These Spicy Salmon Rolls are so fun to make at home and if you're like me and my family and you are severely missing going out for sushi, let me tell you - these will fix you right up! I am thrilled to be bringing you another recipe in partnership with Kvarøy Arctic. If you missed it, I created this Epic Bagel Brunch Board earlier this month and I'm still dreaming about it.
So, sushi. I love it. My husband loves it. Our teens love it. We used to go out pretty often to our favorite sushi joint but it has been closed to eat-in diners for months. So when I set out to create some recipes for Kvarøy Arctic, I knew that a raw/sushi application was definitely happening with their beautiful salmon fillet.
Can I make sushi at home?
Yes! You can! And you should! There are lots and lots of myths and fears surrounding sushi-grade fish and what it actually means. I'm not going to get into it too much here; I am by no means an authority or expert on the subject, but I am an avid researcher. So, I will urge you to do your own research. Find reputable sources, pretend like you're researching your college thesis. I found these articles to be extremely useful and informative: "What is Sushi-Grade Anyway" and "The Sushi-Grade Myth." One big, big misconception is that sushi-grade fish has never been frozen. Let me tell you, almost ALL of the fish and seafood we consume is flash frozen within moments of catch - if you are buying it non-frozen, it will almost always say "previously frozen." In fact, the FDA dictates that for raw consumption, fish should be "super frozen." Read more about all of it in the articles I've linked above.
The main takeaway for me is that if you are at all concerned about the safety of raw fish, stick with tuna or use farm-raised. Or of course you can cook it first, but if you are after raw sushi like I am, then you can feel confident using farmed salmon - and Kvarøy is a company I trust and will be using exclusively for our sushi-at-home nights. You can order their beautiful Salmon and Salmon products from Fulton Fish Market or pick some up at many Whole Foods locations.
What should I put in my Sushi?
Well, whatever you love! My husband, teens, and I both love spicy anything rolls, so I decided to make spicy salmon rolls. I love the added crunch and contrast of cucumber in my rolls and will often ask for it to be added if we are dining out so I made sure to add some to our rolls. That's the fun of homemade sushi, too - it is totally customizable!
I got a little fancy for the holiday and New Year and added some black tobiko caviar. Isn't it glamorous?? And I love the little briny pops as I'm eating it. But you definitely don't have to add it.
And don't worry - nothing I'm using here is hard to find. All of the ingredients I used (even the tobiko!) I found at my local supermarket and I don't live in a major city. Of course if you had a hard time finding anything, online ordering is always an option.
Is it cheaper to make your own sushi?
Yes. Let me repeat: YES! As much as I miss eating at our beloved sushi bar, we have saved a TON making it at home. Once they re-open we will absolutely go back and support them, but making sushi at home will be a regular thing as well.
Tips for making these Spicy Salmon Rolls
- The rice is sticky! Our first couple rolls were not the prettiest and I felt a little discouraged. But push on! Have a bowl of water nearby and keep your fingertips wet as you are pushing the rice out onto the Nori.
- Don't over stuff them. You just want a thin line of fillings that you will wrap and roll the nori around. Likewise with the rice, just a thin layer.
- Sharpen your best, sharpest knife before beginning. A thin blade is helpful too. And wipe the knife down between slices so you get nice clean cuts and your nori doesn't tear.
- Another tip - make sure to plan ahead and thaw your fish in the refrigerator. It is actually a lot easier to slice and dice if it is still a tiny bit frozen. Just please handle it with care and do not leave it at room temp to thaw. Safety first with all raw proteins, please!
That's it! Now go make some Spicy Salmon Rolls!
I wish you all a very Happy New Year full of hope, love, and so much good food! If you make this sushi or any of my recipes, let me know! I love seeing my recipes in your kitchens. xo - AnitaPrint