Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may be an open-world adventure, but you could argue that is also incorporates elements of survival too, as Link is able to cook gourmet dishes and fancy elixirs to help him make it through the day. Ok, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but you will need to cook food to replenish hearts and brew potions to boost your stealth, speed, stamina, and might.
Hyrule also features a variety of environments, from freezing snowy peaks, to scorching dusty deserts, and although you can usually find some armour to keep yourself warm or cool, it really helps to have a spicy hot steak or some cooling frozen fish available to deal with weather-related emergencies. For that reason, we've gathered together every single food and elixir recipe here, along with a brief explanation of their effects. Remember - the better the ingredients used, the greater the benefits will be.
It's worth pointing out that certain ingredient combinations can potentially result in a number of different recipes, but rather than defaulting to the worst combo, the better recipe will always be prioritised. If you only have a campfire to cook with, jump to the roasted and frozen dishes section to see what you can cobble together. The rest of the recipes use a cooking pot, so don't go chucking everything into the blazing heat of a campfire then wondering where your steamed meat is at the end.
There's only one rule when it comes to cooking; insects and monster parts make elixirs, while foodstuffs and seasonings make - you guessed it - meals. Mixing them will result in failed dishes and wasted ingredients, so keep them separate. It's time to get cooking!
Table of Contents:
- How to add effects to dishes
- Meal ingredient stats and locations
- Cooking without a pot - roasted and frozen dishes
- Meat and Poultry recipes
- Fish and Seafood recipes
- Veggie, Rice, and Egg recipes
- Elixirs and their effects
- Elixir ingredient stats and locations
- Cooking bonuses and fairies explained