Cooking Food in Tears Of The Kingdom helps restore your health and provides many status buffs to help you out in fights. By taking the foundation of cooking from its predecessor Breath Of The Wild, the game improves the cooking mechanism by adding more details.
Finding out recipes requires you to explore them all around the map or simply by a combination of a lot of ingredients to help you discover new recipes. Although Cooking can be tricky, you do not have to worry as this guide will show you how to cook and the different recipes in Tears Of The Kingdom.
- You can either Eat raw food, Roast it or Cook it in a pot
- Cooking a meal in a pot recovers the most health and gives the best status effect
- In a pot, you can cook five ingredients together
- A meal can recover your health and grant you a status buff
- Each recipe you create is stored in the recipe log, which you can access later
- Certain effects can be predicted by the name of the meal
- There are many recipes as there are a lot of ingredients you can combine
- Remember not to use two ingredients with different status effects in a single meal as they will cancel each other out and only recover health
- Description of an ingredient can give you a hint about the status buff it will provide
- Critically cooked meals have some bonus recovery or effects
- You can critically cook a meal by using a golden apple or by cooking during a red blood moon
- Ingredients like rock salt and goat butter can be used when cooking a meal to increase the time duration of the status effect
- The more ingredients you add, the more potent its effect will be
- If there are more health recovery ingredients, the meal will restore more hearts
- If there are more same-status effect ingredients used, the status buff will last for a longer time
Cooking In Tears of the Kingdom
Cooking in Tears Of The Kingdom is essential as it is the primary way to restore links’ health. While you can eat raw items to regain your heart, cooking them has more benefits. Throwing your item in an open fire for a while will result in a roasted variant of the item.
Roasted food provides slight health recovery and has few to no side benefits. So, Using fire, you can roast the raw materials but cooking them in a pot is even better. Cooking pots are not hard to find as they are easy to find around the map, and you can mostly find them at stables.
Cooking in a pot provides a dish with extra health recovery and more secondary effects. Combining different materials can give you more health recovery, or it can also provide you with additional effects. You would need more raw materials to increase the potency of a cooked meal.
How To Cook In Tears of the Kingdom
To roast or bake the food, you need to hold the item in your hand and throw it in an open fire to roast or bake it. Alternatively, you can also use the cooking pots to create much more complex dishes, as more than one item can be used in a pot. If you are not near a cooking pot, you can also use the portable pot to cook one meal.
In front of a pot, you can open your inventory and hold more than one item in your hand. Drop it in the pot to cook your desired meal. There are many dishes as the mechanic of Cooking is complex, and you can play around with many different combinations to create meals with more health recovery and new secondary effects.
You can also check the recipes you created using a meal by clicking on an item and then clicking on check recipe. All cooked meals by you have their recipes stored, so it is easier to recreate meals you have already cooked.
Buffs Of Cooking
There are many buffs with health recovery that are also granted when consuming a cooked meal. These buffs can be vital in many scenarios and help you overcome certain situations in the game.
For example, using Chillshrooms in any of your cooked meals will grant you the status effect of resisting heat, and increasing the amount you use will increase its potency by prolonging its effect time.
Any meals you cook with these prefix words will have the following effects:
- Spicy: Provides resistance to cold to help in cold environments.
- Chilly/Icy: Provides resistance to heat to assist in warm environments.
- Hearty: Grants 1 to 5 extra temporary hearts depending on the potency of the ingredients.
- Enduring: Restores and overfills Links stamina wheel.
- Energizing: Restores the stamina of Link.
- Sneaky: Increase stealth and makes it harder for enemies to spot you.
- Tough: Increases defense by granting a toughness effect.
- Sticky: Increases grip to climb wet and slippery surfaces.
- Electro: Provides shock resistance.
- Fireproof: Grants fire resistance to Link.
- Mighty: Increases attack power by granting an attack power boost.
- Hasty: Increases movement speed.
- Sunny: Restores hearts that are corrupted by the gloom.
- Dark: Provides gloom resistance.
- Bright: Gives Link a glow effect.
There are many meals that you can cook by combining a number of different ingredients to obtain a variation of health restoration and secondary effects. Here is a list of basic meals you can cook in the game to give you a general idea about Cooking.
