This article is about the cooking skill. For information on training cooking, see Cooking training.
|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
as of 23 May 2013 - update
as of 23 May 2013 - update
as of 23 May 2013 - update
The Cooking skill is used to cook raw food for a number of reasons, including restoring life points and the temporary boosting of skill levels. There are many different types of food in RuneScape, each healing a certain amount of life points. However, as with all skills, players must reach certain levels to cook various types of foods. Cooking is a very popular skill to raise because of its economic benefits. Cooking can generate a great profit as many players are willing to purchase food already cooked, especially those who cannot actually prepare higher level foods. Cooking also has a larger variety of training options than any other skill.
Cooking is considered by most players to be one of, if not actually the easiest skill to train. This is due to being able to simply buy the items they want to cook from the grand exchange and then cook it merely a few feet away. Unfortunately this method will usually not generate a profit for the player, actually requiring a rather large investment. As such, a multitude of wealthier players are often seen training cooking this way, while less fortunate players are forced to manually gather their raw foods. However, it should be noted that some foods available in the cooking skill require significantly more work than other skills, perhaps most notably the mushroom potato, and that if one was so inclined he or she could find endless diversity in the cooking skill; despite this, most players choose to cook fish. Cooking is the second most common 99 skill, after Strength.
The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 577,597) on the hiscores for Cooking is level 15. As of 23 May 2013, there are 127,707 current members that have achieved level 99 in Cooking.
How to cook
Cooking is known as one of the fastest skills to train in RuneScape, 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 labeled on the map as a cooking pan () icon. There are other assorted things that a player can cook on, such as Sulphur Vents, Permanent Campfires as 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 hunting, 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 from the up/down icon on the upper-right corner. 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, as there is a bank directly upstairs.
- 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.
As players train cooking, they will periodically and randomly fail to cook something properly. The result is a burnt version of the item that the player was attempting to cook. As an example, if a player tries to cook a raw shark and burns it they will obtain the item 'burnt shark.' The same holds true for items such as burnt cake, burnt meat, and burnt fish, where the item name holds the general form 'burnt [something].'
As you increase your cooking level beyond what is required for that particular food, you will gradually burn less, as is made obvious by the logic of getting better at cooking. With many raw items, especially lower to mid level items, you will eventually stop burning some types of food entirely, but will often need an extensive amount of training to reach the appropriate zero-burn level. An example being raw monkfish, which is accessed at Cooking level 62 does not reach zero-burn until level 92, 30 levels higher. Other than increasing your cooking level, there is at least one other method of decreasing the chance of burning while cooking: wearing cooking gauntlets!
Burnt food items are completely worthless, and cannot be sold on the Grand Exchange. They are tradeable, but retain their uselessness and the minimum trade value of 1gp each. A recent update to the shops system guaranteed that any item sold was worth at least 1 gold piece, so players can now offload their burnt food at the general store for 1 coin each, which is generally minuscule compared to the amount it can cost a player to purchase the raw food item.
The lists below provide both the minimum requirements for cooking the item as well as the level at which the item will no longer be burnt. Some of the high level foods never reach the 'no-burn' point, with the list including items on the level magnitude of raw shark. As such, some players choose to wait before beginning to cook foods they have just met the requirements for, as they will usually burn more than half of the food they are trying to cook. Burning food provides NO experience, so it is something to be avoided in earnest.
- Fires have the greatest chance of burning food, but possesses the advantage of on-the-spot flexibility. Avoiding cooking on a campfire will decrease your chances of burning your foods.
- Standard ranges have a lesser chance of burning food as compared with using fires, but cannot be made anywhere like a fire. If a player wishes to burn less food, they can seek out a range. The only downside is that they cannot be used on-the-spot, so running back and forth to the bank, and the time/distance from and to the bank must be taken into account to maximize productivity.
- The "Cooking range" on the ground floor of Lumbridge castle has the special distinction of some sort of enchantment that decreases the rate of food burning when cooked on it. Access to this range is granted through the completion of the low level quest Cook's Assistant, but its location could be slightly more convenient, although a bank is two floors above. Or an even quicker way is if you have done some of Recipe for Disaster, which grants a bank chest below the range (by going down the trapdoor.) Its anti-burning bonus is not especially large, but is significant especially when a player is near or at a level where their chosen food items tend to burn a lot.
- Members wearing the Cooking gauntlets obtained during the Family Crest quest be granted with a lower burn rate for fish, including Lobsters, Monkfish, Swordfish, Sharks, Cavefish, and Rocktails anywhere that they are cooked, such as campfires. It is unclear if the Cooking gauntlets and Lumbridge range anti-burning bonuses complement each other, but the general knowledge suggests that they do stack. The information on the exact anti-burning bonus of the Cooking gauntlets is based on statistical data and has not officially been proven by Jagex, but it is fairly reliable.
