For many of us, that first mango of the season is proof that summer and sunny weather is on the way.
So many Aussies have happy childhood memories of sucking the pulp from a fragrant mango cheek whilst standing over the kitchen sink. After all, a juicy mango, though utterly irresistible, can be a joyously messy thing to eat!
Mangoes are a delicious fruit that are tasty enough to eat on their own – sliced and served simply. However, mango is also a versatile ingredient that can be used in lots of different recipes ways. Let us introduce you to some of our best mango recipes.
From drinks to desserts and from salads to curries, you can use mango to jazz up lots of your favorite dishes. You can enjoy using fresh mango as an ingredient when it is in season, but you can also enjoy it all year round with recipes that use frozen or canned mangoes.
If you are looking for some inspiration for your next dinner party, BBQ, or even just some new meals to throw into the mix to make meal time more interesting for you and your family then look no further. We have gathered a list of the 24 best mango recipes that you can try out at home.
There is something for everyone on this list – sweet, savoury, spicy, vegetarian, and even a tasty cocktail! So keep reading to find your new favourite mango recipe.
Got Too Many Mangoes?
We know. How could you possibly have too many mangoes?
But if you have a glut of mangoes, it can be a struggle to use them all up before they go off.
So what to do with ripe mangoes? Well, apart form trying some of the ripe mango recipes below, try freezing any excess fruit. Simply cut the cheeks from a fresh mango, pop them in a freezer bag and toss them in the fridge to make smoothies, ice cream or whatever else you fancy at a later date.
Then you can enjoy delicious, ripe mangoes all year round.
Mango kulfi is a sweet, creamy frozen treat similar to ice cream but with a denser texture. It is the perfect recipe to make in the warm summer months. We like making it for a garden party as it’s something a bit unusual.
The traditional method of making this Indian dessert involves simmering the ingredients and lots of stirring. Luckily, this recipe is a quick, no cooking, version which is much easier but still tastes amazing.
This recipe uses all natural ingredients and the colour comes out pale yellow. If you want a more vibrant colour then you can add some orange food colouring. You will need a blender to make sure that all of the ingredients are smoothly blitzed together to create the right texture. You can check out price, functions and availability of our favourite blender here.
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If you are looking for a mango treat that is more reminiscent of a classic ice lolly then you should try these mango popsicles. The juicy mangoes are combined with sweet honey and tangy lime to create a perfectly balanced flavour that is perfect for summer.
They are quick and easy to make and will keep in the freezer so you always have some to hand for a hot day. No wonder they are amongst our best mango recipes.
You can use fresh or frozen mango depending on what you can get hold of – fresh mangoes will have a bit more flavour but frozen work well too- just remember to let them thaw before you blitz them.
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We could hardly have a list of best mango recipes and not include one for a salsa. Mango salsa is a spicy yet refreshing side dish or condiment that goes really well with grilled meat, salads, and spicy foods.
It is very appetising because it is packed with different coloured ingredients, which makes it the perfect dish to serve at a dinner party. And in the centre of a BBQ table, it looks appealing served in a nice bowl.
It also works well as a garnish for lots of different dishes, and as a filling for burritos or tacos. There are six basic ingredients in this recipe – ripe mangoes, bell peppers (you can choose which colour/s), red onion, coriander, jalapeno and lime.
Once all of the ingredients are combined you should let the salsa sit so the flavours can mingle for a while before serving.
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Salmon is a very flavorsome fish that is often best when it is cooked in a very simple way. In this recipe, the salmon is baked with very little seasoning to bring out the natural taste of the fish.
It is served with a delicious mango and avocado salsa which complements the delicate salmon whilst adding an exciting element to the dish. The creaminess of the avocado cuts through the sweet acidity of the mangoes. It’s a perfect combination that is exotic and nutritious.
Red onion, chilli and lime juice are tossed into the salsa to lift the flavours even further and add a spicy, tangy element. Make sure the mangoes are not overly ripe for this recipe.
This recipe continues the theme of pairing mangoes with seafood, this time with juicy, succulent prawn (shrimps). It takes its inspiration from Indian cuisine with ground turmeric for flavour and colour.
If you buy ready peeled prawns it will save you a lot of preparation time which makes this meal even easier to make. This recipe is perfect for a summer dinner party, served with a rice salad or some traditional Indian breads.
