In the course of writing our guide to the 10 best recipes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I discovered one thing: people love to make different foods in videogames even if they don’t provide additional boosts or buffers. The meals that can be made in Breath of the Wild are hearty and delicious looking, and the visual appeal goes a long way in motivating one to track them down and try them all, even if most only offer additional Hearts instead of special powers. There’s something to be said about comfort food—even if that comfort food is going to a virtual person.
A great thing about the recipes in Breath of the Wild is you don’t need to “discover” them first before you can use them. Most of these can be figured out with a little trial and error. That being said, you can also find recipes on posters in homes and stables all over Hyrule, and through sidequests or by speaking to NPCs. Others still can be found in old books lying open in various locations, so be sure to snoop around. Or you can just get all your recipes here in our guide.
A few tips for collecting ingredients: Tabantha Wheat can be bought in Rito Village and Gerudo Town but can also be collected in the Hebra region by cutting down long grass. Cane Sugar can be bought in Rito Village, Goron City, and from a Korok vendor in the Lost Woods. Fresh Milk can be purchased in Hateno Village. Courser Bee Honey is found in many forests all over Hyrule Field but in a bind, I hit up Fort Hateno. Goat Butter can be bought in Rito Village, Kakariko Village, and Hateno Village. Goron Spice is only available in the shop at Goron City. Monster Elixir can be bought from Kilton once you’ve met him at his shop Fang & Bone in Akkala.
Hearty Salmon also seem to be very rare, so check the small ponds on the rocky crags of Rito Village, or my favorite spot, Tama Pond in the Hebra region. If you’re looking for Gourmet meat, don your Snowquill Armor and head up to the Hebra Mountains and collect it from the wolves and moose (but be sure to rush up on them and pick the meat up quickly or it will freeze on the snow). The only source of Raw Whole Bird is Eldin Ostrich, a fast, easily startled bird that is mostly in the Eldin Mountains and Death Mountain area. Search the tiny strip of the Eldin Mountains on the east side of Lost Woods and Thyphlo Ruins, where the meat will not cook once it drops on the ground.
Note that on some of recipe pictures is a small icon indicating the effect of the recipe. Unless noted in the recipe name, the actual effect of your completed dish will vary based on the type of ingredients used (for example, different types of Porgy or Mushrooms) and may not be the same, depending on what you have on hand or choose to use. Plan accordingly.
The crispy, flaky pie crust and sweet apples are a match made in heaven.
Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar, Goat Butter, Apple
Even those who don’t like carrots tend to enjoy the mild sweetness of this cake.
Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar, Goat Butter, Any Carrot
This simple stew sat simmering for a long time to bring out the sweetness of the carrots.
Any Carrot, Fresh Milk, Goat Butter, Tabantha Wheat
Crab Omelet with Rice
The fluffy crab legs pair perfectly with the rice for a truly scrumptious dish.
Hylian Rice, Bird Egg, Rock Salt, Any Crab
An everyday stable of seaside villages, the secret to its delicious flavor lies in crab fat.
Hylian Rice, Goat Butter, Rock Salt, Any Crab
The Goron spice used in preparing this crab pairs perfectly with the flavor of the meat.
Goron Spice, Any Crab
Cream of Mushroom Soup
The creamy mushroom and vegetable soup is so chunky it eats like a meal!
Any Mushroom; Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower; Fresh Milk, Rock Salt
Cream of Vegetable Soup
Made by simmering vegetables in milk, this healthy dish is as simple as the ingredients.
Any Vegetable, Herb or Flower (no Carrots or Pumpkin), Fresh Milk, Rock Salt
Creamy Heart Soup
Enjoying this sweet soup with another person will bring you both closer together.
Hydromelon, Voltfruit, Any Radish, Fresh Milk
Creamy Meat Soup
This nutritious soup contains serious portions of lightly-braised meat and many vegetables.
Any Meat; Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower; Fresh Milk, Rock Salt
Creamy Seafood Soup
Thick-cut chunks of seafood and stock provides a satisfying savoriness.
Any Seafood; Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower; Fresh Milk, Rock Salt
The goron spice used in this pilaf has given it a rich, spicy aroma.
Hylian Rice, Bird Egg, Goat Butter, Goron Spice
A favorite all over Hyrule, this simple dish has a flavor you just won’t get tired of.
Hylian Rice, Goron Spice
Made by cooking eggs and milk in a special mold, its soft texture melts in your mouth.
Fresh Milk, Bird Egg, Cane Sugar
You’ll know this simple dessert is done baking when it smells just delightful.