- The Bake Pie lunar spell will never burn a pie. The only drawback is that, as per its name, it is only effective for cooking pies. Players may choose to assemble a large number of pies and cook them all without ever moving a single step, train both magic and cooking skills at the same time. This is extremely useful for high level pies which tend to burn at a high rate, but is very complex compared to regular cooking and requires a substantial amount of questing and mage training. Bake pie is members only.
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.
- Fish - (raw lobster, raw trout, etc.)
- Flour - (Held in a pot)
- Water - (Held in a bucket, bowl, vial or jug)
- Milk - (Held in a bucket)
- Meat - (Raw meat, Raw rat meat, Raw bear meat, Raw yak meat, Raw chicken)
- Vegetables - (Cabbages, Grain, Onions, Potatoes)
- Fruits - (Cooking apple, Grapes, Banana, Redberries, Tomatoes)
- Cake tin
- Pie dish
Types of food
Players can obtain basic meat from killing chickens, cows, bears, yaks, and giant rats. While raw chicken, which then becomes cooked chicken looks a little different, the item uses are identical (e.g., stew.) When a player cooks raw beef, raw bear meat, or raw rat meat, the all three become simply 'cooked meat.' If meat is used on the fire after it is already cooked, it will become burnt and a message will say, "You deliberately burn the nicely cooked meat." This yields no Cooking experience. Raw and cooked meat may also be purchased at the Grand Exchange in Varrock, certain shops, and from other players.
|Cooked meat||1||30||30||Any player can cook raw beef, raw bear meat, raw yak meat, or raw rat meat.|
|Cooked chicken||1||30||30||Any player can cook raw chicken.|
|Ugthanki meat||1||40||30||Members item used to make kebabs, when cooked it becomes Ugthanki meat|
|Cooked rabbit||1||30||50||Members can find rabbits on Miscellania, Isafdar, and Rellekka. They may be also be bought from Charter ship shops. Cooked rabbit is the result of directly using the raw rabbit on a fire.|
|Roasted bird meat||11||62||60||Members can obtain bird meat via hunting, They can prepare it on an iron spit (although they're several hundred times more valuable raw for various unrelated reasons.)|
|File:Roast Rabbit.png||Roasted rabbit||16||72||70||Members can find rabbits on Miscellania, Isafdar, and Rellekka. They may be also be bought from Charter ship shops. Roasted rabbits can only be made by first using an Iron spit on the raw rabbit then cooking it on a fire (not compatible with a range).|
|Spider on stick||16||80||70-100||Although the term 'meat' is used loosely, Members can roast spiders on a skewer stick by cutting a thatching spar (light, medium, or dense) with a machete from the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup activity, then using the 'stick' with a spider carcass. An arrow shaft may also be used, but cannot be re-used like a skewer stick can once the spider has been eaten.|
|File:Spider on a shaft.png||Spider on shaft|
|Crab meat||21||100||100||Members can get Crab meat from the Mogre Camp found during Recipe for Disaster (Pirate Pete) quest, after reaching the point where they can actually access the crabs. Simply kill the crab for meat.|
|Roasted beast meat||21||82||80||Members can obtain raw beast meat through the hunting skill. Hunting kebbits produces this type of meat. It must be cooked on a spit.|
|File:Cookedchompy.png||Cooked chompy||30||140||100||Members can obtain raw chompy meat by killing chompies. Although often referred to as 'hunting chompies,' it is unrelated to the hunting skill. Chompy meat can be both cooked on a fire and roasted on a spit.|
|Cooked jubbly||41||160||150||Members can obtain raw jubbly meat by killing Jubbly birds. Although often referred to as 'hunting jubblies,' it is unrelated to the hunting skill. Players must complete Recipe for Disaster (Skrach Uglogwee) quest to be able to 'hunt' these birds. The meat is roasted on a spit once obtained.|
|Oomlie wrap||50||110||140||Members can find Oomlie birds in the Kharazi Jungle after starting Legends Quest. Simply kill the oomlie bird to obtain the meat. Players must wrap Raw oomlies with a Palm Leaf before cooking the meat or else it will become burnt.|
Fish are the most common food to cook in RuneScape due to the ease of gathering them, resulting in huge stock available. They heal a great amount of life points and are the recommended food for surviving in an average combat situation. Fish can be easily obtained from fishing, or bought in large amounts from other players. Many players who are power-levelling use high-level fish to gain maximum experience per hour.
