Cooking is one of the most important skills in Runescape. Everyone needs food to live, and that's what this skill provides. You won't be able to cook the best food that heals 230 Life Points (LP) right from the start, but it doesn't take long before you get up there. When making food there's also a possibility (like with most other skills) that you will fail. This will result in burning the food, and making it worthless. If you have a higher cooking level, you will burn food less often.
When using a cooking range, you will burn food less often than you would when using a fire. In addition, when using the range found in Lumbridge castle, you will burn certain lower-level dishes even less often. For more information on this particular range, read the Cook-o-matic manual.
The fastest cooking location (closest bank to fire) for members is in the Rogues' Den under the pub in Burthorpe. Emerald Benedict acts as your bank, and there is an eternal fire right near him.
Levels to stop burning and members' cooking gauntlets are discussed in the Burning and gauntlets section.
This guide presents foods by category in order to provide instructions for making each type of food. However, it may be helpful to see exactly which food you can cook at your skill level. A table showing all foods, cooking levels and xp earned is available by clicking the link below.
Cooking food can be done in 2 ways. One is to get your hatchet out of the bank, chop some trees and light the logs with a tinderbox to cook your food on a fire. Tinderboxes can be found pretty much at any General Store in RuneScape, and there is one on your toolbelt by default. The second way is to cook on a range, fireplace or cooking pot found inside buildings scattered around RuneScape. Note that only meat, fish, vegetables and tea can be cooked on a fire or in a fireplace. Using a range is supposed to burn less food than using a fire.
To cook an item, just click on it, then click on the heat source (range, fire or fireplace). (You can also right-click on the food and select "Use", then click the heat source.) You can also cook multiple items at the same time. Whenever you have more than one raw item of the same kind in your inventory, and click to use it on a heat source, you will see a popup dialog confirming how many you want to cook with a slider at the bottom. By default it will be set to cook them all, but you can choose any quantity you like. You can also hit space bar on the keyboard instead of clicking to confirm.
Note: Cooking food on a player-made bonfire will provide a 10% experience bonus.
Most cooking recipes have certain basic supplies in common. Common dishes may include pots, bowls and pie dishes. Ingredients may include flour, water and milk. F2P items and sources are marked with a solid circle.
Pots, pie dishes and bowls
MAIN COOKING SUPPLY SHOPS
A few RuneScape shops specialize in cooking supplies. While most general stores sell a few pots of flour and tinderboxes, these stores provide a greater variety of cooking ingredients. The only F2P food stores are Wydin's in Port Sarim and Fat Tony's pizza supplies in the Wilderness Bandit Camp. F2P stores are marked with a solid circle.
MINOR COOKING SUPPLY SHOPS
Recipes may call for fruit or vegetables. There are multiple ways to obtain these ingredients.
Additional spawns and sources for these items are listed in this table.
The Cooking Guild is located just west of Varrock. You need a cooking level of 32 and must be wearing a chef's hat to enter. Chef's hats are dropped by imps and goblins. (You may also wear a cooking skill cape, or the Varrock Tasks Armour 3 to enter.)
In addition to the wheat field north of the building, the guild features ranges, a sink, a churn, and a mill. It has spawns of chocolate, a pie dish, a cake tin, cooking apples, grapes, a pot and a jug. Members wearing Varrock Armour 3 can use the exclusive guild bank. Members also have access to the Pie Seller on the ground floor. He sells a book of recipes for all the fancy stat-raising pies available to members. He also buys and sells pies (though his normal stock of pies is zero). If you speak to him, you can offer to help him. He will ask you to make a certain number of pies, and when you deliver them, he will pay you (much like basic Gnome Cuisine at the Grand Tree.)
To make cooked meat or chicken, you'll need to kill cows, bears, giant rats, rabbits, or chickens, and then use the raw meat/chicken with a fire or range.
Members now have an additional option when cooking cow or bear meat. When you use the meat on a range, a menu pops up asking if you wish to dry the meat or cook it. Selecting cook works the same as always. Selecting dry turns the meat into sinew, which can then be used on a spinning wheel to make a crossbow string (see Crafting Guide.)
Raw bird and beast meat (from the Hunter skill) can only be cooked over a fire using a spit. Spits can be smithed from iron with level 17 smithing.
* Raw rabbit can be cooked on either a range or a spit, but the spit roasting xp and healing is higher.
To cook fish, simply use on a fire or range. A range will burn fewer, and using cooking gauntlets from the Family Crest quest will reduce the chances of burning lobsters, swordfish, monkfish and sharks. The Fishing skill guide contains information about equipment and locations.
