salmon baked in the dishwasher

Dishwasher Salmon

Baking salmon in the dishwasher is ridiculously easy and results in perfectly cooked fish.

I should mention that I did not make this up! I did not wake up one day with a hankering to poach salmon in my dishwasher — I woke up one day and watched a guy do it on TV. I can’t remember who it was, but some quick Googling leads to official-type recipes, lest you take my word for it.

What you need

  • 6oz salmon fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • a dishwasher with a heated drying cycle
  • dirty dishes
  1. Prepare the salmon by lightly drizzling each fillet with olive oil; sprinkle each with salt and pepper. Go easy on the oil — only about a half-teaspoon per fillet — the salmon is fat enough on its own.
  2. Look, I’m not gonna lie: wrapping the fish is pretty key here. Do it wrong and you’re left with salmony clean dishes and lemony fresh fish. It’s important to use heavy duty aluminum foil. I use two sheets of foil per fillet. Wrap the foil snuggly, but not too tightly. You’re steaming the fish, after all.
  3. Add each wrapped fillet carefully to the dishwasher’s top rack, taking care not to puncture the foil. Set the dishwasher to a normal wash and make sure to activate the heated drying cycle. If your dishwasher doesn’t have a heated drying cycle, I’d suggest any of these recipes (artfully replacing the dishwasher with an oven).
  4. Yes: you can wash the dishes and bake the salmon at the same time.