The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Walkthrough

How to Cook Food and Make Elixirs

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild features a whole cooking system to allow players to create their own meals and elixirs using materials found in-game. Collect as many materials as possible and stock up on food before exploring or going into battle. A max of 60 cooked items can be added to the inventory at a time.

To cook food, you must first find a metal cooking dish above an open flame. These are found in each main town or at every stable. If the fire is not lit beneath the dish, throw a piece of flint near the wood and strike it with a metal weapon, or you can carry a flame using a torch from one fire to a stack of wood. Unfortunately, a fire isn’t possible while it’s raining, so wait out the storm by sleeping in a bed or doing something else with your time. With the fire and pan ready, go into your inventory and hold 2-5 different items from the materials section. Exit out of the inventory menu and drop the items into the pan to instantly create a meal or elixir that will be stored in the Food section of your inventory.

What’s the difference between a meal and elixirs? Meals are a cooked mixture of commonly found items such as fruit, vegetables, other plants, seafood, and raw meat. Elixirs are a cooked mixture of monster parts and critters (e.g. bugs, frogs, and lizards), but acorns and chickaloo tree nuts can also be added to elixirs. Mix materials from the food category with materials from the elixir category and you’ll get a censored dish of dubious food. It’s still edible, but has no special effects, is often terrible at restoring health, and no merchant will want to pay much for it while a great dish will get you hundreds of Rupees.

Additionally, some material can touch open flame, be exposed to cold climates, or get shocked by electricity and take on new properties. The material can either turn into a new type of material or become food and consumed without having to mix it with other items. Once a piece of material gets placed into the food category of your inventory, it cannot be mixed with other materials to make meals or elixirs.

Food Materials

The tables below list all the cooking effects for food material. Mix items with the same cooking effects to create great dishes. Placing items with different cooking effects together often negate them and simply restore health in the final meal.

A handful of materials are so great that they can be mixed with each other and still give you great meals. Mix five of the following materials with themselves: Mighty Bananas, Stamella Shrooms, Endura Carrots, Hearty Durian, Big Hearty Radish, Silent Shrooms, or Silent Princess

[table align=”center” width=”100%” colalign=”left|left|left|left”]
Material|Hearts|Cooking Effects|Common Locations
Rock Salt|-|-|Merchants, Ore Deposits
Goron Spice|-|Cold Resistance|Goron Merchant
Goat Butter|-|-|Merchants
Cane Sugar|-|-|Merchants
Chikaloo Tree Nut|0.25|-|Merchants
Acorn|0.25|-|Hyrule Field, Squirrels
Fresh Milk|0.5|-|Merchants
Bird Egg|1|-|Merchants and Nests
Hylian Rice|1|-|Merchants
Tabantha Wheat|1|-|Merchants
Courser Bee Honey|2|Stamina Recovery|Hyrule Field, Tabantha Frontier
Raw Meat|1|-|Mammals
Raw Prime Meat|1.5|-|Mammals
Raw Gourmet Meat|3|-|Mammals
Raw Bird Thigh|1.5|-|Birds
Raw Bird Drumstick|1|-|Birds
Raw Whole Bird|3|-|Birds
Apple|0.5|-|Hyrule Field, East Necluda
Palm Fruit|1|-|East Necluda, Gerudo Desert
Wildberry|0.5|-|Gerudyy Highlands, Hebra Mountains
Hearty Durian|3|Extra Hearts|West Necluda, Faron Grasslands
Hydromelon|0.5|Heat Resistance|Gerudo Desert, Faron Grasslands
Spicy Pepper|0.5|Cold Resistance|Gerudo Desert, Tabantha Frontier
Voltfruit|0.5|Shock Resistance|Gerudo Desert, Gerudo Highlands
Fleet-Lotus Seeds|0.5|Speed Up|Lanayru Wetlands, Lanayru Great Spring
Mighty Bananas|0.5|Attack Up|Faron
Hylian Shroom|0.5|-|Hyrule Field, West Necluda
Endura Shroom|1|Extra Stamina|Hyrule Ridge, Hyrule Field
Stamella Shroom|0.5|Stamina Recovery|Hyrule Ridge, Hyrule Field
Hearty Truffle|2|Extra Hearts|Great Hyrule Forest, Hyrule Field
Big Hearty Truffle|3|Extra Hearts|Hebra Mountains, Great Hyrule Forest
Chillshroom|0.5|Heat Resistance|Hebra Mountains, Mount Lanayru
Sunshroom|0.5|Cold Resistance|Eldin Canyon, Gerudo Highlands
Zapshroom|0.5|Shock Resistance|Deep Akkala, Gerudo Highlands
Rushroom|0.5|Speed Up|Gerudo Highlands, Hyrule Ridge
Razorshroom|0.5|Attack Up|Great Hyrule Forest, Tabantha Frontier
Ironshroom|0.5|Defense Up|West Necluda, East Necluda
Silent Shroom|0.5|Stealth Up|Lanayru Great Spring, West Necluda
Hyrule Herb|1|-|Hyrule Field, Akkala Highlands
Hearty Radish|2.5|Extra Hearts|Hyrule Ridge, East Necluda
Big Hearty Radish|4|Extra Hearts|Akkala Highlands, Lanayru Great Spring
Cool Safflina|-|Heat Resistance|Hebra Mountains, Gerudo Highlands
Warm Safflina|-|Cold Resistance|Gerudo Desert, Hyrule Ridge
Electric Safflina|-|Shock Resistance|Gerudo Desert, Hyrule Ridge
Swift Carrot|0.5|Speed Up|Kakariko Village
Endura Carrot|2|Extra Samina|Hyrule Ridge, Faron Grasslands
Fortified Pumpkin|0.5|Defense Up|Kakariko Village
Swift Violet|-|Speed Up|Gerudo Highlands, Hebra Mountains
Mighty Thistle|-|Attack Up|West Necluda, Faron Grasslands
Armoranth|-|Defense Up|Akkala Highlands, Hyrule Ridge
Blue Nightshade|-|Stealth Up|West Necluda, Lanayru Great Spring
Silent Princess|-|Stealth Up|Hyrule Ridge, West Necluda
Hyrule Bass|1|-|Hyrule Field, West Necluda
Hearty Bass|2|Extra Hearts|West Necluda, Akkala Highlands
Staminoka Bass|1|Stamina Recovery|Hyrule Field, West Necluda
Chillfin Trout|1|Heat Resistance|Tabantha Frontier, Hebra Mountains
Sizzlefin Trout|1|Cold Resistance|Eldin Canyon, Eldin Mountains
Voltfin Trout|1|Shock Resistance|Tabantha Frontier, Hyrule Ridge
Stealthfin Trout|1|Stealth Up|Great Hyrule Forest, Eldin Mountains
Mighty Carp|1|Attack Up|Akkala Highlands, Lanayru Great Spring
Armored Carp|1|Defense Up|Lanayru Great Spring, East Necluda
Sanke Carp|1|Extra Hearts|West Necluda
Mighty Porgy|1|Attack Up|Necluda Sea, Lanayru Sea
Armored Porgy|1|Defense Up|Necluda Sea, Lanayru Sea
Hearty Salmon|4|Extra Hearts|Tabantha Frontier, Hebra Mountains
Hearty Blueshell Snail|3|Extra Hearts|Lanayru Sea, Necluda Sea
Razorclaw Crab|1|Attack Up|Necluda Sea, East Necluda
Ironshell Crab|1|Defense Up|Necluda Sea, East Necluda
Bright-Eyed Crab|1|Stamina Recovery|Lanayru Great Spring, Eldin Canyon

