Dishwasher Dinner

Poached Salmon à la Dishwasher

Yes, you read that correctly – you can use your dishwasher to cook!  Oven on the fritz?  No microwave?  Have a dinner party anyway and amaze your guests by serving up salmon cooked to perfection in an unusual manner.  The following recipe can be made with or without cleaning dishes at the same time.

dishwasher salmon


1 TBSP olive oil
4 salmon fillets, 6oz each
4 TBSP lemon juice
salt, pepper, dill


Grease one side of each of two, 12-inch square sheets of aluminum foil. Place 2 fillets side by side on each square and fold up the outer edges. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of lemon juice over each fillet. Season with salt, pepper and dill to taste.

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 easily escapes, rewrap.

Place foil packets on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run dishwasher for an entire “normal” cycle. When cycle is complete, remove packets and plate salmon.

  1. Use individual sized fillets in the aluminum foil. Do NOT attempt to cook a whole fish
  2. Place packets on the TOP rack
  3. Use the dishwasher’s “normal” cycle. Some dishwashers have “economy” or “cool dry” settings which will not cook the fish
  4. Allow the dishwasher to complete the entire wash/dry cycle. This should be approximately 50 minutes.
  5. Add dirty dishes and lemon-scented soap. Only do this if you are certain that your salmon is tightly sealed inside the aluminum foil.
  6. Wow disbelieving guests by having them view the salmon retrieval.

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The quintessential pessimistically optimistic meat-eating vegetarian hippie chick who believes wholeheartedly in peace, love, toast and sox but not necessarily in that order. And the tiara. It's all about the tiara ;) View all posts by tuesdaydangergirl

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