It sure is nice to force Link to speed-eat 29 apples the second he’s knocked off a cliff, but did you know there’s a faster way to heal? Yes, knowing how to cook the best recipes in Tears of the Kingdom will save Link from scarfing down stacks of raw meat and rubbery mushrooms, adding special effects and boosts too.
But what are the best recipes in Tears of the Kingdom?
Let’s find out!👇
Best Recipes Tears of the Kingdom
Since you can add practically anything to a dish in Tears of the Kingdom, you might be wondering whether you should be making Salmon Meuniere or just simmering your fruit. So, to save you from cooking up dubious stews, we’ve rounded up the best recipes in Tears of the Kingdom to explore with a breakdown of the ingredients you need and the added boosts Link will receive once he consumes them!
Going somewhere snowy? Maybe you’ve thrown a Spicy Pepper in a plain dish for the cold resistance effect. But if staying warm is your goal, you can skip the chicken and rice, and just throw five peppers in a pot. The Sautéed Peppers recipe might just taste like hell, but the upside is twelve minutes of warmth in harsh environments.
Unless you’re going deep into the frozen wastes, the low-level effect of Sautéed Peppers will be enough to stop Link’s teeth from chattering too much.
If Link gets too tired he will just give up. No matter whether he’s dangling over certain death or gliding above the clouds, Link will simply let go and fall to immediate death. Having a nourishing stamina boost in your back pocket for moments like these is a lifesaver.
The best stamina boosts in Tears or the Kingdom are enduring foods, which completely fill your stamina bar and then some. But you don’t need to cook a full meal for this effect. Just throw in one Endura ingredient like this Enduring Fried Wild Greens recipe and you’ll get the refill of stamina you need to continue exploring.
Frozen Cave Fish
Frozen Cave Fish Ingredients: 1x Cave Fish, Hyrule Bass or Ancient Arowana.
Recipe Effect: Grants heat resistance and heals in a pinch.
In Tears of the Kingdom, when left out in the cold, or hit by a gust of icy wind, all meats will become frozen. It’s far from the best way to treat your meat, but frozen foods always grant a short and minor heat resistance effect – some will also heal more hearts.
As the pick of the bunch, the Frozen Cave Fish recipe is the frontier food for the wild adventurer. Only crabs and a couple of fish types will gain bonus hearts, but if you’re out in the cold and can’t start a fire, Link won’t mind crewing on the rock of ice for dinner.
Recipe Effect: Fully heals Link and adds a bonus heart.
The hearty family of foods in Tears of the Kingdom are by far the most useful– Hearty Truffles, Radishes, Salmon & Snails. Cooking just one of these ingredients will serve a dish so succulent that Link’s health is fully restored with a little bit extra added on the top.
So, chuck spears at those bright blue bass and blue lizards, greedily sniff out those hearty truffles, pluck the pink flowers of radishes, and fry up those flame-decal Salmon to create a Hearty Mushroom Skewer or just a heart anything for that matter. Link will thank you for it.
Noble Pursuit Ingredients:
1x Palm Fruit
1x Rock Salt
Recipe Effect: Four hearts and a happy Link
Somehow, Link can wood fire a perfect pizza in a flaming wok, but there’s no special effect? Sadly that’s the case for most of his best dishes. Fruitcake, Nutcake, a gorgeous apple pie with a lattice top? No special effects.
The most special of these fine foods might be the Noble Pursuit, which you can buy in Gerudo Town after saving the city, or make it yourself. Sure, it does nothing special, but who could deny Link a sweet treat after all the world-saving he’s done?
Dark Rice Ball
Dark Rice Ball Ingredients:
1x Dark Clump
1x Hylian Rice
1x Rock Salt
Recipe Effect: Adds minor warding effect
A Dark Rice Ball looks like it would give you a stomach ache and worse, but somehow adding a “Dark Clump” to his dinner doesn’t curse Link, it protects him. If you’re braving the depths, buy Dark Clumps from a Bargainer statue, cook up a couple of dark dishes and eat until your heart’s content.
The Warding effect stops the Gloom from stealing Link’s max health and Dark Rice Balls are a must-have for early-game depths-diving since you’ll have few hearts to spare.
Seared Gourmet Steak
Seared Gourmet Steak Ingredients: 1x Gourmet Meat
Recipe Effect: Heal up in a pinch
For a wild man of the woods like Link, having a cooking pot handy isn’t always possible. But cracking some flint and lighting a fire is very accessible. Link can grill his food campfire-style. When you roast your meat and veg without a pot, it’ll be a little well-done and provide less healing, so throwing batches of five on the fire is the best way to do it. And of these baked goods, the best is searing Gourmet Meats.
Gourmet Meat is hard to come by, but the bonus health is more than any other baked good in Tears of the Kingdom. So if you see any big game like Water Buffalo, Tabantha Moose, or Honeyvore Bears, hunt them for their meat, and save it for the far reaches of the Hebra Mountain range.
Sunny Deep-Fried Drumstick
Sunny Deep Fried Drumstick Ingredients:
1x Oil Jar
1x Raw Bird Drumstick
1x Rock Salt
Recipe Effect: Heals 3 hearts of Gloom damage
If you are wandering among the Depths, and a Gloom Hand has sapped your strength, you’ll either have to cancel your exciting expedition to return to a Lightroot, or the surface. Alternatively, you can just cancel the curse with a Sunny meal.
For a Sunny Deep-Fried Drumstick, just pan-fry a drumstick in oil, season with rock salt, and garnish with a Sundelion. Wrap it in wax paper and save it for dinner in the Depths.
The effects are enlivening.
Hasty Poultry Curry
Poultry Curry Recipe Ingredients:
1x Hylian Rice
1x Goron Spice
1x Raw Bird Drumstick
Recipe Effect: Grants Haste Effect
Rushrooms are common and they don’t run away (like Hightail Lizards). They are perfect for cooking up speed-buffs. Toss one into your delicious meal– here I’ve suggested a delicacy from the Goron region– and take a bite when you’re travelling on foot.
But if this gourmet sampling isn’t enough speed from your shroom, and you want a high-level Haste effect, go all in on the greens with Fleet-Lotus Seeds, Swift Carrots, Swift Violets, and of course Rushshrooms. The meal makes for a perfect getaway or high-climbing helper.
The Final Word
So long as you’re not tossing in bugs and monster parts, Link will benefit from your cooking– even when it’s completely unappetizing. So it’s worth just tossing anything and everything whenever you happen by a cooking pot. But knowing the effects you like most means you can watch for those special ingredients that make Link’s life easier and tastier– Endura Carrots, Hearty Truffles, Gourmet Meat.
That said, when you do throw monster parts into the mix you will wind up with a powerful elixir recipe that will put a huge smile on Link’s face.
Oh, and keep an eye out for portable pots. You can find these Zonai Devices in certain Dispensers (there are two on Great Sky Island) to cook cuisine on the go.
What’s your favorite recipe in Tears of the Kingdom?
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