Old School Runescape - The Complete Cooking Guide
This OSRS cooking guide aims to help you level your cooking skill either fast or efficiently, with many alternative methods, and all the important information you'll need.
Cooking is one of the skills that can be trained in both F2P and P2P worlds. It allows you to make food which can be eaten to heal up your Hitpoints and this is done by cooking raw food. Raw food can be cooked by using a fire or a range, fire can be made by using a Tinderbox on any kind of Logs (depending on your Firemaking level) but it has a high chance to burn the food.
Usually, players train this skill to be able to finish some quests and/or obtaining the Cooking cape which allows you to not burn food anymore, but you can also use this skill to make some money at the high levels, depending on how you do it. That doesn’t mean Cooking training is cheap, it can be so expensive, so prepare yourself to spend some serious money.
Make sure to check out all 23 OSRS skills in our relevant guide.
Table of Contents
- 1 Cooking Range & Burning Chance
- 2 Things to do first
- 3 Cooking Training – Level 1-99
- 4 Alternative Cooking Training Methods
- 5 Conclusion
Cooking Range & Burning Chance
Cooking on a range has a lower chance to burn the food than the normal fire, not to mention that some specific ranges have an even lower burn chance than the other ranges. Also, some food can only be cooked on a range, unlike fire. That means any kind of food that can be cooked on fire can also be cooked on a range.
Note that having a high Cooking level unlocks new kinds of raw food to be cooked.
Overall, the burning chance is highly depending on your actual Cooking level, which means the higher level you are the less likely you will burn the food. Keep in mind that each kind of raw food requires a certain Cooking level to stop burning completely. To see these levels, please check the table below.
|Food Item||Fire||Range||Lumbridge Castle Range||Hosidius Kitchen||Cooking gauntlets||Gauntlets + Hosidius||Gauntlets + Hosidius (Elite Diary)||XP|
|Cooked slimy eel||58||58||58||58||95|
In this article, we will be focusing on the fastest way to reach level 99 Cooking using the best semi-AFK P2P methods to do that. We will also mention some money-making methods for those who are interested.
Note that every ingredient mentioned in this article can be bought directly from the Grand Exchange, but we can’t assume exactly how much you will need to complete the guide due to the market fluctuation.
Things to do first
Before following this guide, you should read the 2 sections below.
First of all, you should be using a range to train your Cooking skill because it has less chance to burn your food. The best cooking range in the game is the Hosidius Range and this is because it even has a lesser chance (5% and can be 10% after completing the Kourend & Kebos elite Diary) to burn the food than the other ranges and its also so close to a bank chest.
Note that 100% Hosidius favour is required to unlock the Hosidius Kitchen.
This also means it decreases the burning level of some food to stop being burnt completely (check the table in the Burning Chance section).
These Gauntlets decrease the chance of burning food, which helps you to gain more XP in a shorter time. Completing the Family Crest Quest is required to obtain these Gauntlets.
Note that using the Hosidius Range which wearing the Cooking Gauntlets will decrease the required level to not burn some food anymore. Both of them will not be needed anyway once you obtain the Cooking Cape.
|Fish Type||Required Cooking level||Stops burning at level||Stops burning at level with Gauntlets||Stops burning at level with Gauntlets and Hosidius Kitchen|
|Karambwan||30||Never (unless wearing the Cooking cape)||Never (unless wearing the Cooking cape)||93 (Due to the Hosidius +5 boost, Gauntlets have no effect)|
|Shark||80||Never (unless wearing the Cooking cape)||94||89|
|Anglerfish||84||Never (unless wearing the Cooking cape)||98||93|
All Cooking Quests
Completing some quests will be helpful to pass the first low Cooking level, but of course, it is totally up to you.
|Quest||XP||Cooking Level||Other Requirements|
|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||–|
|Big Chompy Bird Hunting||1,470||30||5 , 30|
|Recipe for Disaster (Skrach Uglogwee subquest)||1,500||41||20|
|Recipe for Disaster (Lumbridge Guide subquest)||2,500||40||–|
|Heroes’ Quest||2,825||53||55 , 53 , 25 , 50|
|Recipe for Disaster (Sir Amik Varze subquest)||4,000||–||107|
|Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf||5,000||22||17|
|Tai Bwo Wannai Trio||5,000||30||15 , 5|
|Recipe for Disaster (Evil Dave subquest)||7,000||25||–|
|Recipe for Disaster (Awowogei subquest)||10,000||70||48|
Cooking Training – Level 1-99
While the quests above can be helpful in many ways, if you are looking for a streamlined OSRS cooking guide in order to level effectively, then follow the steps below.
