A guide to cooking in Black Desert Online with all the available cooking recipes. Updated July 7, 2016. 

July 7 Update 

Added the following recipes

  • Teff Bread
  • Freekeh Snake Stew
  • Fig Pie
  • Pistachio Fried Rice
  • Teff Sandwich
  • Date Palm Wine
  • Couscous
  • Grilled Scorpion
  • King of Jungle Hamburg
  • Valencian Special
  • Hunter’s Salad
  • Steamed Whale Meat
  • Whale Meat Salad

Getting Started

Why Cooking?

Cooking is an essential Life skill in Black Desert Online that not only enhance other Life Skills but also greatly improve your PvE/PvP experience with a whole array of foods to enhance your combat abilities.

Cooking is relatively easy to pick up and many of its ingredients can be used interchangeably so there is usually no need to chase down a specific material that might be hard to obtain.

Complementary Life Skills

Cooking associates tightly with Farming and Fishing. While you might be able to get by with purchasing ingredients off the Marketplace, it is much more reliable to get them yourself, especially if you are thinking of mass production.

Fishing is mostly self-explanatory but for Farming you can consult the guide here.

Cooking Setup

To get started on cooking all you need a Cooking Utensil purchased from a Chef (use the NPC window and select the cooking button to locate the closest chef). The basic one you can purchase from the vendors will do for now but as you level up in cooking you may want to look into better cooking utensils you can make from Tool Workshops in cities. The better ones will have higher durability, allowing you to craft more in an AFK cooking session and have faster crafting speeds.


Ingredient Interchangeability & Quality

The great thing about cooking is that in most cases you can interchange ingredients as long they are of the similar type. This means that if a recipe calls for grain you can put in potato or corn and it will just work the same. If it calls for fruits apple or grapes or any other fruits will work identically. You can interchange ingredients in the same recipe as well. If a recipe calls for 4 apples for example, you can put in 2 apples and 2 grapes instead.

Additionally, something to note is that ingredients have three tiers of quality. There is the normal quality which is what most recipes are based on. However, there are also High Quality and Special/Top Quality ingredients that are surrounded by a green and blue border respectively. What this means is that you can use less of the higher quality ingredients in a recipe. The general rules are

  • 1 High Quality ingredient (green) = 3 normal quality
  • 1 Special Quality ingredient (blue) = 5 normal quality


So if a recipe calls for 5 potatoes for example, you can either put in 5 normal quality potatoes or 2 High Quality potatoes or 1 Special potato.

Continuous Production

The last basic feature to mentionis the Continuous Production button on your cooking utensil. All you need to do is put ingredients enough to make 1 batch of the food and then click on Continuous Production. This will allow the cooking utensil to continuously produce the food until it run out of ingredients. However, certain other things can also stop production such as running out of durability on the cooking utensil or running out of energy.


Leveling Cooking

Beginner to Apprentice

From Beginner to Apprentice you should be focused on making Beers for your workers. The recipe is as follows

  • 5x Grain (Barley, Corn, Potato, Sweet Potato, Wheat)
  • 6x Mineral Water (purchased from cooking vendor)
  • 2x Leavening Agent (purchased from cooking vendor)
  • 1x Sugar (purchased from cooking vendor)

Apprentice to Skilled

Starting at Apprentice 1, you start doing some of the cooking dailies in Velia and Olvia to raise your cooking skills (see below). Some of them won’t fully unlock until you reach Skilled.

Making Beer is still a decent way to raise your cooking levels but you might want to start thinking about making Tea with Fine Scent for the Milk Tea/Sute Tea that you will be able to make once you hit Skilled in cooking. I went over the details of Tea with Fine Scent over at this guide but I will also list the recipe below for reference.

  • 4x Flower (Sunflower/Tulip/Rose)
  • 4x Fruits (Apple/Strawberry/Grape/Cherry/Pear/Banana/Pineapple)
  • 7x Mineral Water (purchased from cooking vendor)
  • 3x Cooking Honey

Skilled to Professional

Starting at Skilled 1, you can make Milk Tea/Sute Tea so hopefully you have stockpiled a bunch from the Apprentice levels for use. Once again, the details for making these two teas are covered here but for reference the recipes are as follows.