|Image||Name||Level||Level Burning Stops||Experience||Heals||Price on GE (raw)||Price on GE (cooked)||Notes|
|Crayfish||1||32||30||20||48||18||Created by cooking raw crayfish.|
|Shrimps||1||34||30||30||11||12||Created by cooking raw shrimp.|
|Karambwanji||1||Unknown||10||30||Untradeable||Untradeable||Members can create karambwanji by cooking raw karambwanji. (Related to the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest.)|
|Sardine||1||38||40||30||25||10||Created by cooking raw sardine.|
|Anchovies||1||34||30||10||11||10||Created by cooking raw anchovies.|
|Poison karambwan||1||20||80||-50||2,030||Untradeable||Members can create poison karambwan by cooking raw karambwan (A player can only make poison karambwan until completion of Tai Bwo Wannai Trio).|
|Herring||5||39||50||50||35||15||Created by cooking raw herring.|
|Mackerel||10||45||60||60||17||12||Members can create mackerel by cooking raw mackerel.|
|Trout||15||50||70||70||24||18||Created by cooking raw trout.|
|Cod||18||39||75||70||35||33||Members can create cod by cooking raw cod.|
|Pike||20||52||80||80||49||28||Created by cooking raw pike.|
|Salmon||25||58||90||90||51||39||Created by cooking raw salmon.|
|Slimy eel||28||58||95||70-90||440||247||Members can create by cooking raw slimy eel.|
|Tuna||30||65||100||100||76||58||Created by cooking raw tuna.|
|Karambwan||30||Never||190||180||2,030||1,744||Members can create by cooking raw karambwan (must talk to Tiadeche after Tai Bwo Wannai Trio to learn how.)|
|Rainbow fish||35||60||110||110||338||103||Members can create by cooking raw rainbow fish.|
|Cave eel||38||40||115||80-100||409||154||Members can create by cooking raw cave eel.|
|Lobster||40||74 (68 with cooking gauntlets)||132||120||128||90||Created by cooking raw lobster.|
|Bass||43||80||130||130||715||187||Members can create bass by cooking raw bass. Big bass cannot be cooked.|
86 (81 with cooking gauntlets)
|140||140||298||151||Created by cooking raw swordfish.|
|Lava eel||53||53||30||90-110||Untradeable||Untradeable||Members can catch and cook raw lava eel after completing Heroes' Quest. These are non-tradeable, but are a decent food item after the quest, albeit difficult to obtain in large amounts.|
|Monkfish||62||92 (90 with cooking gauntlets)||150||160||542||463||Members can create monkfish by cooking raw monkfish. A player cannot fish for these until after the completion of Swan Song. However, players can still cook them without doing the quest.|
|Shark||80||Never (94 with cooking gauntlets)||210||200||986||849||Members can create shark by cooking raw shark.|
|Sea turtle||82||Never||212||210||3,028||2,494||Members can create sea turtle by cooking raw sea turtle which can only be obtained from the Fishing Trawler activity at high level fishing, using the Grand exchange or trading.|
|Cavefish||88||Never (94 with cooking gauntlets)||214||200||1,460||761||Members can create cavefish by cooking raw cavefish. Eating cavefish boosts a random combat skill by 2 levels.|
|Manta ray||91||Never||216||220||2,795||2,813||Members can create manta rays by cooking raw manta rays. Raw manta rays can only be obtained through the Fishing Trawler activity at high level fishing, using the Grand Exchange or trading.|
|Rocktail||93||Never (94 with cooking gauntlets)||225||230||1,677||1,306||Members can create rocktail by cooking a raw rocktail. Eating Rocktail will restore 230 life points and can boost your life points by up to 100 above maximum. This effect does not stack with the effect of Saradomin Brew or Oo'glog spa pools.|
**Note that lobsters will not burn on the Lumbridge range at level 73 Cooking, as opposed to 74 while using a normal range.
***In a sample of 3,065 raw monkfish cooked at level 89 Cooking while using cooking gauntlets, a total of 20 were burnt. This has now been confirmed by multiple players.
A sub-type of meat, snails can be cooked by Members. Raw snail meat is obtained by killing snails in the Mort Myre swamp and the neighbouring Haunted Woods, Near the village of Canifis in Morytania. The Priest in Peril quest has to be finished to access Morytania in general, so without this quest both areas are inaccessible. There are more snails in the eastern and southern parts of the swamp than in the Haunted Forest, especially the area known as the winding path. Once a player has found a snail, simply kill it and take the meat for cooking. The first two kinds of snail have a variable heal rate, meaning they do not always heal the same exact amount, but instead have a specific range of life point values that they will restore. There are other foods that have similar effects, such as cave eel.
|Thin snail meat||12||70||50 - 70|
|Lean snail meat||17||80||80|
|Fat snail meat||22||95||80 - 100|
Bread making is done by simply combining a pot of flour with either a jug of water or a bucket of water. When the someone does this, they will be prompted with the option to make several different types of dough. Select the desired type, then quantity, to make the actual dough. Not all types of dough are directly cook-able, but those that are can only be cooked on a range, not on a fire made via the Firemaking skill. Once cooked on the range, regular bread is complete. Other types of dough, such as pitta bread and pastry dough have further steps until completion.
