20 Recipes to Soothe a Sore Throat

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

With all that fall has to offer, it also has its downsides. There’s the return of cold weather, for starters. And there are gloomy days filled with rain, the stress of getting ready for the holidays, and the inevitable seasonal ailments of a cold or sore throat.

If your coworkers, family, or friends start getting a sore throat, it just seems to spiral. When it’s your turn to feel sick, take care of yourself (or others in your house!) by eating nourishing foods that will soothe your throat, like a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes, egg drop soup, or baked pumpkin oatmeal.

I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, but I feel like I can safely say there are just things that will make your throat feel better when you’re sick. You want to avoid anything scratchy or food with a lot of acid, and I know people also tend to avoid things with a lot of dairy to avoid building up mucus.


Soothing teas spiked with ginger and cooling slushies are ideal things to sip when you’re just not feeling that great. A hot toddy always does the trick, too (if you’re 21 or older!).

How to Make Chicken Soup(Image credit: Christine Han)

Warm Foods

It’s hard to deny the magic of chicken soup when your throat is scratchy and you’re feeling under the weather. Soft foods like mashed potatoes, oatmeal, and scrambled eggs also work wonders.

Honey and Cashew Butter Yogurt Ice Pops(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Cooling Foods

If dairy doesn’t bother you when you’re sick, then go ahead and enjoy that ice cream because its cool creaminess will definitely make you feel better. So will things like ice pops, pudding, and applesauce.

What recipes do you turn to when you get a sore throat? Is there something you would avoid?