* See our Hero's quest guide for more information.
Note: it takes two bites to eat a pie.
* When baking a summer pie, make sure to add the ingredients in the right order. If you accidentally add the cooking apple first, you will end up with an apple pie.
After the completion of Bringing Home the Bacon, you will be able to craft all sorts of bacon goodies, that are able to heal you 10% more than food items at the same level. All the bacon items are made with raw bacon first.
*Pigswill also has a mature version.
If you want a topping on your pizza, add it after the pizza has been cooked:
If you're brave enough to venture into the Wilderness, Fat Tony the cook in the Bandit Camp (level 20 Wilderness) sells pizza bases, and there's a respawn of both cheese and a tomato next to him. There is also a net fishing spot, a range and rat respawn in the Bandit Camp, so this is the perfect place for making plain cheese, meat or anchovy pizza...you just have to be careful to avoid player-killers to preserve your freshly made pizza pies!
Note: Pizzas are eaten in 2 pieces.
This chest contains a load of helpful items for you and your cooking adventures. You can access the Culinaromancer's quest after you complete the first part of the Recipe For Disaster quest. During the quest more items become available from the chest. Please note that the chest is downstairs from a range, and you can also use the chest as a bank, making it a very convenient location.
For chocolate cake you need to add chocolate to a finished cake. Adding chocolate to any cake (bought, thieved or made) gives 30 xp. You can buy chocolate bars at several of the stores listed in this guide (CTRL-F to search). If your cooking level is at least 32, you can get some for free at the respawn in the Cooking Guild. There is also a spawn at the range in Zanaris.
Note: Cakes are eaten in 3 pieces.
* For special (members) Spicy Stew you need to complete the "Evil Dave : Evil stew" part of the Recipe For Disaster quest. You first need a normal stew, then you can add spices to it. Various combinations will boost some of your stats. The boosts are random, but Jagex has announced that there is a correlation between colours and affected skills (listed below, with a roughly descriptive label devised for each group). You can only use up to 3 doses of any one colour, but you can use as many colours as you like. The stat effect will be plus or minus two times the number of spice doses used. If you add 2 red and 3 brown (a total of 5 doses), the stat effect may be anywhere from -4 to +4 in a red skill, and/or -6 to +6 in a brown skill.
Vegetables (members only)
In the table below, the experience is shown two ways. The first column, "exp final step", is for players who simply purchase the next-to-last step ingredients: a buttered potato and a completed topping. In that column, only the experience for adding the final topping (to an already buttered potato) is shown. The second column, "cooking experience from scratch", is for players who make (and churn) all of their own ingredients and cook their own topping items. Ingredients that have experience associated with their preparation include churned butter, churned cheese, and any other cooked topping items. Later tables in this guide show the ingredients and experience for making the individual topping items and churning dairy products.
* according to Jagex, sweetcorn heals 10% of your LP. This number is rounded up. For example, if your LP is 6018, 10% of 6018 is 601.8, and rounding up makes it 602, so eating sweetcorn will heal you 602 LP.
Potato Recipes (members only)
Note: Yellow items above cannot be used directly on potatoes; they can be eaten alone or used with other items to make potato toppings. Juju gumbo heals 2250 life points instantly and an addition 500 spaced out as 50 per second over the next ten seconds post-consumption.
Dairy (members only)
While milk and cheese are F2P items, making dairy products using a churn is a members only activity. Members can also add butter and cheese to potatoes, making them more "tasty" (increasing healing). To make dairy products you only need a bucket of milk and access to a churn. To get milk, see the Basics section of this guide.
Making dairy products is easy:
Don't worry that making different products might give better experience. The experience for making one ingredient directly (for example, milk to cheese) is equal to the total experience earned for making the individual products along the way (milk to cream to butter to cheese).
Note: Churning any product into cheese will produce an un-tradable cheese wheel. The cheese wheel can then be cut up into at least 5 slices providing 4 Cooking XP per slice. The final number of cheese slices obtained from a cheese wheel is random, however it is influenced by your Cooking level.
Brewing (members only)
Tired of paying for a glass of ale when you're parched? Feel like making your own ale or cider? There are breweries upstairs in the East pub in Keldagrim near the cart tracks, and in the cellar of the Port Phasmatys bar. Each has a brewing vat, a cider-press, and an attendant. There you can make and ferment a wide variety of ales. Some, such as Chef's Delight, can't be bought from any pub or inn. Each type of ale will affect you in a different way when you drink it. Some will increase a specific skill, while at the same time decreasing other skills. Others have only healing properties, and do not affect your skills. Refer to our Beer and Wines Guide for more information on the effects of each ale.
