Mastering the Culinary Arts: A Guide to BOTW Recipes


In the vast and vibrant world of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BOTW), survival is just as important as slaying monsters and completing quests. Hunger can quickly drain Link’s health, and the right meal at the right time can make all the difference in a tough battle. This is where the game’s innovative cooking system comes in.

BOTW boasts a wide variety of ingredients scattered across Hyrule, from hearty radishes to exotic monster parts. By combining these ingredients in a cooking pot, Link can whip up delicious and beneficial meals that offer a range of effects, from restoring health to boosting attack power or becoming fireproof.

This guide delves into the wonderful world of BOTW recipes, providing all the information you need to become a master chef in Hyrule.

Unveiling the Secrets: How to Discover Recipes

Unlike many games, BOTW doesn’t offer a readily available recipe book. Instead, recipes are discovered throughout the game world in a few different ways:

  • Cooking experimentation: This is the core of BOTW’s cooking system. Throw any combination of ingredients into a cooking pot and ignite a fire underneath. The resulting dish, along with its effects and duration, will be revealed upon successful cooking. While some experimentation is fun, it can be wasteful, so other methods are helpful.
  • Talking to NPCs: Friendly characters scattered across Hyrule can offer recipe tips. Stable masters, for instance, are known to share some basic recipes. Keep an ear out for helpful conversations!
  • Reading cooking signs: Throughout Hyrule, you’ll find cooking stations marked by a pot hanging over a fire. These stations often have pictures depicting a recipe on a nearby sign.

Remember: Discovered recipes are not automatically stored anywhere. It’s up to you to remember them or jot them down for future reference.

Understanding the Ingredients: A Link to Deliciousness

The foundation of any good BOTW recipe is the quality of the ingredients. Hyrule offers a vast selection, each with its own properties:

  • Fruits and Vegetables: These are generally the most common ingredients, offering a variety of restorative effects. Hearty radishes, for example, are fantastic for refilling health, while apples provide a temporary heart boost.
  • Meat and Fish: Obtained from hunting and fishing, these ingredients offer a good amount of health restoration. Some, like Mighty Porgy, can even grant temporary attack buffs.
  • Monster Parts: Dropped by defeated enemies, these add unique effects to dishes. Moblin horn halves, for instance, create elixirs with cold resistance.
  • Honey and Milk: These add restorative properties and can also be used to create creamy soups and stews.
  • Crops: Farmed from seeds, these offer a variety of benefits. Hylian Rice, for example, is a great base for many meals.
  • Spices and Herbs: These add a little extra something to your dishes. For instance, spicy peppers create dishes that grant temporary heat resistance.

Experimentation Tip: While some ingredients have clear benefits, some combinations are more surprising. Try throwing in a random critter or plant alongside your usual ingredients. You might discover a hidden gem of a recipe!

The Art of Cooking: A Culinary Adventure

Cooking in BOTW is a simple yet engaging process:

  1. Gather your ingredients: Find the necessary ingredients in the world or your inventory.
  2. Locate a cooking pot: Cooking pots are scattered throughout Hyrule, often near campfires or stables.
  3. Fill the pot: Throw your chosen ingredients into the pot.
  4. Light a fire: Use flint and wood to ignite a fire under the pot.
  5. Cook it up: The game will indicate when your meal is ready. The quality of the meal (and the number of hearts restored) can be affected by the variety of ingredients used.

Pro Tip: Cooking with multiple of the same ingredients often creates a more potent dish. For example, using four Mighty Porgy instead of two will create a meal with a stronger attack buff and longer duration.

A World of Effects: Reap the Rewards of Your Cooking

The true magic of BOTW recipes lies in their diverse effects. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most common and beneficial effects:

  • Health Recovery: The most basic effect, restoring health is crucial for Link’s survival. Dishes with hearty radishes, apples, or meat are great for this purpose.
  • Temporary Heart Boosts: Some meals, like Hearty Radish dishes or certain fruit combinations, grant Link additional temporary hearts, essentially increasing his maximum health.


Q: How do I find recipes in Breath of the Wild?

A: Unlike other games, Breath of the Wild doesn’t have a built-in recipe list. There are three ways to discover recipes:

  • Experimentation: Toss ingredients into a cooking pot and see what you create! This is a fun way to discover basic dishes, but not the most efficient.
  • Cooking Tutorials: Chat with friendly NPCs throughout Hyrule. Some will offer cooking tutorials, permanently adding the recipe to your knowledge.
  • Reading Recipes: Keep an eye out for torn posters and murals with recipe hints. Take pictures with the Sheikah Slate to remember them!

Q: Are there any resources to help me find BOTW recipes online?

A: Absolutely! There are several websites dedicated to Breath of the Wild recipes. Here are two popular options:

  • BOTW Recipes: This website allows you to enter your ingredients and see what kind of dish you can create.
  • IGN BOTW Recipes: IGN provides a comprehensive list of all recipes in the game, categorized for easy searching.

Q: What are some of the best healing recipes in BOTW?

A: When your health is low, you’ll want to whip up a dish that restores a significant amount of hearts. Here are some of the best:

  • Hearty Radish Stew: This hearty dish is easy to make (combine a Hearty Radish with any other ingredient) and restores a full health bar plus temporary yellow hearts.
  • Big Hearty Radish Curry: An upgrade to the stew, this curry uses a Big Hearty Radish and restores even more health and temporary hearts.
  • Mighty Porgy with Honey: Hearty Radishes aren’t the only option. Combining a Mighty Porgy with Honey creates a filling meal with impressive health recovery.

Q: I need a recipe to boost my attack power! What should I cook?

A: For conquering enemies, consider these attack-enhancing dishes:

  • Mighty Porgy skewers: Cook 4 Mighty Porgy together for a significant attack boost. You can further enhance it with a monster extract or raw prime meat.
  • Triple-Prime Meat Skewers: Combine 3 Raw Prime Meats for a powerful attack buff. This recipe can be tricky to find in the wild, so keep an eye out for monster drops.
  • Spicy Meat Skewers: This fiery dish is made with any combination of Bokoblin meat, Moblin meat, and Lizalfos tail. It offers a decent attack boost with the bonus of increased cold resistance.

Q: Are there recipes that grant special effects?

A: Yes! Elixirs are special concoctions that provide temporary buffs like fire resistance or faster movement speed. Experiment with different ingredients to discover their effects. Some interesting elixirs include:

  • Fireproof Elixir: Ideal for exploring Death Mountain, this elixir guards Link against flames. Look for ingredients with a red glow, like Lizalfo tail or Hot-Footed Frog.
  • Sneaky Elixir: Need to sneak past enemies undetected? Combine Silent Princess with Monster Horn or Bokoblin Horn for a temporary stealth boost.
  • Swift Carrot Curry: For a quick burst of speed, cook a Swift Carrot with any other ingredients. This is perfect for sprinting across Hyrule or escaping tricky situations.

By experimenting and using these tips, you’ll be a master chef in no time, crafting delicious and powerful dishes to conquer the world of Breath of the Wild!

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