Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dishwasher Salmon

Yes, you read that right. Salmon you can steam in your very own dishwasher.

I was not aware this delicacy would be of interest to anyone until I left a comment here and learned that, er, well, not everybody actually cooks in their dishwasher.

And to answer your next question, yes, you can wash your dishes in the same load if you want. But I'm a little squeamish on that score. The idea of Cascade infiltrating my tin foil -- even if it's the lemon-scented kind -- makes me wince. I'll take my water plain, thank you. It's just a personal preference.

Here, then, by popular demand, are the instructions for making deliciously moist and steamy dishwasher salmon.

It's important that your dishwasher has a drying cycle, by the way. Otherwise, the recipe won't work.

First, wrap your 3- to 4-pound hunk of salmon really, really well in tin foil. You can season with salt, pepper, lemon juice first if you like, but you don't have to. Double wrap, triple wrap, even quadruple wrap if you want. Whatever it takes for you to feel comfortable that that sucker is really wrapped. Tight. Put it on the top rack of your dishwasher, shut the door, and run the dishwasher on the regular cycle. Not the shortened, energy saving one, or it may not get hot enough, and not the pots and pans cycle or it may overdo.

That's it! Open 'er up and serve.

Tonight we sliced it , sprinkled on a little balsamic vinegar, served it on greens with fresh pineapple and avocado chunks and topped it with a lemon vinaigrette.

This steaming method, by the way, was originally developed by Eskimo women and was highlighted at Montreal's Expo '67, according to my trusty cookbook Holiday Home Cooking. I'm not sure just where, in the igloo, one's electric dishwasher would go . . . but I suppose that's a problem I'll leave the Eskimo women to grapple with.

Now onto the next burning question: has anyone ever tried tenderizing meat by running over it with the car? Inquiring minds want to know.

Check out more great ideas at Works-For-Me Wednesday.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!!! I've never thought to try that, and probably never will,but you are one brave woman ;o)

November 12, 2008 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hand above the head, I'm one of the ones who wanted this recipe, although I don't think I'll have the cups and saucers in there with the salmon either.

Thanks for stopping by my blog btw.

November 12, 2008 at 2:18 AM  
Blogger Llama Momma said...

Wow. I just might have to try this!

November 12, 2008 at 2:42 AM  
Blogger John and Lisa said...

Amazing. I never had the nerve to try this. (For one thing, I'm too cheap to risk a $20 peice of salmon!)
A few years ago we did a cooking class based on a cookbook called "The Phony Gourmet", which had instructions for wtapping a peice of beef in foil, then a clean towel, then running over it with the rear tire of the car. We laughed during that class until we cried.

November 12, 2008 at 3:42 AM  
Blogger Blessed said...

Thank you for posting the recipe - I was wondering how it would work!

My Works For Me Wednesday post is up at:

November 12, 2008 at 5:08 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

That's hysterical! I wonder how it compares in terms of electricity and water usage as compared to my stovetop steamer?

Great WFMW regardless!

November 12, 2008 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger Redneck Diva said...

Around my neck of the woods, tenderizing meat by running it over with a car is called "roadkill." :-)

I am insanely curious about dishwasher salmon...this may be something I tackle. (Tackle. Fish. Get it? HA!) However, no way I could actually tell my family I cooked it in the dishwasher! I just think there'd be issues and arguments!

November 12, 2008 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Pancake said...

I have always wondered about this... I am going to TRY it!

November 12, 2008 at 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I've tenderized a small animal or two by running over them with a car...

I'm a Believer!

November 12, 2008 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

ok, I have heard of this, but I never had the recipe. We will have to try this someday!!

November 12, 2008 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Mamosa said...

Thanks for commenting my blog. Yours is chockful of great ideas...ummm, except I'll pass on the dishwasher salmon :) I'm just not brave enough!


November 12, 2008 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

You don't mention marinade. Is there any reason this wouldn't work for the salmon we marinade?

November 12, 2008 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is so interesting. I might just get brave enough to try it. I'm so glad you gave us the recipe for it!

Now we just need a side dish and a dessert to "cook" at the same time...