General brewing information:
Ale yeast is required for all brewing. You can only buy it from brewery attendants, and you must be carrying an empty pot. In Keldagrim, Blandebir will charge 25gp for ale yeast, and in Port Phasmatys, Metarialus will charge 5 ecto-tokens (you must wear your Ghostspeak amulet to buy it from him). To get ecto-tokens, you'll need to worship the Ectofunctus -- instructions are available in our Ghosts Ahoy Quest Guide. When you buy ale yeast, it automatically goes into your empty pot. When buying the ale yeast, the attendants will offer to fill all your pots in your inventory at once to save you time. To brew ale or cider, follow the instructions below for each type.
*Important: if you try to drain the vat before brewing is complete, you'll get an "are you sure" message. Carefully choose the "no" option, or you'll end up draining your unfinished ale, and you won't be able to drink it or earn cooking experience. Before you drain the vat, be sure brewing is complete. Just "examine" the vat to find out. If it isn't ready, the examine will say that your ale is fermenting in the vat. If it is ready, it will say that the vat is full of your ale.
When you examine the vat of ale, you might see that the vat contains "Bad Ale". This means that brewing has failed, and you won't be able to drink it. If this happens, you'll need to start over. Turn the valve and choose the "Drain" option to drain the bad ale from your vat (it disappears).
Sometimes, when you examine the vat of ale, you might see that the vat contains "Mature" ale (of whatever type you were making). Mature ale is more powerful than the regular type, and will increase stats higher than the normal ale. Jagex has confirmed that with normal brewing, the occurrence of this is totally random - there is no way to influence it. However, pieces of eight earned from the Trouble Brewing minigame can be used to purchase "The stuff" from Honest Jimmy. "The stuff" is added to a brewing vat after the barley malt and before the main ingredient, and Jagex states it will increase the chance of making mature ale. Mature ale will not stack with the regular type in your bank.
You earn your brewing cooking experience when you drain the completed ale into the barrel. If your barrel is already full of ale you brewed before, you can't drain the vat until you've emptied the barrel.
You can fill up to 8 beer glasses from the finished barrel of brewed ale or cider. Simply use a beer glass on the barrel and your character will fill automatically all beer glasses in your inventory. If you want, you can also create your own homemade keg by using a knife to scoop out the inside of a Calquat fruit. You can draw 4 beer-glasses worth of ale or cider from the barrel into your Calquat keg. Refer to our Farming Guide for information on growing Calquat trees. Ale can be transferred from kegs to glasses, but not vice-versa.
How to brew ales:
To brew your own ales, you will need an empty vat, 2 barley malt, a pot of ale yeast, and 2 buckets of water. You will also need one other ingredient, which will vary based on the kind of ale you want to make. The main ingredient for each kind of ale is provided in the table below, and you can refer to our Farming Guide for more information on growing the ingredients you need.
To make barley malt, get some barley and roast it on a range. Refer to our Farming Guide for information on growing barley in a hops patch.
How to brew cider:
To make your own apple cider, you will need an empty vat, 16 cooking apples, 4 empty buckets, and a pot of ale yeast. The Basics section of this guide describes where to get apples.
Miscellaneous (members only)
Chocolatey Milk (members only)
Rocktail Soup (members only)
Unlocked by finding scrolls in Player-Owned Ports, rocktail soup is made with a rocktail and spices (found whilst sending off your ships) in the workshop of your port. For more information on Player-Owned Ports, see our guide.
Snails (members only)
Note: Thin, lean, and fat snail meat heals randomly between 50-70, 60-80, and 70-90, respectively.
Nettle Tea (members only)
Note: making "Construction" tea in a player's home kitchen earns the same amount of Cooking experience (52 xp). It temporarily raises Construction by 1 to 3 levels. For directions, see our Construction guide.
Crab and Fishcake (members only)
For Crabmeat, you need to kill giant crabs. You can only do so after completing the Pirate Pete : fishcake portion of the Recipe For Disaster quest.
To make a fish cake you need to complete the Pirate Pete subquest of the Recipe For Disaster quest. One of the rewards is the ability of making this special cake! You will need several ingredients: Ground cod, Ground kelp, Ground giant crab, and breadcrumbs. To get all these, please refer to our Recipe For Disaster quest guide (the Pirate Pete : A fishcake subquest)!
Cooked Chompy and Jubbly Bird Meat (members only)
Be aware that these large birds weigh a lot, so you don't want to do much running while carrying them.
