Animal Crossing New Horizons All Turkey Day Secret Ingredients – Full Thanksgiving Guide

Help Franklin cook for Thanksgiving by gathering all the DIY Recipes and secret ingredients!

Franklin Animal Crossing Turkey Day Secret Ingredients

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been known to commemorate holidays, and Thanksgiving, also known as Turkey Day, is one of the most awaited annual events that are celebrated in the game.

From this year and the succeeding years to come, let Franklin the turkey, professional chef extraordinaire, be your guide to Thanksgiving Day festivities. And nope, we’re not cooking Franklin, okay?

Our Turkey Day guide will assist you in gathering the best ingredients and reaping the rewards associated with Animal Crossing’s Turkey Day celebration.

What is Turkey Day?

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons Turkey Day, players can expect to find Franklin, and special NPC, in their Resident Services area on American Thanksgiving, with a stovetop in front of him.

Franklin, is the chef Tom Nook had invited to prepare food for the island. In order to put together Franklin’s menu, he needs the help of the player.

On this day the player will be Franklin’s assistant. You have to help him gather the ingredients for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner and in return, he’ll reward you with unique Thanksgiving DIY recipes and pieces of furniture.

As Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday of November, the date changes. The following are the dates for the next five Thanksgivings:

  • 25th of November, 2021
  • 24th of November, 2022
  • 23rd of November, 2023
  • 28th of November, 2024
  • 27th of November, 2025

Turkey Day Objectives

A scavenger hunt is the main event on Turkey Day. Franklin is the only person who can help you get started. You’ll be given a list of ingredients and be told where to find them, such as pumpkins, clams, and fish.

Franklin will be available to answer questions about the ingredients needed for the various Thanksgiving-themed recipes he plans to prepare beginning at 9 a.m. on your local (Nintendo Switch) time.

With the New Horizons Update 2.0 for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the devs added a cooking feature for players, as well as the ability to grow tomatoes, wheat, and more, so those ingredients are present.

Turkey Day Secret Ingredients

A secret ingredient can be added to Franklin’s list to complete the recipe. If you don’t know what it is, you’ll have to figure it out on your own, or find them on our list below. Take all the ingredients to Franklin and he’ll whip up the dishes for you.

Franklin’s secret ingredients will also be revealed by the conversation between the villagers, so keep an eye out!

You will get a bonus piece of furniture if you give Franklin the secret ingredient for the recipe. Make sure you give him the secret ingredients for all four recipes in order to get the Turkey Day DIY recipes.

Here is a list of all ingredients and one secret ingredient for each recipe below. If you have the secret ingredient, Franklin will ask for it after he’s finished making the dish.

Franklin Animal Crossing Turkey Day Secret Ingredients

All Turkey Day Recipes and Secret Ingredients

You’ll need three main ingredients and one secret ingredient for each course.

Clam Chowder

  • 3 Manila clams
  • Secret recipe: 1 scallop

Fish Meuniere

Northern Hemisphere:

  • 1 sea bass
  • 1 olive flounder, dab, or red snapper
  • Secret recipe: 1 Barred knifejaw

Southern Hemisphere:

  • 1 sea bass
  • 1 olive flounder or red snapper
  • Secret recipe: 1 Barred knifejaw


Northern Hemisphere:

  • 1 mussel
  • A flat, round, or skinny mushroom
  • 1 oyster
  • Secret recipe: 1 Dungeness crab

Southern Hemisphere:

  • 1 squid
  • 1 sea urchin
  • Secret recipe: 1 Dungeness crab

Pumpkin Pie

  • 1 orange pumpkin
  • 1 white, yellow, or green pumpkin
  • Secret recipe: 1 pumpkin (in a color you did not provide already)

How and Where to Get Ingredients for Turkey Day

On Thanksgiving, Franklin will not be the only one in the kitchen. There will also be cooking stations set up by the villagers in their homes where you can trade ingredients.

Some of your villagers may be able to assist you if you’re in need of items like mushrooms or pumpkins. You can also travel back in time to grow them yourself. But if you don’t want to travel back in time, you can trade specific fish for the ingredients you need. If you don’t have a lot of vegetables growing on your island, this is an option to consider.


How To Get

Barred Knifejaw

Fishing in the ocean.

Months active (north): March-November

Months active (south): September-May


Fishing in the ocean.

Months active (north): October-April
Months active (south): April-October

Dungeness Crab

Diving in ocean

Manila Clam

Digging sand on the beach.


Diving in ocean

Olive Flounder

Fishing in the ocean. Available all year for both northern and southern hemispheres.


Diving in ocean

Red Snapper

Fishing in the ocean. Available all year for both northern and southern hemispheres. Their shadows are large, so look for a big fish shadow when walking around your island's perimeter.

Flat Mushroom

Round Mushroom

Skinny Mushroom

On the ground near both regular trees and cedar trees. Respawns every 5 p.m.


Diving in ocean

Sea Bass

Fishing in the ocean. Available all year for both northern and southern hemispheres. Their shadows are the largest, so look for the biggest fish possible when walking around your island's perimeter.

Sea Urchin

Diving in ocean


Fishing in the ocean.

Months active (north): December-August
Months active (south): June-February

White Pumpkin

Pick up a White Pumpkin from a Ripe White-Pumpkin Plant, grown using Pumpkin Starts.

Yellow Pumpkin

Pick up a Yellow Pumpkin from a Ripe Yellow-Pumpkin Plant, grown using Pumpkin Starts.

Orange Pumpkin

Pick up an Orange Pumpkin from a Ripe Orange-Pumpkin Plant, grown using Pumpkin Starts.

Green Pumpkin

Pick up a Green Pumpkin from a Ripe Green-Pumpkin Plant, grown using Pumpkin Starts.

How do you add the secret ingredient to the Turkey Day dishes?

A secret ingredient can be added to a dish after you’ve made it for the first time. Talk to Franklin and he will say “It’s your call, but if you’d like to go above and beyond, bring me any ingredients you think might work”.

As soon as you hand him over the ingredients, Franklin will be able to upgrade this specific dish once it has been prepared with the secret ingredient in your inventory.

Turkey Day Rewards

Franklin will reward you with the recipes for the four dishes you helped him prepare once you assist him in the cooking process.

Every completed dish in Turkey Day for Animal Crossing New Horizons will be rewarded with a Thanksgiving-themed item, as well as exclusive DIYs for secret ingredients. If you get all of the secret ingredients correct, you’ll get the final four DIYs.

Franklin will not give them directly to you. You can access the recipes on your Nook Phone by following the instructions. Here’s the complete list of rewards:

Basic Rewards:

  • Cornucopia – from completing the Fish Meuniere Recipe
  • Turkey Day Rug – from completing the Clam Chowder Recipe
  • Turkey Day Flooring – from completing the Gratin Recipe
  • Turkey Day Wallpaper – from completing the Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Special Rewards:

These are rewards that are randomly given depending on what secret ingredient you’ve given Franklin first to enhance the recipes.

  • Turkey Day Casserole
  • Turkey Day Chair
  • Turkey Day Decorations
  • Turkey Day Garden Stand
  • Turkey Day Wheat Decor
  • Turkey Day Table Setting
  • Turkey Day Table
  • Turkey Day Hearth

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the event, because they’ll be for sale the following day at Nook’s Cranny.

We hope you enjoyed our guide. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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