Pay-to-play Cooking training

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This guide aims to assist players in training Cooking by using the most effective methods available. The Grand Exchange prices of items will fluctuate, so it is advised to check the prices before buying and selling supplies in large quantities.

Fastest experience[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–30: Poison karambwan[edit | edit source]

From level 1 to 30, the fastest experience is gained by 1-tick cooking raw karambwan into poison karambwan. Karambwan can be cooked without tick delay by holding down 1 and rapidly using raw karambwan on a fire or range. This method costs money, but the overall loss will be relatively small as reaching level 30 would take less than ten minutes.

Note that cooking poison karambwan does not have any requirements, unlike cooked karambwan.

168 successfully cooked poison karambwan are required to reach level 30. Players are advised to buy at least 500 raw karambwan, as the burn rate is high at lower levels. Assuming all 500 raw karambwan are used to reach level 30, this would result in a loss of −201,000. If the player is not going to use tick manipulation, it is recommended to cook other fish (see below) as this is cheaper and it would offer similar experience rates.

Levels 1–30: Cooking fish[edit | edit source]

Alternatively, players can cook various fish for early experience. This is slower than cooking poison karambwan, but it is a lot cheaper and less click-intensive.

The fish needed for each level range are shown in the table below. It is recommended to buy roughly 2.5 times more raw fish than the amount of successfully cooked fish needed, as the burn rate is fairly high at lower levels.

Levels Fish XP each XP total Successfully cooked fish Raw fish (approx.) Price uncooked Price cooked Profit/Successfully cooked fish Profit/XP (approx.)
1-5 Sardine.png Sardine 40 388 10 25 Raw sardine.pngRaw sardine 40 25 −15 -1.87
5-10 Herring.png Herring 50 766 16 40 Raw herring.pngRaw herring 113 14 −99 -5.37
10-15 Mackerel.png Mackerel 60 1,257 21 53 Raw mackerel.pngRaw mackerel 9 7 −2 -0.26
15-20 Trout.png Trout 70 2,059 30 75 Raw trout.pngRaw trout 45 37 −8 -1.08
20-25 Pike.png Pike 80 3,372 43 108 Raw pike.pngRaw pike 75 55 −20 -1.66
25-30 Salmon.png Salmon 90 5,521 62 155 Raw salmon.pngRaw salmon 42 107 65 0.02

Levels 30–99: Cooked karambwan[edit | edit source]

Completion of the quest Tai Bwo Wannai Trio is required to successfully cook karambwan.

1-tick cooking karambwan.

1-tick cooking karambwan provides the fastest Cooking experience. Karambwan can be cooked without tick delay by holding down 2 and rapidly using raw karambwan on a fire or range. This requires a lot of click accuracy and can be difficult to do consistently for long periods of time. Without tick manipulation this method offers much lower experience rates and is only recommended as a cheap low-effort alternative.

Using one of the cooking locations right next to a bank offers the fastest experience rates for 1-ticking karambwan. These are located in Rogues' Den, Myths' Guild, and in the inner part of Mor Ul Rek. The Hosidius kitchen is not recommended for 1-ticking due to the increased distance to the bank, which will result in around 10–20% lower experience rates and make mistakes much more likely. Cooking gauntlets do not affect the burn rate for karambwan.

Without tick manipulation the Hosidius kitchen is the best option up to level 96. The lower burn rate outweighs the faster cooking rate of Rogues' Den, since the longer banking time will have less effect on experience rates at a lower cooking speed compared to 1-ticking. Completing the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary at level 79 is recommended for further decreased burn rates. At level 96 using one of the cooking locations right next to a bank becomes faster than the Hosidius kitchen.

Experience rates are shown in the table below. The 1-tick rates assume using the Rogues' Den fire and cooking 5,000 karambwan per hour. At maximum efficiency, it is possible to cook up to 5,470 karambwan per hour. The AFK rates assume cooking 1,385 karambwan per hour at the Hosidius kitchen up to level 96 and 1,435 karambwan per hour in the Rogues' Den afterwards.

Cooking level XP/h (1t) XP/h (AFK)
30 464,000 141,000
40 534,000 160,000
50 605,000 180,000
60 672,000 198,000
70 742,000 218,000
80 813,000 251,000
90 883,000 263,000
99 950,000 273,000

The below table shows the profit from level 30 to 99. The numbers for 1-ticking assume using the Rogues' Den fire, and the numbers for AFK assume using the Hosidius kitchen up to level 96 and the Rogues' Den fire afterwards.

