Party Time: Recipes for People with Dysphagia

By: Karen Sheffler

December 9, 2022

Tips & Recipes For People With Dysphagia

by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of

What will be on the plate of the person with difficulty swallowing? Is their quality of life and enjoyment at the gathering affected by dysphagia? Resources and recipes for people with dysphagia are needed to help them enjoy the holidays too.

Introduction to Dysphagia Tips & Recipes

It’s that time of the year, and there are gatherings from Thanksgiving through the New Year! Typically, parties in the United States center around food and drink (even though some of us think they should center around music and dancing). Getting together in-person with family and friends is wonderful, but – let’s face it – it may be stressful at times. If you, your loved ones, or friends have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), these gatherings can be extra challenging. and Hormel Health Labs teamed up to provide help and support for those who struggle with dysphagia. Click here for our article: Tips for Managing Dysphagia at Home During the Holidays. Not everyone with dysphagia will require a texture modification in what they eat and drink; therefore, those tips covered a wide variety of topics to make for a successful gathering. For those who benefit from pureed/blended foods or foods that are soft, moist, and easy to chew, I have compiled this list of recipes for people with dysphagia, along with cooking tips.

recipes for people with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) should include fun drinks, such as the two champagne glasses toasting at midnight here in photo

Prior Articles

In these blogs, I advised: don’t forget the flavor when modifying textures, and don’t ignore our desires to snack all day long!

Recipes for People with Dysphagia: Don’t Forget Flavor

Snacks for People with Dysphagia (IDDSI Style)

Other helpful blogs:

International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) Recipe Ideas:

IDDSI’s Special Features

  1. The sticky and not so sticky issues with hot cereals, per our Asian IDDSI Reference Groups:
  2. Lots of tips on puree:

From the Country-Specific Charts on

United Kingdom

See the United Kingdom chart on Additionally, they had great tips shared at the UK’s IDDSI Festival 2022. I especially recommend the chart of foods at the end of this linked document that can be a high choking risks:

There are good resources in that United Kingdom chart from Dorset HealthCare University. Dorset states: “This booklet contains a small selection of recipes from the new IDDSI recipe book called: Modify your style – tips for dysphagia cooks at home, written by the DART team at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.”

United States

See the United States IDDSI Reference Group’s chart of resources.

National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders and the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders also teamed up and presented a webinar on December 2, 2021 called: Celebrating the Holidays with Dysphagia. See the full webinar on IDDSI’s YouTube Chanel here. That talk by the dietitian Laura Michaels provided more ideas and recipes for people with dysphagia in these two terrific handouts:

Special thanks to NFOSD and IDDSI for all the free and open access supports:

Oak House Kitchen

Main recipe tab:

Thank you Oak House Kitchen (chefs Preston Walker and James Ball) for all of your recipes for people with dysphagia. They provide great examples and cooking tips:

Great tips on rice, pasta and other starches (link to old webinar not working, but text is very helpful).


Terrific IDDSI Webinar by Oak House Kitchen: (See link at end to their YouTube webinar with cooking techniques, but the webinar is also summarized in the text of this linked article).

More Recipes for People with Dysphagia:

from Companies Who Provide Thickened Liquids & Modified Foods



Summary & Learn More

In summary, I hope this blog takes the stress out of providing a good variety of recipes for people with dysphagia. I also want to let you know that any food or drink recipe that you make can be tested for its softness, moistness, bite-size (aka, particle size), and overall ease of swallowing by using simple IDDSI Testing Methods. See my prior blogs and resources for more information on IDDSI and IDDSI Testing:

IDDSI Introduction for Food Service Workers & Caregivers: 101

IDDSI Testing Methods for Food Service Workers & Caregivers: 201

Thanks for reading, experimenting, testing, and sharing!

Please share your party tips and recipes for people with dysphagia too!

Thank you!