April 7, 2016 - stardew valley, guides

Stardew Valley Cooking Guide

ConcernedApe, the developer of Stardew Valley, has gone on record saying he does not want cooking to be profitable but there are some exceptions.

Cooking food provides better health and energy (and sometimes stat bonuses) than regular food.

It is unlocked after adding a kitchen to your house by providing the following materials to Robin at the carpenter shop:

The kitchen provides a stove for cooking food and a 24 slot refridgerator for storing food.

Tip: Store food in the refridgerator. The game checks the refridgerator and your inventory to determine what food can be cooked. Food that can be cooked will be highlighted.

Due to the high cost of upgrading your house, I'd put off cooking until late summer or early fall of your first year. Upgrade your bags twice and upgrade most of your tools at least once before upgrading your farmhouse.

Best Recipes

The best recipes are a balance of good stat bonuses and relatively common ingredients. Since speed and luck can only be boosted by food, there's a slightly heavier weight for recipes that provides boosts to those stats.

RecipeIngredientsStat BonusesSource
Spicy Eel 1 Eel
1 Hot Pepper
+1 Luck
+1 Speed
George (7 hearts)
Pumpkin Soup 1 Pumpkin
1 Milk
+2 Luck
+2 Defense
Robin (7 hearts)
Lobster Bisque 1 Lobster
1 Milk
+3 Fishing
+50 Max Energy
Willy (9 hearts)
Cooking Channel (14 Winter, even years)
Pepper Poppers 1 Hot Pepper
1 Cheese
+2 Farming
+1 Speed
Shane (3 hearts)
Eggplant Parmesan 1 Eggplant
1 Tomato
+1 Mining
+3 Defense
Lewis (7 hearts)
Pancakes 1 Wheat Flour
1 Egg
+2 Foraging Cooking Channel (14 Summer, odd years)
Roots Platter 1 Cave Carror
1 Winter Root
+3 Combat Combat (Level 3)
Dish O' The Sea 2 Sardine
1 Hashbrowns
+3 Fishing Fishing (Level 3)

Lucky Lunch is extremely good (+3 luck), but is relatively hard to make (1 Sea Cucumber, 1 Tortilla, 1 Blue Jazz); blue jazz is grown in the spring, corn is grown in the summer and fall, and sea cucumbers are caught in the fall and winter.

Fish Stew (+3 fishing) is also fairly easy to make if you use crab pots often (1 crayfish, 1 mussel, 1 periwinkle, 1 tomato).

Profitable Recipes

While most cooking recipes are not meant to be profitable, there are a few exceptions (and these profits decrease rather quickly with the Fisher or Angler professions).

RecipeIngredientsCostValue
Sashimi 1 Fish* 30g - 75g 75g
Algae Soup 4 Green Algae 60g 100g
Pale Broth 2 White Algae 50g 150g

Note: Only use low quality, low base value fish for Sashimi: perwinkle, anchovy, carp, herring, mussel, sunfish, oyster, and sardine (bream and ghost fish work without the Fisher profession).

I left off some recipes that can be profitable in some circumstances. Bean Hotpot is an example of this, where the value of the ingredients (80g) is less than the value of the cooked food (100g) if you did not use quality ingredients (you'd take a loss by adding silver or gold quality green beans).

Cooking Achievements

The following achievements are unlocked by cooking (all rewards can be purchased from the cat at the abandonded house in the forest):

AchievementRequirementsReward
Cook Cook 10 different recipes. Delicate Bow
Sous Chef Cook 25 different recipes. Plum Chapeau
Gourmet Chef Cook every recipe. Archer's Cap

Cooking has no impact on your evaluation at the beginning of year three.

Food & Ingredients

Some food can be purchased from vendors and makes cooking some recipes much easier.

The Stardrop Saloon
12 AM - 12 PM Daily

The Stardrop Saloon can be found in the center of Pelican Town and is open every day between noon and midnight.

FoodBenefitsPrice
Beer +50 Energy
+20 HP
(gets you drunk)
400g
Salad +113 Energy
+45 HP
220g
Bread +50 Energy
+20 HP
(used in Survival Burger)
120g
Spaghetti +75 Energy
+30 HP
240g
Pizza +150 Energy
+60 HP
600g
Coffee +3 Energy
+1 HP
+1 Speed
300g

Outside of the various recipes that are offered, coffee and bread are the two best things to purchase from the Saloon. Coffee for the speed bonus and bread is a great gift for villagers or used to make Survival Burgers (does not require a kitchen).

Fish Shop
9 AM - 5 PM (Closed Saturday unless raining)

Willy's Fish Shop is on the very southern part of the beach

FoodBenefitsPrice
Trout Stew +100 Energy
+40 HP
+1 Fishing
250g

Nothing too special about the Trout Stew offered from the fish shop. You're better off cooking Dish O' The Sea by catching sardines and buying the hashbrowns recipe from Stardrop Saloon if you have a kitchen.

Pierre's General Store
9 AM - 5 PM (Closed Wednesday)

As the table below shows, JojaMart also sells the same cooking ingredients, just at a 25% price gouge. However, it is open every day from 9 AM - 11 PM.

