36 Delicious Peak-Season Mango Recipes

Sweet and Savory Dishes

Thai Mango Salad

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Celebrate the summery taste of mangoes with these sweet and savory mango recipes. You'll find great ideas here for transforming your kitchen or backyard into a tropical paradise, with yummy recipes for mango stir-fries, salads, cookout mains, appetizers, and sweet desserts. We've even included fun tiki drinks including mango that will bring hula vibes to your summer hangs. Whether you're entertaining guests, or need creative new ideas for weeknight family dinners, you'll find great options here.

A Word About Mangoes:

Mango is a tropical fruit that can range in size depending on the variety, with green or light yellow flesh when unripe, and tender, bright yellow or orange flesh when ripe. Peeled, pitted ripe mango fruit is delicious on its own, with a sweet, slightly tangy flavor. Mango can also be incorporated into a wide range of recipes, from savory dishes and sauces to desserts to drinks.

When selecting mangoes, look for firm fruit without blemishes that feel heavy. Unripe fruit will feel hard when pressed, while ripe fruit will yield when squeezed. To ripen mango, simply leave it out on the counter. Mango has a large flat pit that clings to the flesh—the best way to remove it is to cut the fruit from the pit, leaving the pit behind. Get more details in our tutorial on how to cut a mango

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    Mango and Ginger Kombucha Mule With Tequila

    Tequila Kombucha Mule Cocktail

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    Kombucha (or "booch" as it's popularly called) is an excellent cocktail mixer. With its slightly acidic taste and gentle fizz, kombucha can easily replace soda in mixed drinks. In this tequila kombucha mule recipe, ginger-flavored kombucha replaces the Moscow mule's ginger beer to create a lively drink that's both familiar and intriguingly different.

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    Thai Mango Cake (Khek Ma-Muang)

    Easy Thai mango cake recipe

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    Bake up a tropical treat for summer entertaining with our must-know mango cake recipe. This glorious centerpiece features fluffy coconut sponge cake layered with whipped cream cheese frosting, and plenty of fresh mangoes. It's special enough for a birthday or other special occasion but simple enough for a family meal.

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    Easy and Versatile Mango Sauce

    Easy mango sauce recipe

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    Made with ripe fruit, fish sauce, lime juice, and garlic, this mango sauce is a perfect balance of sweet, salty, savory, and tangy. It goes well with a long list of dishes — try using it on stir fry, as a sauce for skewers, or serve with coconut shrimp.

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    Black Bean and Mango Salad

    Black bean and mango salad recipe

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    Change up your salsa routine with this picnic-ready black bean and mango salsa. It takes minutes to whip up and tastes great on fish or pork tacos, grilled fish, or as a dip for crispy tortilla chips.

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    Easy Dairy-Free Mango Custard

    Easy mango custard dessert recipe

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    With just five ingredients, mango custard is a great way to use up ripe mango before it goes bad. It only takes a few minutes to make (but do leave enough time for chilling). Bonus: It's dairy-free, using coconut milk as the base.

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    Mango Swirl Cheesecake

    Mango swirl cheesecake recipe

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    Mango puree not only adds a beautiful, colorful swirl to the top of this silky cheesecake, it also adds a burst of fruity flavor. It's picture-perfect for a potluck or anytime you want to impress, while being surprisingly easy to make.

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    Thai Green Mango Salad

    Thai green mango salad

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    While most recipes call for ripe mango, this Thai mango salad is best made with unripe, green mangoes. The fruit is crunchy and tart, pairing nicely with the spicy, crunchy, savory, and sweet ingredients and dressing.

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    Fresh Mango Smoothie With Yogurt

    Fresh Mango Smoothie With Yogurt

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    Mango and yogurt are a classic pairing, as seen in the popular mango lassi. This simple smoothie combines sweet mango with tangy, creamy yogurt for a refreshing snack. You can leave out the ice if you use frozen mango.

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    Thai Mango Chicken

    Thai Mango Chicken Recipe

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    Mango is pureed with garlic, chile, lime, fish sauce, and other seasonings to make a colorful, flavorful sauce for chicken. It will have your family licking the bowl. Serve mango chicken with freshly steamed rice.