Milk Tea

  • 2x Tea with Fine Scent
  • 2x Grain Flour (Barley, Corn, Potato, Sweet Potato, Wheat)
  • 3x Milk
  • 3x Cooking Honey

Sute Tea

  • 2x Tea with Fine Scent
  • 2x Butter (shake milk & sugar at 1:1 ratio)
  • 3x Milk
  • 1x Salt (purchased from cooking vendor).


Doing the cooking dailies mentioned below will give you a nice chunk of cooking XP per day but otherwise it is a slow road from here on out. Make whatever you feel like/need.

Cooking Dailies

Olvia Dailies

Olvia dailies unlock as you get to Beginner 10 in cooking and they are much easier to do than the Velia ones. However you do need to unlock the final one with 200 Amity with Nadia Rowen.


Everyone Loves Cheese

  • Make 2x Cheese by Drying Milk in Simple Processing

Rewards: 40 Contribution XP, Recover 3 Energy, Cooking XP. Choice of 3x Milk or Egg

A Glass of Beer

  • Make 5x Beer (5 Grain, 6 Mineral Water, 2 Leavening Agent, 1 Sugar)

Rewards: 70 Contribution XP, Recover 5 Energy, Cooking XP, Cool Draft Beer. Choice of 5x Onion, Garlic, Hot Pepper, or Pepper.

Good Snack

  • Make 3x Boiled Eggs (3 Eggs, 6 Mineral Water, 1 Salt, 1 Cooking Wine)

Rewards: 70 Contribution XP, Recover 5 Energy, Cooking XP. Choice of 10x Onion, Garlic, Hot Pepper, or Pepper.

A Poultry Dish (unlock with 200 Amity)

  • Make 1x Fried Bird  (7x Chicken Meat, 4 Grain Flour, 2 Eggs, 3 Pepper)

Rewards: 120 Contribution XP, Recover 5 Energy, Cooking XP. Choice of 10x Strawberry or Grape.

Velia Dailies

Velia Cooking dailies start to get unlocked once you get cooking Apprentice 1 but two of the later ones require Skilled 1 and Skilled 6 to complete. The dailies are from Shelley in the bottom floor of the building to the left of Igor Bartali. You must complete the quest Do You Remember How to Cook? from Shelley first to unlock them.


Memory in Your Hands #1

Make 5 Fish Filet Salads

  • 2x Fish or 4x Dried Fish
  • 3x Onions
  • 2x Cheese (Drying Milk)
  • 2x Dressing (1x Olive Oil, 1x Mineral Water, 1x Egg, 2x Salt)

Rewards: 70 Contrib XP, Choice of 5x Milk, Pork, Egg, Potato.

Memory in Your Hands #2

Make 5 Fruit Wine

  • 5x Fruits (Apple/Strawberry/Grape/Cherry/Pear/Banana/Pineapple)
  • 1x Exotic Herbal Wine (3x Dough, 1x Essence of Liquor, 5x Mineral Water, 2x Leavening Agent)
  • 2x Mineral Water
  • 3x Essence of Liquor (1x Flour, 1x Fruit, 1x Leavening Agent)

Rewards: 70 Contrib XP, Choice of 5x Milk, Pork, Egg, Potato.

Memory In Your Hands #3 – Skilled 1

Make 5 Ham Sandwich

  • 2x Grilled Sausage (6x Meat, 1x Onion, 2x Pepper, 2x Salt)
  • 2x Soft Bread (6x Dough, 2x Leavening Agent, 2x Egg, 3x Milk)
  • 5x Vegetable (Cabbage, Paprika, Pumpkin, Tomato, Olive)
  • 4x Egg

Rewards: 70 Contrib XP, Choice of 10x Milk, Pork, Egg, Potato.

