The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Cooking Guide

Welcome to Cloud Nine’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Cooking Guide! Breath of the Wild is a massive game, and as you might expect, there’s a huge variety of different foods you can make to bring with you on your adventure. Many dishes simply restore your hearts, but it’s also possible to cook enhanced meals that enhance your stats with additional effects.

To cook a meal, you first have to find a campfire with a pot. There are many of these scattered throughout Hyrule – you’ll usually find them in towns or Bokoblin camps. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to craft your own portable cooking pot – sure, you can create campfires whenever you like, but you can’t actually cook at those. But once you do find a cooking pot, all you have to do is hold the ingredients you want to prepare, and then throw them into the pot to get cooking!

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As you know, the main reason you’re going to want to carry a lot of meals is so that you can recover your hearts. So it makes sense that you’d want to know which dishes restore the most health and are most readily available. Below is a list of helpful meals you can cook to recover your hearts:

Meat, Seafood, and Poultry Dishes:

You can find Meat, Seafood, and Poultry by killing wild animals. If you’re playing on the Nintendo Switch, press the left control stick to crouch. From there, your best bet is to use a bow to shoot an arrow at your prey. If you don’t have a bow, getting meat is going to be tough. You’ll probably be better off picking apples from a tree!

  • Fish and Mushroom Skewer: Made with a Hylian shroom and a Hyrule bass. You can use different types of mushrooms and fish to create different effects.
  • Fish Skewer: Made by cooking a Hyrule bass. Restores 2 hearts, but can potentially restore more depending on how many fish you use and what type they are.
  • Glazed Meat: Made with raw meat, a spicy pepper, and Courser bee honey. Restores 7 hearts.
  • Meat and Mushroom Skewer: Made with raw meat and a Hylian shroom. Restores 3 hearts. You can use different types of meat or mushrooms to increase the amount of hearts recovered or add an additional stat enhancement.
  • Meat and Rice Bowl: Made with raw meat, rock salt, and Hylian rice. Restores 4 hearts, but can restore more depending on if you use prime, gourmet, or regular meat.
  • Meat and Seafood Fry: Made with a piece of raw meat (regular / prime / gourmet) or poultry (bird drumstick / bird thigh) as well as a Hyrule bass. Restores 4 hearts. The higher quality meat you use, the more hearts it restores. You can also change the type of fish used in this meal to add additional effects.
  • Meat Curry: Made with three raw pieces of gourmet, prime, or regular meat (make sure all three are the same type of meat), Hylian rice, and Goron spice. Restores up to 20 hearts if gourmet meat is used.
  • Meat Pie: Made with two pieces of meat (regular, prime, or gourmet, but the two pieces should be the same type), rock salt, goat butter, and Tabantha wheat. Restores 14 hearts if you cook this dish using gourmet meat.
  • Meat Skewer: Made by cooking any single piece of raw meat. The amount of hearts this restores depends on the type and amount of meat you use.
  • Pepper Steak: Made with a piece of meat, a mighty thistle, and a spicy pepper. Restores 3 hearts.
  • Poultry Curry: Made with three raw pieces of bird drumstucks or whole birds (make sure all three pieces are the same type), Hylian rice, and Goron spice. Restores 20 hearts if a raw whole bird is used.
  • Poultry Pilaf: Made with two raw pieces of poultry (bird drumstick, bird thigh, or whole bird), Hylian rice, goat butter, and a bird egg. Restores 8 hearts.
  • Roasted Bass: Made by cooking a single Hyrule bass. Restores 1 and a half hearts.
  • Salt-Grilled Fish: Made when you combine 1-4 of the same type of fish with a piece of rock salt. When cooked with a single Hyrule bass, it restores 2 hearts, but using more fish can increase this amount.
  • Salt-Grilled Meat: Made when you combine 1-4 of the same type of meat with a piece of rock salt. When cooked with a single piece of raw meat, it restores 2 hearts, but using more meat can increase this amount.
  • Seafood Meunière: Made with any type of fish (if you use a Hearty Salmon, it’ll become Salmon Meunière, which is required to complete a sidequest in Rito Village), goat butter, and Tabantha wheat. Restores 4 hearts, but using more fish may increase this amount.
  • Seared Gourmet Steak: Made by cooking a single piece of raw gourmet meat. Restores 4 and a half hearts.
  • Seared Prime Steak: Made by cooking a single piece of raw prime meat. Restores 2 and a half hearts.
  • Seared Steak: Made by cooking a single piece of raw meat. Restores 1 and a half hearts.
  • Steamed Fish: Made with any kind of fish and any type of vegetable. When cooked with a Hyrule bass and a Hyrule herb, the dish restores 4 hearts.
  • Steamed Meat: Made with any kind of meat and any type of vegetable. When cooked with a piece of raw meat and a Hyrule herb, the dish restores 4 hearts.