Tabantha Wheat, Bird Egg, Cane Sugar, Goat Butter
Energizing Glazed Meat
The sweetness of the honey permeates the meat, giving it a complex taste profile.
Courser Bee Honey, Any Meat
Energizing Honey Candy
A natural sweet, brimming with nutrition and made by stewing fresh honey.
Courser Bee Honey
Energizing Honeyed Apple
A juicy sweet-and-sour dish combining newly ripened apples with honey.
Apple, Courser Bee Honey
A simple dish made by cooking chunks of fresh fish on a skewer.
Copious Fish Skewers
It’s just a whole heap of stuff shoved onto a skewer, but it’s still a pretty tasty dish.
Any 4 different Seafood
Fish and Mushroom Skewer
A simple dish made by cooking skewered, fresh fish alongside fragrant mushrooms.
Any Fish, Any Mushroom
A mainstay in any fisherman’s home, the crisp crust pairs well with the fishy flavor.
Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter, Rock Salt, Any Seafood
Fragrant Mushroom Sauté
The fragrant aroma of this sautéed spice and mushroom dish makes your mouth water.
Goron Spice, Any Mushroom
Children love fried mighty bananas. The trick is frying them over very high heat.
Mighty Bananas, Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar
Fried Egg and Rice
The soft egg yolk pairs well with the fresh rice in this simple dish.
Hylian Rice, Bird Egg
Fried Wild Greens
A basic vegetable dish made by sautéing fresh wild plants.
Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower
Copious Fried Wild Greens
A healthy dish made by cooking mixed greens over a strong flame.
Any 4 different Vegetables, Herbs, or Flowers
Fruit and Mushroom Mix
This dish contrasts the sweetness of fruit with the savoriness of mushrooms.
Any Fruit, Any Mushroom
A celebration isn’t a celebration until this fruit-filled crust hits the table!
Any Fruit (besides Apple), Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar, Goat Butter
Making ample use of fruits found all over Hyrule, this cake is a must for celebrations.
Apple or Wildberry, Any Fruit, Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar
The honey in this mushroom dish gives it a sweet, complex taste and a savory finish.
Courser Bee Honey, Any Mushroom
A seafood dish that you can actually wolf down whole!
Courser Bee Honey, Any Seafood
Don’t like the taste of vegetables? Simply sauté them in honey for a salty-sweet flavor!
Courser Bee Honey; Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower
Gourmet Meat and Rice Bowl
Only the most carefully selected cuts of high-quality meats go into this dish.
Raw Gourmet Meat, Hylian Rice, Rock Salt
Gourmet Meat and Seafood Fry
A marriage of the choicest cuts of meat and seafood. As delicious as it is filling!
Any Gourmet Meat, Any Seafood
Gourmet Meat Curry
The high-quality meat used in this prized dish satisfies meat and curry lovers alike.
Raw Gourmet Meat, Goron Spice, Hylian Rice
Gourmet Meat Stew
The meat has simmered for so long it melts in your mouth. A true bucket-list meal!
Any Gourmet Meat, Tabantha Wheat, Fresh Milk, Goat Butter
Gourmet Poultry Curry
Once served in Hyrule Castle, the poultry used in this dish is of immensely high quality.
Raw Whole Bird, Goron Spice, Hylian Rice
Gourmet Poultry Pilaf
Made with the highest-quality poultry, every bite of this pilaf floods your mouth with flavor.
Raw Whole Bird, Hylian Rice, Goat Butter, Bird Egg
Gourmet Spiced Meat Skewer
The rich aroma and juicy texture of this high-quality meat puts it in a league of its own.
Raw Gourmet Meat, Goron Spice
Hearty Clam Chowder
The nutritional value of hearty blueshell snail combines with butter and milk in a rich soup.
Fresh Milk, Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter, Hearty Blueshell Snail
Hearty Salmon Muenière
The crispy skin of this fried hearty salmon puts its texture in a class all its own.
Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter, Hearty Salmon
The rice used in this rich risotto permeates the light flavor of the salmon.
Hearty Salmon, Hylian Rice, Goat Butter, Rock Salt
A fragrant mixture of herbs and spices. It’s easily recognized by its unique aroma.
Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower; Goron Spice
Honey has been drizzled over thin crepes to bring out their natural sweetness and flavor.
Fresh Milk, Bird Egg, Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar, Courser Bee Honey
A dish that combines the thick sweetness of honey with the acidity of sour fruits.
Courser Bee Honey, Any Fruit (besides Apple)
Hot Buttered Apple
The apple’s sweetness has been enhanced by smothering it with butter and baking it.
Apple, Goat Butter
Meat and Mushroom Skewer
A filling dish made by grilling various mountain ingredients with either Steak or Bird Meat.
