25 Rambutan recipes for your new favorite tropical fruit!

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Georgie Radu
Georgie Raduhttps://exquisiterecipes.com
I am a medical microbiologist who loves delicious food, writing and lists. :)

Since I started collecting recipes on this blog, I look forward to going out for groceries. The stores and markets are a whole new world for me and I observe every ingredient in a new way. This is how I discovered many new, interesting fruits and vegetables and decided to try them out in some (amateur) recipes. Rambutan, the exotic fruit known for its sweet, juicy flesh and distinctive appearance (“distinctive” is not a strong enough word), offers a wealth of culinary possibilities. In this exploration of rambutan recipes, we’ll dive into the creative ways this tropical delight can be incorporated into dishes. From refreshing rambutan salads and vibrant fruit cocktails to delectable desserts like rambutan sorbets and tarts, these recipes showcase the fruit’s unique flavor and texture.

Just as I discovered rambutan, one day I found out about dragon fruit recipes and fell in love with a whole new taste. The best part? Rambutan and dragon fruit go very well together!

What is rambutan?

Rambutan, scientifically known as Nephelium lappaceum, is a tropical fruit that hails from Southeast Asia and is celebrated for its striking appearance and delightful flavor. This exotic fruit, often referred to as the “hairy lychee” due to its spiky, red, or yellowish skin covered in soft, hair-like protrusions, is a member of the Sapindaceae family. Rambutans are typically small to medium-sized, with translucent, juicy flesh that ranges from white to pink or red, depending on the variety.

What does rambutan taste like? You should know this before trying rambutan recipes

Rambutan trees thrive in warm, humid climates and are native to regions like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. They have gained popularity worldwide for their sweet and slightly acidic taste, reminiscent of grapes, lychees, or longans. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rambutan not only has a great aroma but also offers potential health benefits.

How to eat a rambutan? Enjoy these rambutan recipes on hot summer and autumn days

How can you cook rambutan recipes in your own kitchen?

  1. Rambutan smoothie

2. Lychee or rambutan sorbet

3. Rambutan cocktail

4. Rambutan jam and country style ribs

5. Red curry with tofu, rambutans and sweet basil

6. Pickled Rambutan

7. Pink rambutan smoothie

8. Dragon fruit and rambutan mojito

9. Rambutan apple pie

10. Rambutan and tender coconut juice with basil seeds

11. Hibiscus and rambutan sorbet

12. Asinan Rambutan

13. Rambutan fruit in sticky rice dessert

14. Rambutan beauty smoothie

15. Vegan mango rambutan smoothie

16. Honeydew, mint and rambutan frappe

17. Tropical coconut milk rice pudding with dragon fruit and rambutans

18. Rosy Rambutini

19. Rambutan pudding

20. Red Rambutan cake


In conclusion, rambutan recipes offer a delightful fusion of flavor and creativity. Whether you’re savoring them in refreshing salads, indulging in sweet treats, or experimenting with unique culinary combinations, rambutans bring a burst of tropical delight to your kitchen. Explore, innovate, and relish the exotic charm of this remarkable fruit. I know I will!

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