|Bread||1||40||50||Mix water in some flour and create bread dough, then cook it on a range.|
Cannot be consumed as is.
|This dough is members only. It is used to make ugthanki kebabs.|
Pies are a food that a player must eat in two bites. Similar to pizzas, a player will eat only half of the pie at once, and garner the full benefits related to the pie (a player does not need to eat the whole pie to gain relevant stat boosts). After eating the first half of the pie, the player will obtain the aptly named 'half-pie,' which, once consumed, will revert back to an empty pie dish. Pies allows more life point replenishing power to be crammed into less inventory space, and are often used to give players a bit more health per capita. For example, when a player eats the first half a redberry pie, they will gain 50 Life Points (LP). The other half will stay in the dish, which can be consumed later for an additional 50 LP. Stat boosting pies work the same way, however, the separate boosts do not stack.
To make pies, players firstly need to mix a Pot of flour and Water together and select make Pastry dough. Players then use the Pastry dough with an empty Pie dish, to create a 'pie shell.' It should be noted that as it is, pie shells are fairly valuable and well sought after. Once the player has obtained the pie shell, the player just needs to add the appropriate fillings to make the uncooked pie they are after which then needs to be cooked. Where the individual ingredients are edible, the player may add the pie shell, or part pie, to the ingredients to avoid accidentally eating them.
A pie may be cooked on a range as well as by the bake pie spell in the Lunar Spellbook with no chance of burning. Burnt pies need not be discarded as they can be emptied, and the pie dish can be reused. Once cooked, the pie is complete, but players should be aware that if they accidentally eat half of it, there is a very low chance of selling the resulting half-pie. Although it has been noted that there was a spike in price for "half-pie" Summer's Pie during the pie shortage in the beginning of the second age.
bites of 50
|Redberries are the ingredient needed to make this pie. Redberries can be bought from Port Sarim's food store or from Beefy Bill north of Lumbridge, or they can be picked up from their respawns south of Varrock. Members can grow their own Redberry bushes through Farming. Due to an update, they now respawn in Draynor, for slightly added convenience.|
120 in two
bites of 60
|The ingredient to make this pie is cooked meat, which is dropped by killing Bears, Cows, Chickens, and Giant rats and then cooked.|
|Mud pie||29||128||Cannot be consumed: is a ranged weapon||This pie is members only. The ingredients are: 1 Compost, 1 Bucket of water (must be a bucket), and 1 Clay. It can be tossed at players when it is cooked. When tossed, the target loses half of his/her run energy.|
|Apple pie||30||130||140 in two
bites of 70
|The ingredient to make this pie is one cooking apple. Free players can find these within the cooking guild or buy them from other players. Members have a multitude more options, such as speciality shops or growing their own apples.|
|Garden pie||34||138||120 in two
bites of 60
|This pie is members only. It uses three ingredients: 1 Tomato, 1 Onion, and 1 Cabbage, to be added in that order. These items can be grown by players, or found around Lumbridge and Draynor Village. Each bite of this pie provides a temporary farming boost of +3.|
|Fish pie||47||164||120 in two
bites of 60
|This pie is members only. It uses three ingredients: 1 Cooked trout, 1 Cooked cod, and 1 Raw potato. The fish are obtained through the fishing skill, and potatoes can be grown or picked from various farms around Lumbridge and Draynor Village where they will respawn. Each bite of this pie provides a temporary fishing boost of +3.|
|Admiral pie||70||210||160 in two
bites of 80
|This pie is members only. It uses three ingredients: 1 Cooked salmon, 1 Cooked tuna, and 1 Raw potato. The fish are obtained through the fishing skill, and potatoes can be grown or picked from various farms around Lumbridge and Draynor Village. Each bite of this pie provides a temporary fishing boost of +5.|
|Wild pie||85||240||220 in two
bites of 110
Slayer +5, Ranged +4
|This pie is members only. It uses three ingredients: 1 Raw bear meat, 1 Raw chompy meat, and 1 Raw rabbit meat. Bear meat is a 100% drop of bears, Chompy meat is obtained by 'hunting' chompies (see the Big Chompy Bird Hunting quest/guide), Rabbit meat is a 100% drop of from rabbits/hares. Each bite of this pie provides a temporary boost in both Slayer (+5) and Ranged (+4).|
|Summer pie||95||260||220 in two
bites of 110
10% run restore
|This pie is members only. It uses three ingredients: 1 Strawberry, 1 Watermelon, and 1 Apple. These items are mainly produced via the farming skill. Apples have various places to be obtained at, see above. Each bite of this pie restores 10% of the players run energy and provides a temporary agility increase of +5.|
To make stew, players will need a bowl and some cooked meat or cooked chicken. The bowl has to be filled with Water, from any water source other than a well. The potatoes or cooked meat can be added next, in any order. Gathering and cooking meat is discussed above. Potatoes are found in various locations, generally in the fields around Lumbridge and Draynor where they grow. Members have additional ways of obtaining potatoes, including the Farming skill and various shops, especially the grocery shops in the Grand Tree and Yanille. If a member is attempting to make curry, the curry leaves or spice must be added before cooking the stew. Once all the ingredients have been added to the bowl, cook the stew on a range. Stews may not be cooked on fires.
