The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is at times complex, so we’ve made a guide that’ll help you with cooking, including tasty recipes Link can try.

Cooking requires at least two things: ingredients and a fire. Ideally, you’ll have a cooking pot too.

But I don’t have a pot!

Yes, you do. The thing is, it’s not an item that you can take with you; you’ll have to find one and use it on the spot.

Two examples of pots, early on are as follows:

  • Outside the Old Man’s cabin (Great Plateau)

  • Outside the shop in Kakariko Village (North of Necluda)

How to cook

Once you’ve found a fire — or, preferably, a pot with a fire — you can start making dishes. If you have flint and wood, you can make a fire yourself.

Cooking involves holding food items and adding them to your fire. Here’s how to cook:

  • Ensure the fire is already lit.
  • Go into the menu, highlight a food item and press X. You’ll enter the hold menu.

  • Hit A to add the item; you can hold 5 items at one time. Repeat the above to select the ingredients you want to use.
  • Target the pot/fire and hit A to start cooking.

  • Wait a bit. You may get lucky and get special bonuses — via RNG — while your meal cooks.
  • You’ll also get special bonuses during Ganon’s Blood Moon.


Here’s what we’ve found so far. Feel free to add your own in the comments below!

  • Energizing Meat and Mushroom Skewer: Meat, Stamella Mushroom (restores hearts, stamina)
  • Fish and Mushroom Skewer: Fish, non-temperature impacting mushroom (Restores hearts)
  • Glazed Meat: Hearty Truffle, raw meat, Courser Bee honey (restores hearts)
  • Hearty Fried Wild Green: Hearty Radish (restores hearts; temporarily adds hearts)
  • Hearty Mushroom Skewer: Hearty Truffle (restores hearts; temporarily adds hearts)
  • Hearty Omelette: Hearty Truffle, Bird Egg (restores hearts; temporarily adds hearts)
  • Hearty Simmered Fruit: Hearty Durian (restores hearts; temporarily adds hearts)
  • Hearty Simmered Mushrooms: Hearty Radish, Hearty Truffle (restores hearts; temporarily adds hearts)
  • Salt-Grilled Meat: Meat, Rock Salt (restores hearts)
  • Seafood Rice Balls: Fruit, mushroom, carrots, fish, rice (restores hearts)
  • Steamed Fish: Fruit, Hyrule Herb, fish (restores hearts)

The combinations are almost endless. Take a look at your ingredients if you need something specific — the Warm Safflina, as an example, will provide cold resistance, while the Cool Safflina provides protection from the heat. Other buffs include:

  • Chilly: Resistance to heat
  • Energizing: Restores stamina
  • Enduring: Extra stamina
  • Electro: Resistance to shock
  • Fireproof: Flame Guard
  • Hasty: Increases movement speed
  • Hearty: Restores full health
  • Mighty: buffs Attack
  • Sneaky: buffs Stealth
  • Spicy: Resistance to cold
  • Tough: buffs Defence


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now on Wii U and Switch. We reviewed the Switch version here.