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In RuneScape, cooking is a skill used to make food which players can eat to heal hit points from fighting or other injuries. There are many different types of food in RuneScape, each healing a different amount of hit points. The higher cooking level you have, the more kinds of food you can make.

Cooking is a very popular skill to raise, as players can also sell the food for a great profit, since almost all players need food.

How To Cook[edit]

Players can cook their food on a fire or on a range. Ranges are shown on the mini-map as a cooking pan. It is important to note that only meat, fish, vegetables, and tea can be cooked on fires, while all kinds of food can be prepared on ranges.

To cook, players have to use the food with a range or a fire. If they carry more than one item of the same food, then a menu will appear in the chat box asking how much of the food they want to cook.

At low cooking levels, players will burn their food quite often. But as they raise their cooking level, they will burn less food, and eventually they will hardly ever burn food again.

Items Needed For Cooking[edit]

There are many items that players need to cook, such as water or flour.

Flour[edit]

Flour is used to make dough which can then be made to bake pies or bread. However, the process of making flour is fairly long.

  • First of all, grain is needed. Grain fields are around Lumbridge, Varrock, and Draynor Village.
  • Next, a pot is needed. Pots can be bought from all general stores for about 1 gp. Players can also craft pots.
  • Next, the player has to go to a windmill. There is one between Lumbridge and Draynor Village and another one inside the cooking guild. The player will have to go to the very top floor and put grain in the hopper. They must then operate the hopper so that the grain slides down the chute. Then the player can collect the flour in a pot on the first floor.
  • A fairly easy way for members to get flour is to take a full inventory full of pots to Sinclair Mansion (north of Seers Village) and fill them at the flour bin in the kitchen. This is easily the quickest way to get flour in Runescape.

Water[edit]

Water is fairly easy to get.

  • First, either a jug or a bucket is need. Both of these items can be bought from general stores for about 2 gp.
  • Next, a player has to find a sink or a fountain. Places to get water are labeled on the mini-map as a rain drop. The player then has to use the jug or bucket with the sink or fountain. A bucket can also be used with a well.

Containers[edit]

The food containers in RuneScape are pots, bowls, pie dishes, and cake tins. All of these items can be crafted, bought from a general store, or obtained from the cooking guild.

Vegetables, Meats, and Fruits[edit]

Some recipes require certain vegetables, meats, and fruits. For example, players will need apples to make an apple pie and meat to make a meat pie.

Meat[edit]

Meat can be cooked by using it with a range or fire. Meat is great to cook at low cooking levels. Chickens, cows, rats, and bears all drop meat when they are defeated.

Name Cooking level needed to cook Experience received from cooking Heals Notes
Meat 1 30 3 Meat includes the meat from cows, rats, and bears as they are all the same.
Chicken 1 30 3 Obtained by killing chickens.

Fish[edit]

Fish is a very common food among players of RuneScape. They heal a lot, so fish is recommended to eat when fighting. All a player has to do is fish and then cook what they catch.

Name Cooking level needed to cook Experience received from cooking Heals Notes
Shrimp 1 30 3 Shrimp can be caught by fishing at a sea.
Karambwanji 1 10 3 Karambwanji is members only. Karambwanji can be caught by fishing in the Karmaja jungle.
Sardine 1 40 3 Sardine can be caught by fishing at a sea.
Anchovy 1 30 1 Anchovy can be caught by fishing at a sea.
Karambwan 1 80 18 Karambwan is members only. Karambwan can be caught by fishing in the Karmaja jungle.
Herring 5 50 5 Herring can be caught by fishing at a sea.
Mackerel 10 60 6 Mackerel is members only. Mackerel can be caught by fishing at Catherby, Rellekka, or at the fishing guild.
Trout 15 70 7 Trout can be caught by fishing at a river.
Cod 18 75 7 Cod is members only. Cod can be caught by fishing at Catherby, Rellekka, or at the fishing guild.
Pike 20 80 8 Pike can be caught by fishing at a river.
Salmon 25 90 9 Salmon can be caught by fishing at a river.
Tuna 30 100 10 Tuna can be caught by fishing at Karamja, the fishing guild, Catherby, or at Rellekka.
Lobster 40 120 12 Lobster can be caught by fishing at Karamja, the fishing guild, Catherby, or at Rellekka.
Bass 43 130 13 Bass is members only. Cod can be caught by fishing at Catherby, Rellekka, or at the fishing guild.
Swordfish 45 140 14 Swordfish can be caught by fishing at Karamja, the fishing guild, Catherby, or at Rellekka.
Shark 80 210 20 Sharks are members only. Shark can be caught by fishing at Catherby, Rellekka, or at the fishing guild
Sea Turtle 82 212 21 Sea turtles are members only. They can be caught by fishing north of Yanille.
Manta Ray 91 216 22 Manta rays are members only. They can be caught by fishing north of Yanille.

Bread[edit]

To make bread, players need to first make flour, which is explained above. When they've made flour, they must then use it with a jug of water or a bucket of water. When they use water with flour, they will make the dough. The dough can only be cooked on a range, not on a fire. When the dough is done being baked, it will become bread.