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    Thai Mango Sticky Rice Dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)

    Mango Sticky Rice

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    One of the best-known Thai desserts to Americans, coconut sticky rice with fresh mango is always a favorite. The sticky rice cooks with coconut milk, infusing it with flavor, and a simple coconut sauce and fresh mango adorn the top. Sprinkle with toasted coconut for a nice presentation.

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    Salmon Ceviche with Mango

    salmon ceviche

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    This twist on ceviche combines fresh salmon marinated in fruit juice with chopped mango, jalapeño, Japanese rice wine, and soy sauce. It's a flavorful appetizer or a light lunchtime main.

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    Mango Passion Cocktail

    Mango Passion Cocktail

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    A simple combination of pureed mango, vodka, and sparkling wine, this bright orange cocktail wouldn't be out of place at your next brunch or shower. You can easily make a virgin mango passion using sparkling water or sparkling apple juice instead of wine.

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    Star Fruit in Mango-Orange Sauce

    Star Fruit in Mango-Orange Sauce

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    Celebrate the flavors of tropical fruit with this quick and easy star fruit and mango dessert. Pureed mango, orange juice, and brown sugar form a sauce you'll be licking out of the bowl.

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    Turkey Lettuce Wraps

    turkey lettuce wraps on plate

    The Spruce / Tam Le

    Lean ground turkey is flavored with Thai-inspired ingredients and topped with mango salsa for a low-carb dish. Serve turkey lettuce wraps for a guilt-free lunch, as part of a dinner, or as a fun party appetizer.

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    Fresh Mango Cobbler

    mango cobbler with whipped cream

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    Mango cobbler is a nice change of pace from peach cobbler, adding a bit of sweet, tropical flavor to the homey dessert. Frozen fruit works just as well here, and just can even mix mango with other fruit you have lying around.

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    Puka Dog

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    Homemade spicy mango mustard is what makes this Hawaiian-style puka dog really special. In addition to hot dogs, try serving the tropical "special sauce" with sausages or on hamburgers.

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    Avocado Mango Smoothie

    Avocado mango smoothie

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    Sweet mango and ripe avocado come together to make a sweet, ultra-creamy smoothie. Using frozen mango means you don't have to add any ice to make a nice, cold drink.

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    Mango Mousse Cake

    Mango mousse cake recipe

    The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

    A light and airy sponge cake is layered with a delicate mango mousse to make a show-stopping dessert. A tall springform pan is the key to success, allowing you to build up the layers and easily extract the finished mango mousse cake.

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    Dairy-Free Mango Pudding

    Dairy-Free Mango Pudding

    The Spruce / Preethi Venkatram

    Capture the fresh flavor of ripe mango in an egg-free and dairy-free mango pudding. The dessert uses gelatin to set up, achieving a creamy texture while letting the flavor of the fruit shine.

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    White Wine Peach and Mango Sangria

    White Wine Peach and Mango Sangria
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    Mango rum and slices of fresh mango make this white wine sangria extra-special. You can swap the orange juice for mango juice or nectar for extra tropical flavor. Use a dry white wine, such as a pinot grigio, for best results.

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    Mango Hot Sauce

    mango hot sauce

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    Mangoes provide a tasty base for a spicy hot sauce that's especially good on fish and shrimp tacos. A habanero pepper and fresh ginger give the sauce its signature spice.

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    Spicy Raw Mango Ginger Soup (Vegan and Gluten-Free

    Spicy Raw Mango Ginger Soup (Vegan and Gluten-Free

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    Wake up your brain on work-from-home days with a lunchtime bowl of cooling, sweet and spicy raw food mango soup. It's as easy to make as a smoothie, plus it's vegan and gluten-free, using all fresh, raw food ingredients. Whiz it up in the blender on a Monday, and keep it in the fridge for whenever you need to add pep to your step.

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    Mango Passion Cocktail

    Mango Passion Cocktail

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    One sip of this breezy mango cocktail, and it's easy to imagine yourself on a tropical beach. It's a fabulous summer sparkler for the porch or backyard, with a refreshing sweet and sour taste, and a double dose of "passion" from vodka and champagne (or less expensive sparkling wine).

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    Mango Crisp

    Mango Crisp

    Diana Rattray

    Bright, juicy mangoes make this a deliciously summery fruit crisp. It's an ideal dessert for backyard barbecues, with all the wonderful flavor of a fresh fruit pie, and much less effort. If you prefer a tarter fruit filling, feel free to add in some diced rhubarb, to balance out the sweetness of mango.

