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The One Where We Put Fish In The Coffee Maker

Someday they’ll make a coffee machine with a “salmon” button on it.  Until then. . .

 

I couldn’t believe it, but the fish was perfectly cooked!  It was even better than the salmon that we cooked in the dishwasher.  (True story.)  The dishwasher salmon was a little dry.  We probably should have taken it out before the “dry” cycle, or not pressed the button for “scrub: pots & pans.”  Rookie mistake.

How To Poach Salmon In Your Coffee Maker
Inspired by an article on NPR’s food blog, “The Salt”

1.  Make sure there are no beans in the grinder or grounds in the filter.

2.  Fill the reservoir with 3 cups of water.

3.  Put a piece of salmon and any seasonings you want (like soy sauce, ginger, or garlic) in the carafe.

4.  Run the cycle just as if it were coffee.

5.  Let the salmon sit in the coffee maker until it looks cooked.  The exact timing will depend on how thick your piece of fish is.  Ours was a medium-sized filet and it took 7 minutes.  In the meantime, you can make a sauce for the fish if you like.

6. Drain the water from the carafe and plate the salmon.  Serve.

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  1. Now if only I could get my waffle maker to tuck me in! 🙂

    January 14, 2014
    • Ha! That would be glorious.

      January 14, 2014
  2. I see your poached salmon and raise you a Twin Peaks Reference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSxNP-1VpjE Also, you share a birthday with one of my sons! Sweet!

    January 14, 2014
    • That clip is great! And a belated happy birthday to your son. I hope you didn’t get him a coffee maker.

      January 14, 2014
    • Anna F. #

      Perfect! As a recent relocatee to Seattle, I particularly appreciate the salmon tip, the coffee connection, AND the Twin Peaks reference. A PNW trifecta for sure.

      January 14, 2014
  3. I just… I love you. And your hat and scarf. And your noisier than reasonable coffee maker.

    January 14, 2014
    • Well I love you too so there. We’re even.
      Now that you mention it, the coffee machine IS noisier than reasonable. Probably because it was manufactured in the early days of the steam engine.

      January 14, 2014
  4. Kate #

    This is disgusting and brilliant and so weird. I love it. You should create a whole line of coffee maker recipes for NYC folks who don’t have ovens. Love your haircut, too!

    January 14, 2014
    • Yeah, I wish I had known about the coffee maker possibilities when I lived in NY and didn’t have an oven! I was getting my coffee at Starbucks anyway.

      January 14, 2014
  5. I think this goes in the category of things that you could do, but wouldn’t. Then again, imagine the dinner time conversation it could spark, particularly if you forgot to wash out the coffee pot before serving the after-dinner coffees. Hmmm….

    I was intrigued by your outfit. Did you make this video during the polar vortex? I know I sure wanted to wear my coat and hat and scarf in the house last week!

    January 14, 2014
    • Yeah, I’m not sure I’ll do it again. (Except maybe for fun.) It WAS during the polar vortex– Boy was it cold. I slept in a hooded sweatshirt!

      January 14, 2014
  6. Now all you have to do is invite your parents over for a meal. Love the video. So quirky and fun.

    January 14, 2014
    • I hadn’t thought of that! Yeah, they’d get a kick out of it. My mom let me use her dishwasher to poach salmon in last month, and she taste tested it with me, so she’d probably enjoy comparing it with the coffee maker salmon (which was better!)

      January 14, 2014
  7. this is amazing – and kind of gross for someone who doesn’t like fish or coffee – I wonder if you can cook veggies in a coffee pot too – it might be an interim solution for my never ending, non progressing kitchen renovation (month 4 of washing up in the bathroom and no cooker except camping stove!)

    January 14, 2014
    • Yes! We didn’t do veggies, but according to the NPR article, you can put cauliflower or broccoli florets or other vegetables in the filter basket and they’ll steam as the water filters through into the carafe. You can also steam veggies in the dish washer in foil or, if you want to do it at the same time you run your dishes, put the veggies in a closed mason jar so they don’t get detergent on them! Good luck with the kitchen renovation. Sounds like a doozy.

      January 14, 2014
      • wow – with all those tips I don’t even need to renovate my kitchen! Cook and dishes in 1, sounds like a great deal!

        January 17, 2014
  8. Jen #

    Ok so I don’t even eat seafood, but I have to tell you how much humor I got from your winter attire! Being born and raised here in Chicago (and never really leaving) you “attire” cracked me up!!
    Your posts make me laugh so much. Thank you! 🙂 Love the videos.

    January 14, 2014
    • Jen, thanks for the kind words!

