Pieces of salmon are spiced and wrapped tightly in at least two layers of aluminium foil and put in a dishwasher. The dishwasher is set to perform the wash and dry cycle. Depending on the model of the dishwasher, the salmon is cooked, steamed and ripened. An advantage of the method is that the prepared dish does not smell. There is nothing preventing one from washing the dishes at the same time, provided that the package is tight enough.
Vincent Price had shown preparation of fish in 1975 when appearing at The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Price presented the dish as "a dish any fool can prepare".
Preparation of the dish has been presented in the Canadian show The Surreal Gourmet hosted by Bob Blumer in 2002. Reports about the dish have been published by The Wall Street Journal, NBC, BBC, Vogue and CBS News which interviewed Kym Douglas about the book The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets where the dish is presented.