How To Make The Best Salmon Skin Roll

When people think “sushi” and “salmon,” the first roll to come to mind is often a spicy tuna roll. But this isn’t the only salmon roll that is worth making - one of my favorites to eat is a salmon skin roll!

Yes, it is made with salmon skin, but that’s a huge part of why it’s so tasty. The skin from smoked salmon has a very unique and flavorful taste that works great in a sushi roll.

Like any other sushi roll, you will have to prep quite a few ingredients to make a delicious dish, but don’t let that stop you from trying to make this roll. It will all be worth it!

Let’s go through the steps about how to make a salmon skin sushi roll together!


What You Will Need

  • ½ lb salmon skin

Salmon skin is a very healthy part of the fish. Here, you’ll find much of the omega-3 fats that are very healthy and may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Salmon skin, when cooked, tastes a bit like bacon! It might sound weird at first, but once prepared, you’ll really enjoy this treat.

  • Cooked sushi rice

Sushi rice has a distinct texture and flavor that is necessary to make the best sushi roll around. To learn how to make sushi rice, you can follow this recipe. If you want to keep things more simple, you can cook short grain sushi rice in a rice cooker and use that. The rice won’t be perfect, but it will work.

  • ½ tsp salt

Salt will be used in this recipe to treat the salmon skins before you fry them. Like any other meat, salt can be used to help boost the flavor profile of the salmon skin while cooking.

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  • 1 tbs soy sauce

Soy sauce is a salty, delicious sauce that many people associate with sushi, but you won’t be using soy sauce directly in this dish!

Instead, you’ll be using soy sauce to make eel sauce, which is a savory, salty, and sweet sauce that isn’t made of eel at all! The salty flavor of soy helps to create a delicious eel sauce.

  • 1 tbs brown sugar

Brown sugar is a type of white sugar that has been treated with molasses to give it the sweet flavor and characteristic color that most people associate with brown sugar.

This sugar will be used to help create a delicious eel sauce for your salmon skin roll.

  • 2 tbs mirin

Mirin is a Japanese sweet rice wine that is used for cooking. This adds flavor to sauces but also helps make them stick to food and get thicker, which is why it will be used in the eel sauce part of today’s recipe.

If you don’t have mirin, you can use an equal amount of dry sherry or sweet marsala instead.

  • 2 julienned cucumbers

Cucumbers are a type of gourd made up of 95% water. The give your body a lot of nutrients including vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, and vitamin C. Including cucumbers in your diet can help you avoid any deficiencies of these nutrients.

  • 1 sliced avocado

Avocados are known for their creamy texture and filling flavor. They are a great source healthy fats that help keep your body healthy and strong. Only the inside of an avocado can be eaten, so you have to remove the skin and the seed before eating.

  • 4 to 6 sheets seaweed (nori)

Nori, or seaweed, is the wrap that is used to make sushi recognizable! This edible plant is roasted and cut into flat sheets that are recognizable as nori. You can find nori online or in the Asian section of any market.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Cook The Salmon Skins

  • Rinse and pat dry the salmon skins, and then sprinkle a little bit of salt on the skins.
  • Put them on a parchment lined paper.
  • Broil them on high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until crispy.
  • Allow the skins to cool completely, and then use kitchen shears to cut them into ¼ inch wide strips.

2. Make The Eel Sauce

Salmon skin roll wouldn’t be the same without any eel sauce on it! You’ll want to make this ingredient next.

Combine 1 tbs soy sauce, 1 tbs brown sugar, and 2 tbs mirin in a pan over low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then, let the sauce reduce until it is thick. The total volume should reduce by half.

Follow this video for another version of an eel sauce recipe:

3. Prep The Nori With Rice

Place one sheet of nori on your sushi mat. Spread your cooked sushi rice over the nori, keeping it away from the edges.

Then, place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the rice, and flip the nori over so that the plastic wrap is touching the sushi mat.

4. Roll Away!

Now, it’s time to fill your sushi. Take the cut strips of avocado, salmon skin, and cucumber and lay them along one edge of the nori in a vertical position.

Roll the sushi together tightly. Follow this video fro some tips on how to roll:

Once you’re done rolling, remove the plastic cling wrap from the roll. Slice the sushi into bite-sized pieces.

5. Sauce & Serve!

Drizzle some of the eel sauce over the roll. If you aren’t sure how much eel sauce you want, you can also leave this on the side and dip your roll into the sauce instead.

The roll is now ready to eat! Enjoy your delicious salmon skin roll.

It’s Time To Make Your Sushi

That’s all it takes to make your own salmon skin roll at home! It’s very easy, and the only part that will take some practice is the rolling. Don’t worry, the more you make sushi, the easier this step will become!

If you have any tips for how to roll sushi most effectively, let us know in the comments. Share this article with your sushi-loving friends so they can try a new recipe, too!

Sophia Gardner

I'm Sophia, food blogger, dog lover, homemade cooking and travel passion. I really hope you enjoy my blog, i'll do my best to share great recipes, healthy living tips and just general 'food' thoughts!

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