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The Sims 3 Cooking Guide

List of Recipes With Ingredients and Base Quality

Guide Navigation:
Cooking Overview  |  Master Cooking  |  Recipe List  |  Ambrosia  |  Good Traits
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This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

Every cooking skill level your Sims learn in the Sims 3 will unlock new recipes. Some recipes will be learned automatically. Others will require recipe books that you can buy at the book store in town. Watching cookin' cable and sharing recipes with other Sims via the Share Cooking Secrets interaction are other ways to get them, but not as reliably. Sometimes, in the culinary career track, your Sim will get a task to read a recipe book before the next work day. This lets your Sim learn the recipe free of charge, and gives them a boost to their cooking skill.

I didn't include prices because they're mostly no big deal. The most expensive meal is Lobster Thermidor, coming in at up to $80 for the meal. Most every other meal is under $30. Look to the base quality to see the starting quality of that food item. Basically, this will make it easier for your Sim to produce a perfect product if it's higher. It takes several steps out of the way between your Sim and perfection when you cook Great Stuffed Turkey.

Keep in mind that cooking a meal many times affords the greatest boost to food quality.

Mon-Fri Meal Times
Breakfast: 1AM to 11AM
Lunch: 11AM to 5PM
Dinner: 5PM to 1AM
Weekend Mealtimes
Breakfast: 1AM to 9AM
Brunch: 9AM to 3PM
Lunch: 3PM to 5PM
Dinner: 5PM to 1AM

The following recipes can all be cooked for either breakfast or brunch, except ambrosia, which can be cooked at any meal time.

Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Recipe NameIngredientsBase QualityLearned FromAbout this FoodPicture of Dish
WafflesEggNormalLevel 0Level 0
PancakesFruit (even Life Fruit!)NormalCooking Level 1
Peanut Butter and JellyFruitNormalCooking Level 1Cold Cooked
Fruit ParfaitApple and GrapesNiceRecipe Book (level 4)Cold Cooked
Eggs MachiavellianWatermelon, EggVery NiceRecipe Book (level 7)
French ToastTwo Apples and an EggGreatCooking Level 9
AmbrosiaDeath Fish and Life FruitPerfectRecipe Book (Level 10)Always perfect, can be cooked at any time in single serving. Read up on Ambrosia




There are a few meals that can only be eaten for brunch and lunch..

Lunch/Dinner Recipes

Recipe NameIngredientsBase QualityLearned FromAbout this FoodPicture of Dish
Autumn SaladLettuceNormalLevel 0Cold Cooked, for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Grilled CheeseCheeseNormalLevel 0Lunch only
Hot DogsLinksNormalLevel 0Grilled in Group Portions
Mac and CheeseCheeseNormalLevel 0Lunch and Dinner
RatatouilleTomatoNormalRecipe Book (level 1)Lunch and Dinner
Goopy CarbonaraOnionNormalCooking Level 2Lunch and Dinner
CheesesteakCheese and SteakNiceRecipe Book (level 5)Can be Grilled for Lunch and Dinner
HamburgerOnion, PattyVery NiceCooking Level 6Can be Grilled for Lunch and Dinner
Dim SumThree FishGreatCooking Level 9Food for Brunch and Lunch only


Dinner only Recipes

Recipe NameIngredientsBase QualityLearned FromAbout this FoodPicture of Dish
Fish and ChipsFishNiceRecipe Book (level 3)Can be Grilled
SpaghettiTomatoNiceCooking Level 4
SushiFishNiceCooking Level 4Cold Dish
Stu SupriseTwo of Any IngredientsNiceCooking Level 5
Grilled SalmonGarlic, Potato, SalmonVery NiceCooking Level 8Can Be Grilled
Tri-Tip SteakPotato, 1 Vegetable and SteakVery NiceRecipe Book (level 8)Can be Grilled
Stuffed TurkeyTwo Vegetables and a RoastGreatRecipe Book (level 9)Only available in group portions.
Lobster ThermidorGarlic, Lobster, Bell PepperGreatCooking Level 10


Dessert Recipes

Recipe NameIngredientsBase QualityLearned FromAbout this FoodPicture of Dish
CookiesEggNiceRecipe Book (level 3)
CobblerAny Fruit and 1 EggVery NiceRecipe Book (level 6)
Key Lime PieLime and 1 EggVery NiceCooking Level 7
Baked Angel Food CakeFlame Fruit and 2 EggsGreatRecipe Book (level 10)Gives the Warm Fuzzies moodlet, which grants +15 mood for 5 hours. Flame Fruit bushes need level 7 Gardening.