|Stew||25||117||110||To make Stew, players must put cooked meat and a raw potato in a Bowl of water.|
|Spicy stew||25||117||110||This stew is members only. However, players need to complete Evil Dave's part of the Recipe for Disaster quest. To make this stew, players need to add several spices to a regular stew. Each spice affects a different set of skills, raising or lowering them, although certain spices show a correlation to the group of skills they change. For more information see Temporary Boosts.|
|Curry||60||280||190||This stew is members only. To make curry, players need to use either spice or add three curry leaves (grown using the farming skill) before cooking the stew. 'Spice' can be bought or stolen using the Thieving skill in Ardougne's market or bought from the Culinareomancer's Chest.|
Pizza is a very popular food choice for players who regularly engage in combat, as they heal large amounts of Life points. Pizzas are a very famous choice for players training the Slayer skill not only because of the amount of life points they heal but because, like pies, they are consumed in two bites. Players can eat one half and save the other half for when it is needed, essentially stacking two food items in one inventory spot. To make a pizza, mix flour and water, selecting the pizza base dough type. Once you have the pizza base, add a Tomato and a Piece of Cheese to make a Plain Pizza. Both a tomato and a slice of cheese can be taken from Aggie the Witch's house in Draynor Village north of the bank; however, this method is very time consuming. It can also be obtained in the Bandit Camp (Wilderness). They can also be bought from the food store in Port Sarim and the Culinaromancer's Chest. After obtaining a plain pizza, the pizza must be baked. After baking, It is possible to add various toppings to the pizza, which is a popular money-making method despite offering relatively low experience for simply topping the pizza. Pizzas are very useful for skills such as agility where the player takes constant damage.
Exp from adding final ingredient
|File:Pizza.png||Plain pizza||35||143||-||140 in two bites of 70||The plain pizza is made by adding 1 Tomato and 1 Piece of Cheese to a Pizza Base, then baking it.|
|Meat pizza||45||169||26||160 in two bites of 80||This pizza is made by adding Cooked Meat to the Plain Pizza after it has been baked. The appropriate meats are Chicken, Cow, Bear or Rat meat.|
|Anchovy pizza||55||182||39||180 in two bites of 90||This pizza is made by adding Cooked Anchovies to the Plain Pizza after it has been baked. Anchovies can be gathered by fishing or can be purchased in bulk by trading. Cook the anchovies before adding them to the pizza if they are raw.|
|Pineapple pizza||65||195||220 in two bites of 110||This pizza is members only. This pizza is made by adding pineapple chunks or rings to the plain pizza after it has been baked. Pineapple chunks or rings are made by using a knife on a pineapple and selecting the pineapple chunks or pineapple rings option. There is a large variety of ways in which pineapples can be obtained. Killing appropriate monsters on Karamja sometimes produces them as a drop, they can be picked from wild pineapple plants on Karamja and Ape Atoll, or bought from Hudo's Grand Tree Groceries and Funch's Fine Groceries or from Arhein in Catherby and as a daily reward from the Karamja Tasks, or grown using the farming skill. Arhein, in Catherby, sells 40 pineapples a day.|
Cakes are mildly complicated to make, and use several items at once making their assembly rather slow. One slice of cake does not generate a large restoration on its own. Once complete, cakes are eaten in three bites. Eating one or two pieces of a cake will result in either a 2/3 cake or 1/3 cake. The 1/3 and 2/3 cake items cannot be used on one another to reassemble a full cake. The total value of the LP they restore is divided equally among the 3 parts. To actually make a cake, players need a pot of flour, an egg, a bucket of milk, and a cake tin. Eggs are found near the chicken coops around Lumbridge, while milk can be obtained by milking dairy cows into buckets. Dairy cows are found near the combat level 2 cows around Lumbridge, and also on a farm south of Falador, which also houses a churn. When all four items are present, using one on one of the others will combine all four into the cake tin at once. This must then be cooked on a range, and cannot be cooked on a fire. Please note that unlike pies the cake becomes separated from the cake tin when cooked, therefore players cannot cook a full inventory of 28 at once. 14 uncooked cakes will result in 14 cakes as well as 14 cake tins in your inventory. After being cooked, a Cake can be embellished with chocolate by using a Chocolate Bar, or Chocolate Dust to the cake.
