How to make food in Zelda: Breath of the Wild [Guide & Tips]

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is that kind of title that you stop and think “that’s why I bought a Nintendo Switch”. In fact, the game is rich in mechanics and details and one of them is the variety of recipes for various situations: recovering blade, increasing attack and defense, being resistant to weather conditions, etc. See how to make food in Zelda Breath of the Wild.

How to make food in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild’s types of food

To start, you need to know that there are two types of “food” in Breath of the Wild : the elixirs and the dishes. If a combination goes wrong, the result is “Dubious Food”.

Dishes: are the combinations of plants, meats and vegetables and fruits that result in meals with special properties, depending on the type of ingredient used.

Chiily Fried wild Greens

Elixirs: are the drinks made with the combination of insects, reptiles (lizards) or amphibians (frogs) and parts of monsters. They offer special properties depending on the ingredient used.

Spicy Elixirs

Dubious Food: it’s every recipe that went wrong. For example: plants do not match parts of monsters. A Dubious Food has a pixelated aspect and does not offer any special properties, besides restoring few hearts – regardless of the type or quantity of ingredients used.

Dubious Food

How to make food in Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The process is simple, but requires attention to the ingredients. Before starting, it is necessary to be near a pot with a fire underneath.

  1. Open the inventory;
  2. Select an ingredient, press A and choose “Hold” – it is possible to hold up to five items;
  3. Get close to the pot (pan) with the fire on and press A to pour the ingredients from the container;
  4. Wait for the process.

At the end, one of the three combinations explained above will be added to your inventory. A window will inform you of the result of combining the ingredients used in the recipe.


Each recipe can offer only one special property besides the hearts. There is no point in mixing blade recovery ingredients with heat resistance, for example. If so, only one property will prevail (which is a waste of resources).

Where to find pot?

It is not necessary to go around all over Hyrule to try to find a pot. Villages and stables are places that always offer a pot to find preparing food. These places are great for refueling before heading out to explore the open world again.

If the fire under the pan is not lit, just hit it with a firearm, shoot a fire arrow or place a Flint (stone) on the nearby floor and strike with a metal gun so that it is lit – as long as it is not raining.

How to know the property of an ingredient?

In the description of each ingredient there is a hint of the result of that item when used in a recipe. The types are:

  • Heart recovery
  • Stamina recovery;
  • Cold resistance
  • Heat resistance
  • Fireproof resistance
  • Shock / electricity resistance
  • Increase movement speed (boost movement speed)
  • Boost defense
  • Boost attack
  • Increase stealth (boost stealth)

Big Hearty Radish

Big Hearty Radish temporarily increases the number of hearts if prepared in a pan (temporarily increase your maximum hearts, in the last sentence)

In the case of the stalk and recovery of hearts, some ingredients allow to temporarily increase the maximum of these energies. These are more difficult to find and the description tells you when the cooked ingredient will recover more hearts or foil.

How to make money on food in Zelda

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the ways to make money is by selling items: gems, monster items, armor and even meals.

You can sell to any merchant. They all buy their items for the same price, so it doesn’t matter if you are in a stable, a village or a city. The price will always be the same (which is good).

Something easy to find is Raw Gourmet Meat, which falls from large animals. Each can be sold individually for 35 rupees, but when you add five and prepare the Meat Skewer, the price rises to 490 rupees (a diamond is worth 500 rupees).

Better yet, if you have already fought the battles against Lynels, making elixirs with the parts that fall from them can yield a good amount of rupees, especially the Enduring Elixir and Hasty Elixir.

To prepare an Enduring Elixir, you need:

  • 4 Lynel Guts or Hoofs or Horns
  • 1 Tireless Frog

Enduring Elixir

Hasty Elixir’s recipe needs:

  • 4 Lynel Guts or Hoofs or Horns
  • 1 Hightail Lizard

Hasty Elixir

Lynel Guts is Lynel’s most valuable item, the more of these parts you can use, the more expensive the elixir will be sold. In this case, using 4 Lynel Guts, the selling value of Enduring Elixir can reach 2,300 rupees, while Hasty can reach 2,250 rupees.