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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. The salmon is broiled, steamed and baked.[1] An advantage of the method is that cooking is odorless.[2] There is nothing preventing one from washing the dishes at the same time, provided that the package is tight enough.[1]


Dish washers do not have temperatures as consistent as stoves so there is a risk the fish will not cook completely.[3] How to Cook That tested a similar recipe, placing the salmon in a jar of broth instead of foil packets, and the dishwasher did not heat the fish to a high enough temperature.[4]


Originating in the United States, this preparation of fish was demonstrated by Vincent Price in 1975 when appearing at The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Price presented the dish as “a dish any fool can prepare”.[5][6]

Preparation of the dish has been presented in the Canadian show The Surreal Gourmet hosted by Bob Blumer in 2002.[7][8] Reports about the dish have been published by The Wall Street Journal,[9] NBC,[10] BBC,[11] Vogue[12] CHOICE[13] and CBS News which interviewed Kym Douglas about the book The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets where the dish is presented.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Woodford, Riley (2010-08-19). “Dishwasher Salmon”. Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  2. ^ Christine Gallary (April 16, 2015). “Can You Really Cook Salmon in a Dishwasher?”. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2021. 2:36 p.m. Dishwasher cycle is complete. Still no fishy smells.
  3. ^ Janeway, Kimberly. “Things You Should Never Put in a Dishwasher”. Consumer Reports. Retrieved 2023-04-16.
  4. ^ Debunking Crazy WATERMELON Cement Hack & Cooking in a DISHWASHER | How To Cook That Ann Reardon, 18 Minutes 11 Seconds, retrieved 2023-04-16
  5. ^ Holloway, Diane E. (2002-08-28). Authors’ Famous Recipes and Reflections on Food. iUniverse. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-595-24379-2. Archived from the original on 2022-08-04. Retrieved 3 November 2008.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  6. ^ Vincent Price on Johnny Carson – Cooking Segment on YouTube
  7. ^ Blumer, Bob (2014-01-17). “Dishwasher Salmon with a Piquant Dill Sauce Recipe”. Food Network. Archived from the original on 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  8. ^ “DINNER IN THE DISHWASHER AT ANYSLEY’S LOFT”. The Surreal Gourmet. 2008-01-06. Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  9. ^ Daspin, Eileen (3 Dec 1999). “A Jaded Cooks Turn To Other Appliances”. The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  10. ^ “Healthy meals from your dishwasher?”. MSNBC. 9 Dec 2023. Archived from the original on 2006-08-28. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  11. ^ Coombes, Lewis (2008-03-27). “Salmon in a Dishwasher”. BBC. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  12. ^ Ritchie, Ruth (2007-05-16). “Ruth Ritchie’s dishwasher salmon with sorrel sauce”. Vogue Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  13. ^ “Can you cook dinner in your dishwasher?”. CHOICE. 2020-06-26. Archived from the original on 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  14. ^ “Hollywood’s Diet And Fitness Secrets”. The Early Show. CBS News. March 13, 2008. Archived from the original on 15 Mar 2008.

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