Dishwasher salmon

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Pieces of fish wrapped in aluminum foil in a dishwasher.
Dishwasher salmon ready to be served.

Dishwasher salmon is an American fish dish made with the heat from a dishwasher, particularly from its drying phase.[1]


Pieces of salmon are spiced and wrapped tightly in at least two layers of aluminum foil and put in a dishwasher. The dishwasher is set to perform the wash and dry cycle. Depending on the model of the dishwasher, the salmon is cooked, steamed and ripened.[1] An advantage of the method is that the prepared dish does not smell.[2] There is nothing preventing one from washing the dishes at the same time, provided that the package is tight enough.[1]


Originating in the United States, Vincent Price had shown preparation of fish in 1975 when appearing at The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Price presented the dish as "a dish any fool can prepare".[3]

Preparation of the dish has been presented in the Canadian show The Surreal Gourmet hosted by Bob Blumer in 2002.[4][5] Reports about the dish have been published by The Wall Street Journal,[6] NBC,[7] BBC,[8] Vogue[9] CHOICE[10] and CBS News which interviewed Kym Douglas about the book The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets where the dish is presented.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Woodford, Riley: Dishwasher Salmon (Internet Archive). Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Accessed on 2 November 2008.
  2. ^ Christine Gallary (April 16, 2015). "Can You Really Cook Salmon in a Dishwasher?". Retrieved July 17, 2021. 2:36 p.m. Dishwasher cycle is complete. Still no fishy smells.
  3. ^ Holloway, Diane E.: Authors' Famous Recipes and Reflections on Food, p. 114. iUniverse 2002. ISBN 9780595243792. Google Books, accessed on 3 November 2008.
  4. ^ Dishwasher Salmon with a Piquant Dill Sauce, Accessed on 2 November 2008.
  5. ^ Blumer, Bob: Dinner in the Dishwasher at Anysley's Loft (Internet Archive), 2002. Accessed on 3 August 2010.
  6. ^ A Jaded Cooks Turn To Other Appliances, The Wall Street Journal 3 December 1999. Accessed on 3 November 2008.
  7. ^ Healthy meals from your dishwasher?, MSNBC 9 December 2003. Accessed on 3 November 2008.
  8. ^ Lewis Reports - Salmon in a Dishwasher Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine, BBC Hampshire 27 November 2008. Accessed on 2 November 2008.
  9. ^ Ritchie, Ruth: Ruth Ritchie's dishwasher salmon with sorrel sauce (Internet Archive), Vogue. Accessed on 3 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Can you cook dinner in your dishwasher?". CHOICE. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  11. ^ Salmon A La Dishwasher, 13 November 2008. Accessed on 2 November 2008.

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