Cooked Oomlie Wrap (members only)
Ugthanki Kebab (members only)
Yak meat (members only)
Yak meat is obtained from killing yaks on Neitiznot, one of the Fremennik Isles. You cannot get to this island without completing The Fremennik Trials quest, but yak meat is tradeable. Cooking it earns slightly more xp than regular meat (40 versus 30), but when cooked it becomes ordinary cooked meat. It currently cannot be made into sinew.
Sq'irk Juice (members only)
Sq'irk juice is made from sq'irk fruit, obtained from playing the Sorceress' Garden minigame. The four different types of sq'irk fruit (winter, spring, autumn and summer) can be used with a pestle and mortar to make juice, which must be caught in an empty beer glass. Only 5 cooking xp is earned regardless of the amount of fruit needed to make the juice. The juice can be traded to Osman for thieving xp, or used to boost run energy and temporarily raise thieving. See the Sorceress' Garden minigame guide for details.
Food rations (members only)
Food rations are obtained at the Void Knight Outpost. To get there you have to take the boat from Port Sarim (it's free). You can buy them here in the general store, for a "fair price". Food rations can be used in the Pest Control minigame, read more about it in our guide.
Burning and gauntlets
If you're a member, you can complete the Family Crest quest to obtain the family gauntlets. You'll be asked to choose the kind of gauntlets you'd like. If you choose cooking gauntlets, you can wear them while cooking to help you burn lobsters, swordfish, and sharks less often.
The following chart provides the approximate cooking level at which you stop burning tuna, lobsters, swordfish, and sharks, with and without cooking gauntlets. This is not an absolute number - this information is provided as a guideline only.
* An intensive study has shown that cooking gauntlets affect monkfish cooking success, but only slightly. At cooking levels over 80, the improvement rate averaged a mere 2.5%.
Urns collect food scraps while you are cooking which can eventually be teleported away for free experience once it is filled. There are five different cooking urns. Each urn requires a different crafting level to make and will give a different amount of experience when you fill it up and teleport it away. Higher level food will fill the urn faster than lower level food, but the experience for teleporting the urn away is the same regardless of what fills it up. Please view our Urns Section in the Crafting Guide for more detailed information on Urns.
Before you can start filling an urn, you need to activate it with a fire rune. Adding the rune requires the same crafting level as making the urn. You can have up to ten non-empty urns in your bank at once. This includes partially filled urns, completely filled urns and anything in between. You can check the level of your urn by right-clicking the urn in your inventory and choosing the Check-level option. It will also give you a message once it is 1/4 full, 1/2 full, 3/4 full and completely full, assuming you have your game chat set to filtered or on.
Skill Level Boosts
The cooking skill actually provides players with a few ways to boost cooking by visible amounts. Players who have completed the Recipe for Disaster Evil Dave's stew subquest could potentially boost cooking by as many as 6 levels (or risk lowering the skill by that much) temporarily by using Orange spice while making Spicy stews. Players can also try buying a 'delight'ful beverage on the Grand Exchange or brewing some.
Summoning offers a few familiars to aid you while training cooking.
If you find yourself a few levels short of making an item, or want to safely offer your skills to another player, the request assistance option will allow you to do so. Simply right click the player who has the skills that you need and request their assistance. If they accept your request, in your chat box you will receive the message "You are being assisted by player [their name here]." and you can cook whatever they can. You keep the items, but they get the experience.
There are a few exceptions when being assisted in the Cooking skill. The following cannot be made because they are minigame or quest items.
Skill mastery and Beyond
Cape of Achievement
Once you have mastered the skill and reached level 99 you may want to buy a Cooking cape from the Head chef in the Cooking Guild in northwest Varrock. If you already have another 99 skill, or obtain another one while wearing the cape (unless you have it keepsaked), it will become a Cooking cape (t).
Please refer to the Achievement Capes guide for more details.
After obtaining 99 Cooking it becomes possible to obtain a roasted shard randomly, which can be combined with other shards from the other artisan skills (Crafting, Construction, Firemaking, Fletching, Smithing, Herblore, Runecrafting) to create an artisan's cape and artisan's helm. The cape has the same stats as a trimmed skill cape and the helm is purely cosmetic.
True Cooking Mastery
Achieving 99 is the ultimate goal for many players, however the skill does not stop there. For players wanting to show off their dedication to a skill it is possible to obtain "True Mastery" by obtaining "120 Cooking" which is 104,273,166 XP. The Cooking master cape can then be purchased from the Head chef for 120,000 gp.
It is worth noting that beyond level 99 there is no additional content for Cooking as the level increases are invisible so training the skill gets no faster. To work out your theoretical Cooking level check out our XP table.
Original Guide by: KS Jeppe
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