OSRS Cooking Guide for 1-99

OSRS Cooking Guide
By | November 4th, 2018 | Categories: RuneScape

Want to learn how to get to level 99 in Cooking as efficiently as possible? Read through our OSRS Cooking Guide to learn out how.

There are two different sections to this guide. To start, we’ll focus on free to play cooking. After that, we’ll look at how you can get to level 99 as an OSRS member.

Keep in mind that membership will greatly speed up the experience you can gain per hour, saving you many hours of grinding.

For more OSRS, check this out: OSRS Zulrah Guide: The Full Walkthrough

What’s the best OSRS Cooking Guide for F2P?

  • Our strategy below is the best F2P OSRS cooking guide
  • We will teach you how to level from 1-99 as a free player

We will go through the best methods for leveling from 1-99 below. We will offer tips on where you can find each cooking method, but in most case,s you can also buy them from the Grand Exchange if you can afford it.

Level 1-14

At level 1, the easiest thing to do is catch and cook shrimp. They don’t require anything to fish so you can gain fishing experience at the same time. A good location is a stream near Lumbridge Castle.

Level 15-29

Once you hit level 15, you should move to cooking trout. If you have 20 fishing, you can catch trout in the Barbarian Village or in Lumbridge.

Some fishers will drop trout whilst they fish to speed up their experience gain. If you don’t have the level or the money to buy them, consider sitting in fishing spots and picking up dropped trout.

Level 30-49

At level 30, you can move to cooking tuna. You can catch tuna at Karamja with a harpoon, but you need 35 fishing. You can also pick up dropped tuna, but make sure to bring an axe and tinder because you won’t be able to find a cooking stove in Karamja.

Level 50-99

Once you hit level 50, you can cook swordfish. Once again, swordfish can be caught at Karamja, but you need level 50 fishing. It is recommended that you do not cook swordfish until level 86, because that way you won’t burn as many fish.

It will be a very long grind to cook swordfish all of the ways from level 86 to 99. In fact, you’ll need to cook 67,000 swordfish.

If you purchase fish directly and sell the fish you cook, you’ll spend about 4 million from level 1 to level 99.

For more OSRS, check this out: OSRS Zulrah Guide: The Full Walkthrough

How about the best Cooking Strategy for P2P?

  • Follow the same steps as above up until level 50
  • After, you can start cooking with different methods for quicker experience

Level 1-50

For level 1-50, you can follow the same steps listed in the F2P section above.

We have provided a quick reminder below. Keep in mind that because members can make money far faster, it makes more sense to buy the fish outright instead of fishing for them or picking up other people’s dropped fish.

  • Shrimp – Level 1-15
  • Trout – Level 15-30
  • Tuna – Level 30-50

Level 50-75

Once you reach level 50, you should start cooking lobsters. The price can vary massively, but in most cases, you won’t lose much money.

You should buy and cook lobsters from level 50 until level 75. You can do it from within the Grand Exchange.

You’ll need to cook roughly 9,000 lobsters to reach level 75. This will take roughly 10 hours of fishing. If you have a lot of money, you can speed up the process by stopping lobsters once you hit level 68.

Level 68-79

At level 68, you can go straight to making jugs of wine. All you need to do is buy grapes and a jug of water and use the grapes on the jug of water. You can make jugs of wine all of the way to level 99. It will take roughly 35 hours to do, and you’ll need to spend about 12.5 million.

If you are low on funds, you should instead stick to lobsters and then move to swordfish at level 75. You can continue to cook swordfish until level 80. If you purchase the swordfish, you’ll lose a few hundred thousand at most. It will take 5 hours to get from level 75 to level 80.

Level 80-99

Once you reach level 80, you can move to cooking sharks. Once again, buying raw sharks and selling cooked sharks won’t lose you much money. From level 80 to level 99 you should only lose 1-2 million.

It will take roughly 40 hours to go from level 80 to level 99 by cooking sharks.

Overall, you can expect to go from level 1 to level 99 to take roughly 50 hours, or 40 hours if you make jugs of wine.

Going for fish may take 10 hours long, but you’ll spend only 2-3 million at the very most, instead of 12-13 million.

Cooking is one of the easiest and most cost-efficient skills to get to level 99. In fact, if you are lucky, you may even profit from buying raw fish and selling the cooked fish.

Because the price fluctuations on the Grand Exchange are so massive, it is possible to sell fish for more than you purchased them. Usually, though, if you take the possibility of burning into consideration, you are likely to lose a little bit of gold.

There is also one more alternative option for those that have access to Lunar spells. With the Bake Pie spell in the Lunar spellbook, you can earn magic experience whilst also baking pies. You will need to spend money on runes to cast these spells, as well as the uncooked pies.

This method is good because you can quickly do it in the Grand Exchange and don’t need to set fire to logs or worry about burned fish. It is very expensive, however, and certainly not the fastest option for earning cooking experience.

You can still use the Bake Pie spell as an effective method for training both magic and cooking and it’s reasonably effective all of the way up to level 99 cooking. It should only be considered if money isn’t a concern.


Now, this wraps up our look at the best methods to get to level 99 for F2P and P2P in this OSRS Cooking Guide. We hope that the information in this guide has been useful to you.

For more OSRS, check this out: OSRS Thieving Guide for 1-99

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