You need to craft a certain amount of meals for each recipe, and if you want to save some money, you will find detailed instructions on how to farm the ingredients yourself – which is of course way more time consuming than just buying everything in the Grand Exchange.
Cooking Level 1-20
- Cook 112 Sardines (40 XP / Sardine).
How to obtain Raw sardine
It can be obtained by fishing while using a normal Fishing Rod in a fishing spot that has a “Bait Fishing Spot” option and that requires level 5 Fishing and having a Fishing bait in your inventory. Fishing bait can be obtained by killing specific monsters such as Banshees and/or buying them from a store such as Gerrant’s Fishy Business in Port Sarim which is the same store to buy Raw sardines from.
The Raw sardine can also be obtained by killing some monsters such as Dagannoth spawn. Normal Fishing Rods can be bought from some Fishing shops such as Harry’s Fishing Shop in Catherby.
Cooking Level 20-30
- Cook 128 Trouts (70 XP / Trout).
How to obtain Raw trout
It can be obtained by fishing while using a Fly Fishing Rod with some Feathers in a Lure fishing spot and it requires level 20 Fishing. The Fly Fishing Rod can be bought from some Fishing shops such as Gerrant’s Fishy Business in Port Sarim.
Feathers can be obtained by killing some monsters such as Chickens or can be bought from various Fishing shops such as the Fishing Guild Shop in the Fishing Guild. Raw trouts can also be bought from some shops such as Rufus’ Meat Emporium in Canifis.
Cooking Level 30-50
- Cook 978 Salmons (90 XP / Salmon).
How to obtain Raw salmon
It can be obtained by fishing with a Fly Fishing Rod with some Feathers in a Lure fishing spot and that requires level 30 Fishing. The Fly Fishing Rod can be bought from different Fishing shops and the same applies to the Feathers.
Raw salmons can be bought from some shops such as Fremennik Fish Monger in Rellekka.
Cooking Level 50-61
- Cook 2,010 Tunas (100 XP / Tuna).
How to obtain Raw tuna
It can be obtained by fishing while using a Harpoon in a fishing spot with a “cage/harpoon” option and it requires level 35 Fishing.
The Harpoon can be obtained by buying it from some Fishing shops such as Harry’s Fishing Shop in Catherby. Killing Kraken has a chance to drop a Harpoon but its Rare.
Raw tunas can also be obtained from some Fishing shops such as Flosi’s Fishmongers in Jatizso or by killing specific monsters such as Troll general. Stealing from fish stalls is another way to obtain Raw tunas, but it requires level 42 Thieving.
Cooking Level 61-76
- Cook 8,618 Lobsters (120 XP / Lobster).
How to obtain Raw lobster
It can be obtained by fishing while using a Lobster pot in a Fishing spot with a “cage” option and it requires level 40 Fishing. The Lobster pot can be obtained by killing monsters like the Rock lobster or can be bought from some fishing shops such as Gerrant’s Fishy Business in Port Sarim.
Raw lobsters can also be bought from some stores such as Two Feet Charley’s Fish Shop in Mos Le’Harmless or by killing monsters such as King Sand Crab.
Cooking Level 76-82
- Cook 7,748 Swordfishes (140 XP / Swordfish).
How to obtain Raw swordfish
It can be obtained by fishing with a Harpoon in a fishing spot with a “cage/harpoon” option and which requires level 50 Fishing. The Harpoon can be obtained by buying it from some fishing shops such as Harry’s Fishing Shop in Catherby. Also, killing Kraken has a chance to drop a Harpoon but its kinda rare.
Raw swordfishes can also be obtained from some fishing shops such as Harry’s Fishing Shop in Catherby or by killing specific monsters such as Mogres.
Cooking Level 82-89
- Cook 16,142 Monkfishes (150 XP / Monkfish).
