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Cooking is a huge part of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Link can no longer pick up ready-made hearts to buff his health, he needs to make an effort to cook nutritious meals.

But it's not just about staying healthy. With the right ingredients, you can make meals to survive the cold, boost your stamina and even make you deal more damage in combat. In our to , we'll show you the best recipes to cook before going into battle.

Best Recipes To Cook In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

You are what you eat and adding different ingredients to a meal will give Link different buffs in Breath of the Wild. To boost your resistances, there's a similar mechanic in the form of elixirs, which are created from monster parts. You can eat food raw for a small boost to your hearts, but to get the most out of them you'll need to learn how to cook.

How To Cook In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Cooking pot in 'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
Cooking pot in 'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
  • Locate a cooking pot, which is always on top of a campfire. The first one is found by the Old Man's house on the Great Plateau, where you get the quest for the Warm Doublet.
  • If the fire is unlit, place a flint underneath it and strike it with a metal weapon to light the fire, or shoot it with a fire arrow. A bit wasteful, though.
  • Go into your inventory and select the first ingredient you'd like to cook.
  • Then select "Hold," and then select the other ingredients you'd like to add.
  • Walk up to the cooking pot and interact with it, where you'll get a prompt to start cooking.
  • Enjoy your meal and those tasty stat bonuses!

You'll learn more recipes through completing side missions and speaking to villagers, but some recipes are more useful than others. Here are our top picks for the best food and elixir recipes in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Recipes For Hearts

[Credit: Nintendo]
[Credit: Nintendo]

Eating healthy, just like mom always told us to. These recipes are the most effective for restoring hearts, or giving Link more hearts than his usual maximum in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

  • Fish and Mushroom Skewer: Fleet-Lotus Seeds, Zapshroom, Staminoka Bass. Restores 7 hearts.
  • Glazed Meat: Hearty Truffle, Raw Meat, Courser Bee Honey. Restores 10 hearts.

The following recipes increase Link's maximum amount of hearts. Great for buffing up before a tough fight in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

  • Hearty Steamed Mushrooms: Hearty Truffle, Hearty Radish. This will give Link 3 more heart containers for a short amount of time.
  • Hearty Wild Greens: Hearty Radish, Mushroom, Raw Mea, Hyrule Herb. This will give Link 4 extra heart containers for a short amount of time.
  • Hearty Fried Wild Greens: Hearty Radish (5), Durian. This will give Link 25 extra heart containers for a short amount of time.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Recipes For Cold Resistance

'Breath of the Wild'  [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

You can actually die from exposure to cold environments in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In order to resist the cold, you'll need to keep Link warm inside with spicy delicacies.

  • Spicy Pepper Seafood: Hyrule Bass, Spicy Pepper. Restores 3 hearts and gives cold resistance for 3 min.
  • Spicy Pepper Seafood: Sizzlefin Trout (2), Sunshroom, Spicy Pepper (2). Restores 7 hearts and gives cold resistance for 12 min, 30 secs.
  • Spicy Fruit and Mushroom Mix: Hylian Shroom (x3), Spicy Pepper (x2). Restores 5 hearts and gives cold resistance for 6 mins, 30 secs.
  • Spicy Meaty Rice Balls: Raw Meat, Hylian Rice, Fresh Milk, Goat Butter, Spicy Peppe. Restores 6 hearts and gives cold resistance for 6 mins, 40 secs.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Recipes For Heat Resistance

'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

Although not as much of a danger as cold, sometimes you need to chow down on a cool snack in order stand the heat in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Here are our recommended dishes:

  • Chilly Steamed Fish: Hylian Shroom, Cool Safflina, Hyrule Bass. Gives heat resistance for 3 mins, 30 secs.
  • Chilly Steamed Fish: Chillfin Trout, Cool Safflina, Hydromelon (3). Restores 5 hearts and gives heat resistance for 12 mins, 30 secs.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Recipes For Electro Resistance

'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

Folks in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might not have a good handle on how to use electricity to light their homes or power domestic appliances, but they sure can weaponize it to zap adventurers. These recipes will help insulate Link against electric attacks.

  • Electro Omlette: Electric Saffina (2), Acorn, Bird Egg (2). Restores 5 hearts, gives electricity resistance for 7 mins 50 secs.
  • Electro Meat and Seafood Fry: Voltfin Trout (3), Raw Meat (2). Restores 10 hearts, gives electricity resistance for 8 mins 30 secs.
  • Electro Fruit and Mushroom Mix: Voltfruit (3), Zapshroom (2). Restores 5 hearts, grants electricity resistance for 12 mins 30 secs.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Recipes To Boost Attack Power

'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

This is fighting food. Before a tough battle in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, cooking and eating these recipes will power up Link's attacks, allowing you to deal more damage in combat.

  • Mighty Crab Risotto: Hylian Rice, Goat Butter, Rock Salt, Razorclaw Crab. Restores 4 hearts, gives attack boost for 4 mins, 10 secs.
  • Mighty Steamed Fish: Bird Egg, Hyrule Herb, Razorclaw Crab. Restores 6 hearts and gives attack boost for 2 mins 50 secs.
  • Mighty Seafood Skewer: Mighty Banana, Mighty Thistle (2), Mighty Porgy, Razorclaw Crab. Restores 5 hearts and gives attack boost for 9 mins 10 secs.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Recipes To Boost Defense

'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

If you want to focus your before-battle breakfast on defense rather than aggression in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, here are the best meals to keep your guard up with:

