Top 15 Best Food Items in Minecraft โœ…| Only Eat the Best

The best food items in Minecraft are magical. In one case literally! Here weโ€™ve put together a list of the top 15 foods in the game that you can eat to survive. Theyโ€™re all very useful, and some of them donโ€™t even need to be cooked.

1. Enchanted Golden Apple

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  • Saturation: 9.6
  • Absorption: ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

It used to be possible to pick these bad boys up by merely crafting them. Now, however, youโ€™re restricted to grabbing them from chests as loot. If youโ€™re lucky, they occasionally turn up in Mineshafts, Woodland Mansions, Dungeons, and Desert Temples.

By eating this amazing apple, the best youโ€™ll ever digitally taste, youโ€™ll get 8 hearts of absorption health and instantly heal 2 hearts. Absorption health is a level of hearts above your normal health. These will be depleted before your standard hearts, but thereโ€™s no way to replenish them once theyโ€™re gone unless you eat another item that grants them. Youโ€™ll also have an additional 20% resistance to anything for a full 5 minutes. This is the best food item you can eat in Minecraft. If youโ€™re going up against a tough boss or raid, you need at least one with you.

2. Golden Apple

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  • Saturation: 9.6
  • Absorption: ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

The Golden Apple is a close second to its Enchanted counterpart, though itโ€™s not quite as powerful. By eating one, youโ€™ll restore 2 food levels, which is pretty abysmal when you think about it.

The real benefit of the Golden Apple is in the 2 absorption health levels it provides, and the 2 full hearts itโ€™ll heal. Like I said, not as good as the Enchanted version, but still the best craftable food item you can get.

How to Craft a Golden Apple

To craft a Golden Apple, you need to surround an apple with 8 Gold Ingots. If that sounds like a price thatโ€™s too high for you to pay, you can find it in the world. Sometimes youโ€™ll come across Golden Apples in chests in Igloos, Strongholds, dungeons, Underwater Ruins, Mineshafts, Desert Temples, and Woodland Temples.

3. Rabbit Stew

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  • Saturation: 12

This is one of the best food items in Minecraft in terms of food saturation. In fact, it has the highest food saturation combination of any food in Minecraft. However, it does have quite a hefty list of ingredients.

This tends to be more of an endgame food. Itโ€™s one that you need multiple farms set up for. Preferably with Farmer Villagers running them for you. Itโ€™s also less hassle to have a Villager breed your Rabbits than it is to manage it all yourself.

By the time youโ€™re looking at taking on the Ender Dragon, you should be using this as your main food source.

How to Craft Rabbit Stew

To make a Rabbit Stew, you need a Baked Potato, Cooked Rabbit, Mushroom, and Carrot. Youโ€™ll also need a Bowl. Combine them and bask in the glory of this warming, healthy stew.

4. Cooked Porkchop

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  • Saturation: 12.8

Cooked Porkchops are just a good food item. Youโ€™ll need access to a lot of Pigs to slaughter, which means more farming. Youโ€™ll also need Carrots to feed them in order to breed them. Again, more farming. However, once youโ€™ve got a good number of Pigs, you can harvest Pork like thereโ€™s no tomorrow, cook it up, and have stacks upon stacks of this cooked variant for 4 food levels whenever you need them.

How to Craft Cooked Porkchop

All you need to do is put a fuel source in your Furnace and cook up basic Porkchops. This tasty treat will be the end result.

5. Steak

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  • Saturation: 12.8

If thereโ€™s one thing youโ€™re bound to come across in Minecraft, itโ€™s Cows. Often theyโ€™ll appear in herds, but you can make your own by breeding them in an impossibly small pen too.

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Harvesting Cows will provide Beef, which is what you need to make Steak. It fills up 4 food levels, which is pretty nice in a pinch. Taking a stack with you on your next adventure will keep you alive whilst youโ€™re hiding from mobs.

How to Craft Steak

Steak is crafted in the same way as a Cooked Porkchop. Just add fuel to the Furnace, and cook up some Beef. Alternatively, you can set a Cow on fire and wait for it to burn to death. This awards 3 Steaks.

6. Golden Carrot

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  • Saturation: 14.4

The Golden Carrot provides double the food saturation of a standard Carrot. They actually provide more saturation than any other food in the game, making them well worth investing the time in to get.

These are a good source of food that uses up your spare Gold Ingots towards the endgame. Providing you have a farm full of Carrots to harvest.

How to Craft Golden Carrots

You craft a Golden Carrot like you do a Golden Apple, with actual Gold! You need to surround a Carrot with Gold Ingots, and itโ€™ll create this magnificent beauty.

7. Pumpkin Pie

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  • Saturation: 4.8

Pumpkin Pie is easily the tastiest piece of food on this list. Even though you canโ€™t actually taste it, it will refill 8 whole points of hunger for you, and has a solid saturation rate, even if it isnโ€™t that high. Itโ€™s not that easy to craft, but if you find that you have just the right ingredients, itโ€™s well worth taking with you out into the world.

Pumpkins are very easy to grow. Theyโ€™ll practically do it themselves without any input. If you assign a Villager to a Pumpkin farm, then you can just collect the Pumpkins regularly without putting any effort in at all.