How to obtain Raw monkfish
It can be obtained by fishing while using a Small Fishing Net in the Piscatoris Fishing Colony which requires the completion of Swan Song Quest and having level 62 Fishing.
The Small Fishing Net can be obtained (for free) by talking to the Fishing tutor east of the Lumbridge Swamp or by buying it from some fishing shops such as Gerrant’s Fishy Business in Port Sarim. Raw monkfishes can also be bought from Arnold’s Eclectic Supplies in the Piscatoris Fishing Colony.
Cooking Level 89-93
- Cook 11,207 Sharks (210 XP / Shark).
How to obtain Raw shark
It can be obtained by using a Harpoon in a fishing spot that has a “cage/harpoon” option and that requires you to have level 76 Fishing. The Harpoon can be bought from some fishing shops like Etceteria Fish in Etceteria.
Raw sharks can be obtained by killing certain monsters such as Ice troll grunts or you can simply buy them from some fishing shops such as Rufus’ Meat Emporium in Canifis.
Cooking Level 93-99
- Cook 25,387 Anglerfishes (230 XP / Anglerfish).
How to obtain Raw anglerfish
It can be obtained by fishing near Tynan’s Fishing Supplies area, specifically in the “bait” fishing spot south of it. To do that you will need 100% Piscarilius favour, normal Fishing Rod and Sandworms.
Normal Fishing rods can be bought from some fishing shops including Tynan’s Fishing Supplies.
Sandworms can be obtained on the shores of Piscarillius but it requires level 15 Hunter and 30% Piscarilius favor or you can simply buy them from Tynan’s Fishing Supplies.
Alternative Cooking Training Methods
The following method is kinda expensive and may be less AFK than the other mentioned methods, but it gives fairly higher XP and it totally depends on how efficient you can do it.
The best thing about it is that you can do it without the need for a fire or cooking range.
First of all, the recommended level to start using this method is level 68 Fishing where you will stop making Jugs of bad wine, so you won’t waste money and XP.
All you have to do is combining Grapes with some Jugs of water to make Jugs of wine. Grapes can be obtained by farming in the Hosidius Vinery which requires level 36 Farming and 65% Hosidius favour.
Grapes can also be obtained by killing bosses such as Vorkath alongside the ability to buy from the Culinaromancer’s Chest after completing the Recipe for Disaster Quest.
Jugs of water can be obtained by filling Empty Jugs using any water source such as fountains. Empty Jugs can be bought from the various general stores like the one in Varrock.
A jug of water can also be bought from some shops like Shantay Pass Shop or by killing monsters like Imps. You can expect 500K XP / Hour by using this method.
Money Making MethodsUsing Cooking to make money isn’t the best way to go, and it really gives very low profits, but this might be helpful if you are willing to get some coins while being semi-AFK.
Cooking Dark Crabs
- Recommended level: 97+ Cooking
Dark Crab Recipe
Raw dark crab
How to obtain Raw dark crab
It can be obtained by fishing using a Lobster pot with Dark fishing bait in the Wilderness only. The fishing spot is located deep in the Wilderness in the Resource Area.
The Lobster pot can be obtained by killing monsters like the Rock lobster or you can buy it from some fishing shops such as Gerrant’s Fishy Business in Port Sarim.
The Dark fishing bait can be obtained by killing some monsters such as Ankous. Doing that will earn you almost 320K GP/Hour in addition to 250~280K XP/Hour.
Recommended level: 90+ Cooking
Quest required: Tai Bwo Wannai Trio
How to obtain Raw karambwan
It can be obtained by fishing east of the Harpie Bug Swarms in north-east of Tai Bwo Wannai near the fairy ring. A Karambwan vessel and level 65 Fishing are required to catch the Raw karambwans.
Karambwan vessel can be obtained by buying it from Tiadeche’s Karambwan Stall in Tai Bwo Wannai, also the Raw karambwan can be bought directly from there.
You can expect 140K GP/Hour in addition to 230K XP/Hour by doing that.
You should only aim for level 99 Cooking to obtain the Cooking cape and to get closer to your max cape, making money from this skill is only gonna waste your time in comparison to the other big money-making methods.
That means reaching level 99 in the fastest possible way should be your target, after that you can make money somewhere else.