Cooking

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This article is about the Cooking skill. For information on training Cooking, see Cooking training (F2P) (P2P).
For a list of all requirements and unlockables within the Cooking skill, see Cooking/Level up table.
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Cooking is a skill that allows raw food to be made edible, healing hitpoints when eaten. To do this, the player uses a raw, cookable food on a range or fire.

Depending on the player's Cooking level, food will sometimes burn, becoming unusable. Ranges burn food less often than fires at the same level, and some foods can only be cooked on ranges. Some ranges, such as the one in the Lumbridge Castle or in the Hosidius Kitchen, burn food less often than a normal range.

Cooking goes hand-in-hand with the Fishing skill as the player can cook the fish they obtain. If no range is nearby, having an axe and tinderbox on hand can allow the player to cut down a tree and make a fire to cook the fish on.

By levelling Cooking, the player is able to cook better foods such as swordfish, shark, pies, and pizzas.

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Cooking level-up music
The first music that can be played when levelled up.
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Cooking level-up music
The second music that can be played when levelled up.

How to cook[edit | edit source]

Cooking is known as one of the fastest skills to train, as players can cook in many different ways as well as being able to simply buy their raw food items from the Grand Exchange.

Before the Grand Exchange was created, the bulk of players usually fished and then cooked their catches. Generally a player who is manually gathering their raw items will cook their food items on a local campfire created through the Firemaking skill near where they are gathering, or take the items they have obtained to a range and cook there.

Ranges (which provide a lower burn rate) can be easily located and are almost always well labelled on the map as a cooking pan (The cooking range icon on the map) icon. There are other assorted things that a player can cook on, seen in NPC camps, or on iron spits. It is important to note that only meat, fish and stew can be cooked on an open fire. Foods like bread, cake, and pie must be cooked on a proper range, Most of these food items will generate an error message if the player attempts to cook it improperly while others, such as raw potatoes, will simply all burn. Raw foods loosely related to the Hunter skill, such as raw beast meat, raw chompy, and rabbit, must be cooked on an iron spit.

To actually cook something, players have to "use" their raw food item on a range or a campfire. If they have more than one food item of the same kind in their inventory, a picture of the food item will appear in the dialogue box. The player can right click on the picture and select how much he/she wants to cook. By default, you cook all the selected raw/uncooked item.

If this is your first time cooking follow these steps for maximum effect:

  • Cook on the Lumbridge range after completion of Cook's Assistant, as there is a bank directly upstairs and the range offers a lower burn rate than other ranges.
  • Cooking at the Rogues' Den has a permanent fire and is directly next to a banker (members only).
  • If you do not want to spend much money in this skill, you can kill cows and cook the raw meat on the range or a fire.

Burning food[edit | edit source]

Main article: Burnt food

As players train Cooking, they will sometimes fail to cook something at random. It is normal when you first begin training this skill to burn nearly anything you put before a fire or range, but as you gain more levels the burn ratio of food decreases until you reach the level where you can no longer burn them.

A useful item to equip while training are cooking gauntlets. Wearing these gloves while training cooking will cut down time and money due to less food being burnt. This is useful for food such as sharks where even at 99 you have the chance to burn them; with the cooking gauntlets equipped you will stop burning sharks at level 94. Alternatively, cooking food while wearing a cooking cape will ensure that no food may be burned by the player.

All ranges have a lower burn rate than fires, but the range in Lumbridge Castle has an even lower burn rate, however, to use it, you must have completed the Cook's Assistant quest. The nearest bank is the Culinaromancer's Chest in the cellar, which requires the first part of the Recipe for Disaster quest to be completed, or the bank at the top of Lumbridge Castle. This range has a reduced burn rate, however, only works on the following foods:

A table of the levels where cooking food items becomes successful 100% of the time can be found here.

