Cooking in Breath of the Wild is essential to surviving. Nearly everything can kill you, from running out of stamina at a bad time to literally freezing to death, so taking the time to cook can help you survive out in the wild a little longer. Cooking creates meals and elixirs than can do more than just restore hearts, it creates an abundance of opportunities to boost your attack, stamina, defense, stealth, and resistance to hot and cold temperatures. So if your gliding around and the paraglider and run out of stamina, you can quickly hit pause, eat some honey candy, boost your stamina and be on your way without the fear of plummeting to your inevitable death. It is without a doubt an incredibly handy tool.
The basics of how to cook are vague but simple:
Locate a cooking pot, which looks like a black bowl or wok on top of a fire.
Go into the inventory and select ingredients, up to 5, and select “Hold”.
Walk up to the cooking pot and hit “Cook” when prompted.
There are several different types of meals to make that correspond with different bonus effects. Those are:
Finding ingredients to cook said meals are surprisingly self-explanatory. Things picked up while exploring are usually labeled something like “swift carrot” or “Zapshroom”. To get added bonus effects in meals or to make elixirs, you cook them together like ingredients. However cooking together 2 different effect ingredients cancels out the bonus effect altogether. An Iron Mushroom, for example, can’t be mixed with a Spicy Pepper to make something defensive and spicy but effects can stack if they’re within the same category. For instance, a tough meal can consist of a combination of things like an Iron Mushroom and a Pumpkin. Effects can last longer by the number of similar ingredients you add, like adding all 5 Spicy Peppers gets you cold resistance for 10 minutes.
On top of the bonus effects, when cooking you may also hear a certain sound. When this happens you will receive an extra bonus at random. These are:
An extra yellow heart
Three extra hearts
Bonus increase by a further 5 or 10 minutes
Bonus increased by +1
You can guarantee to get these bonuses by using particular items or cooking during a certain time. Cooking during a Blood Moon, when the moon is red and enemies respawn, will give you a random bonus. As will using a star fragment or dragon body part in your recipe.
Recipes: While Breath of the Wild encourages the player to experiment with cooking, after some trial and error and a few if not many bad meals (too horrible to even look at) there are some staple recipes to help get one started to becoming Master Chef Link.
Restore Hearts: Omelet Ingredients: Bird Egg Effect: Restores 2 hearts Meat Skewer Ingredients: Apple, Raw Meat Effect: Restores 3 hearts. Seared Gourmet Steak Ingredients: Raw Gourmet Meat Effect: Restores 4 and a half hearts, can be cooked on an open flame. Fish and Mushroom Skewer Ingredients: Fleet-Lotus Seeds, Zapshroom, Staminoka Bass. Effect: Restores 7 hearts. Glazed Meat Ingredients: Hearty Truffle, Raw Meat, Courser Bee Honey. Effect: Restores 10 hearts.
Resist Cold Spicy Fruit and Mushroom Mix Ingredients: Hylian Shroom (x3), Spicy Pepper (x2). Effect: Restores 5 hearts and gives cold resistance for 6 mins, 30 secs. Spicy Pepper Seafood Ingredients: Hyrule Bass, Spicy Pepper. Effect: Restores 3 hearts and gives cold resistance for 3 mins. Spicy Meaty Rice Balls Ingredients: Raw Meat, Hylian Rice, Fresh Milk, Goat Butter, Spicy Pepper. Effects: Restores 6 hearts and gives cold resistance for 6 mins, 40 secs.
Boost Attack: Mighty Crab Risotto Ingredients: Hylian Rice, Goat Butter, Rock Salt, Razorclaw Crab. Effects: Restores 4 hearts, gives attack boost for 4 mins, 10 secs. Mighty Steamed Fish Ingredients: Bird Egg, Hyrule Herb, Razorclaw Crab. Effects: Restores 6 hearts and gives attack boost for 2 mins 50 secs.
Boost Defense Tough Fish and Mushroom Skewer Ingredients: Hylian Shroom, Armored Carp. Effects: Restores 3 hearts, gives defense boost for 1 min 20 secs. Tough Milk Ingredients: Fortified Pumpkin, Milk. Effects: Restores 2 hearts, defense boost for 3 mins 30 secs.
Boost Speed Hasty Fish and Mushroom Skewer Ingredients: Fleet-Lotus Seeds, Hylian Shroom, Hyrule Bass. Effect: Restores 3 hearts and gives speed boost for 2 mins. Hasty Friend Wild Greens Ingredients: Swift Carrot. Effects: Restores 1 heart, gives speed boost for 2 mins 10 secs.
Boost Stamina Energizing Fish Skewer Ingredients: Staminoka Bass Effects: Restores 2 hearts, refills stamina to the max. Energizing Glazed Meat Ingredients: Raw Meat, Courser Bee Honey. Effects: Restore 6 hearts and refills some stamina.
Boost Stealth Sneaky Fried Wild Greens Ingredients: Blue Nightshade. Effects: Gives stealth boost for 2 mins. Sneaky Steamed Fish Ingredients: Silent Shroom (x2), Silent Princess, Sneaky River Snail (x2). Effects: Restores 8 hearts and gives stealth boost for 10 mins.
Elixirs Like meals, elixirs are potions made by combining food, monster parts and critters. Monster parts are found around once a monster is killed, like Moblin Fang. Critters are the small insects buzzing throughout the game like butterflies, fireflies.
Spicy Elixir ingredients: Sizzlewing Butterfly, Bokoblin Fang. Effect: Cold resistance. Spicy Elixir ingredients: Warm Darner, Monster Parts. Effect: Cold resistance. Energizing Elixir ingredients: Bokoblin Horn, Restless Cricket. Effect: Restores full Stamina. Hasty Elixir ingredients: Highland Lizard, Monster Parts. Effect: Increases movement speed. Hasty Elixir ingredients: Hightail Lizard, Bokoblin Horn. Effect: Increases movement speed for 2 mins 10 secs. Hasty Elixir ingredients: Hot-footed Frog, Monster Parts. Effect: Increases movement speed for 4 mins 10 secs. Sneaky Elixir ingredients: Keese Eyeball, Sunset Firefly. Effect: Increases stealth. Sneaky Elixir ingredients: Sneaky River Snail, Sunset Firefly, Octorock Eyeball. Effect: Increases stealth for 5 mins, 50 secs. Electro Elixir ingredients: Thunderwing Butterfly, Yellow Lizalfos tail. Effect: Electric resistance for 5 mins, 40 secs. Electro Elixir ingredients: Thunderwing Butterfly, Electric Darner, Yellow Lizalfos tail. Effect: Electric resistance for 8 mins 10 secs. Chilly Elixir ingredients: Cold Darner, Red Lizalfos tail. Effect: Heat resistance for 5 mins 40 secs. Mighty Elixir ingredients: Bladed Rhino Beetle, Moblin Horn. Effect: Attack boost for 2 mins. Fairy Tonic ingredients: Fairy, Bokoblin Horn (x2), Bokoblin Fang (x2). Effect: a recovery Elixir that rewards with five heart icons.
Cooking in Breath of the Wild may seem daunting and time-consuming, but it can actually save a player in a split second more than one would think. Now get cookin’.
Katrina Lind is a writer and Editor for the Indie Section of Goomba Stomp. She has an affinity for everything Indie Gaming and loves the idea of comparing the world of gaming to the world of art, theater, and literature. Katrina resides in the Pacific Northwest where she swears she grew up in a town closely resembling Gravity Falls and Twin Peaks.