Red Dead Redemption 2: Cooking Guide

Red Dead Redemption 2: Cooking Guide

Last updated on January 16th, 2019

Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 Western atmosphere action-adventure RPG title was highly anticipated by all. Players will take on the role of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and a member of the Van der Linde gang during 1899. While the “2” in the title makes it sound like it’s a sequel, it is actually a prequel to Red Dead Redemption. In order to keep yourself alive you will need to cook meats that you gain from hunting, these vary from animal to animal and even some can be seasoned giving an extra recovery to stats.

Red Dead Redemption 2: Cooking Guide

If you play Red Dead Redemption 2 like me you probably forgo all meals until the game yells at you to eat something. Normally players will eat at camp, in saloons, or in the wild using the camp feature. Just an open fire and some meat is all that is required to get a nice warm dinner in your belly.

Its important to know the cooking system as those looking to acquire the Legend of the East outfit will eventually have to craft all types of food. To craft, players will need to cook over a campfire and have the right ingredients. Seasoned meat will increase the recovery of cores:


Type of Meat

  • Obtained from which animal
    • Plain Meat
      • Seasoning

Note: Seasoned Meat – Seasoned meat needs to be a grilled over a fireplace. Set up camp and cook it.

Stringy Meat

  • Armadillo, Badger, Bat, Beaver, Chipmunk, Coyote, Fox, Muskrat, Opossum, Raccoon, Rat, Skunk, Snake, Squirrel
    • Plain Stringy Meat
      • Can not be seasoned.

Gritty Fish

  • Blue Gill, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Longnose Gar
    • Gritty Fish
      • Can not be seasoned.

Herptile Meat

  • Frog, Gila Monster, Iguana, Toad, Turtle
    • Plain Herptile
      • Can not be seasoned.

Gamey Bird

  • Blue Jay, Booby, Cardinal, Condor, Cormorant, Crane, Crow, Eagle, Egret, Gull, Hawk, Heron, Loon, Oriole, Owl, Pigeon, Quail, Raven, Robin, Spoonbill, Songbird, Sparrow, Vulture, Waxwing, Woodpecker
    • Plain Game Bird
    • Can not be seasoned.


  • Duck, Pheasant, Rabbit
    • Plain Game
      • Thyme Game
      • Oregano Game
      • Minty Game

Gristly Mutton

  • Goat, Ram, Sheep
    • Plain Mutton
      • Thyme Mutton
      • Oregano Mutton
      • Minty Mutton

Plump Bird

  • Chicken, Goose, Rooster, Turkey
    • Plain Plump Bird
      • Thyme Plump Bird
      • Oregano Plump Bird
      • Minty Plump Bird


  • Crab
    • Plain Crustacean
      • Thyme Crustacean
      • Oregano Crustacean
      • Minty Crustacean

Prime Beef Joint

  • Bison, Bull, Cow, Ox
    • Plain Prime Beef
      • Thyme Prime Beef
      • Oregano Prime Beef
      • Minty Prime Beef

Mature Venison

  • Buck, Deer, Elk, Moose, Pronghorn
    • Plain Venison
      • Thyme Venison
      • Oregano Venison
      • Minty Venison

Tender Pork Loin

  • Boar, Peccary, Pig
    • Plain Pork
      • Thyme Pork
      • Oregano Pork
      • Minty Pork

Flaky Fish

  • Chain Pickerel, Lake Sturgeon, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Perch, Redfin Pickerel, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass.
    • Plain Flaky Fish
      • Thyme Flaky Fish
      • Oregano Flaky Fish
      • Minty Flaky Fish

Succulent Fish

  • Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead Trout
    • Plain Succulent Fish
      • Thyme Succulent Fish
      • Oregano Succulent Fish
      • Minty Succulent Fish

Exotic Bird

  • Parakeet, Parrot, Pelican
    • Plain Exotic Bird
      • Thyme Exotic Bird
      • Oregano Exotic Bird
      • Minty Exotic Bird

Big Game

  • Alligator, Bear, Cougar, Panther, Wolf
    • Plain Big Game
      • Thyme Big Game
      • Oregano Big Game
      • Minty Big Game

If you want more Red Dead Redemption 2 guides be sure to check out Red Dead Redemption 2: Horse GuideRed Dead Redemption 2: Purchasing Weapons Guide and Red Dead Redemption 2: All Pamphlets Location Guide. You can also check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 wiki for all your outlaw needs.


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