Friend and blog lurker Monique recently sent me a link to this guy — I’d vaguely noticed his cookbook before. He looks a little like Zach Braff, and he’s riding a unicycle on the cover, and I noticed it just long enough to wonder “Why is Zach Braff riding that unicycle? What is he doing in the food section?” Then I’d realize it was some other guy, and I’d move on.
Anyhow, Monique knows that my inability to make a decision leaves me (still! months later!) without a cooktop (I know. It’s ridiculous. What is wrong with me??), so she sent along this recipe, for fish that can be cooked in a dishwasher. Yes, a dishwasher.
I did it. Or at least I did my own version of it. And you know what? I learned that you can actually poach fish alongside dirty dishes. It was good. But, more important, it was cool.
Yes. This is a gimmick. I don’t know about your dishwasher, assuming you have one, but my dishwasher cycle takes quite a while. Far longer than it would take to cook salmon in an oven, or on a grill, or in the microwave (microwaved fish: pretty tasty, actually). It was really quite yummy, but given the time it takes, I can’t think of why you’d want to do this except for the show value. But if you’re looking for show value, it’s great. Kids think it’s cool — and kids don’t always think fish is cool. Are there any single guys out there? I keep imagining how turned on I would have been if some guy had offered to cook me dinner and then pulled poached fish out of the dishwasher for me when I arrived.
Here’s what I did:
Take a nice big hunk of salmon (I used Shetland Salmon, which is farmed in the wild. Because the fish are fed krill, instead of the cheaper substitutes, the fish is naturally pink, instead of injected with dyes, like most farmed salmon. Yes, it’s more expensive than the dyed stuff. No, it’s not as expensive as wild salmon). Lay it out on a piece of foil. Drizzle with lemon juice and a touch of olive oil, and then sprinkle with a touch of salt and lots o’ dill (I used the dried stuff, though surely it’s tastier with fresh dill).
Fold into a neat, sealed package (each side should be folded over several times). Make sure it’s sealed on all ends, and that you don’t have any punctures.
Place into dishwasher along with your dirty dishes. Add the soap and run your dishwasher like usual (yes, you can really wash dishes if the seal is tight enough).
Remove. Admire what you’ve done.
Serve (in this case, with roasted green beans and potatoes roasted with olive oil and “all purpose seasoning)
Seriously, though: it was good. We gobbled it all up, except for the part that Merrie begged that we leave aside for her lunch the next day (yeah! She really did!). Tasty stuff, that gimmicky salmon.