November 12, 2008 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I have never thought of such thing. I can see how it would work though! Great blog. I'm off to check out that dessert I saw right below this.

November 12, 2008 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Wow, that's interesting. I had no idea you could do such a thing! I think I'll stick with the broiler, personally.

November 12, 2008 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Lynn...Thanks so much for coming by my blog to welcome me! I am really enjoying it. I have to admit that I have never heard of steaming salmon in a dishwasher. I am from the South and I have heard of using the dishwasher to wash your collard greens before you cook them...never tried it though! I have even heard of using it to wash baseball caps. The comments are so funny...I laughed out loud! I will be swinging back by to get more interesting ideas! Thanks! Debbie

November 13, 2008 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

How interesting, but what an ingenious idea!!

Thanks for checking out my blog!

November 13, 2008 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Hi Lynn, thanks for visiting my blog. Playing cards for cookies has become a common practice in my house.

We like to encourage gambling and strange attitudes about $ over on the Hilltop. :o)

BTW, I have read your book but did not know you have a blog. I will be adding you to my reader.

November 14, 2008 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

Lisa: I'm tempted to try the meat tenderizing via car method. I have the Phony Gourmet book, too (by Pam Young and Peggy Jones). "Wiener Schnitzel Michelin" looks like a winner. Seasoned pork loins, run over by your car: "approximately 4 times for compact, 3 times for mid-size, and once for luxury." How fun would that be?!

Carol, I think energy-wise you're better off using your stovetop steamer, unless you decide to cook the salmon while you're also disinfecting your forks and cups and plates.

Redneck Diva: Ha! Roadkill! That's one I haven't been adventurous enough to try. I'd love to hear from anyone who's eaten road kill, though. Just for fun.

Sandra, I think this should work great with salmon you've marinaded first. Just wrap it all up good and tight. Let us know if you try it, and how it turns out.

Lisa: hmmm, a side dish and dessert to cook at the same time. You've got me there. I'm open to ideas. Maybe steaming apple slices with cinnamon sugar and butter would work . . . Cooking potatoes or corn. Just think of the possibilities!

Tricia, thanks for your great gambling-for-food idea. Thanks for reading my book and for adding me to your reader, too.

:) Thanks to all for your comments.

November 14, 2008 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Ben and Kristen said...

I am so glad to have found your blog. I am currently reading your book and love it! It is hard for me to only read one week at a time. I'm not a salmon fan, and have never run over meat, but I love the idea of unconventional cooking methods. Thanks for the tip!

November 14, 2008 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Ben and Kristen -- thanks for coming by to visit. Thanks for reading and loving my book, too :)

November 15, 2008 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Britt said...

Wow .. who knew my dishwasher could do more than just hold clean dishes?

I was kind of wondering about the dishwasher/igloo conundrum myself. I think I'll take your route, and just let them deal with it.

November 15, 2008 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger Jana McBurney-Lin said...

This is interesting. I've heard of (but never had the nerve to try) using your car engine to cook salmon. Great for cooking when you go camping. Wrap the salmon, stick it on the top of the engine, drive to your campsite, and voila. As for me, I'll stick with the old fire in the ring...but I always thought it sounded fascinating.

November 15, 2008 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Jana, I've heard there's a whole book out there devoted to recipes you can cook on your car engine. What will they think of next? I suppose it's no weirder than using your dishwasher as a steamer . . .

November 15, 2008 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

We were discussing things to do with the dishwasher over on Facebook, and my search led me to your blog! Great info and yummy recipes. I've added you to my 'watched blogs' list :-) Susan

p.s. enjoyed your fav scriptures GBU

November 16, 2008 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Farrah said...

I was like, "What?... What??.... WHAT?!" I thought it was a joke. This may be one of my all-time top favorite posts ever. I might just link straight here for my next Saturday Stirrings recipe. Lol!

November 28, 2008 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

I've never heard of using your dishwasher for food- very interesting! I'm stopping over from the blog party- have a good one!

March 22, 2009 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

This is the funniest thing I have found in a long time. You shoudl re-run this post!

April 3, 2009 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Domestically Inclined said...

Oh, I've gotta share this one!

June 11, 2009 at 7:55 AM  

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