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Cooking is a skill in The Sims 4. The Cooking skill unlocks new food recipes and is the required skill for advancing in the Culinary career. This skill has 2 branches: Homestyle (regular) and Gourmet (advanced), with each being considered as a separate skill.

Learning Edit

Sims can begin their culinary practice by cooking at home. All Sims start with cooking skill level 0. Once the Sim starts cooking, watching a cooking show on TV, or reading a skill book on cooking (available at the library) they will automatically advance to level 1 of the Cooking skill. As Sims continue to raise their Cooking skill, they will unlock new recipes and tricks.

Abilities Edit

Homestyle AbilitiesEdit

At level 2: Combo Add trick move.

At level 3: Talk about Cooking with other Sims.

At level 5:

  • Unlocks the Gourmet Cooking Skill.
  • Grants the "Competent Cook" moodlet while cooking.

At level 6: Additional trick moves.

At level 8: Flavorize the stove.

At level 9:

  • Gives Cooking Tips to other Sims.
  • Sell cupcakes to local Bakery.

Gourmet AbilitiesEdit

At level 3: Fancy Spices trick move.

At level 4: Food grants "Delicious Dish" moodlet.

At level 8: Research Advanced Cooking Techniques on a Computer.

At level 9: Share Cooking Secrets with other Sims.

At level 10: Garnish dishes.

Recipes Edit

There are a total of 76 food dishes available in the game.

Quick MealsEdit

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Quick Meals are meals available for quick meals interaction. Quick meals do NOT require, or contribute to, the skill. They are also free of charge.

Image Food Serving Time Note EP
Cereal Cereal Quick Meals &BG
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Chips Chips Quick Meals &BG
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Drink-Milk Milk Quick Meals &BG
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Drink-Orange Juice Orange Juice Quick Meals Happy emotion, removes illness (Get to Work) &BG
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Yogurt Yogurt Quick Meals &BG
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Oatmeal Oatmeal Quick Meals Requires Microwave &BG
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Microwave Meal Microwave Dinner Quick Meals Requires Microwave &BG
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Microwave Pastry Microwave Pastry Quick Meals Requires Microwave &BG
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Quick Meals from CoolerEdit

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Image Food Serving Time Note EP
Granola Granola Quick Meals &GP01
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Drink-MilkOutdoor Milk Quick Meals &GP01
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Drink-Juice Juice Quick Meals &GP01
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Drink-Water Water Quick Meals &GP01
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PizzasEdit

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Pizzas can be ordered over the telephone. A box of pizza costs §25. There are 3 flavors:

Name Image
Cheese Pizza Pizza-Cheese
Pepperoni Pizza Pizza-Pepperoni
Canadian Bacon Pizza Pizza-Canadian Bacon

Fridge/Oven RecipesEdit

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Image Skill Food Ingredients Serving Time Price Note EP
Single Family Party
Hamburger Cake 1 Hamburger Cake None - - §35 Requires the Up All Night Content. Group Meal only. &BG
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Scrambled Eggs 1 Scrambled Eggs Tomato §3 §8 §10 &BG
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Franks & Beans 1 Franks and Beans Onion - - §15 Group Meal only. &GP01
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Garden Salad 1 Garden Salad Tomato §3 §9 §12 Fridge only &BG
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Grilled Cheese-0 1 Grilled Cheese None §3 §10 §13 &BG
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White Cake 1 White Cake None - - §15 Group Meal only. &BG
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Chocolate Cake 1 Chocolate Cake None - - §15 Group Meal only. &BG
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Mac & Cheese 1 Mac and Cheese None §4 §11 §14 &BG
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Sugar Free Coconut Cake 1 Sugar Free Carob Coconut Cake None - - §15 Wellness level 2 &GP02
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Superfood Salad 1 Superfood Salad Pomegranate §15 §48 §60 Fridge only,

