Cataclysm brought about a whole host of world changes to Azeroth's landscape, new talent trees to explore, and a ton of new quests and achievements. It also brought a whole ton of new recipes for aspiring Azerothian chefs and a bunch of new cooking achievements, to boot -- achievements that involve a whole heck of a lot of recipes for fish, which is only appropriate since a ton of new fishing achievements were added, too!
Some people love fish, some people hate it, and some chefs shy away from it, as it can be tricky to cook. But today's recipe is one of the easiest dinner recipes out there. Not only is it simple, it's delicious. This is actually a special recipe to me; it was my mother's, and I have no idea where she got it from originally. But whenever my mother fried up fish, it disappeared in a flash; we kids could never get enough of it. Thankfully, the recipe was passed on to us, and now I am passing it on to all of you -- deliciousness ought to be shared, after all. Let's wander into the kitchen and make ourselves a fish dinner, shall we?
Lightly Fried Lurker
Requires Level 80
Item Level 81
Use: Restores 67,500 health and 45,000 mana over 30 seconds. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating, you will become well fed and gain 60 critical strike rating and 60 stamina for 1 hour.
This is one of a whole host of recipes sold by sous chefs for Chef's Awards, rewards from completing the daily cooking quests that were added in Cataclysm. In order to learn this recipe, you must have three Chef's Awards, which takes a few days' worth of cooking dailies to obtain. Or you can just whip this up in the kitchen at home and forgo the daily quests altogether!
While the recipe in game only requires a Striped Lurker, you'll need a little more for this recipe!
- 1 pound fish (I use tilapia or flounder, but you can use any kind of white fish, really. You'll find it lurking at your local grocery store, either fresh in the seafood section or frozen nearby.)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 flat, shallow dish for breading
- 1 bowl
- A shallow pan and oil (canola or vegetable will do)
The recipe can be adjusted to taste. Want a little more garlic pop? Add some more garlic powder. A little more color? Add a little more paprika. It's all subjective here!
The most difficult part of this strategy is making sure the oil is hot enough to fry. Other than that, this boss is an absolute breeze.
- Ready check Put your oil in a shallow pan; use enough for the fish to float in when it's frying. You don't want it sticking to the bottom of the pan! Keep an eye on it; you want the oil at roughly 375 degrees or so.
- Raid composition Send in your off tank to handle the fish, and assign one healer to keep him topped off. Send in your rogues to handle that pesky egg, and have the rest of your raid concentrate on the other ingredients.
- Send in the main tank and DPS Get them to mix together the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a flat, shallow dish.
- Whip it good Send your rogues after that egg; Slice and Dice it in your small bowl.
- Do a Barrel Roll! Have your off tank bring the fish to the rogues, and dunk that fish in the egg, flipping it to make sure it's covered. Then drag it to the main tank and roll it in the flour mixture, making sure the fish is well coated.
- Kill It With Fire! Have your raid take that flour-coated fish and carefully place it in the hot oil. It should be floating in the oil, not sticking to the bottom of the pan!
- Too Hot to Handle Keep an eye on the fish. This is easily the most boring portion of this fight. The fish will cook pretty quickly; what you're waiting for is the breading. Carefully flip your fish to make sure both sides get a good amount of time in the oil. When the breading is a golden brown, you're done.
- To the Ground! Place your nicely cooked fish on a paper-towel-covered plate or cookie sheet to drain off the excess oil.
Uh-oh. Did your raiders forget about the tartar sauce? I can't stand it myself, but my mother had a recipe to whip that stuff up in a hurry, using commonly found ingredients in the fridge.
- Sweet pickle relish
- Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
- Worcestershire sauce
If you like more breading on your fish, you can double up on the dipping. Simply go from egg to flour, then back to egg, then one more time in the flour. I like my fish light and crispy on the breading, so I only dip it once. It's all up to personal preference!
The Colonel's Secret Recipe
Want another secret? This is exactly the same breading recipe that my mother used for fried chicken. If you want to attempt that, you'll want to double dip the chicken in the egg and breading mixture -- egg, then breading, then egg again, then breading again. This will give you a thick coating of breading for your chicken.
Watch those fish! Make sure you've given them a good amount of time to drain on those paper towels; you don't want excess oil on your fish. Serve with whatever side dishes you please. My mother always whipped up a batch of macaroni and cheese to go with the fish for us kids, but that's our family tradition. You can serve it with whatever you like! Keep in mind that you are frying this fish in oil; it's not the healthiest of dinners out there, so you may want to devour said fish in moderation.
Light and flaky with a crispy coating that is absolutely delicious, this fish may disappear in a rather surprising hurry. Don't expect any leftovers, unless you've got a ton of fish kicking around in your inventory! This dish was one of my family's favorites growing up, and it's a favorite of my nephews as well.
If you're still confused regarding raid composition or strats, check out the gallery for a complete, illustrated guide to all strats for this encounter. Enjoy!
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