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    Mango Amba Sauce

    Mango Amba Sauce

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    You can consider mango amba sauce the Middle Eastern cousin to India's mango chutney. It is a cinch to cook up on the stove-top, and stash in your fridge for dressing up lunchtime sandwiches, cookout kebabs, and grilled seafood. It even makes a flavorful addition to a party cheese platter.

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    Mango Ice Cream

    Mango Ice Cream

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    Infused with the vibrant flavor of ripe mangoes, creamy mango ice cream is the perfect ending to any summer feast. Scoop it into cones for kids, or serve it in bowls drizzled over with chocolate sauce at grown-up parties.

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    Scorpion Bowl Tiki Cocktail

    Scorpion Bowl Tiki Cocktail

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    Delight your summer guests with a show-stopping Scorpion Bowl cocktail that is meant for sharing. It's the perfect signature drink for tiki-themed parties, and packs a serious punch from rum, brandy, and orgeat syrup, with mango and pineapple bringing the essential fruity, tropical flavor.

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    Vegan Coconut Pudding With Mango

    Vegan Coconut Pudding With Mango

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    Looking for a great vegan dessert that delivers all the comfort food vibes? We've reinvented the classic, rich and creamy coconut pudding for vegan eaters, adding a fresh mango and mint topping to take this homey, kid-pleasing treat over the top. It's easy enough to whip up on weeknights, and entirely guilt-free, with no hint of dairy.

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    Thai Pork Chops With Mango

    Thai Pork Chops With Mango

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    In Thailand, where fresh mangoes grow abundantly, it's common to find meat dishes flavored with the juicy fruit. Much like our popular American pork chops and applesauce, these Thai-style oven-roasted pork chops use a sweet and spicy mango sauce to accent the savory flavor of the meat.

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    Mango Puff Pastry Turnovers (Pastelillos de Mangos)

    Mango Puff Pastry Turnovers (Pastelillos de Mangos)

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    Store-bought puff pastry is the secret to these easy and delicious mango turnovers. These sweet treats with a unique filling of mango preserves, chopped cashews, and cinnamon can be served as an after-dinner dessert, an afternoon snack with coffee, or even for breakfast.

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    Mango Iced Tea Cocktail

    Mango Iced Tea Cocktail

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    Spiked iced tea is a popular adult thirst-quencher in summertime. This mango-flavored iced tea cocktail includes both Canadian whiskey, and mango rum, for a refreshing summer drink that packs a one-two punch. Stir it up easily in a pitcher for cookouts, potluck parties, or poolside hangs.

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    Thai Mango Chicken Salad

    Thai Mango Chicken Salad


    Step aside, basic buffet chicken salad. There's a beautiful new salad in town bursting with exquisite Thai flavors. Your taste buds will go wild for the refreshing medley of mango, crunchy salad veggies, toasted coconut, bean sprouts, and peanuts, all mingling in a sweet and tangy lime-chili dressing.

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    Easy Chocolate Mango Mousse

    Easy Chocolate Mango Mousse
    Easy Chocolate Mango Mousse.

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    Make a mind-blowing chocolate mango mousse to end special summer meals. This Thai-inspired twist on the classic French dessert is light and billowy, with loads of decadent chocolate flavor, plus delightful coconut and mango notes. It is destined to become your go-to dessert for summer entertaining.

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    Mango Margarita

    Mango Margarita

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    Every porch or poolside party needs margs. We're nominating this versatile mango tequila cocktail as the essential summer margarita. Make it with your choice of fresh mango or mango liqueur, shaking it for a classic cocktail, or blending it with ice for a slushy-style drink. Either way, it's bound to please.

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    Mango Julius

    Mango Julius

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    What's better than a shopping mall Orange Julius? It's our wonderful mango Julius made with mango juice, and vanilla ice cream. Buzz it up in the blender for a nostalgic frozen smoothie that will remind you of childhood summers.

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    Easy, No Churn Mango Ice Cream

    Mango ice cream on a cone

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    Try this fantastically easy recipe for Thai mango ice cream. The texture of this frozen dessert is halfway between sorbet and ice cream and full of mango flavor. Quick and simple to make, it requires no stove or ice-cream maker, just a blender or food processor.