Name Cooking level needed to cook Experience received from cooking Heals Notes
Bread 1 40 5
Pitta Bread 58 40 Cannot be eaten This dough is members only. It is used to make kebabs.

Pie[edit]

Pies require two bites to be fully eaten, thus giving players a bit more health than other foods. For example, when a player eats a redberry pie, they will only eat one half of it. The other half will stay in the dish which can be eaten later. To make pie, players need to mix flour and water together and then make some pastry dough. Players then need to use the dough with a pie dish. Then, the player can put in extra ingredients to make them heal more, such as meat to make a meat pie. When they are finished putting in the ingredients, the pie can then be baked.

Name Cooking level needed to cook Experience received from cooking Healing from eating both halves Notes
Redberry Pie 10 78 10 Redberries are needed to make this pie. Redberries can be bought from Port Sarim's food store, or they can be picked up from their respawns south of Varrock.
Meat Pie 20 110 12 Cooked meat is needed to make this pie. Meat is dropped by killing bears, cows, and giant rats.
Mud Pie 29 128 Cannot be eaten This pie is members only. Compost, water, and clay are needed to make this pie. It can be tossed at opponents when it is cooked.
Apple Pie 30 130 14 Apples are needed to make this pie. Free players can only get apples from the cooking guild, while members can buy apples from Frenita's Cookery Shop in Yanille, grow their own apples, or buy some from the farming shop north of Ardougne.
Garden Pie 34 128 12 This pie is members only. Tomatoes, onions, and cabbage are needed to make this pie. These items can be grown by players, or picked from farms around Lumbridge and Draynor Village.
Fish Pie 47 164 12 This pie is members only. Trout, cod, and potatoes are needed to make this pie. The fish can be fished and the potatoes can be grown or picked from farms around Lumbridge and Draynor Village.
Admiral Pie 70 210 16 This pie is members only. Salmon, tuna, and potatoes are needed to make this pie. The fish can be fished and the potatoes can be grown or picked from farms around Lumbridge and Draynor Village.
Wild Pie 85 240 22 This pie is members only. Raw bear meat, raw chompy meat, and raw rabbit meat is needed to make this pie. Raw bear meat can be obtained by killing bears, raw chompy meat can be obtained by killing a chompy (see the Big Chompy Bird Hunting quest), and raw rabbit meat can be obtained by killing rabbits.
Summer Pie 95 260 22 This pie is members only. Strawberries, watermelons, and apples are needed to make this pie. All of these items can be grown by players. Apples can also be taken from the cooking guild.

Stew[edit]

To make stew, players need a bowl and some cooked meat. Next, the bowl has to be filled with water. Potatoes are needed next. They can be found around the farms near Draynor Village and Lumbridge or members can grow potatoes themselves. Members can also buy potatoes from Hudo's Grand Tree Groceries in the Grand Tree or from Frenita's Cookery Shop in Yanille. Players then have to add the cooked meat and potatoes to the bowl of water and then cook the bowl to make stew.

Name Cooking level needed to cook Experience received from cooking Heals Notes
Stew 25 117 11
Spicey Stew 25 117 11 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 the stew before they cook it. Various combinations will raise skills for a few minutes. However, the skills that will be raised are random, so it will be different every time.
Curry 60 280 19 This stew is members only. To make curry, players need to use a spice before cooking the stew. Spices can be bought or stolen in Ardougne's market.

Pizza[edit]

Many players like to use pizzas to heal themselves as they can heal quite a lot of HP. Also, like pizzas, they can require players to take two bites, allowing them to eat one half and save the other half for when it's needed. To make a pizza, mix flour with water and make a pizza base. Players then need to add a tomato and a slice of cheese on the base. Both a tomato and a slice of cheese can be taken from their respawn in Draynor Village, north of the bank. They can also be bought from the food store in Port Sarim. When the tomato and slice of cheese is added to the pizza base, the pizza can then be baked. Players can also add things on their pizza after they have finished baking it.

Name Cooking level needed to cook Experience received from cooking Healing from eating both halves Notes
Plain Pizza 35 143 14 This is a pizza with only tomatoes and cheese.
Meat Pizza 45 169 16 This is a pizza with meat added on it. To make a meat pizza, players need to kill a bear, cow, or giant rat, cook the meat they drop, then use it on the pizza.
Anchovy Pizza 55 182 18 This is a pizza with anchovies added on it. To make an anchovy pizza, players need to fish some anchovies, cook them, and then add them to the pizza. Meat includes the meat from cows, rats, and bears as they are all the same.
Pineapple Pizza 65 195 22 This pizza is members only. To make a pineapple pizza, players need a pineapple, which can be obtained by killing the monsters on Karmaja or by being bought from Hudo's Grand Tree Groceries and Funch's Fine Groceries.

Cake[edit]

Cakes require three bites to be fully eaten, so if a player clicks on a cake, they will still have two other pieces left. To make a cake, players need flour, an egg, milk, and a cake tin. Eggs are near the chicken coops around Lumbridge, while milk can be obtained by milking dairy cows with a bucket. Dairy cows are around Lumbridge near the level 2 cows. When all of these items are placed in the cake tin, the cake can then be cooked on a range.

