How to Cook in Project Zomboid [The Best Recipes]

In my opinion, there is no doubt that cooking in Project Zomboid is much more difficult than in real life.
How to Cook in Project Zomboid [The Best Recipes]

This is a huge pain if you don't know how to make a nice and warm soup cooking pot in Project Zomboid, or if you don't have a friend to play Project Zomboid with who can make it for you.

How long are you going to consume and conserve food? It's your right to make proper homemade food.

You'll eventually run out of conserved food as you progress through the game, so you'll have to learn to make your own at some point. It is important to keep your character's caloric intake in check, because if you eat an unhealthy or high-calorie diet, you may gain excess weight or vice versa, and your character may lose weight in Project Zomboid.

In order to cook, we will need kitchen tools such as a cooking pot, frying pan, griddle pan, and baking pan, which vary according to the food we will cook.

In this article, we'll take a look at some good Project Zomboid cooking recipes and how to make them fill your belly and protect you from diseases in Project Zomboid.

Types of Furnaces in Project Zomboid and How to Use Them

In Project Zomboid, thanks to the oven, we can cook all our meals, heat them up and even make tea and coffee. Project Zomboid has some very useful heat sources that you may have overlooked and, you can use them as ovens.


These ovens use electricity, do not require refueling, have alarms to minimize the risk of fire and food burning, and are easy to find.

Microwave Oven

Similar to normal ovens, we often encounter microwaves at houses and in restaurants. Microwaves are used to heat and cook food, the only difference from normal ovens is that they cook faster.

Propane Barbecue

Barbecues are also used for cooking and unlike other ovens, this one requires a propane tank, not electricity. Barbecues are usually found in the backyards of houses, while propane tanks are found inside some barbecues, tool sheds, and workshops.

Charcoal Barbecue

You can use the ripped sheets to light campfires, but this will not work for Charcoal Barbecues. You have to use paper like magazines, newspapers or gas to light them.

Antique Oven
Antique Ovens are the best ovens for when the power goes out in Project Zombiod. With them, you can keep warm and cook your food at the same time. Uses wood and paper instead of fuel.
Campfires can be used for cooking and heating, but they can also ignite nearby objects and even players.

How to Cook Soup/Stew in Project Zomboid

Making soups and stews is easy in Project Zomboid. To make soup you first need to fill a cooking pot with water. Then you need to add up to 6 ingredients. Soup and Stew ingredients are only slightly different. Soup and Stew greatly reduce hunger, boredom, and unhappiness, and the amount of relief depends on your cooking skill.

To give you an idea, I will list some of the main ingredients that we can use in cooking recipes. If you want to see all the ingredients you can add to a recipe, you can see them in the Cooking window in the Crafting Menu.

You can use these ingredients to make soup in Project Zomboid:

  • Meat: Chicken, Fish Fillet, Frog Meat, Mutton Chop, Pork Chop, Rabbit Meat, Salmon, Small Animal Meat, Small Bird Meat
  • Vegetables: Avocado, Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Eggplant, Leek, Mushroom, Onion, Peas, Potato, Radish, Tofu, Tomato, Zucchini
  • Canned food: Carrots, Corn, Peas, Potato, Tomato
  • Spices: Salt, Pepper
  • Other: Bread, Cheese, Dry Ramen Noodles

You can use these ingredients to make stew in Project Zomboid:

  • Meat: Bacon, Bacon Rashers, Chicken, Meat Patty, Mutton Chop, Steak
  • Vegetables: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Eggplant, Radish, Tomato, Potato
  • Canned food: Canned Spaghetti Bolognese, Canned Chili, Canned Tuna
  • Spices: Pepper, Salt
  • Other: Bread

As we mentioned, both are similar, except that stew contains a little more meat. Bell Pepper, Cheese, and Dry Ramen Noodles can be used in Soup but not in Stew.

Bacon, Bacon Rashers, Bacon Bits, Beef Jerky, Meat Patty, Steak, Canned Spaghetti Bolognese, Canned Chili, Canned Corned Beef, Canned Sardines, and Canned Tuna can be used in Stew but not in Soup.

How to Cook Bread in Project Zomboid

To make bread, we need to read Good Cooking Magazine Vol. 2. Thanks to this magazine, we will learn how to make Bread Dough, and when we bake it, we will have bread or if you choose the Chef occupation, you will automatically learn it at the beginning of the game.

I think bread is easier to make because the ingredients are more specific than in other dishes.

Here's what we need to make bread in Project Zomboid:

Rolling Pin which can be use as melee weapon, Water, Flour, Salt, and Yeast. After combining these ingredients, you will have your Bread Dough and when you bake it, your Bread is ready. You can make Bread Slices with your knife for your sandwiches and burgers.

How to Cook Sandwich/Burger in Project Zomboid

We need Bread Slices to make Sandwiches and Burgers. Sandwiches are cold and not cooked, Burgers need to be cooked to be fully functional. For Burgers, you can add raw ingredients and put them in the oven, or you can use cooked meat first and then add them. Both take 4 ingredients, including spices.

Bread Slices can be obtained by cutting the bread with a knife.

You can use these ingredients to make Sandwich in Project Zomboid:

  • Meat: Cooked Bacon, Cooked Bacon Bits, Beef Jerky, Cooked Chicken
  • Vegetables: Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Carrots, Eggplant, Lettuce, Onion
  • Canned food: Canned Carrots, Canned Corn Beef, Canned Tuna
  • Spices: Ketchup, Marinara, Mayonnaise, Mustard
  • Other: Butter, Cheese, Cooked Egg, Honey, Pickles

You can use these ingredients to make Burger in Project Zomboid:

  • Meat: Bacon, Bacon Rashers, Bacon Bits, Chicken, Fish Fillet
  • Vegetables: Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Corn, Radish, Lettuce, Onion
  • Canned food: Canned Corn, Canned Tomato
  • Spices: Ketchup, Marinara, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Pepper, Salt
  • Other: Cheese, Egg, Pickles

Sandwiches can use Beef Jerky, Cooked Salmon, Avocados, Carrots, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Canned Carrots, Canned Corned Beef, Canned Sardines, Tinned Tuna, Butter, Peanut Butter, and Honey as ingredients, but Burgers cannot.

How to Make Stir Fry/Roasted Vegetables

Cooking recipe for Stir Fry and Roasted Vegetables is very straightforward. They should be cook in a Frying Pan, Griddle Pan, or Roasting Pan. Both Stir Fry and Roasted Vegetables are made with more or less the same ingredients. They should be cooked to gain full hunger reductions and can use up to 6 ingredients including spices.

You can use these ingredients to make Stir Fry in Project Zomboid:

  • Meat: Bacon, Bacon Rashers, Bacon Bits, Chicken, Fish Fillet, Mutton Chop
  • Vegetables: Bell Pepper, Potato, Leek, Radish, Lettuce, Onion, Cabbage
  • Canned food: Canned Chili, Canned Corn, Canned Tomato, Canned Potato
  • Spices: Salt, Pepper
  • Other: Butter, Egg, Honey, Dry Ramen Noodles

The same goes for the Roasted Vegetables however while Tofu, Canned Corned Beef, Canned Sardines, Canned Tuna and Dry Ramen Noodles can be used in Stir Fry but not in Roasted Vegetables.

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