Wellness level 4

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Eggs & Toast 2 Eggs and Toast None §4 §13 §17 &BG
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Chips & Salsa 2 Chips and Salsa Tomato, Onion §5 §14 §19 &BG
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BLT 2 BLT Tomato §4 §12 §16 &BG
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Fish Tacos 2 Fish Tacos Any Fish, Any Vegetable §5 §14 §18 &BG
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Energy Plate 2 High Energy Protein Plate None §8 §23 §30 Energized emotion. &BG
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Spooky Cookies 2 Spooky Cookies None - - §22 &SP04
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Pancakes 3 Pancakes Any Fruit §5 §15 §20 &BG
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Silly Pancakes 3 Silly Gummy Bear Pancakes None §7 §20 §28 Playful emotion. &BG
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Flirty Cookies 3 Flirty Heart Cookies None - - §23 Flirty emotion. Group Meal Only. &BG
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Taco Casserole 3 Taco Casserole None - - §43 Requires the Up All Night Content. Group Meal only. &BG
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Chocolate Chips Cookies 3 Chocolate Chip Cookies None - - §21 Group Meal only. &BG
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Pan Fried Tilapia 3 Pan Fried Tilapia Tilapia §6 §17 §22 &BG
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Fried Fish 3 Fried Fish None - - §20 Group Meal only. &GP01
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Cheesy Eyeballs 3 Cheese Eyeballs None - - §12 &SP04
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Spaghetti 4 Spaghetti Tomato, Onion, Mushroom. §6 §19 §25 &BG
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Angry Flaming Spaghetti 4 Angry Flaming Spaghetti None §10 §28 §36 Angry emotion. &BG
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Black & White Cookies 4 Black and White Cookies None - - §24 Requires the Up All Night content. Group Meal only. &BG
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Strawberry Cake 4 Strawberry Cake None - - §15 Group Meal only. &BG
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Zombie Cake 4 Zombie Cake None - - §20 &SP04
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Fish & Chips 5 Fish and Chips Potato, Any Fish §8 §24 §31 &BG
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Breakfast Scramble 5 Breakfast Scramble Potato, Onion, Any Mushroom - - §32 &GP01
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French Toast 5 French Toast Any Fruit §8 §26 §34 &BG
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Signature Cake 5 (Sim's Name) Signature Cake - - §25 Requires Chef branch, level 6. Group Meal only. &BG
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Blue Confetti Cake 6 Blue Confetti Cake None - - §15 Group Meal only. &BG
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Campers Stew 6 Camper's Stew Carrot, Potato, Any Mushroom - - §34 Group Meal only. &GP01
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Chili 6 Chili Tomato, Onion §10 §28 §36 &BG
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Blackened Bass 7 Blackened Bass Bass §10 §34 §40 &BG
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Omelet 7 Omelet Spinach, Mushroom, Onion §10 §29 §39 &BG
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Fuit Cobbler 7 Fruit Cobbler Any Fruit - - §22 Group Meal only. &GP01
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Apple Pie 8 Apple Pie Apple - - §45 Group Meal only. &BG
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Gumbo-0 8 Gumbo Onion, Any Crawdad, Any Insect - - §47 Group Meal only. &GP01
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Cioppino 9 Cioppino Tomato, Any Fish - - §50 Group Meal only. &BG
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Chicken Stir Fry 9 Chicken Stir Fry Onion, Mushroom §14 §41 §55 &BG
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Walleye Surprise 9 Walleye Surprise Walleye, Huckleberry, Locust - - §56 Group Meal only. &GP01
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Tuna Casserole 10 Tuna Casserole Any Vegetable §16 §46 §60 &BG
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Roast Chicken 10 Roast Chicken Carrot, Potato - - §63 Group Meal only. &BG
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Gourmet RecipesEdit

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These recipes require the Gourmet Cooking skill, rather than the regular Cooking skill.

Image Skill Food Ingredients Serving Time Price Note EP
Single Family Party
Garlic Noodles 1 Garlic Noodles None §4 §12 §16 &BG
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Pasta Primavera 1 Pasta Primavera Any Vegetable, Any Herb §4 §12 §15 &BG
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Caprese Salad 1 Caprese Salad Tomato, Basil §4 §13 §17 &BG
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Black & White Cake 1 Black and White Cake None - - §25 Requires the Up All Night Content. Group Meal only. &BG
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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait 1 Fruit & Yoghurt Parfait Any Fruit §5 §14 §18 &BG
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White & Black Cake 1 White and Black Cake None - - §25 Requires the Up All Night Content. Group Meal only. &BG
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Butternot Gnocchi 2 Butternut Gnocchi Any Herb §6 §18 §23 &BG
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Chicken Saltinbocca 2 Chicken Saltimbocca Lemon, Spinach §5 §16 §21 &BG
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Herb Crusted Salmon 3 Herb-Crusted Salmon Salmon, Any Herb §7 §22 §29 &BG
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Salt & Pepper Shrimps 3 Salt and Pepper Shrimp Cocktail None - - §25 Group Meal only. &BG
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Spinach Frittata 3 Spinach Fritatta Spinach §7 §20 §27 &BG
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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus 4 Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Any Herb §8 §24 §32 &BG
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SimCity Cheesecake 5 SimCity Cheesecake Any Fruit - - §27 Group Meal only. &BG
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Tiered Cake 5 Tiered Cake None - - §25 Group Meal only. &BG
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Rack of Lamb 6 Rack of Lamb Carrot, Potato, Any Herb - - §38 Group Meal only. &BG
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Lobster Tortellini 7 Lobster Tortellini Tomato, Any Herb §12 §37 §48 &BG
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Lobster Thermidor 7 Lobster Thermidor Lemon, Any Herb §12 §37 §49 &BG
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Monte Cristo Sandwich 8 Monte Cristo Sandwich Any Fruit §14 §41 §55 &BG
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Trout Meuniere 9 Trout Meuniere Trout, Lemon, Parsley §19 §59 §78 &BG
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Baked Alaska 10 Baked Alaska Any Fruit §25 §75 §100 &BG
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Ambrosia 10 Ambrosia Angelfish, Potion of Youth, Death Flower - - -

