The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Character Building Guide: Minor Skills – Cooking

With so many customization option given by the game, creating your character is not going to be too hard. We have taken a good look at each of the races available and understood that each one of them comes with its own strengths and weaknesses: some are better suited at being warriors while others are better at magic or stealth.

In creating your character and getting him or her ready for battle and adventure you’ll probably need some good understanding on how skills work. Skills determine your proficiency at everything that can be done in the world of Skyrim. Unlike previous The Elder Scrolls game, skills aren’t determined by the character class: the specialization of skills comes with the Perks system.

All Skills improve depending on the action you do: improving some of them can be somewhat tedious. There are other ways to improve skills without having to repeat some actions over and over: you can improve them by getting your hand on a Skill Book or find some Trainers who will help you improve specific skills.

Trainers can only train you five times per level: to get them to train you again you will have to raise you level. This limit doesn’t apply to a single trainer but to all: if you have already trained three times with a single trainer, you can only train two more times with another trainer. To start training again you will have to level up.

Some followers will also be able to train you: this actually comes with an advantage since you can get your money back by going through their inventory.

There’s also another trick to earn some good XP if you have the horse Shadowmere: this horse cannot be damaged by magic, direct and ranged attacks. Keep attacking him to earn some easy XP.


Ingredients for cooking can be found pretty much everywhere in the world of Skyrim. The only thing you have to do is grab them and start combining them to create different kinds of food. Cooking in Skyrim comes with some nice advantages since all the food you’ll eat will have some positive effect on your character. Together with the necessary ingredients you’ll also need a fire and a pot: you’ll also be able to use them if they’re not yours.

Available Ingredients

Chicken Breast
Horker Meat
Horse Meat
Leg of Goat
Mammoth Snout
Moon Sugar
Raw Beef
Raw Rabbit Leg
Apples (green, red, etc.)
Salmon Meat
Salt Pile


Apple Cabbage Stew

  • Restores 10 Health
  • Restores 15 Stamina
  • Cabbage, Red Apple,┬áSalt Pile

Beef Stew

  • Fortify Stamina, 25 for 720 seconds
  • Restores 2/s for 720 seconds
  • Carrot Garlic, Raw Beef, Salt Pile

Cabbage Potato Soup

  • Restores 10 Health
  • Restores 10 Stamina
  • Cabbage Leek, Potato,Salt Pile

Cooked Beef

  • Restores 10 Health
  • Raw Beef, Salt Pile

Elsweyr Fondue

  • Regenerate Magicka 25/s for 720 seconds
  • Fortify Magicka 100 for 720 seconds
  • Ale, Eidar , Cheese Wheel, Moon Sugar,

Horse Haunch

  • Restores 10 Health
  • Horse Meat,Salt Pile

Mammoth Steak

  • Restores 10 Health
  • Mammoth Snout,Salt Pile

Rabbit Haunch

  • Restores 5 Health
  • Raw Rabbit Leg,Salt Pile,

Salmon Steak

  • Restores 5 Health
  • Salt Pile,Salmon Meat,

Vegetable Soup

  • Restores 1 Health
  • Restores 1 Stamina/s for 720 seconds
  • Cabbage,Leek,Potato,Tomato

Venison Chop

  • Restores 5 Health
  • Venison,Salt Pile

Venison Stew

  • Restores 15 Stamina
  • Restores an additional 1 Health and 1 Stamina per second for 720 seconds
  • Leek,Potato,Venison,Salt Pile


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