Sunday, August 7, 2011



Years ago we got an invitation to spend a few days on the yacht of a Count that a friend of ours was dating.  We weren't invited because of our charm, but rather because he had heard we knew how to cook turtle steak.  Larry managed to spend the first day turning green and hanging over the railing of the ship while Elizabeth held on to his belt so he wouldn't be pitched over board.  When we found calmer waters and Larry's color returned to something close to human, the Count said that he would cook dinner for us that evening and Larry could cook the turtle the next evening.  This is when we learned that it was possible to cook salmon in the dishwasher.  The Count said that it was the easy way to cook something when he had  guests.  This is very simple and we have since discovered numerous websites devoted to this method of cooking salmon.  Here's how we learned it:


Salmon steaks or filets (one per person)
Heavy duty aluminum foil
Thinly sliced lemon
Fresh Dill
Salt and Freshly ground pepper to taste.

Lightly salt and pepper the salmon.  Place one or two slices of lemon on the salmon followed by a sprig of fresh dill.  Gently seal each piece of salmon in a piece of  HEAVY duty aluminum foil pinching the ends securely to make it water proof.  Wrap again with a second piece of HEAVY duty foil.  Place in the top rack of a dishwasher.  Turn the dishwasher on and run it through the full cycle.  VOILA!  Steamed salmon.

We have read that some people actually cook the fish and wash the dishes at the same time, but we've never been brave enough to try it.  If someone does this, please let us know how it turns out.


3/4 Cup Bourbon
2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1 clove of garlic, minced or pressed
1 Tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

Combine all ingredients.  Heat over medium high heat until it just starts to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about ten minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Serve as a dipping sauce.


If you are simply not brave enough to try the salmon in the dishwasher, here's an alternative.  Wash the salmon and pat dry.  Lightly salt and pepper the salmon and then place it on a non-stick cookie sheet or a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Broil for about 6 minutes on each side, until the top develops a crispy crust or until salmon is slightly flaky.  Brush salmon with bourbon mixture or use it as a dipping sauce.


For a pork roast that's a little different, We recently put a 3 lb. boneless loin roast on our rotisserie.  We had some of the Bourbon Sauce left over from salmon and  basted the roast with it about every 20 minutes.  It made a  lovely crusty top on the roast and gave a nice Southern flavor to the pork.  Use any extra sauce to top off the sliced meat.  This would work equally well doing the roast in the oven and basting at 20 minute intervals.  Roast at 325° for about an hour or until meat temperature is 150°.  Cover loosely with a foil tent and allow to rest for 15 minutes or until temperature rises to 160°.  Great served with sweet potato and fresh broccoli     

1 comment:

  1. Confidence. It seems my in-laws have no confidence in my wrapping abilities! At our weekly family gathering I asked if they'd ever tried dishwasher salmon. Now these people love seafood and I knew the answer was probably no but I didn't know I'd get a dirty look LOL! I guess the paranoia of the seal around the fish not being perfect is hard to overcome but that won't stop me from trying it! To teach the in-laws a lesson, I'll feed it to them and not say how I cooked it!! HAH!!!