Items needed[edit | edit source]

As Cooking is the skill of turning food from raw to edible, and there is a very wide range of available food types in RuneScape, there are many items that players need in order to cook food. Depending on what you are cooking you will need a variety of items such as water or flour. Listed below are the cardinal cooking items which are used to make the most common types of food.

Types of food[edit | edit source]

Meat[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Members
1 Cooked meat.png Cooked meat 30 3
Free-to-play icon.png
1 Sinew.png Sinew 3 N/A
Member icon.png
1 Shrimps.png Shrimps 30 3
Member icon.png
1 Cooked chicken.png Cooked chicken 30 3
Free-to-play icon.png
1 Cooked rabbit.png Cooked rabbit 30 3
Member icon.png
1 Anchovies.png Anchovies 30 1
Free-to-play icon.png
1 Sardine.png Sardine 40 4
Free-to-play icon.png
1 Poison karambwan.png Poison karambwan 80 -5
Member icon.png
1 Ugthanki meat.png Ugthanki meat 40 3
Member icon.png
5 Herring.png Herring 50 5
Free-to-play icon.png
10 Mackerel.png Mackerel 60 6
Member icon.png
11 Roast bird meat.png Roast bird meat 60 6
Member icon.png
12 Thin snail.png Thin snail 70 5-7
Member icon.png
15 Trout.png Trout 70 7
Free-to-play icon.png
16 Spider on stick.png Spider on stick 80 7-10
Member icon.png
16 Spider on shaft.png Spider on shaft 80 7-10
Member icon.png
16 Roast rabbit.png Roast rabbit 70 7
Member icon.png
17 Lean snail.png Lean snail 80 8
Member icon.png
18 Cod.png Cod 75 7
Member icon.png
20 Pike.png Pike 80 8
Free-to-play icon.png
21 Roast beast meat.png Roast beast meat 82.5 8
Member icon.png
21 Cooked crab meat.png Cooked crab meat 100 10
Member icon.png
22 Fat snail.png Fat snail 95 7-9
Member icon.png
25 Salmon.png Salmon 90 9
Free-to-play icon.png
28 Slimy eel.png Slimy eel 95 6-10
Member icon.png
30 Tuna.png Tuna 100 10
Free-to-play icon.png
30 Cooked karambwan.png Cooked karambwan 190 18
Member icon.png
30 Cooked chompy.png Cooked chompy 100 10
Member icon.png
31 Cooked fishcake.png Cooked fishcake 100 11
Member icon.png
35 Rainbow fish.png Rainbow fish 110 11
Member icon.png
38 Cave eel.png Cave eel 115 7-11
Member icon.png
40 Lobster.png Lobster 120 12
Free-to-play icon.png
41 Cooked jubbly.png Cooked jubbly 160 15
Member icon.png
43 Bass.png Bass 130 13
Member icon.png
45 Swordfish.png Swordfish 140 14
Free-to-play icon.png
53 Lava eel.png Lava eel 30 14
Member icon.png
62 Monkfish.png Monkfish 150 16
Member icon.png
72 Sacred eel.png Sacred eel 109-124 N/A
Member icon.png
80 Shark.png Shark 210 20
Member icon.png
82 Sea turtle.png Sea turtle 211.3 21
Member icon.png
84 Anglerfish.png Anglerfish 230 3-22
Member icon.png
90 Dark crab.png Dark crab 215 22
Member icon.png
91 Manta ray.png Manta ray 216.2 22
Member icon.png

Bread[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Members
1 Bread.png Bread 40 5
Free-to-play icon.png
58 Pitta bread.png Pitta bread 40 N/A
Member icon.png