      I am adjusting to the weather little by little. On days like today when it’s 30 degrees I now think to myself “yessss! It’s warm!” (for winter.) I did not see that coming! I have a great pair of mittens that Scott got in Canada and without them I don’t know what I’d do.

      January 14, 2014
  9. How crazy is that? Amazing!

    January 14, 2014
  10. I don’t know if I should be grossed out or intrigued.

    January 14, 2014
    • Intrigued! I vote for intrigued! 🙂

      January 14, 2014
  11. I can decide if I’m appalled or amazed! Just make sure you rinse well before making fresh coffee!

    January 14, 2014
    • Rinsed well: check and double check!

      January 14, 2014
  12. Christine #

    Don’t chuck the water! Use it in soups and stews as homemade fish stock! You can even add other ingredients like onions and carrots in with the fish to infuse it more!! 🙂

    January 15, 2014
    • Ack! You’re so right! Duly noted–thanks!

      January 15, 2014
  13. Haha you’re hilarious. I love this!

    January 15, 2014
  14. This reminds me of a coffee-infused seared tuna dish I had at Blue Hound Kitchen in Phoenix, which was surprisingly delicious. See? The possibilities are endless!

    January 15, 2014
    • Wow. I just looked up the Blue Hound Kitchen and their food looks amazing. Check out the three “munchies” they have at the top of their menu:
      SHISHITO PEPPERS: blistered, miso, sesame seeds, sel gris 5 | 8
      HICKMAN’S FARM DEVILED EGGS: smoked ham, dijon 6 | 9
      SWEET CORN HUSH PUPPIES: mustard remoulade sauce 3 | 6

      I want all three.

      January 15, 2014
  15. Adventure Nell #

    That was awesome! I have been reading your blog for awhile and love it. As a yukoner, I say enjoy the cold and find ways to get out there as it is going to be a big part of your life

    January 15, 2014
    • Hi! I am making progress with the cold. In fact, we went on adventures downtown THREE times last week–forging through the cold to get to plays and restaurants and whatnot. You’re right; the more I get out there, the more used to it I get. The cold snap didn’t bother me nearly as much as the first few weeks of winter did back in December. Horray! (I may not feel this way come April, but oh well!)

      January 16, 2014
  16. Whaaaa? This is genius! I’m sitting here with my mouth hanging open in shock and awe. It’s about time my coffee pot work a little harder. Thanks!

    January 15, 2014
    • Right? The coffee pot works at breakfast time and then sits around all day DOING NOTHING. It’s time it pull more weight around here.

      January 16, 2014
  17. THAT WAS F-ING AWESOME! More vlogs are needed (especially with Thunder as a co-star)! Happy belated birthday from your favorite Round Rock blogger 🙂

    January 15, 2014
    • Hello, my friend! Aw, thanks. I have so much fun making the little movies–I hope we think of another idea soon because I want to make more!

      January 16, 2014
      • You’re a funny lady! I’m sure you’ll think of something 🙂

        January 17, 2014
  18. I love your videos. Thunder deserves an Oscar for her performance as the Slightly-Annoyed-and-Infinitely-Uninterested Sidekick.

    January 16, 2014
    • Thunder would be like “I’d like to thank the Academy. And Natural Balance dog food. And peanut butter. And Ryan Gosling, for feeding his dog a piece of apple on TV because Katherine saw it and that’s why she feeds me apple now. Thank you. And may God bless the United States of America. Also peanut butter, like I said.”

      January 16, 2014
  19. This is hilarious! More! More!

    January 16, 2014
  20. just…all the yes. all the yes, all the time, FOREVER.

    January 16, 2014
  21. Reblogged this on GG's World and commented:
    Interesting. I might have to try this.

    January 18, 2014
  22. This is so weird that I’m going to have to try this. It’s a good thing I haven’t gone to the grocery store yet this weekend. Now I have to add a piece of salmon to the grocery list tomorrow. Since the dishwasher and coffee pot are now joining the ranks of dinner helpers is there anything the washing machine or dryer can to to help with dinner? ~Gina

    January 18, 2014
  23. Does Scott have any special science tools that could be used in the kitchen? Like lasers or something? Cuz I’d really like to see that (now that I know you can handle cooking in coffee makers). Also, the videos need to keep coming. They make me very happy.

    January 19, 2014
  24. so. Freakin’. Awesome. I don’t own a coffee maker, but now I think I need to. Fastest fish dinner ever, right? Now I just need to figure out how to make rice in a french press, and then I’ll be set.

    January 19, 2014
  25. I loved your video, it made me laugh and made me smile. I love salmon! btw your dog is adorable.

    May 11, 2014
  26. do you mind if I link this post on my blog? I love the video

    May 11, 2014

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