Memory in Your Hands #4 – Skilled 6

Make 2 Serendia Special

  • 1x Ham Sandwitch
  • 1x Meat Pie (4x Meat, 6x Dough, 2x Sugar, 2x Olive Oil)
  • 1x Beehive Cookie (4x Dough, 6x Cooking Honey, 2x Egg, 4x Milk)
  • 2x Boiled Bird Eggs (3x Egg, 6x Mineral Water, 1x Cooking Wine, 1x Salt)
  • 2x Fruit Wine

Rewards: 70 Contrib XP, Choice of 10x Milk, Pork, Egg, Potato.

Cooking Ingredients

Cooking Ingredients can be classified into several families that can be interchanged in a recipe.

Seed Vendor

You can purchase most seeds from the Marketplace but incase there are seeds unavailable you can purchase some from the seed vendor in Calpheon, Ahr. She has the most complete seed collection out of any seed vendor. These seeds need to be planted in your garden/farm.

  • Carrot Seed
  • Garlic Seed
  • Grape Seed
  • Hot Pepper Seed
  • Olive Seed
  • Onion Seed
  • Pepper Seed
  • Pumpkin Seed
  • Strawberry Seed
  • Sunflower Seed
  • Wheat Seed



Aloe previously was a pain to gather pre-Mediah but with Mediah has become widely available. Infact there is an Aloe node right now Ahto Farm in Mediah where you can send your workers to gather it.


Cooking Honey

Cooking Honey can be obtained exclusively from the Alejandro Farm node near Heidel.



Eggs are a byproduct of Chicken Meat nodes. There are two nodes in Bartali and Finto farm not far from Velia. You can also get them as rewards from Velia cooking dailies and some Olvia cooking dailies.


Milk is obtained by milking cows. You can find cows west of Olvia, Falres Dirt Farm east of Calpheon and in Bain Farmland south of Calpheon. There are dailies by each of the farm for milking cows that will reward you with 10 milk each as well. Additionally, you can get milk by turning in one of the cooking byproducts.



  • Barley
  • Corn
  • Potato
  • Sweet Potato
  • Wheat

Out of the grain family, Potato can be gathered by workers at the Bartali Farm, Loggia Farm or the Finto Farm nodes all close to Velia.


Wheat can be found in Northern Wheat Plantation (east of Calpheon), Costa Farm, and Moretti Plantation south of Heidel.


Barley can be found in Northern Wheat Plantation while Corn can be found in Toscani Farm a bit further from Velia.


Sweet Potato can be found in Shuri Farm in Mediah.


Farming wise, all have seeds taking up 1 garden slot except for Corn which take up 2 slots.

Fish vs Seafood

Fish and Seafood are not interchangeable in a recipe. If a recipe calls for fish, you cannot substitute seafood and vice versa.

Seafoods includes the following

  • Cuttlefish, Squid, Terrapin, Jellyfish, Crawfish, Crab, Octopus, Starfish, Shellfish, Seahorse

If you are looking to fish up seafood while AFK fishing, you need to uncheck the throwaway useless items button or all the seafood will be thrown out.

You can dry fish/seafood via Drying under the processing (L) menu. Dried fish/seafood won’t expire but it will take twice as much in the recipe. So if a recipe calls for 1x fish, you will need to put 2x dried fish.


For flowers the easiest to acquire are Sunflowers as you can mass produce them on a farm. Rose and Tulips can also be gathered manually from Northern Wheat Plantation.


  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Cherry
  • Grape
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberry

Out of the Fruit family, the easiest to obtain are Grapes and Strawberry. Apples can be only picked off Apple Trees in the wild and the rest are solely from a special vendor in Capheon (Milano Belucci).

Grapes can be gathered from the Casta Farm node just east of Olvia. Farm wise grapes take up 2 garden slots so it is not the best for farming. Strawberry would be a better choice since it only takes up 1 slot.


Meat/Bird Meat/Reptile Meat

For cooking, meat are divided into three categories: regular meat, bird meat, reptile meat. They can’t be interchanged with each other so you cannot use bird meat when a recipe asks for regular meat.

Regular Meat

  • Deer, Lamb, Fox, Rhino, Pork, Beef, Raccoon, Weasel, Bear, Wolf.

