osrs cooking guide

Cooking is one of the easiest 99’s in Oldschool Runescape. Primarily because it requires little to no investment and is fast to level. Which is why players commonly target cooking as their first 99. It is also the most common un-trimmed skillcape in the game. As this is a complete OSRS Cooking Guide, I will be laying out every method possible. F2P, P2P, most profitable and fastest experience per hour.

Use the navigation below to navigate to your preferred method and current cooking level.

Why should you level up your cooking in osrs?

I mean what’s the point right? You can just buy food from the GE… Cooking is required for a couple of important quests and diaries.

  • Recipe for Disaster: 70 cooking required
  • Swan Song: 62 cooking required
  • Varrock Elite Diary: 95 cooking required
  • Wildy Elite Diary: 90 cooking required
  • Kourend Elite Diary 84 cooking required

EXP Boosters

Each and every one of the exp boosts is P2P only

Cooking Gauntlets: Family Crest 

Cooking Gauntlets From Family Crest

When worn, Cooking Gauntlets decrease your odds of burning certain foods. The gauntlets only affect Lobster, Swordfish, Monkfish, Shark, and Anglerfish. 

Requirements: Family Crest

To be able to gain access to the Cooking Gauntlets you need to finish the Family Crest quest. 

Skill requirements for Family Crest: 

  • 40 Mining
  • 40 Smithing
  • 59 Magic
  • 40 Crafting 
  • Ability to safe-spot a 172 demon

Best Cooking Locations

When it comes to cooking, all you need is a fireplace/ range and a nearby bank. There are two good locations for this in the game. 

Burthorpe Rogues Den  (P2P)

This place is located underneath the Burthorpe Inn. A permanent fire is set up with a banker (who doesn’t move) right next to it, does it get any better? The only down-side is that a fire slightly increases your burn-rate over a range. No requirements needed to get here. Use a games necklace to get here quickly. 

Hosidius Cooking Range (P2P)

Hosidius Cooking Range Osrs

This place decreases your burn-rate by 5% (10% if you completed the Kourend & Kebos Elite Diary). The Hosidius Cooking Range requires you to have 100% hosidius favour to access. Banking option really close. 

Cook-o-Matic (Lumbridge Castle Range) (F2P)

Cook-o-matic lumbridge cooking range

Completion of Cook’s Assistant gives you a reduced burn-rate. Located in the kitchen of Lumbridge Castle, banking options upstairs. The downside is that you need to climb ladders to get up and down. This is the best way to train cooking as a F2P player. 

Other cooking locations are of course available but just weren’t worth it to make into this guide. 

OSRS 1 -99 Cooking Guide – AFK Method

This method works best when you’re using both the Cooking Gauntlets (Highly Recommended) and the Hosidus Range (Highly Recommended). 

I’ve included burn-level tables for your ease.

Levels 1 – 20 Sardines 

osrs cooking guide - sardines

You’ll need to cook 112 Sardines to reach level 20. Levels 1-20 will take you less than 10 minutes in a good location. Alternatively, you can use shrimp which you will be burn slightly less off but you’ll also gain less experience. 

  • EXP Rate: 30K/hr
  • Profit: -6,496gp

Levels 20 – 30 Trout

OSRS Cooking Guide - Trout

You’ll need to cook 128 Trout to reach level 30. This will take you around 5-7 minutes. 

  • EXP Rate: 80K/hr
  • Profit: 128gp

Levels 30 – 50 Salmon

OSRS Cooking Guide - Salmon

You’ll need to cook 978 Salmons. This will take you around 40-50 minutes. If you don’t care about making money or AFKing, you can stop at level 35 and start making Wines of Jug. (internal link?)

  • EXP Rate: 100K/hr
  • Profit: 1,956gp

Levels 50 – 61 Tuna

You’ll need to cook 2,010 Tuna. This will take you around 1.5 hours.

  • EXP Rate: 120K/hr
  • Profit: 2,010gp

Levels 61 – 76 Lobster

OSRS Cooking Guide - Lobster

From levels 61 you will stop burning lobsters if you have the cooking gauntlets and are using the hosidius range. 

Burn levels for Cooking Lobster

FireReg. RangeHosidius Range (5%)GauntletsGauntlets + Hosidius (5%)

You’ll need to cook 8,618 Lobsters which will take you 6 hours. 

  • EXP Rate: 160K/hr
  • Profit: -270K

Levels 76 – 82 Swordfish

OSRS Cooking Guide - Swordfish

You’ll need to cook 7,748 Swordfish. This will take you around 6 hours. 

Burn levels for Cooking Swordfish

FireReg. RangeHosidius Range (5%)GauntletsGauntlets + Hosidius (5%)
  • EXP Rate: 180K/hr
  • Profit: -180K

Levels 82 – 89 Monkfish

OSRS Cooking Guide - Monkfish

You’ll need to cook 16,142 Monkfish. This will take you around 12 hours.