Method Raw karambwan.png needed Profit total GP/XP
1-tick 75,185 6,097,590 0.47
AFK 71,289 7,663,782 0.59

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 10–99: Bake Pie[edit | edit source]

Completion of the quest Lunar Diplomacy is required to cast Bake Pie.

Baking pies using the Bake Pie spell offers relatively fast experience at a low amount of effort. It also offers a decent amount of passive Magic experience, which can be useful for some players. However, this method is usually fairly expensive due to the low supply of uncooked pies, and some options may not be viable due to low trading volumes.

Compared to cooking pies on a range, Bake Pie is cast at a rate of once per 3 ticks instead of the usual 4 ticks, yielding 25% faster cooking speeds. An inventory of 27 pies takes 81 ticks (48.6 seconds) to cook. Additionally, the pies never burn.

Experience rates and costs are shown in the table below. The experience rates assume players bake 1,885 pies per hour, which would also give 113,100 passive Magic experience per hour. The costs assume the player is wearing a steam battlestaff or other items that give unlimited water and fire runes, such as a Tome of Fire.

Cooking level Item Cooking XP each XP/h Supply cost each Profit each Profit/XP
10 Redberry pie.png Redberry pie 78 147,000 508 −420 -5.38
20 Meat pie.png Meat pie 110 207,000 569 −515 -4.68
29 Mud pie.png Mud pie 128 241,000 1,228 −730 -5.70
30 Apple pie.png Apple pie 130 245,000 472 −393 -3.02
34 Garden pie.png Garden pie 138 260,000 1,126 −919 -6.66
47 Fish pie.png Fish pie 164 309,000 1,288 −1,017 -6.20
52 Botanical pie.png Botanical pie 180 339,000 2,586 −435 -2.42
60 Mushroom pie.png Mushroom pie 200 377,000 4,199 −2,077 -10.38
70 Admiral pie.png Admiral pie 210 396,000 1,151 −1,007 -4.80
73 Dragonfruit pie.png Dragonfruit pie 220 415,000 1,604 −1,275 -5.80
85 Wild pie.png Wild pie 240 452,000 3,180 −2,657 -11.07
95 Summer pie.png Summer pie 260 490,000 1,351 −642 -2.47

Levels 35/68–99: Jug of wine[edit | edit source]

Making jugs of wine offers relatively fast experience. This method costs money, but it is usually fairly cheap depending on the Grand Exchange prices. It requires more attention than cooking fish or casting Bake Pie, however.

Jugs of wine are made by combining grapes with jugs of water to make unfermented wines, and after 12 seconds they will ferment into jugs of wine. Wines ferment in the bank, so players do not have to wait for the wines to ferment in the inventory. The 12-second timer resets each time the player makes a new jug of unfermented wine, whether banked or in the inventory, which means a large stack of wine in the bank can ferment all at once. Successfully making each jug of wine grants 200 experience.

Grapes are added to jugs of water at a rate of once per 2 ticks, which is double the rate most items are cooked on a range or fire. This, combined with the high 200 experience per jug of wine, is why wine has such fast experience rates. However, with only 14 produced per inventory, making jugs of wine requires more attention than most other cooking items, as one inventory of ingredients can be combined every 16.8 seconds, compared to the 67.2 seconds it takes to cook an entire inventory.

Players can gain up to 490,000 experience per hour from level 68 onwards. Below level 68, there is a chance for a jug of bad wine to be produced for 0 experience.

Jugs of wine required: 62,147

  • Experience required: 12,429,399
  • 34 per jug of water
  • 6 per grapes
  • 2 value per Jug of wine
  • −38 cost per wine
  • -0.19 cost per XP
  • −2,361,586 cost from level 68-99
  • −93,100 cost per hour (at 490,000 experience rate)
  • Experience per hour: from 470,000 to 490,000
  • Time spent: 25 hours, 30 minutes

Levels 30–99: Cooking fish[edit | edit source]

Cooking fish requires very little attention, and it usually breaks even or profits slightly at higher levels. However, this method is a lot slower than the others, so it is only recommended for players who seek for a very low-effort alternative and do not want to spend a lot of money doing it.