Lamb, Pork, Fox and Wolf Meat are usually the easiest to acquire. Lamb can be acquired from the sheep in Lynch Ranch while pork can be acquired from the boars around Northern Wheat Plantation.Fox and Wolf meat can be obtained from the area east of Olvia. Pork is also one of the reward choices from the cooking dailies in Velia.


Bird Meat

  • Kuku Bird, Flamingo, Chicken Meat

The easiest to acquire is Chicken Meat. There are nodes for it at both Bartali and Finto Farm near Velia. Your workers at the Chicken Meat node will also produce Eggs, which is in high demand.


Reptile Meat

  • Lizard, Worm, Waragon, Cheetah Dragon Meat

Lizards can be found in the swamps around Glish. Waragon can be found underground near Northern Wheat Plantation. Cheetah Dragons are found in Mediah.


Spices here includes Garlic, Onion, Pepper, Hot Pepper, and Cinnamon. With the exception of Cinnamon, which is a Mediah addition, the other spices cannot be obtained from nodes and must be acquired from farming/gardening. Olvia cooking dailies do reward them as well but you are limited to 15/day.

Cinnamon can be acquired from the Kasula Farm node right next to Tarif.



  • Cabbage
  • Olive
  • Paprika
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomato

Olive, Paprika, and Pumpkin can be acquired from nodes. Olive can be acquired from Wale Farm node just north of Olvia while Paprika can be acquired from Northern Wheat Plantation. Pumpkins are acquired from Alejandro Farm and Costa Farm west of Heidel.


Olive/Paprika/Pumpkin/Tomato can all be grown on a farm as well. All except for Pumpkin takes up 2 garden spaces.

Simple Cooking

Much like Simple Alchemy, Simple Cooking allow you to make Grain Juices that act as HP potions. The top tier grain juices you can make is even better than the best HP potion you can make and they weigh a lot less.

You do not need to use a cooking utensil to use Simple Cooking. It can be done with the Production Activity window (L). All it needs is 3 Grain and 1 Mineral Water for every Grain Juice you want to make. Since you cannot split stacks in Simple Cooking, you just move your character when you want to stop or it will go on until you are over the weight limit. It no longer cost energy to do Simple Cooking so energy issues are no longer a concern.


To make better grain juices, you can either place 3 of the lower tier grain juice into simple cooking to make 1 higher tier or use the mass production method where you can 30 of the lower tier grain juice and 1 sugar to make 10 of the higher tier.


Intermediate Ingredients

Cooking Byproducts

Much like alchemy, cooking produces byproducts you can turn in for milk, beer, coins, cooking XP or contribution points. There are 5 different kinds of byproducts that you can hand in to NPCs around Heidel.

Experience Gain

Combat Abilities



Attack Speed

Casting Speed

Critical Damage/Stun Resist

Critical Hit

Damage Reduction/Evasion

HP Recovery/Max HP

MP Recovery/Max MP


Life Skills

Fishing Speed Rank


Horse HP

Movement Speed

Pet Food

Weight Limit

Worker Stamina



These specials require multiple food to make but grant you various buffs.

Cooking Enhancements

There are several items that can enhance your cooking experience. Make sure you are using the Sute Tea you are making for that 8% more cooking XP. This will stack with the clothes and costumes for a total of 33% more cooking XP.


You can only wear one of the clothes. It goes into your armor slot.

  • Cook’s Clothes – Cooking XP +10%, requires Cooking Skilled 10 to wear. This is rewarded once you reach Professional in Cooking.
  • Silver Embroidered Cook’s Clothes – Movement Speed +1 and Cooking time decreases by 1s. Crafted in the Costume Mill (9x Cotton Fabric, 10x Powder of Earth, 15x Black Stone Powder)


The Canape costume from the Pearl Store will give you 15% Cooking XP and decrease your cooking time by 2s. This is a set effect so you have to wear all 3 pieces of the Canape costume to get the effect.


Alchemy Stones

If you happen to get the Alchemy Stone of Life, they will decrease your cooking time. The % decrease depends on the tier of alchemy stone with the top tier giving you a 25% decrease (more realistically you are looking at the most 11% as the top tier ones are extremely hard to obtain).