Skyrim Horker Stew Recipe

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For anyone who’s cooked up food while playing the game, Skyrim, you’ve probably whipped up a batch or 2 of horker stew, since it’s a recipe that’s actually worthwhile to make given its effects. This in game recipe requires 4 ingredients; lavender, tomato, garlic, and horker meat. Upon consumption, horker stew restores 15 health and 15 stamina, and restores 1 health per second for 720 seconds. I’ll be honest, I don’t eat a lot of stew. With its tomatoes and lavender though, this recipe had me intrigued and I wanted to replicate it in real life. Keep reading to see what I came up with!


  • 1-1.5 lbs. horker meat,* cubed
  • 3-4 medium potatoes,** peeled and diced
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2.5 cups beef broth (or water and beef bullion)
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes, not drained (14.5 0z) -can substitute with fresh, diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 cloves diced garlic (~1.5 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • Cornstarch, as needed to thicken to desired consistency -I used 2 tablespoons
  • Crusty French or Italian bread for serving with
Skyrim horker stew stats

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Skyrim horker

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*Horkers are sea animals that reside in colder environments. Their diets consist of sea creatures, such as clams. I would consider their closest ‘real-life counterpart’ to be the walrus. Walrus is not easily acquirable where I live, so I substituted beef stew meat for my horker/walrus.

**I used russet potatoes. If you like sweet potatoes, or are feeling adventurous, try them instead. They make a fun combination with the chosen spices, but they do soften quicker.

Cooking Instructions:
1. Chop and dice your ingredients, including meat, carrots, potatoes, garlic, and onion. Add to crock pot.

2. Add your tomatoes and beef broth.​

chopping vegetables for horker stewhorker stew spice blend

3. Stir in the remaining spice ingredients.

4. Set your crockpot to low for 6 hours. Stir every few hours if home. If the stew isn’t thickening to your level of preference after 4 hours, add in some cornstarch.

5. Serve with a hunk of crusty bread to sop up all of the tasty goodness!
*Tip: If this recipe turns out to be too spicy for your preferences post adding of the spices, cool it down by adding 1-2 tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice each.
cooking horker stew in a crockpothorker stew dinner
What’s your guy’s favorite in-game edible from Skyrim or any other video game? What other video game recipes would you like to see recreated in real life? Let me know in the comment below and let’s get geeky in the kitchen!






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  • pepi

    😀 printing recipe 😀

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Do enjoy it!! 🙂

  • Jason

    I’ve always wanted to know what it tastes like. And my friend just showed me this and my jaw just DROPPED! You’ve made me a happy person!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      That’s awesome Jason! My mission’s been accomplished 🙂

  • Rachel

    Did you use powdered lavender or lavender flowers? Thank you!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Hi Rachel, thank you for asking and sorry for not making this clear. You could technically use either. I’d probably recommend the powder, since it’s generally easier to find in stores.
      Have fun cooking and let me know how it turns out!

      • Rachel

        Thanks so much!

      • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)


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