IngredientPierre's PriceJojaMart's Price
Sugar 100g 125g
Flour  100g 125g
Rice 200g 250g
Oil 200g 250g
Vinegar 200g 250g

Oil can also be made in an oil maker with corn, sunflower, or sunflower seed after two days. This isn't recommended, but it is an option for idle equipment.

Recipes

You receive the following recipes by unlocking the kitchen:

RecipeIngredientsSource
Fried Egg 1 Egg Default Recipe

Food can be cooked if the recipe is unlocked, but will continue to display "???" instead of the actual recipe. However, there is no indicator that the recipe can be cooked and icon will always be greyed out. You will not learn the recipe after cooking it.

The Stardrop Saloon has a rotating stock of recipes available for purchase. It's a good idea to stop by the saloon on a regular basis if you are looking to get all of the recipes early.

Skills

The following recipes are aquired by leveling up your skills to level three, with the exception of survival burgers at level two.

RecipeIngredientsStat BonusesSource
Roots Platter 1 Cave Carrot
1 Winter Root
+3 Combat Combat (level 3)
Farmer's Lunch 1 Omelet
1 Parsnip
+3 Farming Farming (level 3)
Dish O' The Sea 2 Sardine
1 Hashbrowns
+3 Fishing Fishing (level 3)
Survival Burger 1 Bread
1 Cave Carrot
1 Eggplant
+3 Foraging Foraging (level 2)
Miner's Treat  2 Cave Carrot
1 Sugar
1 Milk
+3 Mining
+32 Magnetism
Mining (level 3)

All of these recipes provide a large boost to the skill required to make them. Dish O' The Sea is the most useful of these recipes.

Social Rewards

A lot of recipes are acquired by becoming friends with the villagers of Pelican Town (most often at 3 hearts and 7 hearts but sometimes at other levels as well).

RecipeIngredientsStat BonusesSource
Parsnip Soup 1 Parsnip
1 Milk
1 Vinegar
- Caroline (3 hearts)
Vegetable Medley 1 Tomato
1 Beet
- Caroline (7 hearts)
Algae Soup 4 Algae - Clint (3 hearts)
Bean Hotpot 2 Green Bean +2 Max Energy Clint (7 hearts)
Fried Mushroom 1 Common Mushroom
1 Morel
1 Oil
+2 Combat Demetrius (3 hearts)
Autumn's Bounty 1 Yam
1 Pumpkin
+2 Foraging
+2 Combat
Demetrius (7 hearts)
Salad 1 Leek
1 Dandelion
1 Vineger
- Emily (3 hearts)
Red Plate 1 Red Cabbage
1 Radish
+50 Max Energy Emily (8 hearts)
Cookie 1 Wheat Flour
1 Sugar
1 Egg
- Evelyn (4 hearts)
Rice Pudding 1 Milk
1 Sugar
1 Rice
- Evelyn (7 hearts)
Fried Eel 1 Eel
1 Oil
+1 Luck George (3 hearts)
Spicy Eel 1 Eel
1 Hot Pepper
+1 Luck
+1 Speed
George (7 hearts)
Salmon Dinner 1 Salmon
1 Amaranth
1 Kale
- Gus (3 hearts)
Cranberry Sauce 1 Cranberries
1 Sugar
+2 Mining Gus (7 hearts)
Fried Calamari 1 Squid
1 Wheat Flour
1 Oil
- Jodi (3 hearts)
Ice Cream 1 Milk
1 Sugar
- Jodi (7 hearts)
Crispy Bass 1 Largemouth Bass
1 Wheat Flour
1 Oil
+64 Magnetism Kent (3 hearts)
Super Meal 1 Bok Choy
1 Cranberries
1 Artichoke
+40 Energy
+1 Speed
Kent (7 hearts)
Spaghetti 1 Wheat Flour
1 Tomato
- Lewis (3 hearts)
Eggplant Parmesan 1 Eggplant
1 Tomato
+1 Mining
+3 Combat
Lewis (7 hearts)
Sashimi 1 Fish +1 Mining Linus (3 hearts)
Fish Taco 1 Tuna
1 Tortilla
1 Red Cabbage
1 Mayonnaise
+2 Fishing Linus (7 hearts)
Pale Broth 2 White Algae - Marnie (3 hearts)
Rhubarb Pie 1 Rhubarb
1 Wheat Flour
1 Sugar
- Marnie (7 hearts)
Cheese Cauliflower 1 Cauliflower
1 Cheese
- Pam (3 hearts)
Stuffing 1 Bread
1 Cranberries
1 Hazelnut
+2 Defense Pam (7 hearts)
Blueberry Tart 1 Blueberry
1 Wheat Flour
1 Sugar
1 Egg
- Pierrie (3 hearts)
Pumpkin Soup 1 Pumpkin
1 Milk
+2 Luck
+2 Defense
Robin (7 hearts)
Tom Kha Soup 1 Coconut
1 Shrimp
1 Common Mushroom
+2 Farming
+30 Max Energy
Sandy (7 hearts)
Pepper Poppers 1 Hot Pepper
1 Cheese
+2 Farming
+1 Speed
Shane (3 hearts)
Strange Bun 1 Wheat Flour
1 Periwinkle
1 Oak Resin
- Shane (3 hearts)
Chowder 1 Clam
1 Milk
+1 Fishing Willy (3 hearts)
Escargot 1 Snail
1 Garlic
+2 Fishing Willy (5 hearts)
Fish Stew 1 Crayfish
1 Mussel
1 Periwinkle
1 Tomato
+3 Fishing Willy (7 hearts)
Lobster Bisque 1 Lobster
1 Milk
+3 Fishing
+50 Max Energy
Willy (9 hearts)