You can alter these recipes by increasing the number of ingredients used to improve the meal’s potency and increase the number of hearts restored. You can also use different types of the same ingredient to get the desired secondary effect.
For example, in place of any mushrooms, you can use the chillshroom to get heat resistance, and increasing the amount used will get you more time duration for the status effect. Remember not to use ingredients with different effects in the same meal as they will cancel each other’s effect out, and the meal will only recover health.
|Meal||Ingredients Required||Primary and Secondary Effects|
|Fish Skewer||Fish||Provides Healing and Secondary effect depends on Fish used|
|Meat Skewer||Meat + Fruit||Provides Healing and Secondary effect depends on Fruit used|
|Mushroom Skewer||Mushroom||Provides Healing and Secondary effect depends on Mushroom used|
|Meat and Mushroom Skewer||Meat + Mushroom||Provides Healing and Secondary effect depends on Mushroom used|
|Fish and Mushroom Skewer||Fish + Mushroom||Provides Healing and Secondary effect depends on Mushroom used|
|Seafood Skewer||Crab/Snail||Provides Healing|
|Steamed Mushroom||Mushroom + Any Herb||Provides Healing and Secondary effect depends on Mushroom/Herb used|
|Sauteed Peppers||Two Peppers||Provides Healing and Cold Resistance|
|Salt Grilled Mushroom||Mushroom + Rock Salt||Provides Healing and Secondary effect depends on Mushroom used|
|Fragrant Mushroom Saute||Mushroom + Goron Spice||Provides Healing and Secondary effect depends on Mushroom used|
|Omelet||Bird Egg||Provides Healing|
|Rice Balls||Hylian Rice||Provides Healing|
|Veggie Rice Balls||Hylian Rice + Any Herb/Veggie||Provides Healing and secondary effect depends on the herb/veggie used|
|Seafood Rice Balls||Hylian Rice + Any Fish||Provides Healing and Secondary effect depends on Fish used|
|Vegetable Curry||Pumpkin + Goron Spice + Hylian Rice||Provides Healing and Defense Buff|
|Electro Elixir||Thunderwing Butterfly + Any Monster Part||Provides Electricity Resistance|
|Fireproof Elixir||Fireproof Lizard + Any Monster Part||Provides Fire Resistance|
|Hasty Elixir||Hot Footed Frog + Any Monster Part||Provides Speed Buff|
|Bright Elixir||Deep Firefly + Any Monster Part||Gives Glowing Effect|
|Tough Elixir||Rugged Rhino Beetle + Any Monster Part||Provides Defense Buff|
|Sneaky Elixir||Sunset Firefly + Any Monster Part||Provides Stealth Buff|
|Sticky Elixir||Sticky Frog/Lizard + Any Monster Part||Increases grip to climb slippery surfaces|
|Mighty Elixir||Bladed Rhino Beetle + Any Monster Part||Provides Attack Buff|
|Spicy Elixir||Red Butterfly/Warm Darmer + Any Monster Part||Provides Cold Resistance|
|Hearty Elixir||Hearty Lizard + Any Monster Part||Restores Health|
|Chilly Elixir||Blue Butterfly/Cold Darmer + Any Monster Part||Provides Heat Resistance|
|Enduring Elixir||Tireless Frog + Any Monster Part||Restores and overfills Stamina|
|Energizing Elixir||Restless Cricket + Any Monster Part||Restores Stamina|
|Pepper Steak||Meat + Pepper||Recovers Health and provides cold resistance if spicy pepper is used|
|Pepper Seafood||Sea Food + Pepper||Recovers Health and provides cold resistance if spicy pepper is used|
|Honeyed Apple||Honeycomb + Apple||Recovers Health|
|Simmered Fruit||Fruit||Recovers Health|
|Seared Steak||Roast Meat in open fire||Recovers Health|
|Dark Rice Ball||Dark Clump + Any Rice + Rock Salt||Provides Gloom Resistance|
|Salt Grilled Meat||Rock Salt + Meat||Recovers Health|
|Sneaky Mushroom Skewer||Silent Shrooms||Recovers Health and gives Stealth Buff|
Tears of the Kingdom Best Recipes
There are many different recipes that you can create to achieve other effects. These are helpful recipes with varying effects and good health recovery.