The following recipes are only available with The Sims 3's World Adventures expansion. The book store in each specified travel location offers the following recipe books:

World Adventures Recipes

Recipe NameIngredientsBase QualityLearned FromAbout this FoodPicture of Dish
Cheese PlateGrapes, CheeseNormalFrance, cooking level 1DessertThe Sims 3 World Adventures Food Screenshot: French Cheese Plate Recipe
BouillabaisseFish, VegetableNiceFrance, cooking level 3DinnerThe Sims 3 World Adventures Food Screenshot: French Bouillaibaisse Recipe
Frogs LegsGarlic, FrogNiceFrance, cooking level 3Dinner - unlike other recipes your Sim must have frogs in order to prepare this dish, so stock up!The Sims 3 World Adventures Food Screenshot: French Frogs Legs Recipe
Crepes2 Fruit VarietiesVery NiceFrance, cooking level 8Breakfast, BrunchThe Sims 3 World Adventures Food Screenshot: French Crepes Recipe
ShawarmaSteakNormalEgypt, cooking level 1Lunch, DinnerThe Sims 3 World Adventures Food Screenshot: Egyptian Shawarma Recipe
FalafelOnion, LettuceNiceEgypt, cooking level 5Lunch, DinnerThe Sims 3 World Adventures Food Screenshot: Egyptian Falafel Recipe
Egg RollsEgg, LettuceNormalChina, cooking level 2Lunch, DinnerThe Sims 3 World Adventures Food Screenshot: Chinese Egg Rolls Recipe
Stir FryGarlic, Bell PepperVery NiceChina, cooking level 6Lunch, DinnerThe Sims 3 World Adventures Food Screenshot: Chinese Stir Fry Recipe

The following recipes come with The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion Pack and make big use of the new mushrooms that come with the EP.

Supernatural Recipes

Recipe NameIngredientsLearned FromAbout this Food
Chili Con CarneSteak, Ghost ChiliCooking level 1, Recipe BookLunch, Dinner
Vegetarian ChiliTofu, Ghost ChiliCooking level 1, Recipe BookLunch, Dinner
Mushroom OmeletteWhite Caps, Bell Pepper, Egg Cooking level 2, Recipe BookBreakfast, Brunch
Hot and Sour SoupPorcinis, Ghost ChiliCooking level 3, Recipe BookBrunch, Lunch, Dinner
Firecracker ShrimpHoney, Ghost ChiliCooking level 5, Recipe BookBrunch, Lunch, Dinner
Firecracker TofuHoney, Ghost ChiliCooking level 5, Recipe BookBrunch, Lunch, Dinner
Aloo Masala CurryPotato, Ghost Chili, TomatoCooking level 6, Recipe BookBrunch, Lunch, Dinner
Porcini RisottoPorcinis, OnionCooking level 7, Recipe Book Lunch, Dinner
Potato and Truffle TorteTruffles, Egg, PotatoCooking level 9, Recipe BookLunch, Dinner
CevicheFish, Ghost Chili, LimeCooking level 10, Recipe BookLunch, Dinner

The Pumpkin Pie recipe comes with The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion and requires the new Pumpkin ingredient.

Recipe NameIngredientsLearned FromAbout this Food
Pumpkin PieEgg, PumpkinCooking level 5, automaticDessert

Cooking Guide Navigation:
Cooking Overview  |  Master Cooking  |  Recipe List  |  Ambrosia  |  Good Traits
Challenges and Opportunities

The Sims 3 Skills
Advanced TechAlchemyAthleticBot MakingCharismaCollectingConsignment
CookingFishingGardeningGuitarHandinessInstrumentsInventing
Laser RhythmLogicMartial ArtsMixologyNectar MakingPaintingPhotography
RidingScienceScuba DivingSculptingSocial NetworkingStreet ArtWriting


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Mark says...
You can easily have the recipes (excluding the ones on the supernatural though) by having World Adventures and Seasons
2nd October 2013 5:07pm
dyell says...
my Sims wants to make fried peanut butter n banana but it won't let me n it doesn't tell me what i need to make it
Admin:
Do you have Showtime installed? Have you learned the recipe from the bookstore?
25th June 2013 2:43am
amradio says...
I got the fried banana and peanutbutter sandwich after I installed Fast Lane. What can you cook with carrots?
11th November 2013 9:11am
Laila says...
From what I know, I think with carrots you can only make Stu Surprise.
13th January 2019 12:49am
Skye says...
Thank you soo much for this!! Really saves time from going to the grocery shop back and forth
18th June 2017 2:48pm
PotatoPat says...
I'm pretty sure that all vegatarian options require tofu instead of meat or fish, but are there any exceptions?
17th October 2018 4:16pm
Laila says...
Tysm! This helps so much, I'm always forgetting what ingredients I need to cook my fave meals ^-^
13th January 2019 12:51am
Jaclyn says...
Thank you so much this was so helpful for me and my family so i appreciate the time you took to do this
26th April 2019 6:01pm
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