Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dishwasher Salmon

No, this isn't something I actually cooked. But all signs point to it being a legitimate kitchen technique. That's right, salmon poached in a dishwasher. Again, for the record, I haven't tried this recipe. I doubt I ever will. I'm barely confident enough with my oven; I'm not quite ready to start improvising. Despite the fact that Dishwasher Salmon has apparently been making the rounds on the internet - as well as the Food Network program The Surreal Gourmet - for quite some time, the recipe was too bizarre not to share.

According to The Surreal Gourmet, the recipe calls for:

1 Tbsp olive oil
4 6-oz salmon fillets
4 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heavy-duty aluminum foil

Preparation is as follows:

Cut two 12-inch square sheets of aluminum foil
Grease the shiny side of the foil with the oil. Place 2 fillets side by side on each square and fold up the outer edges.
Drizzle 1 tablespoon lime juice over each fillet. Season with salt and pepper.
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.
Place foil packets on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run dishwasher for the entire "normal" cycle.
When cycle is complete, take out salmon, discard foil, place one fillet on each plate, and spoon a generous serving of dill sauce over top.

Piquant Dill Sauce

1 Tbsp butter
1 leek, white part only, finely chopped, then thoroughly washed
1 shallot, minced
1 jalapeño chili, seeds and membranes removed, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cups lightly packed fresh dill, stems removed before measuring
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp sour cream

Melt the butter over medium heat in a sauté pan.
Add the leek, shallot, jalapeño, and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the leeks and shallots are translucent—but not brown.
Reduce heat to medium and add the stock. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. (Adjust heat as required to maintain simmer.) The liquid should reduce by half.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Transfer to a blender or food processor and add the dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Puree until smooth. Reserve and reheat just before serving. Stir in the sour cream at the last minute.

For those of you who feel that seeing is believing, here's a clip.

So...are you looking for a way to impress the guests at your next dinner party?


  1. It seems hygenic and legitimate, but I'll stick to cooking my salmon in the oven and on the Foreman, thanks.

  2. lol, well, if the oven's broke there's always a dishwasher! i think i'd be to nervous of the foil giving way and having a dishwasher full of pureed salmon!

  3. I have to say, I am really tempted to try this! How interesting...