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All the Animal Crossing: New Horizons cooking recipes and how to cook

Animal Crossing: New Horizon update 2.0 features
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Cooking has arrived for island dwellers at last, so they can fill their bellies with more than fruit, which means there are now plenty of Animal Crossing: New Horizons cooking recipes to collect. Everything you find can be made, eaten, gifted, or simply just presented in your home, which is super adorable. Plus, a lot of the existing in-game meal items can also be consumed now thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update 2.0. Here's how to cook and collect all the Animal Crossing: New Horizons cooking recipes:

How to cook

How to cook in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

1. Unlock DIY Recipes+

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The first thing you'll need to do is head to the Nook Stop terminal in Residents Services and go to the 'Redeem Nook Miles' section. Here you'll find the 'Be a Chef! DIY Recipes+' upgrade, which will add the ability to cook and give you a selection of recipes to get started with. 

2. Grab some ingredients

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Next up, you'll need to collect the ingredients you need to make each of the dishes you want to create. A lot of them will need you to invest time doing some Animal Crossing: New Horizons farming, by collecting seeds and growing crops such as tomatoes, wheat, and more. Others will need fish or other ingredients such as mushrooms. 

3. Head to a cooker

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Once you've got the ingredients, simply head over to any oven, cooker, or stove that you have in your home. If you don't have one, you'll need to buy and place one in your home if you want to do some cooking. Cooking works in a very similar way to crafting at a workbench, so just interact with your oven, pick the 'Let's cook!' option, and then select the craftable recipe you want to make. Then it's just a case of waiting to see your dish get prepped! You can then decide to display, eat, or gift your dish later on. 

Finding recipes

How to get Animal Crossing: New Horizons recipes

Discovering a new recipe by fishing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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There are a variety of ways to collect and obtain Animal Crossing: New Horizons cooking recipes. Here's what we've found so far:

  • Nook Miles - Buy the 'Be a Chef! DIY Recipes+' upgrade to unlock the ability to cook, but also a load of recipes to get you started
  • The cupboard at Nook's Cranny - Buy the Basic Cooking Recipes pack for a selection of starter menus
  • Villager gifts - Rumor has it that you can be gifted cooking recipes as they would normal recipes. We've not yet been able to verify this ourselves
  • Messages in a bottle - Check your bottle on the beach each day, as these can now contain cooking recipes too
  • Kapp'n Islands - You can find both crops and cooking recipes on random Kapp'n islands
  • Fishing - You can find fish-related recipes simply by fishing up different species

Cooking recipes

Animal Crossing: New Horizons cooking recipes

Cooking recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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We're building a growing list of all the Animal Crossing: New Horizons cooking recipes we've found so far, and will be updating this as we find more:

NameIngredients
FlourWheat (5)
Whole-wheat flourWheat (5)
SugarSugarcane (5)
Brown sugarSugarcane (5)
Carrot potageFlour (1), Carrot (2)
Seaweed SoupSeaweed (2)
Pumpkin bagel sandwichFlour (2), Orange pumpkin (3)
Organic breadWhole-wheat flour (3)
Gnocchi di patateFlour (2), Potato (3)
Tomato curryFlour (3), Tomato (3)
Grilled sea bass with herbsSea bass (1), Clump of weeds (5)
Tomato pureeTomato (3)
Brown-sugar cupcakesWhole-wheat flour (1), Brown sugar (1)
Carrot cakeFlour (1), Sugar (1), Carrot (1)
PancakesFlour (2), Sugar (2)
Cherry smoothieCherry (2)
Sea bass pieSea bass (1)
Aji FryHorse Mackerel (1), Flour (1)
Karei no NitsukeDab (1)
Pesce All'acqua PazzaRed Snapper (1), Tomato (1), Manila Clam (1)
Peach smoothiePeach (2)
Mushroom SaladRound mushroom (1), Flat Mushroom (1), Skinny Mushroom (1)
Veggie sandwich Flour (2), Tomato (1), Carrot (1)
Minestrone SoupTomatoes (2), Potato (1), Carrot (1)
Pear SmoothiePear (2)
Sauteed Olive FlounderOlive flounder (1), Skinny Mushroom (1)
Mushroom potageFlour (1), Round Mushroom (1), Flat Mushroom (1)
Peach pieFlour (3), Sugar (2), Peach (2)
Snack BreadFlour (3), Sugar (1)
Anchoas al AjilloAnchovy (2)
Sardines in oil Anchovy (1)
Fruit scones Flour (2), Apple (1), Orange (1), Pear (1), Peach (1), Cherry (1)
Mixed fruits pieFlour (3), Apple (1), Orange (1), Pear (1), Peach (1), Cherry (1)
Salade de carottes RâpéesCarrot (3)
Barred-knifejaw carpaccioBarred knifejaw (1)

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Hope Bellingham

After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at University, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became GamesRadar's trainee news writer where I get to spread the word about the goings-on in the video game world. My expertise lies in Animal Crossing related topics after spending the last 15 years immersing myself in island life. I also know a thing or two about The Last of Us, and way too much about the Kingdom Hearts series.