For this method, it is strongly recommended to get the cooking gauntlets from the Family Crest quest. When worn, they reduce the burn rate for lobsters, swordfish, monkfish, sharks, and anglerfish. This will greatly increase experience rates when cooking these fish. Without the gauntlets, players can expect to get much lower rates.

It is also strongly recommended to have 100% favour in Hosidius for access to the cooking ranges in the Hosidius Kitchen. They provide a 5% increased chance of successfully cooking food over standard cooking ranges. This is increased to 10% with completion of the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary, which requires level 84 Cooking (boostable). Cooking fish in the Hosidius Kitchen offers comparable or slightly higher experience rates than at the ranges in Myths' Guild or Mor Ul Rek because of the increased cooked rate, despite the ranges being slightly further away from a bank. The Hosidius ranges remain comparable or better until level 93, after which it becomes faster to cook anglerfish on a normal range.

Cooking one inventory of fish takes around 1 minute and 14 seconds in the Hosidius Kitchen, including banking. Players can cook up to 1,365 fish per hour in the Hosidius Kitchen, or 1,435 fish per hour in Myths' Guild or Mor Ul Rek.

The fish and experience needed for each level range are shown in the table below. The table assumes the player is wearing the cooking gauntlets (where applicable) and using the Hosidius kitchen unless noted otherwise. Cooking in the Hosidius kitches assumes completion of the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary from level 79 Cooking onwards (with a +5 boost to level 84). Experience and profit rates take the burn rates into account. The actual amounts of raw fish needed can vary depending on luck, so slightly more or less fish may be needed. Swordfish and monkfish offer very similar rates for levels 68–80, so the player should choose whichever is more profitable.

Levels Fish XP each Approx. XP/h (w/o burns) XP total Raw fish needed Successfully cooked fish needed Price raw Price cooked Profit total Profit/XP
30–40 Tuna.png Tuna 100 85,000–100,000


23,861 340 239 68 138 9,862 0.41
40–68 Lobster.png Lobster[n 1] 120 120,000–165,000


567,808 4,970 4,732 95 147 223,454 0.39
68–80 Swordfish.png Swordfish[n 2] 140 165,000–200,000


1,381,036 10,186 9,865 123 196 680,662 0.49
68–80 Monkfish.png Monkfish 150 165,000–200,000


1,381,036 9,962 9,207 176 292 935,132 0.68
80–84 Shark.png Shark 210 275,000–285,000


965,305 4,720 4,597 293 487 855,779 0.89
84–99 Anglerfish.png Anglerfish[n 3] 230 305,000–330,000


10,083,058 44,400 43,840 1,247 1,426 7,149,040 0.71
  1. ^ The rates assume using the Hosidius kitchen for levels 40–61, and Rogues' Den for levels 61–68.
  2. ^ The rates assume using the Hosidius kitchen for levels 68–77, and Rogues' Den for levels 77–80. In addition, cooking gauntlets do not affect the burn rate at the Hosidius kitchen for cooking swordfish.
  3. ^ The rates assume using the Hosidius kitchen for levels 84–93, and Rogues' Den for levels 93–99.

Choosing Cooking locations[edit | edit source]

Cooking most foods takes four game ticks, and 28 can be cooked per inventory. Therefore, a full inventory takes 112 ticks or 67.2 seconds, making Cooking one of the least attentive skills in the game.

Assuming no banking and no food burned, a player could theoretically cook up to 1,500 raw foods per hour; however, factoring in bank-time, players can expect to cook between 1,300 and 1,400. The following table compares the different cooking locations by their bank proximity and corresponding items cooked per hour. The table assumes the bank distance is ran, no food is burnt, and that banking takes 3 seconds (5 ticks).

