ooze into your mouth as you take a bite. The mouthfeel is incredible: luscious and silky.

Some varieties are full-on sweet such as the Pakistani Chaunsa whilst others like the Indian Alphonso, also known as "the king of mangoes", have a tangier side to them. Some mangoes have notes of honey, others pineapple, some coconut. Overtones of citrus and spice are also common.

What goes well with Mango?

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Mango. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.

  • Avocado

    Why this pairing works:Avocado has a subtle nutty aroma which pairs great with flavors that also exhibit woody, spicy, or piney notes. Whilst mango is more known for its tropical flavor it also contains an aroma compound called alpha-pinene which gives the fruit a piney flavor and makes it a great match for avocado. Great for salads and salsas.

  • Cardamon

    Why this pairing works:This one is mind-blowing. I simply sprinkled a little cardamon powder onto a chunk of mango and the two just lit up. First I got the sweet honey-like flavors of mango. Next the cardamons gingery nutmeg base. But the finish...oh the finish. Right at the end, the cardamon does a sneak attack with its floral flavors. It's so damned quirky but it works and it is guaranteed to draw a reaction from anyone who tries it.

  • Cucumber

    E.g. Cucumber and mango salsa.Cucumbers have a cool and slightly bitter tasting property thanks to their green skins. Mangoes, on the other hand, are rich, sweet and in some varieties, quite tart. Together they balance one another brilliantly. The mango's sweetness takes the edge off the bitterness of the cucumber and the cucumber helps to keep the mango's sweetness under control. Visually they are pretty to the eye with their matching green and yellow colours.

    A simple way to pair them is via this quick salsa, perfect for grilled meats and BBQs.

  • Cumin

    Why this pairing works:These two require no effort to fuse. All just sprinkled a little cumin powder onto a slice of mango, and it tasted great. I found mango's lush tropical sweetness to contrast nicely with cumin's smoky flavors, and cumin provided a little zing with its zesty notes. Great for chutneys.

  • Pork

    Why this pairing works:So I tried mango and Proscuitto ham today and damn these two were instant hits together. No need for any other ingredients. Just whack them together on a plate and try it out.

    What do they have in common? Both have an easy-going roundness to them helping them to effortlessly blend together. Sometimes when two flavors do this it can taste a little boring and feel one dimensional but at the end of each bite you get to taste the typical salty and meaty flavors that come with cured meat which adds a little contrast. The ham's saltiness also helps to pull out even more flavor from the mango.

    If you're looking for an easy combination try these two. Perfect in salads.

  • Sesame

    Why this pairing works:Sesame has a strong pine-like flavor profile due to the presence of aroma compounds called terpenes. Whilst the scent of pine forests is probably the last thing that comes to your mind when thinking about mangoes, they too have this compound, making these two a great match. Next time you eat mango, try and spot the piney notes.

    E.g. Sticky rice pudding with mango and sesame.Khao Niao Mamuang is a classic Thai dessert that partners sticky coconut rice pudding with fresh slices of mango and topped with a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds.