Die at a PVM challenge again? Wasting a part of your profit on expensive foods? Learn which foods In Oldschool Runescape to use for money and efficiency.
If you click that little cooking pot in your skills tab on Oldschool Runescape, you’ll be faced with all of the different options for food within the game. There’s fish, cakes, vegetables, alcohols, and even gnomish baked goods… and that’s not even half of them. So how do you know which foods are the best? Well, the answer is that it’s different for everyone.
Maybe you’re a new player that needs to get past the dreaded wizards outside the entrance of Varrock, but every time you find yourself in Lumbridge. Maybe you’re a skiller working towards the firemaking skillcape at Wintertodt. Or maybe you’re a PVMer hunting for all the boss pets you can get your hands on. Based on your current level, your amount of gold to spend, or the circumstance that you need the food for, there are many different options to choose from.
Remember that with any food, it is more efficient to buy it from the Grand Exchange than to make it yourself, but if you’re an ironman or short on cash, I will also tell you how to make each of these foods. So buckle down. Here is my list of the best foods in Oldschool Runescape.
10. Anchovy pizza
While everyone was discussing if pineapples should be on pizza, someone decided to add anchovies to pizza.
Who doesn’t love a good pizza? If you don’t, there's something wrong with you. Not the pizza. Fortunately for F2P players, anchovy pizzas have the highest possible healing in F2P. Making pizza in Oldschool takes a lot of steps, which makes it more difficult than simply cooking a fish. But don’t let that deter you. The benefits of anchovy pizza pass up any other non-members food.
Anchovy pizzas heal 18 hitpoints (almost as much as a shark) per inventory slot, although they have to be eaten in 2 bites (9 hp each bite). This means that you can restore your hitpoints faster with swordfish, but over time, more with anchovy pizza. In most cases, this makes pizzas the superior choice. You'll see extended trips and, in turn, more experience from this.
The power of pizza doesn't stop there. Anchovy pizza is also the best F2P combo-food. Normally, you can eat food or drink a potion every 3 game ticks. Combo-eating is specific foods that can be eaten the same game tick as another food. You can pair a bite of anchovy pizza with a swordfish and eat both in the same game tick, which will heal 23 hp. This offers the quickest healing for F2P players. Note: Combo-eating can only be done with the first bite of pizza, not the second.
- Heals 18 hp
- Can combo-eat with the first bite of pizza
How to get it:
- F2P option: Mix a pot of flour with a bucket of water to make a pizza base (35 cooking)
- Add tomato then cheese
- Cook the pizza
- Add cooked anchovies to it (55 cooking)
- You stop burning plain pizzas at 68 cooking
- P2P option: Buy plain pizzas from warriors guild (47gp) and bank nearby, then add cooked anchovies to it
9. Jug of wine
Don't have too much fun. Jugs of wine are a great option, but I can't help with the hangover they may cause.
If you'd consider yourself a party animal, jugs of wine are an option to consider. As one of the best options for hp gained per gp spent, they also make you a cheap date. They are consistently under 5gp due to the fact that making them is one of the fastest methods to train cooking in the game, creating a surplus. Wines heal 11 hp. So they are perfect for those with low hitpoints, such as a skiller who needs a good healing method, or a main trying to save money.
Unfortunately, they do have a downside. Not only is too much drinking bad for your liver, but it's also bad for your attack level. Drinking a jug of wine temporarily lowers your attack, making them not viable to use while training melee. That does not make them useless though. Using wines is great while training range or magic because those skills will not be affected by the stat drain.
Another option for wines is any skilling methods that causes you to lose health. Use them when thieving or to counter the fall damage while training agility. The most common location they are used is the Wintertodt boss. Your combat stats do not matter when skilling, which makes them the cheapest option without any negative side effects.
- Heals 11 hp
- Cost 4gp on Grand Exchange
How to get it:
- Buy jugs of water and grapes (you can get them cheap from the Culimancer’s chest)
- Add the grapes to the jug and bank (35 cooking)
- Repeat process while jugs ferment in your bank
8. Purple Sweets
Colorful and sweet! These will feed your sugar craving while giving you health and energy (just don't tell your dentist).
Maybe you would consider yourself to be somewhat of a sweet tooth. Luckily, Oldschool has candy. Although you can munch on these candies all day if you’d like, purple sweets are really only used in specific situations. Often, low defense players use them to help when attempting to get a fire cape. The reason being? They stack. This creates a potential unlimited healing supply per inventory spot. This means that those who are struggling with a firecape can safespot behind a rock and will be able to heal up as much as they need to.
What else does candy do? It makes you hyper. That’s why purple sweets also restore 10% of your run energy each bite. This is another reason people use them when attempting the fight caves. It allows players to always have high run energy and they can kite out and safespot the melee monsters easier.
This may sound too good to be true, but purple sweets, just like candy, also have their drawbacks. They only heal 1-3 hp when eaten and can only be eaten every 3 game ticks. If you are fighting something that will be hitting you with consistent damage, you will be eating so often you will never get any attacks off. And at over 2000 a pop, you will very quickly rack up expenses if you use these casually. This is why they are not a common option for food.
- Heal 1-3 hitpoints
- They are stackable, creating a potential unlimited healing supply in one inventory spot
- Restore 10% run energy
How to get it:
- Can only be obtained from clue scrolls
These may look terrifying, but once you cook them up theycan't hurt you anymore. In fact, they do just the opposite.
Gloomy atmosphere, a huge tentacle monster, and giant fish with razor-sharp teeth? That’s the Piscatoris Fishing Colony. This is where you can catch monkfish if you’re brave enough to complete the Swan Song quest. These evil looking creatures are great for mid-level players or those trying to save a bit of money. Since they are a very common method for those going for 99 fishing, their supply is constant and their price is consistent.
They make a good choice due to the price they cost compared to the amount they heal. While healing a flat 16, which is only 4 less than sharks, they are just a little over half the price of sharks. They find a balance between high healing food (more than lobsters), while still being a cheap alternative to the more costly options.
- Heal 16 hp
- Cost under 500gp on Grand Exchange
How to get it:
- Must complete Swan Song (100 Quest points, 66 magic, 62 cooking, 62 fishing, 45 smithing, 42 firemaking, 40 crafting)
- Fish the monkfish at Piscatoris Fishing Colony (62 fishing) and cook them (62 cooking)
- At Hosidius house range with cooking gauntlets, you stop burning monkfish at 82 cooking
6. Basket of strawberries
Maybe you would consider yourself a gardener, not a fisher. Strawberries are a sweet treat.
Maybe instead of eating candy, you’d rather opt out for nature’s candy. A hearty fruit to stay healthy. Baskets of strawberries have got you covered, and are one of the more interesting foods in the game. It holds the place as the highest hitpoints gained per inventory slot while still being cost-effective, unlike purple sweets. Although, like purple sweets, it takes a lot of clicks to heal up a large amount. Each basket holds 5 strawberries and you have to eat each one individually to gain the entire healing effect.
These are considered a good option because they can heal massive amounts, yet are a fraction of the cost of some of the better food options. A basket of strawberries has the potential to heal 30 hp, yet 5 strawberries cost around 700gp. This means that it heals 10 more life than sharks while costing around the same price. They heal 8 more than tuna potatoes while costing much less.
An important note is that strawberries heal more based on your hitpoints level. They only heal 6 each when you are level 84 hitpoints or above. They are still cost-effective from level 67-83 hitpoints, healing 5 instead of 6 for a total of 25 hp (still more than sharks and tuna potatoes). If you have a lower hitpoints level than that, you are better off getting a different type of food.
- Heal 1-6 hp each
- Heal a potential of 30 per inventory slot
- Highest healing food per slot (other than purple sweets)
How to get it:
- Obtain strawberries from farming them or stealing from fruit stalls (31 farming or 25 thieving)
- Buy baskets from a farming shop
- Stock each basket with 5 strawberries
5. Cooked Karambwan
These spikey little guys may look inedble, but that is not the case.
You know those fancy foods with the names you can’t pronounce and they look inedible? A karambwan is kind of like that. Gathered from the exotic lands of Karamja and imported to your local Grand Exchange, they are the highest healing of the combo foods. This makes them quite useful in PVM and PVP battles.. Like pizzas, they can be eaten in the same game tick as another food, allowing you to heal the max amount in the shortest amount of time. Unlike anchovy pizzas, healing 9 per bite, karambwans heal 18. Paired with a tuna potato, dark crab, or anglerfish, this gives the potential of healing 40 hp in 1 game tick.
The reason this is so important is each game tick that is used eating is one less attack that you can get off. This becomes important for bossing and speeding up your kill rates. The more time you can spend attacking instead of eating is less time that you will be taking damage from the NPC you are fighting, resulting in longer trips and savings in supplies.
- Heal 18 hp
- Used to combo-eat
How to get it:
Must have completed Tai Bwo Wannai Trio (15 agility, 30 cooking, 5 fishing, 34 herblore)
- Option 1: Buy raw karambwan from Tiadeche’s Karambwan Stall (110-146gp each)
- Cook the raw karambwan (30 cooking)
- Option 2: Catch karabwanji bait with a small fishing net (nearby fairy ring code CKR)
- Use a karambwan vessel and the karabwanji bait to catch raw karambawn (nearby fairy ring code DKP) and cook it (65 cooking)
- At Hosidius house range with cooking gauntlets, you stop burning karambwans at 93 cooking
These are a great food for the price! Put that on shark week.
If you want a food that would eat you if you didn’t eat it first than sharks are a good option. They heal a flat 20 and are basically an upgraded monkfish, making them one of the most common options in the game. Fishing them can be easily AFKed or there is a more intensive method to fish them, resulting in more sharks per hour. Both of these options together cause sharks to be a stable price and in constant supply.
They are one of the best foods in the game for the price they cost, which makes them good for casual training and many PVM circumstances. Many foods heal 22 hp, yet they cost nearly double the price for only 2 more life per inventory slot. This makes sharks a good balance between hitpoints and cost.
- Heal 20 hp
- Cost under 800gp on the Grand Exchange
How to get it:
- Option 1: Fish sharks (76 fishing) at fishing guild and cook (80 cooking)
- Option 2: Go to Kylie Minnow’s platform from the fishing guild (requires angler outfit)
- Catch minnows (82 fishing)
- Exchange minnows for sharks and cook (80 cooking)
- At Hosidius house range with cooking gauntlets, you stop burning sharks at 89 cooking
3. Tuna potato
Cover your food bases: veggies, meat, and dairy all in one.
You might expect this one to be flaked tuna mixed into a buttery potato. Absolutely delectable! But in Runescape, this is just an entire tuna on top of an entire potato (sounds difficult to eat). But it’s still a great option for food. Tuna potatoes are the first of the three foods that heal 22 hp each. This is the highest amount of health you can gain from one single food, without needing to click multiple times. This makes them preferred over baskets of strawberries at most high-level content.
Due to the massive amount of healing they provide, they ensure the longevity of your trip. You don’t have to worry about clicking repeatedly on small foods that heal little bits at a time and take more damage while you waste more time eating. These are great to combo with karambwans.
- Heal 22 hp
- Cost less than 1200gp
How to get it:
- Grow potatoes and corn and then cook them both (20 farming)
- Add butter to potatoes (can be bought from Culimancer’s chest)
- Add corn and tuna (68 cooking)
- You need 53 cooking to not burn potatoes or sweet corn
2. Dark crab
Crab legs are a delicacy in real life and in Runescape.
Deep within the dark depths of the wilderness lies another option for high healing food. Dark crabs can be fished within the Wilderness Resource Area, making them a risky, but definitely worthwhile, catch. Dark crabs heal 22 hp, which makes them one of the best options for bossing and slayer. But why spend that extra gold on them when you could just stick with tuna potatoes? The answer: they weigh only .3kg instead of .5 like tuna potatoes. This seems like a minuscule difference, but it has its uses.
The reason this is helpful is to save on run energy while fighting. Your Bandos armor is definitely worth every gp you spent on it, but it sure does weigh a lot. And that’s not even counting the Armadyl switch you brought. There is no room for weight-reducing gear when you need to make each inventory slot count, and that’s where dark crabs come in. They are useful for any boss that involves kiting or dodging.
- Heal 22 hp
- Only weigh .3kg each, compared to .5kg like tuna potatoes
How to get it:
- Be careful when catching dark crabs because they are located in the wilderness
- Gather dark fishing bait from killing various monsters in the wilderness
- Fish dark crabs with a lobster pot (85 fishing) and cook them (90 cooking)
- You stop burning dark crabs while wearing a cooking cape
Don't let the spikes and teeth scare you. These are an amazing food option.
This is a fish that you wouldn’t want to be caught in the middle of the ocean with. Riddled with spikes and edges, the anglerfish is considered the best food in the game. Not only does it heal 22 hp, but they can overheal. This means that if your hitpoints level is 99 and you eat an anglerfish your health will temporarily be boosted to 121. That is the maximum level that your hitpoints can be, making it useful in situations where you could potentially be one shot. Pairing these with a combination of Saradomin brews and super restores is the best methods for most high-tier combat.
Something to note is, just like strawberries, anglerfish heal you based on your base hitpoints level. At level 10-19 hitpoints an anglerfish will only heal 3, making it not cost-effective at lower levels. You do not receive the full 22 points of healing until you are 92 hitpoints or higher. It is recommended to use tuna potatoes or dark crabs until you reach level 92 hitpoints.
- Heals 3-22 hp
- Can overheal, giving a potential hitpoints boost of 121
How to get it:
- Obtain 100% Piscarilius favor
- Use a spade and bucket to gather sandworms from the Piscarilius shores or buy them from Tynan’s fishing supplies
- Bring a fishing rod and sandworms
- Fish (82 fishing) and cook anglerfish (84 cooking)
- At Hosidius house range with cooking gauntlets, you stop burning anglerfish at 93 cooking
As you can see, the options for food are numerous and the reasons to use them are numerous too. They range from low healing to high healing. Cheap as dirt (or even cheaper, since compost costs over 20gp) to expensive. Click intensive or single click. Keep falling at that dreadful agility course? There’s a food for that. Keep getting one shot at Jad? There’s a food for that. Keep dying against noobs when you PK? There’s a food for that. Take into account your stats and your situation and pick what best fits your scenario.
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What is the best food to eat in RuneScape? ›
The highest-healing food for non-members is a swordfish; for members it is the sailfish calorie bomb, although in an ideal situation braindeath rum can heal 3,276, making it the highest single use food in the right conditions.What food heals the most in Old School RuneScape? ›
Fish are what almost all players of RuneScape cook. They heal a great amount of HP, so are the recommended food to eat when fighting. All a player has to do is fish and then cook what they catch on either a fire or a range. Shrimp can be caught by fishing at a sea.How much HP does Sharks heal? ›
Sharks heal up to 20 Hitpoints each, making them one of the highest-healing foods and amongst the most popular in the game. At 89 Cooking with Cooking gauntlets at the Hosidius clay ovens the burn rate of sharks is reduced to 0%.How much HP does lobster heal? ›
They are amongst the most popular foods in the game, especially in free-to-play, because they heal 12 Hitpoints each and can easily be caught in bulk. Players can catch raw lobsters with a Fishing level of 40 or higher, granting 90 Fishing experience.What pies heal the most Osrs? ›
Apple pies heal up to 14 hitpoints (7 per bite).What food can you combo eat Osrs? ›
One of the most commonly used combos is a shark, then a brew, and then a karambwan. The brew can be replaced with any potion. So it means you can eat a shark and then something like a prayer potion, and then a karambwan, all in the same game tick.What food heals the most Runescape? ›
The highest healing food for non-members is a swordfish; for members it is the sailfish soup with 1 bite. However the fastest healing food for members with multiple bites are summer pies which only takes 0.6 seconds per bite (three times faster than some types of food).How much do pizzas heal Osrs? ›
It heals eight Hitpoints per bite, and gives 169 experience (143 for cooking the Plain pizza, plus 26 for adding the topping).How much do monkfish heal RS? ›
Monkfish can be fished in Piscatoris (code AKQ) by players who have a Fishing level of 62 or higher, and have completed the Swan Song quest. They require a Cooking level of 62 to cook, and heal 16 Hitpoints.At what lvl do you stop burning sharks? ›
Players stop burning sharks at level 99 Cooking with a Cooking cape equipped, level 94 when wearing cooking gauntlets or level 89 when wearing cooking gauntlets while cooking at the Hosidius House kitchen. Cooking raw sharks with cooking gauntlets at level 93 yields a 1% burn rate.
Are sharks profitable Osrs? ›
Cooking raw sharks.
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Cooking a shark requires 80 Cooking, and burning it will become less common with a higher Cooking level. Sharks stop being burnt at level 94 with cooking gauntlets.What is the best food in f2p Osrs? ›
- Best food is Swordfish (14)
- Most heal points is Anchovy Pizza - Two dose eat of 9 (18)
- Best value for heal is probably Salmon (9) or Tuna (10)
- My preffered would be of best of both worlds; Lobsters (12)
The amount that anglerfish heal is dependant on the player's Hitpoints level. At level 99, an anglerfish will heal 22. Anglerfish can also heal above maximum Hitpoints (making the maximum Hitpoints possible 121).How much HP does swordfish heal? ›
They are a relatively popular food source for training combat skills, largely due to the fact that they heal 14 Hitpoints when eaten, making them slightly better than lobsters.How much do kebabs heal? ›
Unlike normal food which restores a fixed amount of Hitpoints, kebabs have varied healing quantities when consumed. A player with 90–99 Hitpoints can expect to be healed 11 health on average, and each 10 levels of Hitpoints lower will heal about 1 less.How long does fish pie last Osrs? ›
It will stop burning entirely at Cooking level 74 on ranges.How much do summer pies heal? ›
Per pie, summer pies heal up to 2,374 life points at 95 Constitution, boost Agility temporarily by 5 levels, and restore 40% energy. Each pie has two bites, so each bite restores up to 1187 life points and gives 20% run energy. After eating the summer pie, a pie dish will remain.How do you triple eat Osrs? ›
PK School: How to triple eat correctly - YouTubeCan you tick eat in PvP? ›
Since an update, tick-eating is no longer possible in PvP situations. Food combination: Food and potions can normally be consumed once every 3 ticks. However if a player were to chain these actions together, it's possible to eat a piece of food then drink a potion in the same game tick.
Why do people use Karambwans? ›
Karambwans are just the most popular because they heal more than any other. The order of prevention goes like this: Potions: puts cooldown on regular food, combo food, and potions. Combo food: puts cooldown on regular food and combo food, but not potions.How much HP does monkfish heal? ›
Monkfish heal up to 16 Hitpoints each, making them one of the most popular foods in the game.How much do purple sweets heal Osrs? ›
Purple sweets are a stackable food item that are earned from all levels of treasure trails. Purple sweets are the only stackable food item in the game, restoring 1-3 hitpoints and 10% run energy per sweets eaten.How do you drink guthix rest? ›
To make it, heat a bowl of water on a range or fire. Use the heated water on an empty tea cup and add any of the herbs to make herb tea mix. Add in the rest of the herbs to make a 3-dose Guthix rest. These can be decanted into 4-dose cups.How much does tuna heal? ›
Tuna heals 10 Hitpoints and is a great food source for lower level combat training.How much does pineapple pizza heal? ›
Pineapple pizzas are one of the highest-healing foods in RuneScape, healing 22 Hitpoints (11 per bite).How much do monkfish heal Osrs? ›
Monkfish heal up to 16 Hitpoints each, making them one of the most popular foods in the game.How much do Karambwan heal? ›
Cooked karambwan heals 250 to 750 life points, depending on the player's constitution level. The minimum Constitution level to receive the full amount of healing from this food is 30.Do cooking gauntlets work on Karambwan? ›
No. They only work on monkfish, anglerfish, shark, swordfish and lobsters.How do I get swordfish gloves? ›
Swordfish gloves are a reward that can be purchased with 200 tokens from the Fist of Guthix minigame or from Stanley Limelight for 80 thaler. They require a Fishing level of 65 to wear (this can not be achieved by using boosts, e.g. Admiral pie).
