Stardew Valley’s Sunfish

In Stardew Valley, players can catch a variety of fish, including the Sunfish, which can be offered as a gift and used in recipes, tailoring and bundles.


Stardew Valley is a well-known farm simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric Barone. It was initially released for Microsoft Windows in 2016. However, it was later released for the Mac operating system, Linux, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android and Nintendo Switch.

At the start of the game, players will be able to create a character. The character soon becomes the recipient of a small house and a plot of land situated in Pelican Town. Players are given the opportunity to select a type of farm. It is important to note that each farm has a unique theme, as well as different benefits and drawbacks.

The farm is initially overrun with stumps, boulders, trees and weeds. It is thus the players’ responsibility to clean it up. Once the farm is clean, players can begin with animals and crops. As players progress in the game, they are able to expand their farm’s facilities and buildings to generate a revenue.

Players are able to socialize and interact with the non-playable characters (NPCs) that inhabit the nearby towns. When players have formed a relationship with an NPC, they are able to marry them. Marriage results in the NPC helping the player’s character look after the farm. Additionally, players can craft goods, cook meals, go fishing and explore procedurally generated caves. In the caves, players are able to mine ores and defeat various creatures.

The game also features various objectives. Players can complete these objectives in order to earn money or to complete specific collections of materials. Players use these materials, also called bundles, to restore the town’s community centre.

Players will be rewarded with various items, including tools and seeds, if they complete a bundle. However, completing multiple bundles grants them access to new game mechanics and new areas, such as a desert.

It is important to note that all of the above-mentioned activities are metered against the character’s health and exhaustion level, as well as the game’s internal clock. Players are able to consume food, which grants buffs, that is useful in certain activities and situations.

Players should remember that food is a source of replenishing energy and health. Food thus enables them to complete more tasks in a day. Additionally, it is important to note that the game uses a simplified calendar.

Each year consists of four 28-day months which represent each season. The season determines which activities can be beneficial and which crops can be grown. However, later in the game, players can restore a greenhouse that can grow any crop, regardless of the season.



As mentioned above, players can go fishing in Stardew Valley. One of the fish players can catch is the Sunfish. It can be found in the river situated in Pelican Town or in the Cindersap Forest. However, it can only be found during spring and summer. It is important to note that the fish can be caught regardless of the weather, time or season if players use the Magic Bait.

Players can also obtain the fish on the Riverland Farm and on the Hill-top Farm. Additionally, the Sunfish can be purchased at the Traveling Cart. It is important to note that the fish is not always available for purchase.


The Sunfish can be used in multiple recipes. The following table indicates the name of the recipe, a description, ingredients and the recipe source:

Name of recipe Description Ingredients Recipe source
Sashimi Raw fish sliced into thin pieces. – Any fish Players can obtain the recipe when Linus reaches three hearts.
Quality Fertilizer The item improves soil quality. It also increases the player’s chance to grow quality crops. However, players need to mix it into tilled soil. – Any Fish

– Sap

Players will be able to craft this item when they reach level nine of farming.
Maki Roll Fish and rice wrapped in seaweed. – Any fish

– Rice

– Seaweed

Players can learn the recipe when watching the Queen of Sauce on the twenty-first day of Summer in year one. Additionally, players can purchase the recipe at the Stardrop Saloon.
Baked fish Baked fish on a bed of herbs. – Sunfish

– Wheat Flour

– Bream

Players can learn the recipe from the Queen of Sauce on the seventh day of Summer during year one.


Players are able to offer gifts to the NPCs on the island. However, the NPCs have their own likes and dislikes. It is thus recommended that players do not offer a Sunfish as a gift to the NPCs in the dislike or hate category.

The following table indicates which NPC is neutral, dislike and hates receiving a Sunfish as a gift:

Neutral Dislike Hate
Willy Wizard Pierre
Sebastian Vincent Haley
Pam Sandy Evelyn
Linus Robin
Leo Leah
Elliot Gus
Demetrius George

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