Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dishwasher (Engagement) Salmon [Zack]

During our first real conversation, Lauren and I quickly realized that we both really loved cooking (and food).  I was trying to impress her by sharing a new way to cook salmon that she would never believe.  The dish was called "Dishwasher Salmon" and I had read about it in a book by Bob Blummer.  To my surprise, Lauren had already seen the technique on the Ellen show.

I'm guessing you are thinking 2 things:
  • What the heck is "dishwasher salmon"?  
  • I hope he's not going to cook his salmon in the dishwasher.  If he is, I'm leavin.
Well, I hope you keep reading because this recipe is probably the easiest way to cook salmon in the whole world.  In short, all you have to do is dust a few seasonings on a salmon filet, wrap it in foil, and yes, put it on the top rack of your dishwasher. If you wrap the fish enough times, soap is totally cool to use (and highly encouraged!  Clean your dishes and make dinner at the same time - very energy efficient!)

I'm sure a lot of you have heard about "Engagement Chicken."  There's a myth that if a girl cooks a chicken for her boyfriend following this recipe, he'll propose shortly thereafter.  Well we can vouch for "Dishwasher Salmon" as our fail-proof engagement recipe... You just have to be willing to wait five years for it to work!

We just got engaged and I'm proud to welcome Lauren to the Koulermos family, and as the latest blogger on Mama Tommys!


Here's a picture of what you will need.

Cut a few slices of lemon.  Lay out your first sheet of tin foil and place lemon slices in a row.  Season the skin side of the salmon first with paprika, adobo (or seasoned salt) and brown sugar.

Pick up the salmon and place it skin-side down on the lemon slices.

Season the other side of the fish.

Fold the tin foil over.

Take your next sheet of aluminum foil out and place the side that has all of the folds face down into the next sheet.  Repeat the folding process 4 more times.

Make some room on the top rack of your dishwasher and put your salmon packet in with the rest of the dishes.

Run a full wash and dry cycle.  When it's finished, open the tin foil and enjoy!  Your salmon should be light and flakey.

Welcome to the family Lauren!!

Ingredients (per salmon filet):

1 salmon filet
2 T of brown sugar
3 or 4 lemon slices
1/2 tsp adobo seasoning or seasoned salt
1/2 tsp paprika powder
5 sheets of tin foil

Recommended song: Musiq Soulchild - Don't Change (this may get you engaged too!)


  1. This is crazy...culinary people are awesomely creative! This leads me on a journey of wrapping things in foil for every cycle a dishes...

    Lauren has the skills to pay the bills for cooking...your family's all-star lineup just got even better.

  2. First of all, this mama's doing cartwheels over one word in the title of this post, "engagement." Couldn't be happier--Lauren, welcome to this crazy family!

    About the recipe. Well. This even outshines the Brownie Scouts' pocket stew.

    Um, are you sure there's no spot-free-formula aftertaste? Or an I-smell-fish vagueness to the juice glasses?

    It's outrageous, however you slice it. Was Blummer high on pot, or short on pots?

    1. I love your comment, Rhonda. Wonderful. I'll try this recipe. This is my kind of "cooking." The recipe looks asy, efficient, and apparently idiot-proof. (Well, I'll let you know it's not.)