Pies[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Effect Members
10 Redberry pie.png Redberry pie 78 10 None
Free-to-play icon.png
20 Meat pie.png Meat pie 104 12 None
Free-to-play icon.png
29 Mud pie.png Mud pie 128 0 Thrown at enemies
Member icon.png
30 Apple pie.png Apple pie 130 14 None
Free-to-play icon.png
34 Garden pie.png Garden pie 128 12 +3 Farming
Member icon.png
47 Fish pie.png Fish pie 164 12 +3 Fishing
Member icon.png
52 Botanical pie.png Botanical pie 180 12 +4 Herblore
Member icon.png
60 Mushroom pie.png Mushroom pie 200 16 +4 Crafting
Member icon.png
70 Admiral pie.png Admiral pie 210 16 +5 Fishing
Member icon.png
73 Dragonfruit pie.png Dragonfruit pie 220 20 +4 Fletching
Member icon.png
85 Wild pie.png Wild pie 240 22 +4 Ranged, +5 Slayer
Member icon.png
95 Summer pie.png Summer pie 260 22 +5 Agility
Member icon.png

Stews[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Members
25 Stew.png Stew 117 11
Free-to-play icon.png
60 Curry.png Curry 280 19
Member icon.png

Pizzas[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Members
35 Plain pizza.png Plain pizza 143 14
Free-to-play icon.png
45 Meat pizza.png Meat pizza 169 16
Free-to-play icon.png
55 Anchovy pizza.png Anchovy pizza 182 18
Free-to-play icon.png
65 Pineapple pizza.png Pineapple pizza 195 22
Member icon.png

Cakes[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Members
40 Cake.png Cake 180 12
Free-to-play icon.png
50 Chocolate cake.png Chocolate cake 210 15
Free-to-play icon.png

Wine[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Members
35 Jug of wine.png Jug of wine 200 11
Free-to-play icon.png
65 Wine of zamorak.png Wine of zamorak 200 N/A
Member icon.png

Note that every wine made resets the twelve second fermentation of the previously made wines, resulting in an enormous experience drop if a series of inventories are made fast enough. While being one of the fastest methods for reaching 99 Cooking (yielding 400k+ exp/hour if done optimally), it is also the most costly. There is virtually no profit made as opposed to the more traditional fish cooking. This method is also accessible to free-to-play.

Hot Drinks[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Notes Members
20 Cup of tea (nettle).png Cup of tea 52 3 Restores 5% energy.
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Vegetable[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Members
7 Baked potato.png Baked potato 15 4
Member icon.png
9 Spicy sauce.png Spicy sauce 25 2
Member icon.png
9 Chilli con carne.png Chilli con carne 25 5
Member icon.png
13 Scrambled egg.png Scrambled egg 50 5
Member icon.png
23 Egg and tomato.png Egg and tomato ? 8
Member icon.png
28 Cooked sweetcorn.png Cooked sweetcorn 104 1-10
Member icon.png
39 Potato with butter.png Potato with butter 40 14
Member icon.png
41 Chilli potato.png Chilli potato 15 14
Member icon.png
42 Fried onions.png Fried onions 60 5
Member icon.png
46 Fried mushrooms.png Fried mushrooms 60 5
Member icon.png
47 Potato with cheese.png Potato with cheese 40 16
Member icon.png
51 Egg potato.png Egg potato 45 16
Member icon.png
57 Mushroom & onion.png Mushroom & onion 120 ?
Member icon.png
64 Mushroom potato.png Mushroom potato 55 20
Member icon.png
67 Tuna and corn.png Tuna and corn ? 13
Member icon.png
68 Tuna potato.png Tuna potato 10 22
Member icon.png

Dairy[edit | edit source]

Level Item XP Healing Members
21 Pot of cream.png Pot of cream 18 ?
Member icon.png
38 Pat of butter.png Pat of butter 40.5 ?
Member icon.png
48 Cheese.png Cheese 64 2
Free-to-play icon.png

Brewing[edit | edit source]

A brewing vat used to create ales.
Main article: Brewing

Brewing involves the fermenting of raw ingredients into ales or cider. Brewing may be considered quite useful since most of the ales boost certain stats. This can also make a number of ales valuable. It is, however, quite a slow process and so is not a viable means of training. The products are not useful for healing, unlike most products of Cooking. There are two types of brew that can be made: ales and cider.