|Cooked fishcake||31||100||110||This cake is members only. To make it, players must have completed the Pirate Pete section of the Recipe for Disaster quest. The ingredients needed to make this cake are: ground cod, ground kelp, ground crab meat, and breadcrumbs. To make these items ground, use them with a pestle and mortar.|
|Cake||40||180||120 in three bites of 40||To make the basic cake, mix a pot of flour, an egg and a bucket of milk together in a cake tin, which is done all at once. Then cook the cake by using it on a range, or Evil Dave's Mother's Stove. It can also be bought or stolen from the Cook in Ardougne market.|
|Chocolate cake||50||210||150 in three bites of 50||To make this cake, Simply use a chocolate bar or chocolate dust on a basic cake. Chocolate bars can be taken from their respawn in the Cooking guild or bought from Port Sarim's food store, the Culinaromancer's Chest (after starting Recipe for Disaster), or Hudo's Grand Tree Groceries. Chocolate dust is the result of using a Mortar and Pestle, or a knife on a chocolate Bar. One slice of this cake can also be bought or stolen from the Ardougne market.|
Potato Toppings are members only. Potato toppings greatly increase the amount which a potato heals. Toppings can all be eaten as is, but restore less than half of what the complete potato/topping combo would restore.
|Spicy sauce||9||25||20||Use Gnome spice and garlic on a bowl. (Note: using garlic on an empty bowl results in a related item, but as it cannot actually be cooked, it has been omitted. Using gnome spice on this item results in spicy sauce.)|
|Chilli con carne||11||55||140||Use Spicy Sauce with cooked meat.|
|Egg and tomato||23||50||80||Use a Scrambled Egg with a Tomato.|
|Fried onions||42||60||50||Use an Onion on an empty bowl, then cook it on a range.|
|Fried mushrooms||46||60||50||Use a Bittercap Mushroom on an empty bowl, then cook it on a range.|
|33px||Mushroom and onion||57||120||110||Combine a Fried mushroom with a fried onion.|
|Tuna and corn||67||204||130||
Use a Cooked Sweetcorn with an empty bowl, then use a Cooked Tuna with the bowl of Sweetcorn. You will need a knife in your inventory or toolbelt whilst you are adding the ingredients. Tuna and Corn does not need to be cooked, experience is gained during combination of ingredients.
Baking potatoes is members only. To add the topping to a potato, a raw potato must be cooked. Once cooked, add a Pat of Butter to the Potato. This makes a Buttered Potato. Add the topping of your choice to a buttered potato to make a very potent healing item. The tuna and sweetcorn potato is one of the 10 best food items in the game, healing 220 LP in one bite. These items sell for a very high amount, as they entail a large amount of work to create and heal such high amounts. Note that experience here denotes total experience gained for making each item from the raw ingredients. For information on the experience gained for combining items, see the respective item's page.
|Baked potato||7||15||40||Players can only cook a potato on a range, otherwise it will burn.|
|Potato with butter||39||95.5||140||Use a Pat of butter on a baked potato.|
|Chilli potato||41||165.5||140||Combine a Potato with butter with a Chilli con carne topping (see above).|
|Potato with cheese||47||199.5||160||Combine a Potato with butter with a Piece of Cheese.|
|Egg potato||51||195.5||160||Combine a Potato with butter with an Egg and tomato topping (see above).|
|Mushroom and onion potato||64||270.5||200||Combine a Potato with butter with a Mushroom and onion topping (see above)|
|Tuna potato||68||309.5||220||Combine a Potato with butter with a Tuna and corn topping (see above)|
Dairy products can only be made on Members' worlds with a Dairy churn. A Dairy churn is found on the farm south of Falador, the cooking guild just south of the Grand Exchange and at several other locations. If a player is contemplating a major churning project, it is worth noting that churning is very slow work. Also, as the bucket and dairy item are both retained, all things made at the churn can only be made in sets of 14, along with 14 empty buckets. The buckets do get automatically dropped if the player's inventory is full, so 28 can be churned in one go, if the player does not mind the loss of the buckets.