  • Tough Fish and Mushroom Skewer: Hylian Shroom, Armored Carp. Restores 3 hearts, gives defense boost for 1 min 20 secs.
  • Tough Milk: Fortified Pumpkin, Milk. Restores 2 hearts, gives defense boost for 3 mins 30 secs.
  • Tough Fried Wild Greens: Fortified Pumpkin (5). Restores 5 hearts, gives defense boost for 4 min 10 secs.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Recipes To Boost Stamina

'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

Stamina is essential for navigating The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as it is used up by strenuous activity such as running or climbing. Keep Link athletic with the best stamina-boosting recipes:

  • Energizing Fish Skewer: Staminoka Bass. Restores 2 hearts, refills stamina to max.
  • Energizing Glazed Seafood: Staminoka Bass (3), Courser Bee Honey (2). Restores 14 hearts and refills stamina.
  • Energizing Glazed Meat: Raw Meat, Courser Bee Honey. Restore 6 hearts and refills some stamina.
  • Energizing Meaty Rice Balls: Raw Meat, Hylian Rice, Courser Bee Honey. Restores 8 hearts and restores all stamina.
  • Enduring Fried Wild Greens: Endura Carrot (x5). Restore 20 hearts and grants 2 extra stamina wheels.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Recipes To Boost Speed

'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

It's sad that Link won't get a motorcycle after all, so if you can't find a horse in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild you're just going to have to run as fast as you can. Sometimes it's not about how long you can run for, but how fast you can sprint a short distance. These tasty snacks will boost Link's speed, for exploration or escape.

  • Hasty Fried Wild Greens: Swift Carrot. Restores 1 heart, gives speed boost for 2 mins 10 secs.
  • Hasty Fish and Mushroom Skewer: Fleet-Lotus Seeds, Hylian Shroom, Hyrule Bass. Restores 3 hearts and gives speed boost for 2 mins.
  • Hasty Steamed Fruit: Fleet-Lotus Seeds (2), Swift Carrot (3). Restores 5 hearts and gives speed boost for 5 mins.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Recipes To Boost Stealth

'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

Sometimes you've got to use cunning and stealth in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to get the jump on your enemies, or even just avoid combat altogether. These are the best recipes to get a significant stealth boost.

  • Sneaky Fried Wild Greens: Blue Nightshade. Boosts stealth for 2 mins.
  • Sneaky Fried Wild Greens: Blue Nightshade (2), Silent Princess, Sneaky River Snail (2) . Restores 6 hearts and boosts stealth for 10 mins.
  • Sneaky Steamed Fish: Silent Shroom (2), Silent Princess, Sneaky River Snail (2). Restores 8 hearts and boosts stealth for 10 mins.

How To Get Extra Cooking Bonuses

'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

On top of the buffs specified above, when cooking a meal you may also hear a special sound in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This means you will receive an extra random bonus.

Potential bonuses include:

  • Extra yellow heart
  • Three extra hearts
  • Buff increase by a further 5 minutes
  • Buff increased by +1
  • Stamina increase

You can actually guarantee 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 net you a random bonus. Using a star fragment or dragon body part in your recipe also guarantees you a bonus.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Best Elixirs

'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]
'Breath of the Wild' [Credit: Nintendo]

Elixirs are liquid items that work like food in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, giving beneficial status effects. You need two things to make an elixir: a critter and a monster part. Every time you kill a monster, it drops body parts e.g. a horn or tooth.

Critters are little creatures like frogs, fireflies and lizards. These small beasties can be collected and mixed with monster parts to form elixirs in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Fortunately you don't need a cooking pot for these.

Here are some of the most effective elixirs Link can make:

  • Spicy Elixir: Sizzlewing Butterfly, Bokoblin Fang. Cold resistance.
  • Spicy Elixir: Warm Darner, Monster Parts. Cold resistance.
  • Energizing Elixir: Bokoblin Horn, Restless Cricket. Restores full Stamina.
  • Hasty Elixir: Hightail Lizard, Bokoblin Horn. Increases movement speed for 2 mins 10 secs.
  • Hasty Elixir: Hot-footed Frog, Monster Parts. Increases movement speed for 4 mins 10 secs.
  • Sneaky Elixir: Keese Eyeball, Sunset Firefly. Increases stealth.
  • Sneaky Elixir: Sneaky River Snail, Sunset Firefly, Octorock Eyeball. Increases stealth for 5 mins, 50 secs.
  • Electro Elixir: Thunderwing Butterfly, Yellow Lizalfos tail. Electric resistance for 5 mins, 40 secs.
  • Electro Elixir: Thunderwing Butterfly, Electric Darner, Yellow Lizalfos tail. Electric resistance for 8 mins 10 secs.
  • Chilly Elixir: Cold Darner, Red Lizalfos tail.Heat resistance for 5 mins 40 secs.
  • Fireproof Elixir: Fireproof Lizard x4, Monster Parts. Fire resistance for 11 mins.
  • Mighty Elixir: Bladed Rhino Beetle, Moblin Horn. Attack boost for 2 mins.
  • Fairy Tonic: Fairy, Bokoblin Horn (2), Bokoblin Fang (2). Gives 5 extra hearts.

Bon Apetit!

Art by Lotuspear.tumblr.com
Art by Lotuspear.tumblr.com

The cooking system has to be one of my favorite new elements introduced in this awesome game. It might be less convenient than simply picking up hearts, but I think it really helps to immerse us in the world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and make Link feel alive.

Link's come a long, long way. Check out this mind-blowing vid of classic Zelda and Breath of the Wild side by side:

It may have taken Link a while to learn these life skills, but our hero's finally growing up!

What are the most useful food and elixir recipes for your play style? Let us know in the comments!

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