To brew ales, you have to use the fermenting vats located in either of the breweries in either Keldagrim or Port Phasmatys. Each place has only one vat, in which one ale can be brewed at a time. To start brewing ale, 2 buckets of water, 2 lots of barley malt, the main ale ingredient, and a pot of ale yeast must be added to the fermenting vat (in that order). The main ingredient is specific to the type of ale being brewed. Once the ale yeast is added, the ale will begin fermenting. This will usually take one to two days to brew. Once it is done brewing, you can turn the valve between the vat and the attached barrel to move brewed ale to the barrel, and then collect the ale in Beer glasses or calquat kegs. The barrel will produce 8 doses of the ale. Ale in calquat kegs are in most cases considerably more valuable.

To make cider, you should first take 16 apples and 4 buckets to the cider barrel at one of the breweries in either Keldagrim or Port Phasmatys. 4 cooking apples should be added to and mushed in the barrel. An empty bucket should then be used to collect it in a bucket. Once 4 buckets are filled, add them to the fermenting vat, then add ale yeast into the fermenting vat. It will then start fermenting.

During the brewing process, it is possible for an ale to mature instead of brewing normally, in which case your fermenting vat will produce mature versions of the ales you have brewed, which have stronger effects—it is also possible, however, for an ale to turn bad, in which case the ale in your fermenting vat will become unusable.

All of the brews boost a certain skill, as shown in the table below. Some of the brews have a variable boost amount which is relative to the player's level, boosting more as the level increases.

Level Item XP Healing Boosts Distinct ingredient
14 Cider.pngMature cider.png Cider (m) 182 2 Farming: +1
Strength: -2
See instructions above.
4 buckets of apple mush
1 ale yeast
No buckets of water, barley malt, or "the stuff"
19 Dwarven stout.pngDwarven stout(m).png Dwarven stout (m) 215 1 Smithing: +1
Mining: +1
Attack:- 1
Strength: -1
Defence: -1
4 Hammerstone hops
24 Asgarnian ale.pngAsgarnian ale(m).png Asgarnian ale (m) 248 2 Strength: +2
Attack: -4
4 Asgarnian hops
29 Greenman's ale.pngGreenman's ale(m).png Greenman's ale (m) 281 1 Herblore: +1
Attack: -4
4 Harralander
34 Wizard's mind bomb.pngMature wmb.png Wizard's mind bomb (m) 314 1 Magic: +2/3
Attack: -4
Strength: -3
Defence: -3
4 Yanillian hops
39 Dragon bitter.pngDragon bitter(m).png Dragon bitter (m) 347 1 Strength: +2
Attack: -1
4 Krandorian hops
44 Moonlight mead.pngMoonlight mead(m).png Moonlight mead (m) 380 5 Heals 5 hitpoints. 4 Bittercap mushrooms
49 Axeman's folly.pngAxeman's folly(m).png Axeman's folly (m) 413 1 Woodcutting:+1
Strength: -3
1 Oak roots
54 Chef's delight.pngChef's delight(m).png Chef's delight (m) 446 1 Cooking: +1-5
Attack: -2
Strength: -2
4 Chocolate dust
59 Slayer's respite.pngSlayer's respite(m).png Slayer's respite (m) 479 1 Slayer: +1
Attack: -2
Strength: -2
4 Wildblood hops

For a mature ale: simply add +1 (or -1) to all stat effects of the basic ale. Example: Slayer's respite (m) Slayer: +2, Attack: -3, Strength: -3.

Gnome cooking[edit | edit source]

Main article: Gnome cooking

Gnome cooking is very complicated, and is best left with its own specially dedicated guide. The gnome foods plays a big part in the Gnome Restaurant minigame. More detailed information can be found in article linked to above, but following is a general guide for how a player can get acquainted with gnome cooking.