Burn levels for Cooking Monkfish

FireReg. RangeHosidius Range (5%)GauntletsGauntlets + Hosidius (5%)
  • EXP Rate: 200K/hr
  • Profit from 82-89: 1M
  • Profit from 82-99: 4,3M

Levels 89 – 93 Sharks 

OSRS 89-93 Cooking Guide - Sharks

You’ll need to cook 11,207 Sharks which will take you around 9 hours. 

Burn levels for Cooking Sharks

Cooking GauntletsGauntlets + Hosidius (5%)
  • EXP Rate: 260K/hr
  • Profit from 89-93: 580K
  • Profit from 89-99: 2M

Levels 93 – 99 Anglerfish

OSRS 93-99 Cooking Guide - Anglerfish

You’ll need to cook 25,387 Anglerfish which will take you around 20 hours.

Burn levels for Cooking Anglerfish

Cooking GauntletsGauntlets + Hosidius (5%)
  • EXP Rate: 310K/hr
  • Profit: 780k

With this AFK Method of our OSRS Cooking Guide, you can get 99 in under 60 hours. Provided you’re wearing cooking gauntlets and using the Hosidius Range. 

OSRS Cooking Guide – Fastest way to 99

If 60 hours of AFK gameplay isn’t fast enough for you, don’t worry: you can do it in 26 or even 20 hours if you can handle these click-intensive methods. 

Levels 35 – 90 (or 99) Jug of Wines

From level 35 (which you can get to in under 20 minutes) you can start making wine. Making wine is one of the fastest ways to get 99 cooking in the game but it is not very AFK like cooking fish is. 

Beware: until level 68 you can create bad wines which is the equivalent of a burnt fish.

For this method, you’ll need to have 14 jugs of wine and 14 Grapes in your inventory. Simply combine them, bank and repeat.

To get from levels 35 – 90 will take you 26,620 wines. This will take you 10 hours to do. Alternatively, getting to 99 this way, will take you around 26 hours in total and lose you around 8M GP. 

  • EXP rate: 500K/hr
  • Money lost 35-90: 3.3M
  • Money lost 35-99: 8M

Levels 90 – 99 1-tick Karambwans 

Now of course cooking also has a tick manipulation method to get the best experience in the game, 1M EXP per hour. This is done by doing Karambwans which you won’t burn starting at level 90. 

Doing Karambwans from 90 to 99 will take you around 8 hours and you’ll make some money! 

  • EXP rate: 1M/hr
  • Profit/hr 800k
  • Total Profit: 6.5M

If you use Wines from 35-90 and then switch over to Karambwans you will only lose around 1.5m GP and get 99 in under 20 hours.

Here’s a quick 20 second demonstration of 1-ticking Karambwans:

OSRS F2P Cooking Guide

Location: Lumbridge Castle

If you’re a F2P Player you want to utilize the Cook-o-Matic 100 in Lumbridge castle. Simply complete the 1 minute Cook’s Assistant quest and you can use it for free.

Levels 1 – 74 Sardines/Trout/salmon/Tuna

Levels 1 – 74 you want to follow the P2P Cooking Guide. But we suggest you do Tuna until 74 and then switch to Lobster.

Levels 74 – 99 Lobster/Swordfish

At level 74 You will stop burning lobster at the Lumbridge Castle range. Keep doing lobster until 86. At level 86 until 99 You want to do swordfish. You should be able to get around 170K exp/hr doing this.

  • EXP rate lobster: 150K exp/hr
  • EXP rate Tuna: 170K exp/hr
  • Profit: – 3M

Alternative: 61 – 99 Tuna

You will be losing money on both lobster and swordfish so if you don’t want that you should keep doing Tuna until 99.

  • EXP rate: 120K/hr
  • Profit: 130K gp

Hopefully, this OSRS 1-99 Cooking Guide was helpful. If anything’s missing feel free to let us know. Tip: You can use the Cooking calculator to calculate your experience left and possible profits.

Summary: Osrs Cooking Guide

Hopefully, this osrs 1-99 cooking guide was helpful and will aid you in getting 1-99 cooking as quickly as possible. Cooking is a very chill skill that levels insanely quickly and can be done semi-afk while you train skills, do NMZ or quest on alt account. You can even do it while watching a Netflix or doing work.

The best AFK cooking spot is in burthorpe in the Rogue’s Den. The everlasting fire is located right next to the bank for the laziest method of cooking in the game.

The best part about training cooking in osrs is that you can make money while you do it AFK and still receive really good experience rates.

For those with cash to spend who don’t mind a click-intensive method can use jug of wines all the way to 99 or switch to 1-tick Karambwans at 90 for the fastest cooking experience rate in the game: a whopping 1M cooking experience per hour! Did I mention cooking Karambwans is profitable?

If you want to train as AFK as possible and still make some money, cutting is highly recommended. If you don’t want to AFK you can opt for stringing and still make money while fletching or you can opt for darts and spend money to get 99 fletching as quickly as possible.

Remember: cooking gauntlets from the family crest quest reduce burn levels for certain fish and are 100% recommended to get the fastest cooking experience possible.

Let us know if any information is missing so we can keep this osrs cooking guide as updated as possible.

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