Those familiar with Breath of the Wild will have a firm understanding of how to cook in Tears of the Kingdom since the mechanic is pretty similar between both games. Once you gather some ingredients, you can cook them up for various benefits.
How to Cook and Roast
There are two different ways to cook food in Tears of the Kingdom. If you have an open fire, then you can roast your food. If there’s a cooking pot over the fire, then you can mix ingredients to cook a meal. Naturally, the type of meal depends on the ingredients you use.
Once you’ve gathered some ingredients, find a fire or start your own by throwing Wood and Flint on top of each other and striking it with your weapon.
Open your inventory and go to the Materials tab, and hold the ingredients you want to cook. You can hold up to 5 ingredients at a time.
Next, drop it in the cooking pot or on top of the fire. If you drop the ingredients on an open fire, then each ingredient is roasted individually. You can not actually mix ingredients over an open flame. Just drop the ingredients and wait for a few moments for them to transform.
If you’re using a cooking pot, you can mix the ingredients to create a meal. Cooking ingredients using this method yields better results, as the food restores more health than simply roasting it, and the meals also provide various benefits like cold resistance and speed improvements.
You can also combine monster parts with living creatures to create different types of Elixirs. Elixirs provide temporary stat boosts, but they don’t restore health.
You’ll want to keep a nice stock of cooked food so that you can restore your health in a pinch. Ideally, you’ll also have some raw ingredients on hand at all times so that you can cook up a meal when you run out of cooked food. As soon as you use up your ingredients, start hunting and foraging for more so that you’re never without.