Sunday, 5 August 2007

Dishwasher Salmon

A while ago someone mentioned that you can cook salmon in the dishwasher... so I've been looking into how to go about doing it. I found an article on Treehugger about it:

"If you’re going to waste energy and water using your dishwasher, you might as well make double use of the debit and cook up some dinner in the hot suds while you’re at it. What? It sounds nuts, and granted, it is, but Bob Blumer, the Surreal Gourmet, has perfected the technique, so you might as well use it.

It seems an odd way to save energy, and granted, that was never really his point. But it is ours.

The classic dishwasher recipe is poached and Blumer’s instructions, along with a much needed Q&A, are featured on and more discussion (because this is a subject that cries out for heavy discussion) can be found on the ever entertaining J-walk Blog along with some novel dishwasher cooking ideas and a link to a recipe for Dishwasher Carrots With Butter and Dill.

Cooking times vary with dishwasher model. [by Tamara Holt]"

And here are some comments from Bob Bulmer the surreal gourmet...

"Poaching salmon in a dishwasher is one of those great urbane legends that has circulated for years. I think I first heard that someone made it on the Johnny Carson show back in the sixties. In my never-ending search for new recipes to add to my surreal bag of tricks, I decided to see if the method really worked. Much to my surprise, my first experiment yielded a moist and perfectly cooked salmon fillet. Since then, I’ve poached salmon in more than 100 dishwashers on 3 continents. There’s never been a dull party.


Dishwasher Salmon with a Piquant Dill Sauce

4 6-ounce salmon fillets
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
heavy duty aluminum foil


1 Cut two 12-inch square sheets of aluminum foil.
2 Place two fillets side by side on each square and fold up the outer edges.
3 Drizzle 1 tablespoon lemon juice over each fillet. Season with salt and pepper.
4 Fold and pinch the aluminum foil extra tightly to create a watertight seal around each pair of fillets. Make sure the packet is airtight by pressing down on it gently with your hand. If air escapes easily, rewrap.
5 Place foil packets on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run dishwasher for the entire "normal" cycle.
6 When cycle is complete, take out salmon, discard foil, place one fillet on each plate, and spoon a generous serving of dill sauce overtop."

So it seems not only is it pretty cool and healthy but it's also good for the environment! Brilliant.

So here's a video I found on YouTube of the end results!

I am going to do this soon and will share the results... any advice would be most welcome if you've been crazy enough to do this yourself!

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