Zelda: BOTW's Most Powerful Recipes (& How to Make Them) (2023)

By Lindsay Cutone


With over 100 different recipes in Breath of the Wild, players need to know the best recipe for stat boosts, hearts, and stamina.

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Elixir Ingredient Combinations


Food and cooking are essential parts of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with some recipes having significantly more power than others. Food in both ingredient form and cooked form can help Link a great deal, as can elixirs, with each helping Link gain back health and stamina, sometimes providing other benefits like cold or heat resistance. Knowing what BOTW recipes are best is a vital survival skill with all the different enemies Link encounters and the landscapes he explores.


Breath of the Wild features 118 different food dishes that can be cooked and 12 basic elixirs with variations. Food recipes use only food ingredients, whereas elixirs require a combination of critters and monster/guardian parts - and sometimes that includes some weird cooking combinations. With so many ingredient combinations to make different recipes and elixirs, it is useful to know which BOTW recipes will benefit Link the most on his travels through Hyrule.

The following Breath of the Wild recipes give the exact ingredients needed for the listed outcome; these recipes can be made with other ingredients for a product with less significant effects.

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Best BOTW Stamina Recipes

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a lot of climbing, and, depending on the player's skill level and available weapons, a lot of running from enemies. Link can burn through his stamina wheel very quickly, even when the Link's stamina wheels are maxed out in BOTW. The following recipes will restore or increase Link's stamina, which definitely comes in handy for those high climbs or a mad dash to safety.

Food Name



Enduring Fried Wild Greens

Adds 2 Extra Stamina Wheels

5 Endura Carrots

Enduring Steamed Meat

Adds 1 Extra Stamina Wheel

2 Endura Carrots, 2 Endura Shrooms, 1 Raw Gourmet Meat

Enduring Steamed Mushrooms

Adds 1 Extra Stamina Wheel

2 Endura Carrots, 3 Endura Shrooms

Energizing Salt-Grilled Fish

Refills Maximum 3 Stamina Wheels

2 Staminoka Bass, 2 Stamella Mushrooms, Rock Salt

Energizing Honey Candy

Refills Maximum 2 4/5 Stamina Wheels

5 Courser Bee Honey

Best BOTW Recipes for Hearts

Heart restoration items are by far some of the most important recipes in Breath of the Wild. At the start of the game, Link starts with only three hearts so every bit of health-increasing food helps if players are going to skip doing BOTW's health glitch. The following food recipes will grant Link all the hearts he could need and sometimes even extra.

Food Name



Fish and Mushroom Skewers

Full Recovery + 20 Extra Hearts

3 Big Hearty Truffles, 2 Hearty Salmon

Copious Seafood Skewers

Full Recovery + 10 Extra Hearts

2 Hearty Salmon, 1 Hearty Bass, 1 Hyrule Bass, 1 Sanke Carp

Fish Skewer

Full Recovery + 5 Extra Hearts

Hearty Bass + Hearty Salmon

Steamed Meat

Maximum 28 Hearts

4 Raw Gourmet Meats, 1 Endura Carrot

Glazed Mushrooms

Maximum 28 Hearts

4 Big Hearty Truffles, 1 Courser Bee Honey

Glazed Meat

Maximum 28 Hearts

4 Raw Gourmet Meats, 1 Courser Bee Honey

Steamed Fruit

Maximum 28 Hearts

4 Hearty Durian, 1 Endura Carrot

Best BOTW Condition-Resisting Recipes

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Given all the different climates that Link travels through in Breath of the Wild, he is bound to run into some inclement weather. Cold-resistant, heat-resistant, and electric-resistant foods are a necessity when traveling through these areas unless players attempt at making Link fireproof in BOTW. Recipes labeled as "spicy" have a cold resist effect, "chilly" have a heat resist effect, and "electro" have an electric resist.

Food Name



Spicy Steamed Mushrooms

30 Minutes Cold Resist

3 Sunshrooms, Warm Saffina, Shard of Farosh's Horn

Spicy Fish Skewer

30 Minute Cold Resist

Sizzlefin Trout, 3 Fairies, Any Dragon Horn Shard

Spicy Fruit and Mushroom Mix

12:30 Minute Cold Resist

4 Spicy Peppers, Sunshroom

Spicy Sauteed Peppers

12:30 Minute Cold Resist

5 Spicy Peppers

Chilly Fruit and Mushroom Mix

30 Minutes Heat Resist

3 Chillshrooms, Hydromelon, Shard of Farosh's Horn

Chilly Veggie Rice Balls

11 Minutes Heat Resist

4 Cool Saffina, Hylian Rice

Electro Fish and Mushroom Skewer

30 Minute Electric Resist

3 Voltshroom, Zapshroom, Shard of Farosh's Horn

Electro Fish Skewer

30 Minute Electric Resist

2 Voltfin Trout, 2 Fairies, Shard of Any Dragon Horn

Electro Simmered Fruit

30 Minute Electric Resist

4 Voltfruit, Monster Extract

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Having trouble farming Dragon Parts in BOTW to make these cooking recipes? Check out the video guide from Austin John Plays on YouTube below to see how to get Dragon Parts for BOTW recipes easily!

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Best BOTW Recipes for Movement Speed

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Many players learn early on in the game that sometimes running away from the enemy is the best option. Whether it is an enemy too powerful or just unexpected, sometimes Link just needs to run instead of fight. Luckily, there are recipes in Breath of the Wild that can help make Link even faster.