It requires a restless cricket and any monster part to cook. Restless crickets can be found easily when you cut the large grass, and they will start appearing and jumping. It can be made in bulk to store so you can always restore your stamina. While paragliding or fighting enemies, stamina is essential, so it is necessary to have some backup, and the energizing elixirs can do that for you.
Warding Meat Skewer
It requires a dark clump and a piece of raw meat to cook. It does a good amount of health recovery and gives you a gloom resistance buff for a time duration. Increase the amount of ingredients you add to increase the potency of the meal. The gloom resistance is necessary to protect you from gloom corruption.
Hearty Meals (Any)
Any Hearty ingredient can be used with fish or mushrooms to cook this meal. Hearty meals are essential for hard fights as they can give you full health recovery and, on top of that, also temporary hearts. This extra health can make those challenging encounters easier. Finding these hearty ingredients is a bit tough but is also worth the effort.
Enduring Meals (Any)
This type of meal can be cooked with any veggie with Endura Carrot. Although Endura carrots are also tough to find, they provide very good stamina buffs. This type of meal can fully recover your stamina while also overfilling the stamina wheel, which can be very useful when your character has improved stamina. This meal serves as the better alternative to the Energizing Elixirs.
Spicy Simmered Fruit
This meal can be cooked by combining fruits with spicy pepper. It can recover a lot of health while providing a cold resistance buff for a long time. This type of resistance is useful when you are traveling in colder environments.
Chilly Mushroom Skewer
This meal can be made by cooking five Chillshrooms. It will give you a greater heat resistance buff useful while traveling in hot environments.
Sunny Meat Skewer
This dish can be created by cooking meat and Sundelions together. This type of meal can be necessary as it will recover your health and also recover the hearts that the gloom has corrupted.
Mighty Simmered Fruit
For this dish, you can cook mighty bananas together. It recovers hearts while also giving you a temporary attack buff. The more bananas, the longer you get for the attack buff.
Tough Mushroom Skewers
For this meal, you will need to cook Ironshrooms. This meal can recover hearts while also giving you a temporary defense buff.
This meal can be made by cooking a sticky lizard or sticky frog with any monster part. It will increase your grip for a time duration. You can climb slippery surfaces after this buff, and this meal can be very helpful for climbing wet walls.
One important thing to note while Cooking is the description of the ingredients being cooked. These ingredients will tell you what kind of status effects they can provide. Increasing the amount of those particular items will become more potent, providing you with stronger status effects and improving the time of buffs.
If you add some ingredients with opposite effects, the secondary effects will cancel out, and the meal will only restore health. Creating elixirs is also very useful as they require fewer ingredients and can give you the desired status effect.
Another thing to know is the critical rate of Cooking which provides you with bonus effects. A golden apple can help you create a critically cooked meal when used. They are limited but they have a chance to be spawned on any apple tree. One good spot to farm these is near the Sonapan shrine, where apple trees are abundant.
Another way to cook critical meals is when a red blood moon is spawned. You are recommended to cook large amounts of food in this time window as each meal cooked will be granted additional bonuses making your meals more useful.
Increasing Buff Time
You can also use ingredients like goat butter, rock salt, eggs, and more in complex dishes to increase the time duration of the status effects. For example, cooking a meal with five mighty bananas will give you a status effect of attack boost for a duration of 4 minutes and 10 seconds. However, cooking four mighty bananas with one goat butter will give you a status effect of attack boost for 4 minutes and 40 seconds.
Knowing ingredients can be extremely useful for example, using Sundelion in a cooked meal can give you a meal to restore corrupted hearts, or using mighty bananas to cook mighty meals that provide extra temporary hearts. However, it is important to note that increasing the ingredients used also improves the potency of the meal cooked. For example, three mighty bananas cooked give you a level 2 attack boost, while four mighty bananas give you a level 3 attack boost.
The cooking mechanism is a lot of fun in Tears of The Kingdom as there are a bunch of new features. Playing around with ingredients can help you figure out a lot of bonus effects through trial and error. However, if you are looking for specific meals or buffs, you can return to the recipe list in this guide to quickly figure out how to make them.
Even though there is equipment that can grant you the same status effects having meals with these effects can help you out immensely in many situations. Cooked meals also help you replenish stamina and health during fights which you might lose if you do not have the correct meals prepared already.
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