George, Robin, and Willy provide the best recipes by increasing their friendship levels to 7. It might also be a good idea to note that Linus and Marnie have profitable recipes at level 3.

Queen of Sauce
Cooking Channel

The Queen of Sauce airs weekly on the last day of each week (7, 14, 21, 28) and rotates every two years. It's very important to watch the show every week. If you miss a day, you'll have to wait two full calendar years to get the recipe again.

RecipeIngredientsStat BonusesDate
Stir Fry 1 Cave Carrot
1 Common Mushroom
1 Kale
1 Oil
  7 Spring, odd years
Coleslaw 1 Red Cabbage
1 Vingegar
1 Mayonnaise
  14 Spring, odd years
Radish Salad 1 Oil
1 Vinegar
1 Radish
  21 Spring, odd years
Omelet 1 Egg
1 Milk
  28 Spring, odd years
Baked Fish 1 Sunfish
1 Bream
1 Wheat Flour
  7 Summer, odd years
Pancakes 1 Wheat Flour
1 Egg
+2 Farming
+50 Max Energy
14 Summer, odd years
Maki Roll 1 Fish
1 Seaweed
1 Rice
  21 Summer, odd years
Bread 1 Wheat Flour   28 Summer, odd years
Tortilla 1 Corn   7 Fall, odd years
Trout Soup 1 Rainbow Trout
1 Greeen Algae
+1 Fishing 14 Fall, odd years
Glazed Yams 1 Yam
1 Sugar
  21 Fall, odd years
Artichoke Dip 1 Artichoke
1 Milk
  28 Fall, odd years
Plum Pudding 2 Wild Plum
1 Wheat Flour
1 Sugar
  7 Winter, odd years
Chocolate Cake 1 Wheat Flour
1 Sugar
1 Egg
  14 Winter, odd years
Pumpkin Pie 1 Pumpkin
1 Wheat Flour
1 Milk
1 Sugar
  21 Winter, odd years
Cranberry Candy 1 Cranberries
1 Apple
1 Sugar
  28 Winter, odd years
Pizza 1 Wheat Flour
1 Tomato
1 Cheese
  7 Spring, even years
Hashbrowns 1 Potato
1 Oil
+1 Farming 14 Spring, even years
Complete Breakfast 1 Fried Egg
1 Milk
1 Hashbrowns
1 Pancake
+2 Farming
+50 Max Energy
21 Spring, even years
Lucky Lunch 1 Sea Cucumber
1 Tortilla
1 Blue Jazz
+3 Luck 28 Spring, even years
Carp Surprise 4 Carp   7 Summer, even years
Maple Bar 1 Maple Syrup
1 Sugar
1 Wheat Flour
+1 Farming
+1 Fishing
+1 Mining
14 Summer, even years
Pink Cake 1 Melon
1 Wheat Flour
1 Sugar
1 Egg
  21 Summer, even years
Roasted Hazelnuts 3 Hazelnut   28 Summer, even years
Fruit Salad 1 Blueberry
1 Melon
1 Apricot
  7 Fall, even years
Blackberry Cobbler 2 Blackberry
1 Sugar
1 Wheat Flour
  14 Fall, even years
Crab Cakes 1 Crab
1 Wheat Flour
1 Egg
1 Oil
+1 Speed
+1 Defense
21 Fall, even years
Fiddlehead Risotto 1 Oil
1 Fiddlehead Fern
1 Garlic
  28 Fall, even years
Poppyseed Muffin 1 Poppy
1 Wheat Flour
1 Sugar
  7 Winter, even years
Lobster Bisque 1 Lobster
1 Milk
+3 Fishing
+50 Max Energy
14 Winter, even years
Bruschetta 1 Bread
1 Oil
1 Tomato
  21 Winter, even years

Note: There is no show on 28 winter during even years.

Closing Thoughts

Cooking is generally fairly expensive for the benefits that you get from it, especially if you need to buy ingredients from the general store. Thankfully, most recipes share some common ingredients like milk/cheese, eggs, tomatoes, and corn.

If you plan on cooking a lot, having a couple barns and coops while dedicating your greenhouse to the crops you want to cook will go a long ways to make your life easier. Tomato, eggplant, and hot peppers have quite a bit of overlap when looking at the best recipes and are perfect for your greenhouse since they are vine crops. Throw in the occasional pumpkin and potatos and you're all set.

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