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What is a salmon skin roll made of?

A salmon skin roll is a type of sushi made by wrapping salmon skin and rice around various fillings. The main ingredients in a salmon skin roll are:

Salmon Skin

The salmon skin provides a crispy, crunchy texture and depth of flavor. The skin is carefully peeled off fresh salmon fillets, cleaned, salted, and lightly broiled or torched to puff it up. The broiling helps remove excess fat and make the skin crispy. Salmon skin contains healthy fats like omega-3s and has more flavor than regular seaweed wrappers.

Sushi Rice

Sushi rice provides the base for the rolls. It is a short-grain white rice that is seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. This gives the rice its characteristic sweet-tangy flavor and sticky texture that helps bind the roll together.

To make sushi rice:

  • Cook short-grain white rice
  • Add seasoned rice vinegar, sugar, and salt and fold to incorporate
  • Allow rice to cool before using


Salmon skin rolls contain various fillings inside the salmon skin and rice. Some popular fillings include:

  • Cucumber – provides crunch
  • Avocado – adds creaminess
  • Imitation crab – gives sweetness
  • Cream cheese – adds richness
  • Smoked salmon – contributes smoky flavor
  • Asparagus – adds a vegetable component

The fillings are cut into long spears or strips and layered inside the roll. Using multiple fillings creates more complex textures and flavors.


To assemble a salmon skin roll:

  1. Place a sheet of toasted salmon skin on a sushi rolling mat, shiny side down
  2. Spread seasoned sushi rice over the salmon skin in an even layer, leaving 1 inch uncovered on one long side
  3. Layer desired fillings across the rice in a line down the center
  4. Using the mat, tightly roll up the salmon skin around the fillings and rice
  5. Cut the roll into rounds using a sharp knife

This seals the ingredients neatly inside the roll. The salmon skin on the outside provides an attractive presentation.

Optional Ingredients

Some other ingredients that can be used in salmon skin rolls include:

Ingredient Flavor and Texture Notes
Mango Sweet, tropical flavor and soft texture
Tempura shrimp Crispy texture and rich seafood flavor
Spicy tuna Bold spice and meaty chunks
Masago (smelt roe) Briny, popping texture

Mixing up the fillings provides contrast and keeps each bite interesting.

Dipping Sauces

Salmon skin rolls go well with many dipping sauces including:

  • Soy sauce – traditional, salty flavor
  • Ponzu – citrusy from yuzu and tart from rice vinegar
  • Spicy mayo – creamy, savory, and a touch of heat
  • Eel sauce – sweet and thick like teriyaki sauce
  • Wasabi – sharp horseradish kick
  • Ginger – palate cleanser with spicy bite

The sauces complement the rich fattiness of the salmon skin and balance out the flavors.


Here is the nutritional value for a typical salmon skin roll (1 roll):

Nutrient Amount
Calories 285
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Sodium 561 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36 g
Protein 13 g

Salmon skin rolls make a filling and nutritious meal or snack. The salmon provides healthy omega-3 fats, high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. The rice offers carbohydrates for energy. When paired with vegetables and fruits in the fillings, it provides a well-balanced Japanese-inspired dish.


Some variations on traditional salmon skin rolls include:

Inside-Out Rolls

The rice is on the outside while the salmon skin is one of the fillings on the inside. This exposes the salmon skin texture.

Poke Rolls

Raw salmon poke is used as a filling instead of traditional ingredients like cucumber. Creates a Hawaiian fusion-style roll.

California Rolls

Replaces salmon skin with seaweed on the outside and contains fillings like avocado, crab meat, cucumber.

Fried Salmon Skin Rolls

The finished rolls are sliced and the cuts are fried tempura-style for extra crunch.

Brown Rice

Uses brown sushi rice instead of white rice. Adds more fiber and nutrients.

Prep Tips

Here are some tips for prepping great salmon skin rolls at home:

  • Use very sharp knives for clean, even cuts.
  • Chill rice completely before rolling for best results.
  • Toast salmon skin just until crispy but not burnt.
  • Use a moistened bamboo rolling mat to prevent sticking.
  • Cut rolls into 6-8 uniform pieces for neat presentation.


To maintain quality, salmon skin rolls are best eaten fresh. However, you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. Tightly wrap rolls in plastic wrap to prevent drying out. The crisp salmon skin will soften over time.

For longer storage, freeze roll pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet until firm, then transfer to a freezer bag or container. Frozen salmon skin rolls will keep for 1-2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.


Salmon skin rolls are a tasty way to enjoy sushi with a fun twist. The key components are the salmon skin exterior, sushi rice base, and creative fillings layered inside. Make sure the salmon skin is toasted until crispy before assembling the rolls. Add your favorite veggies, fruits, seafood, smoked fish, and spices as fillings. Dip in traditional Japanese sauces for the complete experience. Salmon skin rolls offer satisfying flavor and texture along with the health benefits of omega-3s from the fish. With some practice at home, you can make restaurant-quality rolls and enjoy this unique sushi creation.