Although it is complex, somewhat expensive, and requires a wide variety of unusual ingredients, gnome cooking can provide a good way to level Cooking from around 10 up to about 30 in good speed. To obtain the cookbook with all the recipes for gnome foods, a player can go to The Grand Tree in the Gnome Stronghold and find Aluft Gianne Sr. He is on the west side of the first level up of the Grand Tree and is dressed as a chef. Talk with him, and offer your assistance to him. He will assign you a succession of dishes to prepare. Once you have prepared the dish to his satisfaction he will ask you to make another, then another moving steadily up the assortment of gnome foods. If you are using this method to train your Cooking and get an assignment you do not have the correct level to prepare, then you simply need to train until you do. Use the shops and resources in the Gnome Stronghold to make more gnome foods if you wish, or cook other foods that you may have. For each dish the player can buy supplies from the shop run by Hudo who is found by the cooking range nearby Gianne, but ever since the shop stock update this has been severely limited. Players going through the tutorial will start by making crunchies which can stored at a bank in the Grand Tree and later sold on the Grand Exchange. As your skill levels improve, you will be able to make battas then eventually bowls. Once you have completed the training exercises he gives you, you can start the minigame, which has several useful rewards.

Level Item XP Healing
6 Fruit blast.png Fruit blast 50 9
8 Pineapple punch.png Pineapple punch 70 9
10 Toad crunchies.png Toad crunchies 100 8
12 Spicy crunchies.png Spicy crunchies 100 7
14 Worm crunchies.png Worm crunchies 100 8
16 Chocchip crunchies.png Chocchip crunchies 100 7
18 Wizard blizzard.png Wizard blizzard 110 5
20 Short green guy.png Short green guy 120 5
25 Fruit batta.png Fruit batta 150 11
26 Toad batta.png Toad batta 152 11
27 Worm batta.png Worm batta 154 11
28 Vegetable batta.png Vegetable batta 156 11
29 Cheese+tom batta.png Cheese and tomato batta 158 11
30 Worm hole.png Worm hole 170 12
32 Drunk dragon.png Drunk dragon 160 5
33 Choc saturday.png Choc saturday 170 5
35 Veg ball.png Veg ball 175 12
37 Blurberry special.png Blurberry special 180 7
40 Tangled toad's legs.png Tangled toad's legs 185 15
42 Chocolate bomb.png Chocolate bomb 190 15

Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Main article: Temporary skill boost
Boost Level
increase
Visibility Other info
Cooking cape.png Cooking cape 1 Visible Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.
Spicy stew.png Spicy stew
(orange spice)
±0-5 Visible Depending on type of stew, any skill can be boosted or reduced by 0 to 5 points randomly.
Chef's delight.png Chef's delight 1-5 Visible Boosts cooking by Level * 0.05 + 1.
Reduces Attack and Strength by 2 or more.
Chef's delight(m).png Chef's delight(m) 2-6 Visible Boosts cooking by Level * 0.05 + 2.
Reduces Attack and Strength by 2 or more.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Quests requiring Cooking[edit | edit source]

Quest Cooking
requirement
Other requirements
Recipe for Disaster
(Another Cook's Quest)
10 CookingCooking icon.png -
Ghosts Ahoy 20 CookingCooking icon.png 25 AgilityAgility icon.png
Forgettable Tale... 22 CookingCooking icon.png 17 FarmingFarming icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(Evil Dave subquest)
25 CookingCooking icon.png -
Big Chompy Bird Hunting 30 CookingCooking icon.png 5 FletchingFletching icon.png, 30 RangedRanged icon.png
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio 30 CookingCooking icon.png 15 AgilityAgility icon.png, 5 FishingFishing icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(Pirate Pete subquest)
31 CookingCooking icon.png -
Recipe for Disaster
(Lumbridge Guide subquest)
40 CookingCooking icon.png -
Recipe for Disaster
(Skrach Uglogwee subquest)
41 CookingCooking icon.png 20 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png
Heroes' Quest 53 CookingCooking icon.png 55 QuestQuest point icon.png, 53 FishingFishing icon.png, 25 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 50 MiningMining icon.png
Swan Song 62 CookingCooking icon.png 100 QuestQuest point icon.png, 66 MagicMagic icon.png, 62 FishingFishing icon.png, 45 SmithingSmithing icon.png, 42 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png, 40 CraftingCrafting icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(Awowogei subquest)
70 CookingCooking icon.png 48 AgilityAgility icon.png

