How To Cook Something In The Dishwasher

Ed. note: Authors Gever Tulley and Julie Spiegler's Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) builds on the premise that "dangerous" things we avoid are often eye-opening and educational. One such dangerous thing: Cooking food in your dishwasher.

An oven is an insulated box with a heating element inside. Looked at that way, is the dishwasher that much different? Sure it has spray arms for water and uses soap, but it is also insulated and has a heating element. That makes it an oven — with a few extra features thrown in.

Cooking in the dishwasher is not much different than baking; you just need to keep the food from getting soapy. Here's how to make dishwasher chicken, hot dogs or vegetables:



  • Aluminum Foil
  • Raw Chicken, Hot Dogs or Vegetables
  • Butter
  • Salt or Spices (optional)
  • Meat Thermometer (or Adult)

How to:

  1. Prepare food. Cut chicken into strips about 1⁄2 inch wide. If you don't like chicken, hot dogs, vegetables or apples work just as well. Place food in centre of a sheet of foil. Dab with butter and add salt or spices if you like.
  2. Seal it up. Fold up, then carefully roll the edges of the foil to create a watertight packet. You can add another layer of foil if your foil is thin. Place packet in top rack of dishwasher (middle if you have three racks) and finish loading the dishwasher with dirty dishes. Do not let packet get punctured by the rack or any dishes.
  3. Cook it. Run the dishwasher on the hottest setting (at or above 70C). After the wash cycle finishes, make sure the dry cycle completes before opening.
  4. Check it. Carefully remove the foil packet from the dishwasher and examine for punctures. Discard and try again with the next load of dishes if any holes are found. Open the packet and check to make sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  5. Enjoy. Toast goes particularly well with dishwasher chicken.

Note: Undercooked chicken can be unsafe to eat. Check your food carefully before consuming. Use a meat thermometer

Now, if only there was a way to make toast without using the toaster...

Fifty Dangerous Things explores the idea that many "dangerous" things that are interesting, eye-opening, enlightening or just plain fun! And while there are aspects of danger in virtually everything we do, the trick is to learn how mastery actually minimises danger. Walking is dangerous when we start as babies, but we persevere and it becomes safe. Next we learn to negotiate stairs. Why stop there? Why not practice and become proficient at walking on the roof or walking on a tightrope? These are just a few of the Fifty Dangerous Things the book invites you to try.


    I would ditch the alfoil and use snap lock bags instead. These are watertight and can handle boiling water.
    For more ideas search for 'snaplock bag cooking'

    I learnt how to cook fish in the dishwasher during the Melbourne gas crisis in the late 90's. However, I never put my dirty dishes in at the same time - thanks for the post!

    I actually tried cooking chicken in the dishwasher. Check it out.....

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