Location Spaces from bank* Time to cook full inventory and bank Food cooked per hour (assuming 0 burned) Benefits Location
Theoretical maximum 0 67.2 seconds (112 ticks) 1500 N/A N/A
Myths' Guild 0 70.2 seconds (117 ticks) 1435 Has a stove and a bank diagonally next to the stove, making it better than the Rogues' Den due to it being a stove and not a fire. Requires completion of Dragon Slayer II. Right next to the bank. The mythical cape will teleport you there directly.
Rogues' Den 0 70.2 seconds (117 ticks) 1435 The banker (Emerald Benedict) is just a step away from the fire and never moves, allowing players to cut down on time spent walking. The fire is everlasting, so there is no need to worry about relighting it, saving inventory space. On the downside, Rogues' Den only has a fire as the means to cook, so it is only usable for cooking fish or meat, and it does not offer the benefit of reduced burning on a range. Start of the Rogues' Den, just below the Burthorpe pub. A games necklace will bring you very close to the pub.
Mor Ul Rek 0 70.2 seconds (117 ticks) 1435 A sulphur vent is located right next to a bank chest. The TzHaar will only allow those who show a fire cape to the TzHaar-Ket guarding the entrance to enter this area. The sulphur vent functions as a fire, so it is only usable for cooking fish or meat, and it does not offer the benefit of reduced burning on a range. In the inner area of the city.
Cooks' Guild 2 71.4 seconds (119 ticks) 1411 Few players, so peaceful cooking environment. Requires a chef's hat and 32 Cooking to enter. Completion of the Hard Varrock Diary or 99 Cooking is required to use the bank. Just south of the Grand Exchange. Can be teleported to directly with a skills necklace.
Hosidius clay oven 6 73.8 seconds (123 ticks) 1365 Decreases the chances of burning your food by 5%, and up to 10% with completion of the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary. Requires 100% Hosidius favour to use. South-east of the Mess Hall.
Ruins of Unkah 6 73.8 seconds (123 ticks) 1365 An everlasting fire in a populated area (if in an official Tempoross world). Fish can be picked up from other players dropping their Tempoross reward pool rewards several spaces away. West side of the Ruins of Unkah by the Sea Spirit Dock.
Wintertodt Camp 8 75 seconds (125 ticks) 1344 Because it counts as a campfire, there is a higher chance of burning than a range. It is, however, very easy to access and everlasting. South-west of the Wintertodt bank chest.
Museum Camp 12 77.4 seconds (129 ticks) 1302 While slightly further away than the previous two, this source counts as a range, and puts you close to where you'd do birdhouse runs while training. Just north-east of the Fossil Island bank.
Catherby 17 80.4 seconds (134 ticks) 1253 Fish can be picked up from those training fishing nearby, resulting in slower experience but at no cost. Just east of bank. Close to Camelot teleport.
Lumbridge Castle 22 83.4 seconds (139 ticks) 1208 Reduces the level at which food is burned. Requires completion of Cook's Assistant Quest. This location is not recommended at higher levels when food is no longer burned, but may save time at earlier levels, as trips take longer but more food is successfully cooked. It's slightly faster to stand east of the ladder before going up so you don't run around the ladder. Only certain foods have this reduced burning chance; see Cooking range (Lumbridge Castle) for more details. Ground floor of the Lumbridge Castle. Close to the Lumbridge Teleport spell location.

*Running takes 0.5 ticks per square. A bank 4 tiles away will require you to traverse 8 tiles (there and back), so crossing 8 tiles at 2 tiles per tick will take 4 ticks.

Calculating exact times[edit | edit source]

To find the exact number of ticks to cook one inventory at any given location, players can first use the formula , where refers to the minimum ticks taken to cook and bank, and refers to the number of tiles the cooking source is from the bank. Players can translate this into seconds by multiplying it by , the number of ticks in a second.

Players can then find out how many items they can cook in an hour by taking the number of ticks and putting it into the formula . Here, refers to the number of seconds in an hour, refers to the number of seconds it takes to do one inventory, and refers to the number of inventory spaces the player has. Players should round down to the nearest whole number.

Quests for Cooking experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
Other requirements
Cook's Assistant 300 - -
Rag and Bone Man I 500 - -
Big Chompy Bird Hunting 1,470 Cooking 30 Fletching 5 , Ranged 30
Gertrude's Cat 1,525 - -
Heroes' Quest 2,825 Cooking 53 Quest points 55 , Fishing 53 , Herblore 25 , Mining 50
Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf 5,000 Cooking 22 Farming 17
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio 5,000 Cooking 30 Agility 15 , Fishing 5
Recipe for Disaster 28,000 Cooking 70 Quest points 175 , Agility 48 , Mining 50 , Fishing 53 , Thieving 53 , Herblore 25 , Magic 59 , Smithing 40 , Firemaking 50 , Ranged 40 , Crafting 40 , Fletching 10 , Slayer 10 , Woodcutting 36
Total 44,620