Easy salmon sushi

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 6 as part of a meal
Smoked salmon gives this easy recipe a festive touch and means you don't have to prepare fresh fish - a good sushi recipes for beginners

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal216
  • fat2g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein12g
  • salt1.6g
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  • 300g sushi rice
  • 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar (see tip below)
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 200g pack smoked salmon slices


  1. Tip the rice into a sieve. Place under a cold running tap and rinse until the water runs clear, then drain really well and place in a saucepan. Pour over 350ml water. Bring to the boil and cook about for 5 mins until most of the liquid has boiled away and small holes appear in the rice. Turn the heat down as low as it will go. Cover the pan with a really tight-fitting lid or tin foil and leave for 10 mins. Then turn off the heat and leave for another 10 mins.

  2. Heat the rice wine vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt together in the microwave for about 30 secs until the sugar dissolves. Tip the cooked rice into a large bowl. Pour over the warm rice wine mixture and stir through, then leave the rice to cool down.

  3. Line a 20 x 20cm baking tin or similar-size dish with a double layer of cling film. Spread the sushi rice over the bottom of the tin (the mixture will be a little sticky, so you may have to wet your hands to do this). Then cover the rice completely with smoked salmon slices. Fold the cling film over the salmon to cover pressing down well with your hands to mould everything together. You can chill the sushi in the fridge until ready to use, but try not to chill it for longer than 3 hrs or the rice will harden.

  4. To serve, dip a sharp knife into a little hot water to stop the rice from sticking, then cut into 16 rectangles.

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Comments (11)

kanjitoronto's picture

Perfect! This is really good for beginners like me to try on. Easy instructions was executed. Way to go! If you want to know more about a restaurant that serves fresh sushi's, you may visit http://www.kanjitoronto.com

ygdrasill's picture

hi, somebody tell me please what kind of rice will do? i currently live in italy, we don't have "sushi-rice" maybe there is another name for it? thank you!

makosh's picture

Hi! Try to find Japonica rice (a brand called Yume-Nishiki), Haruka or Megumi rice.

babyjune's picture

i usually make sushi in a seaweed roll and i am rather heavy handed i an never make it neatly (oh! for the hands of a geisha girl )so when i tried this simple way it was eurika.i also added a touch of wasabi hot paste on the salmon and stuck some seaweed on top.i made a dipping sauce with sweet chillie sauce and a touch of light soy.it was divine.thank you for leading me to "easy" sushi making.

sipsik's picture

I loooove sushi! :D

2talentfood's picture

Try out this receipe & you will be so impressed!!! It makes making salmon sushi so easy for non cook like me. I worry that the rice may not come out right as it is the most important part of the sushi. However, the rice came out perfect after i followed the receipe closely. To compare, I did a small batch following the cooking suggestion on my sushi rice packet, this receipe gave far better cooked sushi rice. I am very impressed with the salmon sushi I made and I think other ingridients can be added, such as seaweed, garnishes
- cumcumber and carrot, just like the one you find in Japanese sushi. Could you suggest some dip to accompany this sushi?

veggiemama's picture

Not a vegetarian recipe...

nickieuk's picture

Um WHAT! this is not vegetarian!

jeanmlofthouse's picture

Well, as a vegetarian I certainly wouldn't have done this! Vegetarians don't eat fish!! If they do, they are not vegetarians who don't eat any animal flesh at all. Please take the symbol off the receipe.

americanbeauty's picture

at bbc you seem to be a bit confused about what vegetarian is. Vegetarians do NOT eat fish.

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