Fruit Dishes:

Naturally growing fruit can be found on trees and bushes. The most common fruit is the apple, which can be found growing on trees. All you’ve got to do is climb up and take them, and from there, you can cook them into tasty and efficient dishes.

  • Apple Pie: Made with an apple, goat butter, cane sugar, and Tabantha wheat. Restores 3 hearts.
  • Baked Apple: Made by cooking an apple. Restores 3/4 of a heart.
  • Fruit and Mushroom Mix: Made with an apple and a Hylian shroom. You can use other fruits and mushrooms to create additional effects. Restores 2 hearts, but can restore more by adding more mushrooms and apples.
  • Fruit Cake: Made with two fruits – these can be a wildberry, an apple, or a palm fruit, whichever you have on hand – as well as cane sugar, goat butter, and Tabantha wheat. Restores 5 hearts.
  • Hot Buttered Apple: Made with an apple and goat butter. Restores 2 hearts.
  • Simmered Fruit: Made by cooking a single apple. Restores 1 heart, but this amount can be increased by adding more apples.
  • Steamed Fruit: Made with an apple, palm fruit, or wildberry, along with any type of vegetable. When cooked with an apple and a Hyrule herb, the dish restores 3 hearts.

Mushroom Dishes:

You’ll also run into many different types of mushrooms during your journey. These are most commonly found growing in forests and on cliffsides, but can also be purchased at shops. They are easily cooked into helpful dishes that aren’t difficult to stock up on.

  • Fish and Mushroom Skewer: Made with a Hylian shroom and a Hyrule bass. You can use different types of mushrooms and fish to create different effects.
  • Fruit and Mushroom Mix: Made with an apple and a Hylian shroom. You can use other fruits and mushrooms to create additional effects. Restores 2 hearts, but can restore more by adding more mushrooms and apples.
  • Glazed Mushrooms: Made with an mushroom and Courser bee honey. Restores 6 hearts. You can use a Hylian shroom to restore more hearts, or use a Stamella shroom to recover stamina.
  • Meat and Mushroom Skewer: Made with raw meat and a Hylian shroom. Restores 3 hearts. You can use different types of meat or mushrooms to increase the amount of hearts recovered or add an additional stat enhancement.
  • Mushroom Skewer: Made by cooking mushrooms. With a single Hylian shroom, this dish restores 1 heart, but it can restore more depending on the type and amount of mushrooms you use.
  • Salt-Grilled Mushrooms: Made when you combine 1-4 of the same type of mushroom with a piece of rock salt. When cooked with a single Hylian shroom, it restores 1 heart, but using more mushrooms can increase this amount.
  • Steamed Mushrooms: Made with any kind of mushroom and any type of vegetable. When cooked with a Hylian shroom and a Hyrule herb, the dish restores 3 hearts.

Miscellaneous Dishes:

It’s also possible to cook with different materials, such as vegetables, eggs, and nuts. Any of the recipes that don’t fit into the above categories will be found here.

  • Carrot Cake: Made with a carrot, cane sugar, goat butter, and Tabantha wheat. Restores 7 hearts.
  • Egg Pudding: Made with fresh milk, a bird egg, and cane sugar. Restores 3 hearts.
  • Egg Tart: Made with a bird egg, cane sugar, goat butter, and Tabantha wheat. Restores 4 hearts.
  • Fried Egg and Rice: Made with a bird egg and Hylian rice. Restores four hearts.
  • Fried Wild Greens: Made by cooking a Hyrule herb. You can add different types of herbs to create additional effects. Restores 2 hearts, but could potentially restore more depending on how many herbs you use and what type they are.
  • Omelet: Made with a bird egg. Restores 2 hearts, but can potentially restore more depending on how many eggs you use.
  • Roasted Acorn: Made by cooking a single acorn. Restores half a heart.
  • Wheat Bread: Made with Tabantha wheat and rock salt. Restores 2 hearts.

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There are many different types of special ingredients that can be cooked into meals that grant additional effects in addition to restoring your hearts. Some of these effects include increased defense, increased movement speed, and increased stealth. It all depends on what materials you cook with.

As you saw with the dishes before, ingredients like herbs, seafood, fruit, and mushrooms are commonly used in meals. Now, this is where things get a bit complicated. If you’re looking to create a stat-enhancing dish, the first thing you need to do is decide what bonus you want. Below are several different categories, each describing a different stat enhancement. Pick the one you want, and then cook a meal using ingredients in that category. Any of these materials can be paired with pieces of meat, seafood, or poultry to create a healthier dish.