Any Meat, Any Mushroom
Meat and Rice Bowl
This dish of rice and lightly seared meat is a mainstay all throughout Hyrule.
Hylian Rice, Any Meat, Rock Salt
Meat and Seafood Fry
A filling dish made by cooking fresh seafood and meat together.
Any Meat, Any Seafood
The heat from the spice allows you to enjoy the large portion of the meat’s savoriness.
Raw Meat, Hylian Rice, Goron Spice
You’ll need an extra napkin to deal with this juicy pie of perfectly baked minced meat.
Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter, Rock Salt, Any Meat
A juicy, filling snack made by grilling small chunks of meat on a skewer.
Any 3 or less Meat
Copious Meat Skewers
Just shove a bunch of meat on to a skewer and you’re good to go.
Any 4 different Meats
The hearty meat in this mainstay dish leaves bellies satisfied all throughout Hyrule.
Raw Meat or Raw Bird Drumstick, Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter, Fresh Milk
Meaty Rice Balls
The sweet and spicy meat stuffed into these rice balls will keep you full for some time.
Any Meat, Hylian Rice
It’s said that once you have a taste of this cake, you’ll never forget its sweetness.
Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar, Goat Butter, Monster Extract
This unusual take on curry uses monster extract and doesn’t rely on spices.
Hylian Rice, Goron Spice, Monster Extract
Monster Rice Balls
Rice balls flavored with monster extract. Their unique aroma is not for everyone.
Hylian Rice, Rock Salt, Monster Extract
Using monster extract as a base, this soup’s distinct gaminess is either loved or hated.
Monster Extract, Tabantha Wheat, Fresh Milk, Goat Butter
Meat and seafood simmered in monster extract. A savory dish despite its ingredients.
Any Meat, Any Seafood, Monster Extract
The fluffy texture of this omelet is one of the great joys of this dish, as well as life.
Any Mushroom, Bird Egg, Goat Butter, Rock Salt
Mushroom Rice Balls
The aroma of the mushrooms tickles your nose as you peel back the leafy wrapping.
Hylian Rice, Any Mushroom
The tantalizing aroma of mushrooms and butter beckons you to the table.
Hylian Rice, Goat Butter, Rock Salt, Any Mushroom
This simple mushroom-packed skewer has its colorful presentation to thank for its appeal.
Copious Mushrooms Skewers
Fans of fungal cuisine can’t resist this simple mushroom-skewer dish. Very filling.
Any 4 different Mushrooms
Forest nuts give this cake a pleasant texture and a simple, understated sweetness.
Any Nut, Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar, Goat Butter
This simple dish is common all over Hyrule. Simply fry egg until it’s nice and plump.
The pepper seeds grilled with this seafood draw out its taste and pleasant aroma.
Spicy Pepper, Any Seafood
The simplicity of this dish lets the flavor of its ingredients shine.
Fresh Milk, Cane Sugar, Tabantha Wheat, Bird Egg, Goat Butter
Popular among residents of coastal regions, this juicy porgy is a delish dish.
Any Porgy, Goat Butter, Tabantha Wheat
The savory meat pairs well with the aroma of spice in this common curry.
Raw Bird Drumstick, Hylian Rice, Goron Spice
Hylian rice steamed in poultry broth. Cook on low heat until the rice is fluffy.
Raw Bird Drumstick, Hylian Rice, Bird Egg, Goat Butter
Prime Meat and Rice Bowl
This bowl is loaded with high-quality meat. Your hunt for a serious meal ends here.
Raw Prime Meat, Hylian Rice, Rock Salt
Prime Meat and Seafood Fry
This comfort dish is made with choice cuts of meat and seafood.
Any Prime Meat, Any Seafood
Prime Meat Curry
The high-quality meat in this curry has given it a deeper taste than most other curries.
Raw Prime Meat, Hylian Rice, Goron Spice
Prime Meat Stew
Letting the large portions of choice cuts of meat simmer brought out their savoriness.
Any Prime Meat, Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter, Fresh Milk
Prime Poultry Curry
The secret to this curry’s flavor is taking it off the heat while you add the spices.
Raw Bird Thigh, Goron Spice, Hylian Rice
Prime Poultry Pilaf
The rice permeates the savory taste of the poultry in this Gerudo-region favorite.
Raw Bird Thigh, Hylian Rice, Bird Egg, Goat Butter
Prime Spiced Meat Skewer
The simple preparation of this steak dish belies its complex taste profile.
Raw Prime Meat, Goron Spice
The intense sweetness of fortified pumpkins makes this dessert popular among children.
