One of the novelties that Animal Crossing New Horizons fans have been most excited about is cooking. Arguably, it was annoying that we couldn’t cook in a game where we could create all sorts of DIY projects, a common activity in many video games like Zelda, and always very satisfying. We've prepared a guide on how to cook in Animal Crossing New Horizons as well as a little bonus on its recipes and ingredients. Sounds good? Let's get right to it, then!

How to Cook in Animal Crossing New Horizons? The Definitive Answer

Animal Crossing New Horizons has a great variety of recipes, and although cooking (and eating) has no specific use in the game, this is Animal Crossing: Things do not have to have a use to enjoy them. And this kitchen mechanic is here to stay.

To learn how to cook, once the gigantic update 2.0 is installed, you must go to the City Hall, and in the terminal, buy Creations + and cook for 2,000 miles Nook.

Nintendo promises to improve the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack following some criticism. With this improvement, from the DIY Projects application, you will learn 8 recipes (in two categories, Salty and Sweet) that you can create from the materials you have in your pocket, just like any other DIY project.

But of course, you will not cook in the DIY benches, but in any kitchen furniture (which, until now, had no more use than the decorative one).

Immediately after, go to Tendo and Nendo's store to shop, in the storage cabinet to buy a cookbook for 4,980 berries to learn six other basic recipes.

The basic ingredients for cooking in Animal Crossing New Horizons are as follows:

  • Pumpkins
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Wheat spike*
  • Sugar cane*

Ingredients marked * are, in turn, raw materials for four other recipes - recipes become ingredients for most recipes. You will get them with Creations and kitchens.

  • Flour Package: Ear of Wheat x5
  • Whole Wheat Package: Ear of Wheat x5
  • Sugar Pack: Sugar Cane x5
  • Brown Sugar Pack: Sugar Cane x5


Except for pumpkins, which were introduced in 2020, these are the new basic ingredients, to which we must add all kinds of materials such as weeds, algae, fish, shellfish...

How to Get Ingredients in Animal Crossing New Horizons

You must buy all the seeds of all the ingredients (wheat, sugar, carrots, potatoes, pumpkins and tomatoes) from Gandulio, who goes to your island once a week... but it will have a permanent position if you build it in the commercial area of Cayo Fauno, another of the novelties of the update.

Bear in mind, of course, that you must invest 100,000 berries in Cayo Fauno for Gandulio to open his store, but it is worth it.

The ingredients can also be found on the desert islands where the Captain takes you: take advantage of the trip and bring your pockets full of seeds to plant and ready-to-use ingredients!

To cultivate them, plant them with the shovel in dirt soil, and water them so that they grow more beautiful.

How to Get Recipes in Animal Crossing New Horizons

In addition to the first recipes that they give you with the projects of the Town Hall and the Tendo and Nendo Store, you will get recipes in many ways:

  • Shooting balloons
  • In bottle messages
  • You will learn them by catching fish such as sea bass, roosters, or horse mackerel
  • They can be offered by other characters

Now you know how to cook in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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