With the exception of meat, seafood, and poultry, which can be included in any dish, make sure all of the other ingredients you use are all from the same category. If you mix up ingredients from the categories below, you’ll end up with a gross place of Dubious Food, which you don’t want.

Heat Resistance

These four materials, when cooked into a dish, will increase your heat resistance, allowing you to better survive in hot environments. Just be sure not to use these to get up to Death Mountain – for that, you need Fireproof Elixirs, not heat resistance. If you want to read more about Elixirs, check out the Breath of the Wild Elixir guide.

  • Hydromelon (Fruit)
  • Cool Saffina (Vegetable)
  • Chillshroom (Mushroom)
  • Chillfin Trout (Seafood)

Cold Resistance

When cooked into a dish, the following ingredients will boost your resistance to the cold, helping you to better survive in frigid environments.

  • Spicy Pepper (Fruit)
  • Warm Saffina (Vegetable)
  • Sunshroom (Mushroom)
  • Sizzlefin Trout (Seafood)

Electricity Resistance

The following ingredients will create a dish that increases your resistance to electricity. This works great when you’re trapped in the middle of a thunderstorm or if you’re fighting a Lynel (which uses Shock Arrows to attack). Just keep in mind, electricity resistance won’t do you any good against the Divine Beast Vah Naboris.

  • Voltfruit (Fruit)
  • Electric Saffina (Vegetable)
  • Zapshroom (Mushroom)
  • Voltfin Trout (Seafood)

Increased Maximum Stamina

When cooked into a dish, either of these two ingredients will create a dish that boosts your stamina beyond its maximum limit. This is useful when you’re running away from enemies, if you have to glide a far distance using your Paraglider, or to help you scale tall cliffs faster.

  • Endura Carrot (Vegetable)
  • Endura Shroom (Mushroom)

Stamina Restoration

When used in a meal, the following ingredients will restore your stamina. This is especially helpful when climbing large cliffs or using your Paraglider to glide to a faraway location.

  • Stamella Shroom (Mushroom)
  • Bright-eyed Crab (Seafood)
  • Staminoka Bass (Seafood)
  • Courser Bee Honey

Increased Movement Speed

The following ingredients will create a meal that increases your movement speed in addition to restoring your hearts. This is helpful to travel faster or to make an escape from a group of enemies.

  • Fleet-Lotus Seeds (Vegetable)
  • Swift Carrot (Vegetable)
  • Swift Violet (Vegetable)
  • Rushroom (Mushroom)

Increased Maximum Hearts

The ingredients listed here will temporarily increase your maximum hearts. This one of the most useful special effects in the game, being particularly useful in tough boss fights or against powerful enemies.

  • Hearty Durain (Fruit)
  • Hearty Radish (Vegetable)
  • Big Hearty Radish (Vegetable)
  • Hearty Truffle (Mushroom)
  • Big Hearty Truffle (Mushroom)
  • Hearty Bass (Seafood)
  • Hearty Blueshell Snail (Seafood)
  • Hearty Salmon (Seafood)

Increased Attack Power

When cooked into a dish, these ingredients will temporarily boost your attack power. This is handy when you’re in combat with strong opponents like Guardian Stalkers.

  • Mighty Bananas (Fruit)
  • Mighty Thistle (Vegetable)
  • Razorshroom (Mushroom)
  • Mighty Carp (Seafood)
  • Mighty Porgy (Seafood)
  • Razorclaw Crab (Seafood)

Increased Stealth

The following ingredients will create a dish that increases your stealth. This is useful to sneak past enemies or to sneak up on wild animals or fairies to catch them.

  • Blue Nightshade (Vegetable)
  • Silent Princess (Vegetable)
  • Silent Shroom (Mushroom)
  • Sneaky River Snail (Seafood)
  • Stealthfin Trout (Seafood)

Increased Defense

When used in a meal, the following materials will boost your defense. Especially useful in tough battles against opponents who can knock you out in just one or two hits.

  • Amoranth (Vegetable)
  • Fortified Pumpkin (Vegetable)
  • Ironshroom (Mushroom)
  • Armored Carp (Seafood)
  • Armored Porgy (Seafood)
  • Ironshell Crab (Seafood)

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And there you have it – just about every recipe you can cook in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! Cooking is a very free and experimental task, but that makes it difficult in and of itself. If you’d like to read some more gaming guides, you can also check out my guide on amiibo compatibility in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Or you could head back to my master list of gaming guides, if you’d like.

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Thanks to Artsy Omni for Hylian Serif, the font used in this guide. It’s a great recreation of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s logo and header font, and it’s definitely worth taking a look at. All of the images you see in this guide were taken by me (Cloud) in-game on the Nintendo Switch.


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