Quests rewarding Cooking experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
reward
Cooking
requirement
Other requirements
Cook's Assistant 300 - -
Rag and Bone Man 500 - -
Recipe for Disaster
(Dwarf subquest)
1,000 - -
Recipe for Disaster
(Goblin generals subquest)
1,000 - -
Recipe for Disaster
(Pirate Pete subquest)
1,000 31 CookingCooking icon.png -
Big Chompy Bird Hunting 1,470 30 CookingCooking icon.png 5 FletchingFletching icon.png, 30 RangedRanged icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(Skrach Uglogwee subquest)
1,500 41 CookingCooking icon.png 20 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png
Gertrude's Cat 1,525 - -
Recipe for Disaster
(Lumbridge Guide subquest)
2,500 40 CookingCooking icon.png -
Heroes' Quest 2,825 53 CookingCooking icon.png 55 QuestQuest point icon.png, 53 FishingFishing icon.png, 25 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 50 MiningMining icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(Sir Amik Varze subquest)
4,000 - 107 QuestQuest point icon.png
Forgettable Tale... 5,000 22 CookingCooking icon.png 17 FarmingFarming icon.png
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio 5,000 30 CookingCooking icon.png 15 AgilityAgility icon.png, 5 FishingFishing icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(Evil Dave subquest)
7,000 25 CookingCooking icon.png -
Recipe for Disaster
(Awowogei subquest)
10,000 70 CookingCooking icon.png 48 AgilityAgility icon.png
Total 44,620

Skill choice[edit | edit source]

Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Cooking. These rewards usually come in the form of items, such as lamps or books, and are independent of any experience rewards directly received for completing the quest.

Quest Experience
reward
Skills available Skill requirements
X Marks the Spot 300 Any -
Client of Kourend 500 twice Any -
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen 2,500 Any skill above 30 49 FarmingFarming icon.png, 57 HerbloreHerblore icon.png
A Tail of Two Cats 2,500 twice Any skill above 30 -
The Great Brain Robbery 5,000 Any skill above 30 16 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 30 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 50 PrayerPrayer icon.png
King's Ransom 5,000 Any skill above 50 65 DefenceDefence icon.png
Darkness of Hallowvale 2,000 three times Any skill above 30 5 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 20 MiningMining icon.png, 22 ThievingThieving icon.png, 32 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 33 MagicMagic icon.png, 40 StrengthStrength icon.png
A Taste of Hope 2,500 Any skill above 35 48 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 45 AgilityAgility icon.png, 40 AttackAttack icon.png, 40 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 38 SlayerSlayer icon.png
Architectural Alliance
(miniquest)
10,000 Any skill above 40 -
Curse of the Empty Lord
(miniquest)
10,000 Any skill above 50 Some players will need 31 PrayerPrayer icon.png
One Small Favour 10,000 twice Any skill above 30 36 AgilityAgility icon.png, 25 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 18 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 30 SmithingSmithing icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
20,000 Any skill above 50 175 QuestQuest point icon.png, 48 AgilityAgility icon.png, 50 MiningMining icon.png, 53 FishingFishing icon.png, 53 ThievingThieving icon.png, 25 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 59 MagicMagic icon.png, 40 SmithingSmithing icon.png, 50 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png, 40 RangedRanged icon.png, 40 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 10 FletchingFletching icon.png, 10 SlayerSlayer icon.png, 36 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png
Total 84,800