|Chocolate milk||4||0||40||Use Chocolate dust on a Bucket of milk. This item is related to a few quests, where snape grass is added to make some form of hangover cure potion.|
|Pot of cream||21||18||10||Use a Bucket of milk on a dairy churn to create it.|
|Pat of butter||38||40||Can’t be consumed.||Use a Bucket of milk or a Pot of cream on a dairy churn to create it. Experience listed is that received for starting from a Bucket of milk.|
|Cheese wheel||48||64||20 per cheese||Use a Bucket of milk, a Pot of cream or a Pat of butter on a dairy churn to create it. Experience listed is that received for starting from a Bucket of milk.|
Wine is made from a jug of water and a bunch of grapes. Grapes can be found in the Cooking guild, In the Phoenix Gang's hideout, as a common drop from Guards, or members can steal them from Fortunato's Fine Wine in Draynor Village at level 22 Thieving; members who have completed a portion of Recipe for Disaster can obtain grapes from the Culinaromancer's chest. Members cannot grow grapes with the Farming skill. Jugs can be found in a large variety of places, including a spawn point on the top floor of the Cooking Guild. Simply use grapes on the jug of water to make Unfermented Wine. Approximately ten seconds later, the wine will ferment and either be drinkable, or go bad. Wine gives 200 experience for a good jug, and none for a bad jug. If you make the maximum amount of jugs in one trip (14) successfully, you will get 2800 experience. An interesting historical note, Wine was once consumed in two doses, but this ability has been discontinued. Half jugs of wine, known formally as Half full wine jug, can still be purchased on the grand exchange, but are worth several million gold pieces each as there is no longer any way to produce them.
|Jug of wine||35||200||110||Lowers attack by two levels when consumed|
|Jug of bad wine||35||0||0||Lowers attack by two levels when consumed|
The only hot drink is nettle tea, which is members only. To make nettle tea, players need first a bowl of water. Next, nettles are needed. Nettles are located near the prison along the road between the Wizard's Tower and Draynor Village, south-east of the slayer master in Canifis, or next to the yew trees in Edgeville. It is important to note that nettles will hurt players when they pick them up unless they are wearing leather type gloves (decorative types of gloves do not work.) The nettles have to be used with the bowl of water to make nettle-water. The nettle-water next has to be boiled on a range to turn it into nettle tea. The tea can then be poured into an empty cup. Empty cups can be bought or stolen from the tea stall in Varrock or by speaking to Brother Galahad, located east of the coal trucks. Also, if a player wants to add milk to their tea, they can obtain some milk in a bucket and use it with the tea. Adding milk is optional and has no real benefits, an amusing reflection of real life.
|Nettle tea||20||52||30||This tea is members only item.|
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 areas 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 several 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 players level, boosting more as the players level increases.
|Total healing||Boosts*||Distinct Ingredient||Notes|
|See instructions above.
4 buckets of apple mush, 1 ale yeast.
No buckets of water, barley malt, or 'the stuff'
|One of very few items that boost farming.|
|Dwarven stout (m)||19||215||10||
|4 Hammerstone hops.||Mature version is very valuable: Dwarven stout is one of the only smithing boosting items in the game.|
|Asgarnian ale (m)||24||248||20||
|4 Asgarnian hops.||Apparently capable of dissolving gold, handle with care.|
|Greenman's ale (m)||29||281||10||
|4 Clean harralander.||Mature version is extremely valuable: Provides +2 herblore boost.Recommended to always collect this ale in a calquat keg.|
|Wizard's mind bomb (m)||34||314||10||
|4 Yanillian hops.||Sometimes shortened to WMB, this item boosts relative to the players magic level. Mages with a magic level lower than 50 get a +2 boost while mages 50 and above gain a +3 boost.|
|Dragon bitter (m)||39||347||10||
|4 Krandorian hops.||Useful for some complex combat applications.|
|Moonlight mead (m)||44||380||50||Heals: 50 LP||4 Bittercap mushrooms.||This ale heals the player instead of affecting stats. This ale's mature version heals 60 LP, and when gathered into a calquat keg this adds to 240 LP in one inventory slot. The rumour that this decreases strength is not true.|
|Axeman's folly (m)||49||413||10||
|1 oak roots.||This ale's mature version is very valuable: Provides +2 Woodcutting.
This ale is a good way for players to make a large amount of money with little effort, as the ingredients are very cheap.
|Chef's delight (m)||54||446||10||Cooking: +1-5
|4 chocolate dust.||This ale's mature version is extremely valuable: Provides +1-5 Cooking and is a preferred alternative to spicy stew.Chef's delight works similar to the wizards mind bomb, providing a boost relative to the players level. Low level players will receive only a partial boost, while players with more experience will receive the full boost. (approximately level 60 for full boost)|
|Slayer's respite (m)||59||479||10||
|4 Wildblood hops.||One of very few items which boost slayer.|
* 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 is very complicated, and is best left with its own specially dedicated guide. The gnome foods plays a big part in the Gnome Restaurant activity, 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 avenue to advance 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 the gnome called 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 take you on as a kind of apprentice and tell you some basics, give you the recipe book and a small set of the basic tools you need to create gnome dishes. 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 chart of assorted gnome foods. If you are using this method to train your cooking up and get an assignment you do not have the correct level to prepare, then you simply need to train till 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 a gnome called 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 Gnome Cooking activity, which has several useful rewards.