Food Name



Hasty Fruit and Mushroom Mix

30 Minute Speed Boost

Fleet Lotus Seeds, Rushroom, Shard of Farosh's Horn

Hasty Veggie Cream Soup

11:20 Minute Speed Boost

2 Swift Carrots, Fresh Milk, Rock Salt, Monster Extract

Hasty Apple Pie

10:10 Minute Speed Boost

Cane Sugar, Apple, Fleet-Lotus Seed, Goat Butter, Tabantha Wheat

Best BOTW Defense and Attack Recipes

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Boosting Link's defense or attack stats is beneficial when dealing with BOTW's most powerful enemies. "Tough" dishes help increase Link's defense stat while "mighty" dishes increase his attack stat. There are an abundance of recipes in BOTW for each category depending on what the player needs at the time.

Food Name



Tough Salt-Grilled Fish

4:50 Minute High Strength Defense Boost

Ironshroom, Fresh Milk, Rock Salt, 2 Armored Porgy

Tough Omlet

4:50 Minute High Strength Defense Boost

4 Ironshroom, Bird Egg

Tough Porgy Meunière

4:50 Minute High Strength Defense Boost

Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter, 3 Armored Porgy

Mighty Simmered Fruit

30 Minute High Strenth Attack Boost

4 Mighty Bananas, Shard of any Dragon Horn

Mighty Simmered Fruit

10 Minute High Strenth Attack Boost

4 Mighty Bananas, Monster Extract

Mighty Herb Sautè

5:30 Minute High Strength Attack Boost

2 Mighty Porgy, Mighty Thistle, Bird Egg, Goron Spice

Best BOTW Recipes for Stealth

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While some players take on enemies in Breath of the Wild using an all-out frontal attack, others may play with more stealth and cunning. Either way, there are some moments where stealth is necessary, especially when facing the Yiga Clan. Luckily for Link, there are some BOTW recipes that increase his stealth and make him harder to detect.

Food Name



Sneaky Fried Wild Greens

30 Minute Stealth Boost

3 Silent Princesses, Fairy, Shard of Farosh's Horn

Sneaky Steamed Fish

10 Minute Stealth Boost

Silent Princess, 2 Silent Shrooms, 2 Sneaky River Snails

Sneaky Fried Wild Greens

10 Minute Stealth Boost

5 Silent Princesses

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Best BOTW Elixir Ingredient Combinations

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Elixirs are made from a combination of critters (e.g. frogs, insects, lizards) and monster parts, which Link can also sell for items Kilton's Monster Shop in BOTW. The type of critter used results in the type of elixir made and the monster parts affect the duration of the elixir's effects. The most powerful monster parts are Bokogoblin Guts, Moblin Guts, Lizalfos Tail (all types), Lynel Guts, Keese Eyeballs, Modulga Guts, Hynox Guts, Ancient Core, and Great Ancient Core. Link can make 11 different types of powerful elixirs using those monster parts and any of the listed critters.

Elixir Name


Ingredient to Add

Hearty Elixir

Extra Hearts

Hearty Lizard

Energizing Elixir

Restores Stamina

Restless Cricket, Energetic Rhino Beetle

Enduring Elixir

Extra Stamina

Tireless Frog

Hasty Elixir

Increases Movement Speed

Hot-Footed Frog, Hightail Lizard

Sneaky Elixir

Increases Stealth

Sunset Firefly

Mighty Elixir

Increases Attack

Bladed Rhino Beetle

Tough Elixir

Increases Defense

Rugged Rhino Beetle

Spicy Elixir

Cold Resistance

Summerwing Butterfly, Warm Darner

Chilly Elixir

Heat Resistance

Winterwing Butterfly, Cold Darner

Electro Elixir

Electric Resistance

Thunderwing Butterfly, Electric Darner

Fireproof Elixir

Flame Guard

Smotheringwing Butterfly, Fireproof Lizard

The following special ingredients add even more time to BOTW's elixirs:

  • Shard of Dinraal's Fang - 630 seconds
  • Shard of Dinraal's Horn - 1800 seconds
  • Shard of Nydra's Fang - 630 seconds
  • Shard of Nydra's Horn - 1800 seconds
  • Shard of Farosh's Fang - 630 seconds
  • Shard of Farosh's Horn - 1800 seconds

Knowing how to cook better in BOTW by using the right ingredients can unlock many recipe combinations. The best ingredients are not always needed and what players use will depend on the situation and environment that Link is facing. It is always beneficial to have multiple elixirs on hand for any occasion.

To see even more high-level elixir and food recipes in Breath of the Wild, check out the YouTube video here from Hyrule Dude, which shows Link cooking some of BOTW's best recipes in action!

With so much to explore in Hyrule, players are still discovering secrets in Breath of the Wild and need to be prepared to take on anything. Food recipes and elixirs are essential to boost Link's health, stamina, and stats. It is currently unknown whether these same recipes will work in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but for now this is some of the best food Link can eat.

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    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an open-world, action-adventure RPG from Nintendo's EPD development team. Recently waking from a hundred-year slumber in a mysterious chamber, Link awakens with no memory of how he got there. Through a disembodied voice, he is told he must stop Calamity Ganon from destroying Hyrule - and to do so, he must regain his memories and gain the power to do so. Link will travel throughout Hyrule to re-awaken the four slumbering Divine Beasts to help approach the darkness-covered castle and retrieve the Master Sword. With the help of four guardian friends and tribes across the land, Link will battle the forces of darkness and save his friend, princess Zelda.

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    Release Date :
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