It is important that you let the prawns marinade in the seasonings before you cook them to ensure that the flavours are fully developed. Once the prawns are ready to cook it will only take a few minutes, so you can do this just before serving.
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This dessert is delicious and decadent, perfect for enjoying a slice with some ice tea on a warm day. The base is a buttery shortbread crust which is baked before the filling is added. Next, you make the silky smooth vanilla bean pastry cream.
It is best to use seeds from vanilla bean pods for this, but if you can’t get hold of any then you can use vanilla extract. Once the crust of the tart has been baked and cooled you can add your pasty cream.
The final step is slicing fresh mango into thin slices and carefully arranging them on the tart. You can create a spiral pattern, or use different size pieces to make the top of the tart look like a blossoming flower- it depends how artistic you are!
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Mango Lassi is a kind of mango and yogurt smoothie which is very popular in India. A little bit of cardamom gives it some warmth, but the cool creaminess is very refreshing on a hot day. It totally deserves its place on our best mango recipes list.
Even though it is a drink it is very filling, so it makes a great snack or a very tasty breakfast. For the best flavour, use fresh, ripe mangoes. If you can’t get hold of any then you can also use frozen mango, but let it thaw first.
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Quesadillas are a super tasty meal that the whole family can tuck into and enjoy. This recipe for chicken and mango quesadillas is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with delicious melted cheese.
It uses pre-cooked shredded chicken, so this is the perfect Monday night meal to make with leftover chicken from your Sunday roast.
The quesadillas are flavoured with BBQ sauce and cilantro, and you can even add a squeeze of fresh lime if you fancy. There is no chilli in this recipe, but if you fancy a bit of spice then feel free to add some in.
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– this means you don’t need to add any sugar to the cocktail. It also uses fresh oranges and limes, along with tequila and triple sec.
You will need a blender to make sure that all of the ingredients are smoothly mixed together. Serve the cocktail over ice in a salt-rimmed glass for the proper experience.
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If you are looking for a meal that is healthy and nutritious but also tastes amazing then look no further. The grilled chicken is low in fat and the recipe is gluten free and dairy free. If you want to make it paleo friendly then use cauliflower rice instead of normal rice.
There is a small amount of spice to give this dish a little kick, but if you can handle more heat then you can customize the recipe to make it spicier.
You can serve the dish with fresh coriander (cilantro) and lime as a garnish to make it even more attractive, although the slightly blackened chicken sliced and layered over the rice looks very appealing.
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Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines here in Australia. So it makes perfect sense to have a Thai meal or amongst our best mango recipes.
This spicy, savoury salad is packed with fresh ingredients and zingy flavours. You can amend the recipe to include your favourite salad ingredients, but the main elements of this recipe are mango, cucumber, carrots and tomato. These are then flavoured with coriander and a simple lime dressing that is sweet, salty and spicy.
The recipe was inspired by Som Tam, a popular dish in Thailand made from green papaya. You can use unripened mango to make mango salad, but this recipe uses ripe mango for sweetness and a vibrant colour.
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This simple recipe is perfect for a party or gathering as it is easy to prepare but looks very appetising laid out on a plate. You can serve them with melted chocolate, a caramel dip, fruit coulis, ice cream or yogurt. It is up to you what fruits you use- pick your favourite and load them onto a skewer.
Avoid fruits that turn brown once they have been sliced- like bananas, peaches or apples. You should also try and choose a variety of colours to make your rainbow kabobs more appealing.
Ripe mangoes have a vibrant orange colour that would look lovely against some yellow pineapple, red strawberry and green kiwi. Different varieties of melon also work very well.
This salad is packed with protein and is filled with wonderful flavours that are ideal for summer. This would make a lovely lunch to enjoy in your garden over the weekend, or a quick weeknight meal.
The sweet mango pairs brilliantly with the creamy avocado and the honey vinaigrette ties all of it together for a well-balanced mouthful that is tangy and savoury but a little bit sweet.
Adding toasted flaked almonds on the top is optional but it does add a lovely crunchy texture to the salad. And the nuttiness goes really nicely with the chicken.
You can customise the recipe to add in whatever you fancy but the classic crisp lettuce, refreshing cucumber and strong red onion work perfectly with the other ingredients.
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You may have noticed that many of our best mango recipes hail from Asia. Here’s another belter.
This traditional Thai street food is often served as a dessert. You can use fresh coconut milk or canned- but canned is easier to get hold of. The mangoes should be nice and ripe to ensure that they are sweet and soft as this is important for the flavour and texture of the dish.
You can garnish this meal with fresh mint or a sprig of Asian basil. You need to be patient to ensure that you cook the rice correctly and you gently heat the coconut milk to ensure it doesn’t boil.
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Mango chutney is a tasty condiment that is served with a lot of Indian dishes. It goes very well with grilled meats, especially if they have been enhanced with tikka or tandoori spices.
The chutney is tangy, a bit spicy, with a kick of ginger and an acidity that can cut through creamy dishes very well. Vinegar is used to offset the sweetness so that it can pair well with savoury dishes. You can also serve this chutney with different cheeses or spread it on a sandwich.
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Crumble is often considered a winter dessert so you might not consider using a summery fruit like mango, but it actually works really well. You can serve it with vanilla custard or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you want to try something different you could serve it with a tropical ice cream like pineapple or banana. Making the crumble topping is easier than making a pie crust so this dessert comes together nice and quickly.
The mangoes need to be ripe, but not over ripe or they will be too soft to stand up to cooking.
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This recipe for mango mousse is very easy and does not require gelatin or egg.
The mousse is light and airy and feels like a very decadent treat. When mangoes are in season you can use fresh mangoes for this recipe, but you can enjoy it all year round by replacing fresh mangoes with canned mango pulp which works just as well.
Heavy whipping cream is used to give the mousse it’s consistency and a lovely flavour. Agar powder is used as a setting agent which is incredibly important for this recipe. You can add additional flavours to the mousse depending on your preferences- like vanilla or cardamon.
This dish is a favourite in Sri Lanka and one of our best mango recipes. It is the perfect blend of sweet, sour and spicy. Ideally, you should use mangoes that are slightly under ripe for this recipe, but using fresh ripe mango is still preferable to using frozen mango.
Frozen mango is far too mushy for this dish. You don’t need to peel the mango slices- once the peel has been cooked you can eat it easily, adding extra flavour and texture to the curry.
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Three large mangoes go into this recipe for a no bake mango cheesecake. It is best to make this with a food processor to ensure that the cheesecake mixture is nice and smooth.
The cheesecake filling is topped with a mango jelly which has a lovely vibrant colour, then piled with whipped cream and chopped mango. The passionfruit on the top is optional but it adds a lovely decoration and flavour to the dessert.
Although this recipe is called mango cake, a vanilla or coconut cake is used as the base for this dessert. The cake is layered with fresh cream icing and mangoes, then topped with extra mangoes on top. The cake is kept in the refrigerator for up to three days, so don’t worry if you can’t eat it all at once.
That also means that you can prepare it in advance for a party or celebration. You can also top this cake with additional fruit if you want to like strawberries or passionfruit, though this is less traditional.
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Semifreddo is a kind of ice cream cake that is delicious, creamy and refreshing. It is very easy to make, the main ingredients being whipping cream and eggs. You can use canned slices of mango for this recipe and the syrup is also used to help make the ice cream element of the desert.
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This simple dessert is very easy to construct but it looks very impressive when it is finished. You can use shop bought meringue if you prefer, but homemade tastes better and has a lovely texture.
The fresh fruit is delicious and appetising, but if you are making this out of season then you can use canned mangoes instead.
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You may well have tried a chicken curry with pineapple in it, but have you tried a chicken curry with mango? The sweetness of the mango is perfect for cutting through the spices and pairs very well with the chicken.
If you find that the recipe is too sweet then feel free to add some more vinegar to counterbalance the flavours. You can serve this curry with rice or with naan bread or chapati.
The last of our best mango recipes certainly isn’t the least.
This vegetarian recipe is delicious and full of flavour. The black beans add protein, the avocados bring creaminess, and the mangoes are sweet and juicy. All of the ingredients are tied together with spicy seasoning that packs a punch.
You can add whatever toppings you fancy – cheese, soured cream, jalapenos- this recipe uses spicy mayo and finely sliced green cabbage.
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