Animal Crossing: New Horizons how to cook food

Learn how to cook food in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and how to add more recipes to your collection.

The meaty 2.0 update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons added plenty of brand new features, including the ability to cook up meals for you, your villagers, and your friends. Below, we’ll walk you through how to cook food in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to cook food

Animal Crossing: New Horizons how to cook food
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Before you can cook food in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you need to have crafted a Stonework kitchen. To get the recipe for this, head to the Nook Stop in Residents Services and purchase the Be a Chef! DIY Recipes+ package. This will upgrade the DIY app on your phone to include recipes, and also adds the Stonework Kitchen recipe to your collection.

To craft the Stonework kitchen you need the following:

  • Stone x 30
  • Clay x 15
  • Iron Nugget x 10
Animal Crossing new horizons cooking guide
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Once you have those, visit a crafting bench to create your Stonework Kitchen. Interact with the Stonework kitchen and you’ll see all the cooking recipes you have currently acquired. So long as you have the ingredients to hand, you can cook up a meal immediately! Some dishes will only require basic ingredients like a Sea Bass and Weeds, but most will also require you to get crops like carrots, which will take a lot more work. Here's our full explanation of how to get crops in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to get recipes

Animal Crossing new horizons how to get recipes
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To get your first batch of recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, head to Nook’s Cranny and purchase the Basic Cooking Recipes pack from Timmy and Tommy. This will give you a handful of starter recipes to work with. 

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You can also gain recipes by catching or collecting the various items they require. The next time you go fishing, for example, you’ll probably get new recipes relating to some of the fish that you catch. Catching an Olive Flounder, for example, will unlock the Sautéed Olive Flounder recipe.

That’s all there is to know about how to cook in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Get yourself a Stonework Oven and get to baking! For more guides for the new 2.0 content, check out our breakdown of what to do with Gyroid Fragments and how to find Brewster. You can also visit our hub page to catch up on all the latest content we have for the game.

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