Elixir Materials

The tables below list all the cooking effects for elixir material. Mix at least one critter and one monster part to boost an elixir’s special effects or restorative properties based on the rarity of the monster part. If critters with different effects are put in the same dish, the result is often a censored plate of dubious food.

[table caption=”Monster Parts” align=”center” width=”100%” colalign=”left|left|left”]
Bokoblin Horn|Common|Bokoblins
Bokoblin Fang|Common|Bokoblins
Bokoblin Guts|Uncommon|Bokoblins
Moblin Horn|Common|Moblins
Moblin Fang|Common|Moblins
Moblin Guts|Uncommon|Moblins
Lizalfos Horn|Common|Lizalfos
Lizalfos Talon|Common|Lizalfos
Lizalfos Tail|Uncommon|Lizalfos
Icy Lizalfos Tail|Rare|Ice-Breath Lizalfos
Red Lizalfos Tail|Rare|Fire-Breath Lizalfos
Yellow Lizalfos Tail|Rare|Electric Lizalfos
Lynel Horn|Rare|Lynel
Lynel Hoof|Rare|Lynel
Lynel Guts|Very Rare|Lynel
Chuchu Jelly|Common|Chuchu
Red Chuchu Jelly|Uncommon|Chuchu + Fire
White Chuchu Jelly|Uncommon|Chuchu + Ice
Yellow Chuchu Jelly|Uncommon|Chuchu + Electricity
Keese Wing|Common|Keese
Fire Keese Wing|Uncommon|Fire Keese
Ice Keese Wing|Uncommon|Ice Keese
Electric Keese Wing|Uncommon|Electric Keese
Keese Eyeball|Uncommon|All Keese
Octorok Eyeball|Uncommon|Octorok
Octorok Tentacle|Uncommon|Octorok
Octo Balloon|Common|Octorok
Hinox Toenail|Rare|Hinox
Hinox Tooth|Rare|Hinox
Hinox Guts|Very Rare|Hinox
Molduga Fin|Rare|Molduga
Molduga Guts|Very Rare|Molduga

[table caption=”Critters” align=”center” width=”100%” colalign=”left|left|left”]
Material|Cooking Effects|Common Locations
Winterwing Butterfly|Heat Resistance|Hyrule Ridge, Tabantha Frontier
Summerwing Butterfly|Cold Resistance|Great Hyrule Forest, Eldin Mountains
Thunderwing Butterfly|Shock Resistance|Hyrule Ridge, Gerudo Highlands
Smotherwing Butterfly|Flame Guard|Eldin Canyon, Death Mountain
Cold Darner|Heat Resistance|Tabantha Frontier, Hyrule Ridge
Warm Darner|Cold Resistance|Akkala Highlands, Hyrule Field
Electric Darner|Shock Resistance|Hyrule Ridge, Gerudo Desert
Restless Cricket|Stamina Recovery|Hyrule Field, East Necluda
Bladed Rhino Beetle|Attack Up|West Necluda, East Necluda
Rugged Rhino Beetle|Defense Up|Hyrule Field, Faron Grasslands
Energetic Rhino Beetle|Stamina Recovery|Akkala Highlands, West Necluda
Sunset Firefly|Stealth Up|West Necluda, Great Hyrule Forest
Hot-Footed Frog|Speed Up|Lanayru Great Spring, Hyrule Ridge
Tireless Frog|Extra Stamina|Lanayru Great Spring, Hyrule Ridge
Hightail Lizard|Speed Up|West Necluda, East Necluda
Hearty Lizard|Extra Hearts|Gerudo Desert, Necluda Sea
Fireproof Lizard|Flame Guard|Eldin Canyon, Death Mountain