Name Cooking level needed to cook Experience received from cooking Healing from eating all three pieces Notes
Fish Cake 31 100 11 This cake is members only. To make it, players have to complete the Recipe for Disaster quest. The ingredients needed to make this cake are: ground cod, ground kelp, ground giant crab, and breadcrumbs. To make these items ground, use them with a pestle and mortar.
Cake 40 180 12
Chocolate Cake 50 210 15 To make this cake, a chocolate bar has to be added. Chocolate bars can be taken from their respawn in the cooking guild or bought from Port Sarim's food store.

Wine[edit]

To make wine, a jug of water and grapes are needed. Grapes can be found in the cooking guild. Use the grapes with the jug of water to make unfermented wine. About 10 seconds later, the wine will ferment and be drinkable.

Name Cooking level needed to cook Experience received from cooking Heals Notes
Wine 35 110 11

Hot Drinks[edit]

The only hot drink is nettle tea, which is members only. To make nettle tea, players need fist a bowl of water. Next, nettles are needed. Nettles are located southeast of the slayer master in Canifis. It is important to note that nettles will hurt players when they pick them up, so they have to wear gloves. 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 placed 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.

Name Cooking level needed to cook Experience received from cooking Heals Notes
Nettle Tea 20 52 3 This tea is members only.

Brewing[edit]

Ales

  • Two buckets of water
  • Two Barley Malt
  • Main ingredient (Varies depending on the type of ale you want from; Apple mush, Hammerstone hops, Asgarnian hops, harralander and so on. Quantity also varies.)
  • Pot of Yale Yeast.

You need to put the buckets of water in an empty VAT followed by the barley malt and then the main ingredient and finally the yeast which has to be bought from local brewers.

Note: The process of fermenting can take up to a full day so if you plan to brew ales be prepared by having something else to do while you wait or just come back in a few days time.

Vegetables[edit]

Vegetables basically consist of a baked potato with a topping of some kind. The toppings must be made separately and then added to the potato. The better toppings require high farming levels or lots of money to obtain.

Potato: grow using the farming skill or pick on any NPC farm and bake on a range (NOT a fire).

Notes:

  • Toppings count as foods on their own but it is better to add them to baked potatoes for better healing.
  • Always add butter first and then add whatever topping you wish to use.
Item Level Healing Notes
Baked Potato 7 4 HP
Baked Potato with Butter 39 14 HP Milk a diary cow and use the bucket of milk on a churn, these can be found at most of the RuneScape farms. Milk can be churned into cream, butter, or cheese. Cream can be churned into butter or cheese and butter can be churned into cheese if you make a mistake with selecting what you want.
Baked Potato with Cheese 47 16 HP Milk a diary cow and use the bucket of milk on a churn, these can be found at most of the RuneScape farms. Milk can be churned into cream, butter, or cheese. Cream can be churned into butter or cheese and butter can be churned into cheese if you make a mistake with selecting what you want.
Tomato and Eggs Potato 51 16 HP Add an egg to a bowl with a knife in your inventory, then cook the bowl of eggs on a range/fire. Add a tomato to a bowl with a knife in your inventory. Use the bowl of tomatoes with the bowl of scrambled eggs.
Mushroom and Onion Potato 64 20 HP Add an onion to one bowl and a bittercap mushroom to another while having a knife in your inventory. Cook both of the bowls on a range/fire. Use the bowl of onions on the bowl of mushrooms.
Tuna and Corn Potato 68 22 HP Add a cooked tuna to a bowl, then add cooked sweetcorn.


Required Levels[edit]

Brewing[edit]

Item Level Healing Directions
Apple Cider 14  ? [1] Put 4 apples into a cider-press. [2] Fill a bucket with the apple-mush. [3] Pour 4 buckets of apple-mush into an empty vat. [4] Add a pot of ale yeast.
Dwarven Stout 19 1 [1] Add 2 buckets of water to an empty vat. [2] Add 2 handfuls of barley malt. [3] Add 4 Hammerstone Hops. [4]Add a pot of ale yeast.
Asgarian Ale 24  ? [1] Add 2 buckets of water to an empty vat. [2] Add 2 handfuls of barley malt (barley that has been roasted on a range). [3] Add 4 Asgarian Hops. [4] Add a pot of ale yeast.
Greenman's Ale 29  ? [1] Add 2 buckets of water to an empty vat. [2] Add 2 handfuls of barley malt (barley that has been roasted on a range). [3] Add 4 Harlander. [4] Add a pot of ale yeast.
Wizard's Mind Bomb 34  ? [1] Add 2 buckets of water to an empty vat. [2] Add 2 handfuls of barley malt (barley that has been roasted on a range). [3] Add 4 Yanillian Hops [4] Add a pot of ale yeast.
Dragon Bitter 39  ? [1] Add 2 buckets of water to an empty vat. [2] Add 2 handfuls of barley malt (barley that has been roasted on a range). [3] Add 4 Krandorian Hops [4] Add a pot of ale yeast.