Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom: Best Recipes To Cook With Early-Game Ingredients

The culinary adventure from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild is back in its sequel, Tears of the Kingdom. With around 200 recipes to discover, it can be a little overwhelming when you’re just starting! Cooking is a core mechanic of Tears of the Kingdom, being the primary way to reduce status effects, give Link buffs, and restore hearts and stamina while exploring. Cooking can produce a variety of meals and elixirs, so it’s important to be aware of what the ingredients you have acquired can do for you and when to use them. Without further ado, here is a guide on some of the best recipes to cook in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Ingredient Effects

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To start, cooked recipes can provide a variety of effects. Each effect in the game corresponds with a keyword, listed below:

  • Icy/Chilly – Heat resistance
  • Electro – Shock resistance
  • Spicy – Cold resistance
  • Sneaky – Stealth up
  • Enduring – Adds stamina (above Link’s current maximum)
  • Fireproof – Fire resistance
  • Tough – Defense up
  • Hasty – Speed up
  • Sticky – Grip up (good for climbing slippery surfaces)
  • Hearty – Grants extra hearts (above Link’s current maximum)
  • Mighty – Attack up
  • Energizing – Restores stamina
  • No keyword – Restores hearts

The more of an effect-providing item you add to the dish, the stronger the effect will be. For example, if you throw 3 Spicy Peppers into a mix of 2 Hylian Shrooms, Link will have several minutes of Cold resistance. If you throw in 2 Spicy Peppers and 3 Hylian Shrooms instead, the length of the effect decreases.

Tears Of The Kingdom Best Early-Game Recipes

Now, what are the best recipes to cook in Tears of the Kingdom? Ideally, all of these are things that can be crafted from the moment you set foot in Hyrule.

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Spicy Sautéed Peppers

A full stack of five Spicy Peppers will give Link 5 minutes of Cold resistance.

Energizing Meat And Mushroom Skewer

One piece of Raw Meat and one Stamella Shroom (although you can add more!). This will restore one heart and instantly refill some of Link’s stamina wheel.

Hasty Mushroom Skewer

Cooking a Rushroom will result in a skewer that will heal Link for 1 1/2 hearts and increase stamina regeneration for a minute.

Energizing Elixir

Restless Cricket mixed with any Monster Parts. This will restore Link’s stamina and it scales accordingly to how many Restless Crickets are put into the mix. 4 Crickets will result in a full stamina wheel being refilled.

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Hasty Fruit and Mushroom Mix

Rushroom and any Fruit can be combined together to make a dish that increases Link’s speed and heals oe heart.

Tough Mushroom Skewer

This dish requires at least TWO Iron Mushrooms. Ideally, you can put a full stack of them in here to increase the defensive buff that Link will get!

Hearty Fried Wild Greens

Hearty Radishes and any type of flower (such as the Hyrule Herb) can be used here. The more radishes you put in, the more the effect will increase. This one gives Link a full heart refill and extra temporary hearts.

Spicy Simmered Fruit

Spicy Pepper and some Fruit. This comes in handy when Link is exploring the colder areas of the game and needs the Cold resistance but also needs to top up on some hearts.

Cooking can sometimes be tedious as well but thankfully there’s a nifty option when you select an ingredient called “Cook from Recipe.” When you click this option, all of the recipes you’ve cooked with that ingredient will pop up. Then when selected they will auto-populate into Link’s hands to drop into the pot. There are so many combinations in the game that there’s bound to be some that we missed. What are your favorite recipes to cook in Tears of the Kingdom? Let us know about them down below!

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