How to Cook in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Your guide to cooking, ingredients and recipes in BOTW

As you make your way across Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you'll gather a variety of food and materials. You can eat the food by itself, usually to recover life hearts, but to get the most out of your scrounging, you'll want to stop by settlements and campsites to cook some meals and make your food even more useful. Here's everything you need to know about cooking in Breath of the Wild.

Instructions in this article apply to both the Wii U and Switch versions of the game.

How to Cook in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Like making elixirs, all you need to cook delicious meals in Breath of the Wild are ingredients and a cooking pot with a fire burning under it. You'll usually find the latter in a stable or a town, but you can also find them at campsites and enemy outposts all over Hyrule.

Once you've found a cooking pot, open your inventory and navigate to the Materials tab (it looks like an apple). Select each ingredient you want to cook with, and then press X to put them into Link's arms. Link can hold up to five items at a time. Once he has everything, leave the menu. Finally, approach the cooking pot and press A to toss them in. An animation will play, and the food you've prepared will automatically go into your inventory.

Link cooking in Breath of the Wild

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Food Effects in Breath of the Wild

Depending on which ingredients you use, your meals might give you extra, temporary benefits beyond just replenishing Link's health. Here are the different effects food can have.

To add these effects to your meals, add one of the corresponding ingredients to the base components.

The benefits of the Enduring and Hearty effects will remain until Link uses them, either by depleting the extra stamina or taking damage.

 Effect Name  Benefit Ingredients
Chilly Link will not lose health in hot environments like Gerudo Desert. Chillfin Trout, Chillshroom, Cool Safflina, Hydromelon
Electro Resistance to electricity-based attacks and lightning. Electric Safflina, Voltfin Trout, Voltfruit, Zapshroom
Enduring Provides a temporary extension to Link's stamina meter. Endura Carrot, Endura Shroom
Energizing Refills a portion of Link's stamina. Bright-Eyed Crab, Courser Bee Honey, Stamella Shroom, Staminoka Bass
Hasty Increases Link's movement speed. Fleet-Lotus Seeds, Rushroom, Swift Carrot, Swift Violet
Hearty Adds hearts to the end of Link's health meter. Big Hearty Radish, Big Hearty Truffle, Hearty Bass, Hearty Blueshell Snail, Hearty Durian, Hearty Radish, Hearty Salmon, Hearty Truffle
Mighty Link's attacks do more damage. Mighty Bananas, Mighty Carp, Mighty Porgy, Mighty Thistle, Razorclaw Crab, Razorshroom
Sneaky Link makes less noise while moving. Blue Nightshade, Silent Princess, Silent Shroom, Sneaky River Snail, Stealthfin Trout
Spicy Link can safely navigate cold environments like Hebra Mountains. Sizzlefin Trout, Spicy Pepper, Sunshroom, Warm Safflina
Tough Enemy attacks do less damange. Armoranth, Armored Carp, Armored Porgy, Fortified Pumpkin, Ironshell Crab, Ironshroom

You can make any effects last longer or more powerful by adding multiple boost ingredients, but you can't add more than one effect with a single dish. For example, adding a Hearty Radish and a Mighty Carp will give you neither a Hearty nor a Mighty effect; the two "cancel" each other.

All Food Recipes in Breath of the Wild

The most useful meals in Breath of the Wild have specific recipes that you should follow. If you throw incompatible ingredients into a pot, you'll get an undesirable dish like Dubious or Rock-Hard Food. These meals will provide a little health, but they're mostly a waste of material.

You'll scavenge most ingredients, like fruit, on your travels through Hyrule, but some, like butter and seasonings, are only available from merchants.

 Meal Ingredients
Apple Pie Apple + Cane Sugar + Goat Butter + Tabantha Wheat
Carrot Cake Cane Sugar + Carrot (any type) + Goat Butter + Tabantha Wheat
Egg Pudding Fresh Milk + Bird Egg + Cane Sugar
Egg Tart Bird Egg + Cane Sugar + Goat Butter + Tabantha Wheat
Fish Pie Goat Butter + Rock Salt + Seafood (any type) + Rock Salt
Carrot Stew Carrot (any type) + Fresh Milk + Goat Butter + Tabantha Wheat
Copious Fish Skewers Fish (any four different types)
Copious Fried Wild Greens Flowers/Herbs/Vegetables (any four different types)
Copious Meat Skewers Meat (any four different types)
Copious Mushroom Skewers Mushrooms (any four different types)
Copious Simmered Fruit Fruit (any four different types)
Crab Omelet with Rice Bird Egg + Crab (any type) + Hylian Rice + Rock Salt
Crab Risotto Crab (any type) + Goat Butter + Hylian Rice + Rock Salt
Crab Stir-Fry Crab (any type) + Goron Spice
Cream of Mushroom Soup Fresh Milk + Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type) + Mushroom (any type) + Rock Salt
Cream of Vegetable Soup Fresh Milk + Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type but carrots or pumpkins) + Rock Salt
Creamy Heart Soup Fresh Milk + Hydromelon + Radish (any type) + Voltfruit
Creamy Meat Soup Fresh Milk + Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type) + Meat (any type) + Rock Salt
Creamy Seafood Soup Fresh Milk + Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type) + Rock Salt + Seafood (any type)
Curry Pilaf Bird Egg + Goat Butter + Goron Spice + Hylian Rice
Curry Rice Goron Spice + Hylian Rice
Energizing Honey Candy Courser Bee Honey
Energizing Honeyed Apple Apple + Courser Bee Honey
Fish and Mushroom Skewer Fish (any type) + Mushroom (any type)
Fish Skewer Fish (any type)
Fragrant Mushroom Sauté Goron Spice + Mushroom (any type)
Fried Bananas Cane Sugar + Mighty Bananas + Tabantha Wheat
Fried Egg and Rice Bird Egg + Hylian Rice
Fried Wild Greens Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type)
Fruit and Mushroom Mix Fruit (any type) + Mushroom (any type)
Fruit Pie Cane Sugar + Fruit (any type but Apple) + Goat Butter + Tabantha Wheat
Fruitcake Cane Sugar + Fruit (any two types) + Tabantha Wheat
Glazed Meat Courser Bee Honey + Meat (any type)
Glazed Mushrooms Courser Bee Honey + Mushroom (any type)
Glazed Seafood Courser Bee Honey + Seafood (any type)
Glazed Veggies Courser Bee Honey + Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type)
Gourmet Meat and Rice Bowl Hylian Rice + Meat (Raw, Gourmet type) + Rock Salt
Gourmet Meat and Seafood Fry Meat (Raw, Gourmet type) + Seafood (any type)
Gourmet Meat Curry Goron Spice + Hylian Rice + Meat (Raw, Gourmet type)
Gourmet Meat Stew Fresh Milk + Goat Butter + Meat (Raw, Gourmet type) + Tabantha Wheat
Gourmet Poultry Curry Bird (Raw, Whole type) + Goron Spice + Hylian Rice
Gourmet Poultry Pilaf Bird (Raw, Whole type) + Bird Egg + Goat Butter + Hylian Rice
Gourmet Spiced Meat Skewer Goron Spice + Meat (Raw, Gourmet type)
Hearty Clam Chowder Fresh Milk + Goat Butter + Hearty Blueshell Snail + Tabantha Wheat
Hearty Salmon Mueniére Goat Butter + Hearty Salmon + Tabantha Wheat
Herb Sauté Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type) + Goron Spice
Honey Crepe Bird Egg + Cane Sugar + Courser Bee Honey + Fresh Milk + Tabantha Wheat
Honeyed Fruits Courser Bee Honey + Fruit (any type but Apple)
Hot Buttered Apple Apple + Goat Butter
Meat and Mushroom Skewer Meat (any type) + Mushroom (any type)
Meat and Rice Bowl Hylian Rice + Meat (any type) + Rock Salt
Meat and Seafood Fry Meat (Raw type) + Seafood (any type)
Meat Curry Goron Spice + Hylian Rice + Meat (Raw type)
Meat Pie Goat Butter + Meat (Raw type) + Rock Salt + Tabantha Wheat
Meat Skewer Meat (any three or fewer)
Meat Stew Bird (any Raw Drumstick)/Meat (any Raw type) + Fresh Milk + Goat Butter + Tabantha Wheat
Meaty Rice Balls Hylian Rice + Meat (any Raw type)
Monster Cake Cane Sugar + Goat Butter + Monster Extract + Tabantha Wheat
Monster Curry Goron Spice + Hylian Rice + Tabantha Wheat
Monster Rice Balls Hylian Rice + Monster Extract + Rock Salt
Monster Soup Fresh Milk + Goat Butter + Monster Extract + Tabantha Wheat
Monster Stew Meat (any Raw type) + Monster Extract + Seafood (any type)
Mushroom Omelet Bird Egg + Goat Butter + Mushroom (any type) + Rock Salt