How to Craft Pumpkin Pie

To craft a Pumpkin Pie, you need Sugar, an Egg, and a Pumpkin. Eggs are pretty easy to come by as long as you have some Chickens in a pen somewhere. Sugar might be a bit tricky, but Pumpkins are very easily grown.

8. Cake

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  • Saturation: 2.8

Cake is definitely one of the most expensive foods in terms of effort and the ingredients required to craft it. However, itโ€™s definitely worth that added effort if youโ€™ve got the resources.

Eating a Cake refills 7 hunger levels by itself, but make sure you eat something with higher saturation levels afterward if youโ€™re trying to push that up.

How to Craft Cake

As in real life, Cake takes time and energy. You need no less than 3 Buckets of Milk, 2 Sugar, 1 Egg, and 3 Wheat. Youโ€™ll need farms for Wheat, Cows for Milk, Chickens for the Eggs, and a whole lot of Sugar at your disposal.

9. Beetroot Soup

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  • Saturation: 7.2

Beetroot by itself is utterly useless for restoring health and hunger. Beetroot Soup, on the other hand, is marvelous. Itโ€™ll give you back 6 points of hunger, something that youโ€™ll desperately need if youโ€™re out exploring day after day.

How to Craft Beetroot Soup

For Beetroot Soup youโ€™ll need a Bowl and 6 Beetroots. Itโ€™s a very simple recipe, perfect for anyone who has a Beetroot farm on the go and needs to use up all those extra vegetables.

10. Cooked Mutton

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  • Saturation: 9.6

Youโ€™ll be picking up Mutton from all the Sheep you come across. If youโ€™re just mercilessly murdering them as you meet them, youโ€™re not being smart. You could be drowning in Cooked Mutton if youโ€™re clever and breed those Sheep in a pen.

It might only provide 6 hunger levels, but itโ€™s a staple meal that youโ€™ll thank yourself for having stocks of when youโ€™re running back to your base in the dead of night.

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How to Craft Cooked Mutton

Itโ€™s just as easy as crafting Cooked Porkchop. Fill the furnace with fuel, and cook up that Mutton. Before you know it, youโ€™ll transform that pen of Sheep into stacks of this useful food item.

11. Cooked Salmon

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  • Saturation: 9.6

If youโ€™ve been spending a lot of time fishing in Minecraft, the chances are that youโ€™ve got Salmon to spare. Thereโ€™s actually a 25% chance of you catching Salmon while fishing in the game, so itโ€™s a very easy food source to stock up on.

They provide 6 or so hunger levels, and the saturation rate is quite high. Itโ€™s a great food to eat a few in one sitting if youโ€™re in a good spot to fill up that hunger before you move onto more adventuring.

How to Craft Cooked Salmon

Youโ€™ve probably already guessed how to craft this one. Just add fuel to that Furnace once more, stack up the Salmon, and watch these tasty morsels fall out in stacks.

12. Mushroom Stew

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  • Saturation: 7.2

Mushroom Stew is a fantastic source of food, and it doesnโ€™t have any nasty side effects like some other stews. Itโ€™s a simple food, and only provides that hit of 6 hunger levels, but itโ€™s better than nothing. Plus, itโ€™s vegan!

How to Craft Mushroom Stew

This is a super easy food item to craft. You need one of every kind of Mushroom and a Bowl. Combine them, and youโ€™ll have a fantastic stew to take with you wherever you go.

13. Dandelion or Blue Orchid Suspicious Stew

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  • Saturation: 7.2 + bonus saturation from Dandelion or Blue Orchid

This is like Mushroom Stew on a whole new level. If you add in some flowers, Dandelions, or Blue Orchids, then youโ€™ll enhance your Mushroom Stew to Suspicious Stew. Adding either will enhance the stewโ€™s saturation, though it can have some adverse side effects.

How to Craft Suspicious Stew

Once again, this is super simple. Craft a Mushroom Stew, one of each Mushroom, and a Bowl. Then add either Dandelion or Blue Orchid into the mix, and youโ€™ll end up with this.

14. Baked Potato

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  • Saturation: 6

A staple among most humans, I think youโ€™ll agree. The Baked Potato is when you know youโ€™ve hit rock bottom. Itโ€™ll recover just a few hunger points, but itโ€™s basically just enough to keep you from starving to death.

What I will say is that you can farm Potatoes very easily. So in a pinch, if you need to make a lot of food very quickly, this is a great option.

How to Craft a Baked Potato

You know what Iโ€™m about to say. Add fuel to the Furnace, then cook up a Potato.

15. Bread

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  • Saturation: 6

I think this might be the most basic food on this list, but it takes quite a lot of effort for the hunger levels it heals. Still, if youโ€™re farming a lot of Wheat, this is the best use for it.

How to Craft Bread

Bread takes three Wheat. Thatโ€™s it! Put those Wheat together, and youโ€™ll end up with this boring but reliable form of food. If youโ€™re Farming a lot, maybe you could even start selling it for Emeralds.


Those are the 15 best Food Items in Minecraft. This is far from a complete list of every food item, but theyโ€™re the best ones to aim for in your next playthrough. From start to finish, youโ€™ll never stop relying on these foods in one way or another.

If thereโ€™s a food item you think deserves to be on the list, please let us know what it is in the comments.

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