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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has many recipes to cook. Some return from Breath of the Wild, but others are brand new. Since it can take lots of resources and some time to cook, it is important always select the right recipe for the adventure.
Most dishes in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom can be further augmented by adding additional ingredients beyond the base recipe. For example, putting peppers in while cooking may add the additional “Fireproof” prefix and grant Link high fire resistance. By experimenting, there may be food variants that are even stronger in certain situations.
10 Energizing Steamed Mushroom
Steamed mushrooms can be made by cooking any mushroom with another plant. In this case, using specifically a stambulb as the second ingredient will modify the dish to have the “energizing” property. This will cause the mushroom to boost stamina along with its normal intended health restoration.
While neither amount of health nor stamina recovery is high, it is very convenient to restore both with just one meal, such as after a long climb or fight in Tears of the Kingdom. Additionally, various types of mushrooms are found all over Hyrule, making cooking with them very common and a good use of easily obtained resources.
9 Pepper Seafood
Pepper seafood is made by combining any pepper and fish together. The finished dish will always add a fair amount of cold resistance, which is always useful when exploring icy regions or contending with cold-based foes. Pepper seafood also restores several full hearts.
Though it depends on the base fish used. A catch like the Hyrule bass will cause pepper seafood to restore up to six lost hearts. It might be a good idea to cook this dish even when not wandering around the cold region. The enigmatic Kiuyoyu Shrine is in the middle of Rowan Plains, yet features hazards of both ice and fire in tandem.
8 Bright Fish Skewer
The bright fish skewer is cooked by just using a single glowing cavefish. It restores a small amount of hearts due to being a fish, but more importantly, causes Link himself to glow. There are many dark dungeons and shrines in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom that are too dim to traverse without a light source.
While one could use another consumable like blightbloom seeds, eating bright fish skewers is much more practical and acts as a passive buff. The duration of the glow is increased by adding in additional fish, all of which can grant their own base buffs, stamina, or heart regeneration.
7 Hasty Mushroom Skewer
Hasty mushroom skewers are created by using a specific type of mushroom – the rushroom. Like most other recipes it heals for a small amount, but in this case also increases Link’s movement speed. The duration is increased by another minute per rushroom and the actual speed can go up with the use of rock salt.
Movement is a great luxury in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and making Link move even quicker is always fantastic. The fast movement can be used to get places, dodge around at the start of a fight, or possibly bypass obstacles that normally require tricky timing.
6 Fish and Mushroom Skewer
Fish and mushroom skewers are a malleable dish that takes on the properties of the fish or mushroom used to make it. This results in a highly customizable recipe that can have all sorts of effects. For example, chillshrooms or sunshrooms can be used to add in heat or cold resistance, respectively.
Rushrooms can be used like the previously mentioned hasty mushroom skewer, though the fish will mean the recipe can’t be as powerful. On the other end, strong fish include the hearty salmon that can restore up to 16 hearts or the armored carp that grants a defense increase along with four-heart restoration.
5 Dark Rice Ball
Dark rice balls are a rice ball variant made with Hyrule rice, rock salt, and a dark clump. This provides a large amount of resistance to Tears of the Kingdom‘s gloom element and its effects. Gloom itself is a nasty debuff that reduces Link’s total hearts, making it much easier for players to be defeated in the heat of battle.
This is invaluable for defending against gloom-powered obstacles and enemies. This includes the Gloom Spawn boss roaming around parts of Hyrule. While gloom resistance armor is always the main defense, having a meal like dark rice balls can further cap off any bonuses.
4 Seafood Rice Ball
The seafood rice ball is another diverse Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom recipe. As the name implies it requires Hyrule rice as a base ingredient. However, instead of just fish the rice ball can also take snails and crab, in addition to fish. Snails increase stealth while the razorclaw crab gives a nice attack increase.
The food can also be used with glowing cavefish or Hyrule bass to create effects similar to the bright fish skewer or pepper seafood, respectively. Still, most crab options will give a better buff even if it means not having as hearty heart recovery.
3 Vegetable Curry
Vegetable curry is yet another customizable recipe. At its base, it takes Hyrule rice and Goron spice. However, the main vegetable used will add a strong and long-lasting buff. Endura carrots will grant extra stamina for five minutes. Swift carrots will instead grant Link more movement speed. Finally, a fortified pumpkin will instead yield a high defense boost for nearly 15 minutes.
While the recipe is good, Goron spice is not common and must be sought out in Goron City. Players will want to visit the general store and stock up on as much spice as they can afford.
2 Sunny Veggie Rice Ball
Sunny veggie rice balls are another useful rice recipe, this time created with Hyrule rice and sundelions. Unlike dark rice balls that prevent the spread of gloom, sunny rice balls instead directly cure the effects. This includes restoring those lost heart containers and replenishing around four empty hearts.
This can turn the nasty debuff into something trivial and make many boss fights much easier if they used gloom attacks as part of their arsenal. This is great for either exploring a gloom-infested dungeon or immediately after leaving. Still, it is overall best to avoid the gloom status in the first place rather than heal from it after the fact.
1 Hearty Fried Wild Greens
Fried wild greens are among the strongest items in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and making a robust “hearty” version is even better. They are made by combing big hearty truffle and big hearty radish which produce a food that not only fully restores life, but can even add in additional heart containers.
Adding in more radishes or truffles will increase the total amount of containers, upwards of 20 temporary hearts. This makes the meal a must-have when fighting strong bosses, including the final challenges in the entire game. However, these ingredients are among the most rare and should be saved for only the toughest battles.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
- The Legend of Zelda
- Nintendo Switch
- Nintendo EPD
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the anticipated follow-up to Breath of the Wild, released in 2017. A rare occurrence in Zelda titles, Tears of the Kingdom is a direct sequel instead of loosely connected. In Tears of the Kingdom, Link will take to the skies and learn about a mysterious kingdom in the clouds. Additionally, he will discover the secrets of the dark ones that dwell below and above the earth. The sequel is being built on the same engine as the original, with unique physics tools again being utilized. However, little about the plot and gameplay is known.
- How Long To Beat:
- 35-50 hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild