Several months ago, a certain dishwasher commercial on the Spanish TV caught my eye. An Italian blogger showed off her method of cooking in the dishwasher, all while cleaning dishes. She even wrote a whole cookbook around dishwasher cooking.
Since I love to try the unusual, and I like to try to live a greener life, I figured I may as well try it out.
With that in mind, the other morning, with just over an hour before lunch time, I was about to wash my dishes so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. I had a leftover fillet of hake that my husband had fished the day before, and chose that for my first attempt at dishwasher cooking.
Fish is great for dishwasher cooking. Most of the beginner dishwasher cooking methods involve using fish wrapped in aluminum foil, and are cooked in the top part of the dishwasher without soap. Cooking in the dishwasher without soap didn’t seem like a very green option, though, and it pretty much defeated my whole purpose to cooking in the dishwasher in the first place!
I decided to go all in and rolled my fish fillet up in a jar with a supposedly airtight lid. The jar I used had a rubber gasket with a pressure clamped lid, but would it be enough?
For my first attempt, I cooked the fish with butter, garlic, and herbs. In the photo you can see how I minced the garlic, and sprinkled on some lemon thyme and salt. I cut a few pieces of butter that I rolled up inside the fish before placing it in the jar.
That’s all there was to it, and I was ready to throw the jar into the dishwasher along with my dirty dishes.
Once the jar was in place, I crossed my fingers and started the wash cycle.
Halfway through the cycle, I peeked in…
I had my doubts…
Not only did the fish still look raw, but the butter hadn’t even melted yet. Plus, there seemed to be the tiniest bit of water in the bottom of my jar.
Hmmm, I was starting to think I was going to end up with raw, soapy, fish for lunch. Sigh.
I guess my dishwasher does most of its heating towards the end of the cycle, though. When finished, I could see that at least the butter had melted. I still wasn’t sure about the fish or the water, though.
After taking a better look, I realized that my fish had fully cooked through without any soap in sight. Maybe the jar really was air, and water, tight!!
How did it turn out?
So glad you asked!
It was actually really, really great!
I usually just pan fry the fish my husband brings home soon after he arrives because I don’t have time for much else. While I enjoy pan fried fish, especially when it crisps up a little when fried in a bit of home rendered lard, certain fish can turn out a bit on the dry side.
This method, though, resulted in a very moist, flavorful fish!
Having cooked it rolled up, it didn’t make for pretty plated fish photos, but I preferred eating it out of the jar anyway. As long as you’re saving energy cooking, why not save yourself the extra plate to cook?
I took a bit of the fish out so that you could see the texture better, but I really ate most of it right from the jar myself.
Would I try it again?
It was fun, effortless, and resulted in a tasty lunch. I think I’m ready to try experimenting with other foods.
The only problem is that you have to have the timing right, of course. While you don’t have to spend hours over a stove, you do have to plan ahead and prepare your food with enough time for your dishwasher cycle to run. In my case, that means I have about an hour and a half to wait for my food.
As long as I plan ahead, though, I can see it being a time and energy saver.
Have you ever tried cooking in the dishwasher?
I’d love to hear what you’ve cooked and how it turned out!
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