Mushroom Rice Balls Hylian Rice + Mushroom (any type)
Mushroom Risotto Goat Butter + Hylian Rice + Mushroom (any type) + Rock Salt
Mushroom Skewer Mushroom (any type)
Nutcake Cane Sugar + Goat Butter + Nut (any type) + Tabantha Wheat
Omelet Bird Egg
Pepper Seafood Seafood (any type) + Spicy Pepper
Plain Crepe Bird Egg + Cane Sugar + Fresh Milk + Goat Butter + Tabantha Wheat
Porgy Meunière Goat Butter + Porgy (any type) + Tabantha Wheat
Poultry Curry Bird (Raw, Drumstick type) + Goron Spice + Hylian Rice
Poultry Pilaf Bird (Raw, Drumstick type) + Bird Egg + Goat Butter + Hylian Rice
Prime Meat and Rice Bowl Hylian Rice + Meat (Raw, Prime type) + Rock Salt
Prime Meat and Seafood Fry Meat (Raw, Prime type), + Seafood (any type)
Prime Meat Curry Goron Spice + Hylian Rice + Meat (Raw, Prime type)
Prime Meat Stew Fresh Milk + Goat Butter + Meat (Raw, Prime type) + Tabantha Wheat
Prime Poultry Curry Bird (Raw, Thigh type) + Goron Spice + Hylian Rice
Prime Poultry Pilaf Bird (Raw, Thigh type) + Bird Egg + Goat Butter + Hylian Rice
Prime Spiced Meat Skewer Goron Spice + Meat (Raw, Prime type)
Pumpkin Pie Cane Sugar + Fortified Pumpkin + Goat Butter + Tabantha Wheat
Pumpkin Stew Fortified Pumpkin + Fresh Milk + Goat Butter + Tabantha Wheat
Salmon Risotto Goat Butter + Hearty Salmon + Hylian Rice + Rock Salt
Salt-Grilled Crab Crab (any type) + Rock Salt
Salt-Grilled Fish Fish/Snail (any type) + Rock Salt
Salt-Grilled Gourmet Meat Meat (Raw, Gourmet type) + Rock Salt
Salt-Grilled Greens Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type) + Rock Salt
Salt-Grilled Meat Bird (Raw, Drumstick type)/Meat (Raw type) + Rock Salt
Salt-Grilled Mushrooms Mushroom (any type) + Rock Salt
Salt-Grilled Prime Meat Meat (Raw, Prime type) + Rock Salt
Sautéed Nuts Nut (any type)
Seafood Curry Goron Spice + Hearty Blueshell Snail/Porgy (any type) + Hylian Rice
Seafood Fried Rice Hearty Blueshell Snail/Porgy (any type) + Hylian Rice + Rock Salt
Seafood Meunière Goat Butter + Seafood (any type but Porgy/Salmon) + Tabantha Wheat
Seafood Paella Goat Butter + Hearty Blueshell Snail + Hylian Rice + Porgy (any type) + Rock Salt
Seafood Rice Balls Hylian Rice + Seafood (any type)
Seafood Skewer Crab (any type)/Snail (any type)
Simmered Fruit Fruit (any type)
Spiced Meat Skewer Goron Spice + Meat (Raw type)
Spicy Pepper Steak Meat (Raw type) + Spicy Pepper
Spicy Sautéed Peppers Spicy Pepper
Steamed Fish Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type) + Seafood (any type)
Steamed Fruit Fruit (any type) + Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type)
Steamed Meat Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type but Pumpkin) + Meat (any Raw type)
Steamed Mushrooms Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type) + Mushroom (any type)
Tough Meat-Stuffed Pumpkin Fortified Pumpkin + Meat (Raw type)
Vegetable Curry Carrot/Pumpkin (any type) + Goron Spice + Hylian Rice
Vegetable Omelet Bird Egg + Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type) + Goat Butter + Rock Salt
Vegetable Risotto Carrot/Pumpkin (any type) + Goat Butter + Hylian Rice + Rock Salt
Veggie Cream Soup Carrot/Pumpkin (any type) + Fresh Milk + Rock Salt
Veggie Rice Balls Flower/Herb/Vegetable (any type) + Hylian Rice
Warm Milk Fresh Milk
Wheat Bread Rock Salt + Tabantha Wheat
Wildberry Crepe Bird Egg + Cane Sugar + Fresh Milk + Tabantha Wheat + Wildberry

Other Foods in Breath of the Wild

In an emergency, you don't need a cooking pot to prepare food from your raw ingredients. You can both roast and freeze fruits, meats, vegetables, and plants to make them restore more health and give you a bonus.

To roast, expose the ingredient to high heat. You can use a campfire, a wildfire, or even a Fire Arrow. Roasted foods give you 150% of the health boost versus just eating the ingredients raw.

To make frozen food, expose any meat or seafood to extremely low temperatures, usually by placing them in the snow or shooting them with an Ice Arrow. Frozen items both restore health and give you temporary cold resistance.

Finally, you can place a Bird Egg into a hot spring to make a Hard-Boiled Egg, which will give you extra hearts when you eat it.

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