Revives a Ghost.

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Outdoor Grill RecipesEdit

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Image Skill Food Ingredients Cost Serving Time Note EP
Grill-Hamburger 1 Hamburgers - §17 &BG
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Grill-Hot Dogs 1 Hot Dogs - §13 &BG
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Grill-Tofu Dogs 1 Tofu Dogs - §15 &BG
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Grill-Veggie Burger 1 Veggie Burger - §18 &BG
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Grill-Grilled Fruit 1 Grilled Fruit Apple, Plantain §14 &GP01
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Grill-Baked Potato 2 Baked Potato Potato §12 &GP01
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Grill-Grilled Chicken 3 Grilled Chicken - §19 &BG
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Grill-Shish Kebabs 4 Shish Kebabs Tomato, Any Fish, Any Insect §27 &GP01
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Grill-Salmon 5 Salmon Salmon §25 &BG
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Grill-Steak 7 Steak - §37 &BG
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Cupcake Machine Recipes

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Image Skill Food Ingredients Cost (§) Note EP
Cupcake-Classic Vanilla 1 Classic Vanilla &BG
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Cupcake-Minty Mocha 2 Minty Mocha &BG
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Cupcake-Carrot Cake 3 Carrot Cake &BG
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Cupcake-Butterscotchman 4 Butterscotchman &BG
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Cupcake-Strawberry Fizzy 5 Strawberry Fizzy &BG
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Cupcake-Red Velvet 6 Red Velvet &BG
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Cupcake-Chocolate Bomb 7 Super Chocolate Tummers Bomb &BG
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Cupcake-The Baconing 8 The Baconing &BG
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Pit RecipesEdit

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Image Food Ingredients Cost (§) Serving Time Note EP
Pit-Hot Dogs Hot Dog &GP01
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Pit-Veggie Dogs Veggie Dog &GP01
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Pit-Roasted Fish Roasted Fish &GP01
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Pit-Marchmallows Marshmallows &GP01
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Pit-Beetles Beetles &GP01
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Experimental FoodsEdit

TS4DO Icon All experimental foods require the Dine Out game pack. The pre-made restaurant, Chez Llama, serves all the experimental dishes when it is placed in game. Experimental appetizers are: Honeyed World Fruit Charcuterie, Glacier Infused Iceberg Lettuce, Cured Meat Crisps on Reclaimed Forest Wood, Spherized Fruit Gel in Foam Nest, and Savory Bacon Love Petals. Experimental main dishes are: Artisan Fish Trio, Semi-Firm Beet Noodles, Sizzled Brisket over Sour Clover Salad, Glazed Heirloom Bamboo Roll, Tiger Shrimp in Smoked Dewdrop Broth, Cubed Ahi with Veggie Wasabi Matrix, Rustic Pate Drizzled in Aged Jus, Free Range Sixam Pit Beast, Honeycomb Garden Vegetable Cups, Volcano Pasta, Jungle Moss Egg with Lavender Wisps, and Space Taco with Pearled Egg Core. Experimental desserts are: Vertical Berry Cake, Vanilla Sea Shells and Chocolate Caviar, and Crystallized Coco Blocks.

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Tips Edit

  • Sims can unlock 4 additional food recipes when entering the "Energized", "Playful", "Flirty," or "Angry" emotions.
  • Sims with the "Foodie" trait unlock the "Cooking Show" TV Channel. Sims can become Inspired by watching this channel.
  • When completing the "Master Chef" aspiration, Sims create high quality food that never spoils.
  • When Sims are ready for some of the regular meals (not quick meals) from fridge, they can use the "Cook" (select any serving), "Serve" (party size serving), or "Have" (single serving) options.
  • Having high quality ingredients from Gardening increases the quality of the food.
  • Fresh ingredients from the Sim's inventory will be highlighted green in the recipe panel.
  • The cost to prepare food decreases when a Sim uses their own ingredients.

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