Fortified Pumpkin, Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar, Goat Butter
Simply simmer a fortified pumpkin to make this dish. A favorite in Kakariko Village.
Fortified Pumpkin, Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter, Fresh Milk
Nine out of ten fishermen agree: crab is best enjoyed grilled and with just a bit of salt.
Rock Salt, Any Crab
A simple dish made by rolling a whole fish in natural rock salt before grilling it.
Rock Salt, Any Fish or Snail
Salt-Grilled Gourmet Meat
This lavish grilled dish makes liberal use of high-quality cuts of meat.
Rock Salt, Any Gourmet Meat
A health-boosting dish made with leafy greens and a touch of salt.
Rock Salt; Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower
Short on ingredients? Just rub some meat in salt and cook it for a simple, tasty dish.
Rock Salt, Raw Meat or Raw Bird Drumstick
A basic mushroom dish made by lightly salting mushrooms and grilling them.
Any Mushroom, Rock Salt
Salt-Grilled Prime Meat
A simple yet exquisite dish made by grilling high-quality meat on top of rock salt.
Any Prime Meat, Rock Salt
These sautéed tree seeds are the perfect snack for the busy adventurer on the go!
Acorn or Chickaloo Tree Nut
This dish brims with treasures from the sea. Its spice packs a kick, so it’s not for kids.
Goron Spice, Hylian Rice, Hearty Blueshell Snail or Any Porgy
Seafood Fried Rice
Various seafood has been sautéed with rice. The stronger the flame, the tastier the dish!
Hylian Rice, Rock Salt, Hearty Blueshell Snail or Any Porgy
Rich butter flanks fresh seafood. The secret ingredient is lots and lots of love.
Any Seafood (except Porgy or Salmon),Tabantha Wheat,Goat Butter
No fisherman’s birthday bash would be complete without this top-shelf seafood dish.
Hearty Blueshell Snail, Any Porgy, Hylian Rice, Goat Butter, Rock Salt
Seafood Rice Balls
Stuffed with aromatic seafood, the flavor can vary by ingredients but never disappoints.
Hylian Rice, Any Seafood
The natural water in this medley of seafaring creatures makes for a delicious broth.
Any Crab or Snail
This sweet dish is made by heaping tasty fruits into a pan and simmering until tender.
Copious Simmered Fruit
The flavors of the various fruits in this simmered dish exist in perfect harmony.
Any 4 different Fruit
Spiced Meat Skewer
A special Goron spice covers up the scent of the meat, allowing its flavor to shine.
Goron Spice, Raw Meat
Spicy Pepper Steak
A dish made by cooking meat in crushed peppers, suppressing the gamy taste while accentuating its flavor.
Spicy Pepper, Any Meat
Spicy Sautéed Peppers
The spiciness of these sautéed peppers has been broken by the heat for a sweeter taste.
A refined dish made by wrapping a fresh fish in fragrant wild greens and cooking it.
Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower; Any Seafood
A regional dish made by steaming near-ripened fruits in the leaves of fragrant plants.
Any Fruit; Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower
This meat dish has been wrapped in fragrant leaves and steamed to preserve its moisture.
Any Meat; Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower (except Pumpkin)
A healthy vegetable dish achieved by steaming mushrooms in plant leaves.
Any Mushroom; Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower
Tough Meat-Stuffed Pumpkin
Grants a low-level defense boost. This hollow, meat-filled fortified pumpkin is a local specialty or Kakariko Village.
Fortified Pumpkin, Any Meat
This healthy curry is popular for its mild flavor and moderate spiciness.
Any Carrot or Pumpkin, Hylian Rice, Goron Spice
This home-style dish mixes fluffy eggs with chopped vegetables for nutritional balance.
Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower; Bird Egg, Goat Butter, Rock Salt
The sweetness of the ingredients gives this risotto a mild flavor.
Any Carrot or Pumpkin, Hylian Rice, Goat Butter, Rock Salt
Veggie Cream Soup
This creamy soup showcases the sweetness of vegetables in a veritable taste explosion.
Any Carrot or Pumpkin, Fresh Milk, Rock Salt
Veggie Rice Balls
This home-style dish of Kakariko Village is stuffed with the bounty of the mountains.
Any Vegetable, Herb, or Flower; Hylian Rice
Make this by heating up some milk. Drink it before bed to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Made with wheat from the Tabantha region, this soft, springy bread smells just heavenly.
Tabantha Wheat, Rock Salt
Sweet, tart wildberries are folded into thin, springy dough to make this dessert.
Wildberry, Fresh Milk, Cane Sugar, Tabantha Wheat, Bird Egg
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