How much do monkfish heal RS? ›
Monkfish can be fished in Piscatoris (code AKQ) by players who have a Fishing level of 62 or higher, and have completed the Swan Song quest. They require a Cooking level of 62 to cook, and heal 16 Hitpoints.How do I get good food in Osrs? ›
Food can be obtained through the Cooking skill, as a drop from certain monsters, from some random events such as the Sandwich lady random event, from other players, or from non-player characters. There are several kinds of food, such as fish and meat, bread, cakes, pies, and pizza.How much do kebabs heal? ›
Unlike normal food which restores a fixed amount of Hitpoints, kebabs have varied healing quantities when consumed. A player with 90–99 Hitpoints can expect to be healed 11 health on average, and each 10 levels of Hitpoints lower will heal about 1 less.Can you stack food in Runescape? ›
Purple sweets are a stackable food that can be obtained from all levels of Treasure Trails, though higher level Treasure Trails yield greater amounts at a time. When the player eats one, they receive the message: The sugary goodness heals some energy. or The sugary goodness is yummy.How much do Karambwan heal? ›
Cooked karambwan heals 250 to 750 life points, depending on the player's constitution level. The minimum Constitution level to receive the full amount of healing from this food is 30.What level should I not burn monkfish? ›
Players will stop burning monkfish at level 92 normally on a fire, 90 normally on a range, 88 with cooking gauntlets, and 82 with the gauntlets at Hosidius Kitchen before the elite diary bonus. Cooking monkfish gives approximately 200,000 experience per hour at level 90 with no/few burns.How much do anglerfish heal? ›
The amount that anglerfish heal is dependant on the player's Hitpoints level. At level 99, an anglerfish will heal 22. Anglerfish can also heal above maximum Hitpoints (making the maximum Hitpoints possible 121).What food heals the most Runescape? ›
The highest healing food for non-members is a swordfish; for members it is the sailfish soup with 1 bite. However the fastest healing food for members with multiple bites are summer pies which only takes 0.6 seconds per bite (three times faster than some types of food).Is Cooking on a range better OSRS? ›
It is highly recommended to use a Range over a Fire, as it will greatly reduce your burn rate, and thus increase your experience gained. Even better is to use the range on the ground floor of Lumbridge Castle, the Cook-o-matic 100, after completion of Cook's Assistant.Where is the best place to cook OSRS? ›
One of the best Cooking spots in OSRS is the Rogue's Den. It has an everlasting fire (meaning it never goes out, so you don't have to relight it) directly next to a banker, named Emerald Benedict. Emerald never moves, so he will always be right next to the fire.
Why is kebab unhealthy? ›
Denise Thomas, head of nutrition and dietetics at Portsmouth Hospitals Trust, said that 111g of fat in a kebab was 1,000 calories, the equivalent of a wine glass of cooking oil. "The majority of that fat is saturated, so it's going to raise your cholesterol and give you thickening of your arteries," she said.Is doner healthy? ›
Generally, people consider doner kebab meat unhealthy because it is high in calories. But they are a healthier fast-food option because they aren't deeply fried, unlike other street food varieties.Is kebab good for body building? ›
In general, one should pay attention to the freshness here, which normally tastes directly when consumed. Doner Kebab meat is probably the most interesting in terms of muscle building and bodybuilding. Depending on the type of meat, there is always plenty of protein, but often also a lot of fat.Is swamp tar stackable? ›
Also, swamp tar and anything made from swamp tar (such as swamp paste or guam tar) is always stackable. You cannot pick up another item if you already have the maximum stack in your inventory.How much does purple sweets heal? ›
It heals 20% energy per sweet eaten, and also heals 200 life points. Since they are stackable, they are an option if inventory space is needed for food instead of energy potions, although they have a high price per bite and a low heal rate. Purple sweets are a quest reward from the quest Carnillean Rising.What do purple sweets do Osrs? ›
Purple sweets are a stackable food item that are earned from all levels of treasure trails. Purple sweets are the only stackable food item in the game, restoring 1-3 hitpoints and 10% run energy per sweets eaten.