|File:Fruit Blast.png||Fruit blast||6||50||90|
|File:Pineapple Punch.png||Pineapple punch||8||70||90|
|File:Wizard Blizzard.png||Wizard blizzard||18||110||50|
|File:Short Green Guy.png||Short green guy (SGG)||20||120||50|
|File:Fruit Batta.png||Fruit batta||25||150||110|
|File:Toad Batta.png||Toad batta||26||152||110|
|File:Worm Batta.png||Worm batta||27||154||110|
|Cheese and tomato batta||29||158||110|
|File:Drunk Dragon.png||Drunk dragon||32||160||50|
|File:Blurberry Special.png||Blurberry special||37||180||70|
|Tangled toads' legs||40||185||150|
- Chef's delight is a type of beer made by players which temporarily increases Cooking level by 1-5 levels when drunk (5% of base cooking level + 1).
- Chef's delight (m) does the same as a normal chef's delight but with an added boost of +1, making the boost 2 to 6.
- Orange Spicy stew raises cooking level by up to 6 which does not stack with other boosts, but can also randomly have the opposite effect and lower it by 6, which does stack. This allows the possibility of completely draining your cooking level if one does not use recovery methods such as super restore potions or Blood drain scrolls.
- Equipping a cooking cape boosts cooking from 99 to 100.
Cooking Cape of Accomplishment
- A Chef's Hat or the possession of Varrock Armour 3 (This doesn't need to be equipped or even held - Can be in your bank) is required for entry to the Cooking Guild. From here, a player must pay 99,000 coins for the cooking skillcape. If you already have a cooking skillcape, it can be used in place of a Chef's Hat for entry to the Cooking Guild.
- Cooking in Dungeoneering
- Free-to-play Cooking training, a guide to training Cooking for free-to-play players
- Pay-to-play Cooking training, a guide to training Cooking for pay-to-play players
- Cooking Calculators
If you are interested in the current state of the cooking community, or wish to read Jagex's official explanations of anything to do with cooking, see the below links.
- Cooking hiscores page on the RuneScape website.
- There was a bug after the first update of 2 September 2009, during which people could cook 50% faster. This bug was fixed in a later update that day.
- Due to a update on the 9 August 2011, the cooking time for a inventory was slowed down by 5 ingame ticks.
- There was a bug some time in 2006 that when players tried to cook Lobsters on the range next to the Fletching shop in Catherby, they would never burn it. This was exploited by players training Cooking on the range nearby. Since there was a bank right next door, players flocked here to train cooking. This was fixed a few days later. No action was taken against the players who exploited this glitch.
- Before Fishing was added in June 2001, the experience for cooking meat depended on the player's cooking level, namely, 25 + 1.75 * level.
- Before pies were added in March 2001, the amount of healing provided by bread and meat (the only food available at the time) depended on the player's Cooking level.
- In the far past burnt foods were a choice item for scam artists, with scams such as burnt lobsters being sold for outrageous prices, advertised as 'rare grey lobsters.' Being, indeed grey, but by no means rare or at all valuable the scammers made large quantites of illegitimate money with this tactic. This sort of scamming is one of the primary reasons that Jagex has instituted the strict trade was in place until a recent update, and is a severe offence of the magnitude required to garner severe punishments such as banning on players attempting it in earnest. Luckily this sort of scam has largely fallen to the wayside, at last thwarted by Jagex's security measures.
- At level of 55 cooking on ranges without cooking gauntlets when cooking salmon, you will always have one burnt fish in your inventory at the end of each trip.
- In one of Evil Bob's random event, players are teleported to ScapeRune and are forced to uncook fish. However, you do not lose Cooking experience in doing so. If you have cooked food in your inventory, and try to uncook it, you will say," I need Uncooking skill of at least 70 to attempt that". Followed by "Wait, I don't even have an Uncooking skill."
- In the Rogue's Den , there is a fire very close to a bank. This makes it a very popular and efficient spot for training cooking. A player can manage to trap the banker on the fire, this requires a player to talk to him leaving him standing still until that player moves. This will enable players to cook exceptionally fast.
- The Cauldron displayed when the player gains a cooking level is a Troll Cauldron which are usually used to cook humans.
- The Cooking noise made when Cooking in RuneScape Classic was a recording of Andrew Gower's mother frying bacon in their kitchen at home.
- Before Cook-X update which took place 12 September 2005, people had to manually cook every product. At that time there were only around 700 accounts with 99 Cooking.