Salmon Maki is a classic sushi roll that is simple in taste and ingredients. The salmon, sushi rice, and nori seaweed come together in perfect harmony to make a delicate and simple sushi roll. Salmon maki, or makizushi, which means rolled sushi in Japanese, is a beloved classic enjoyed by those new to sushi and seasoned eaters alike!
What do I mean by salmon maki?
Salmon maki is the most iconic sushi roll that can be found served in a large variety of settings. The popularity and simplicity of salmon maki make it a roll that is readily available in the sushi section of stores and even in the most expensive omakase sushi restaurants. Salmon maki is a thin sushi roll with a strip of sushi-grade raw salmon, rolled in sushi rice and wrapped in a nori seaweed sheet. Salmon maki is by no means boring or pretentious when it comes to sushi rolls. But instead, this classic sushi is creamy, cohesive, and the perfect summertime meal.
Should You Use a Half or a Full Sheet of Nori?
You can make maki sushi by rolling either a full sheet of nori or half of a sheet. If you use half, you need to be sure to add minimal amounts of sushi rice so that the roll doesn’t burst. You also only have space to add one filling to the roll, and you must not add too much of it so that it can fit within half a sheet of seaweed. Making half nori requires planning, precision, and delicate wrapping. It may be best for beginners to use a full sheet of nori since there will be more space to add as much filling as you would like.
If you want to make maki using half a sheet of nori, you can fold the nori in half, press down on the perferated lines, and gently tear the nori so that there are two halves.
Making Ends Meet
When making sushi rolls, some people cut off the very ends of the rolls and throw it away simply because it does not have a uniform look. In fact, I was actually asked to do so in a restaurant where I worked as a sushi chef many years ago. People feel as though the aesthetic of sushi rolls is ruined by having uneven ends. But personally, I object to throwing away perfectly good food. As you can see below, the end pieces actually look the most tempting, even if they are not evenly cut.
How Should You Plate Your Salmon Maki?
How you plate your maki sushi is one of the most important parts of feeling like you are eating restaurant-quality sushi at home. My favorite sushi plate is this “Gordon Ramsay Maze Grill White Hammer.” So elevate your sushi experience now and get this beautiful sushi plate (get it right here if you fancy).
How to Make The Best Sushi Rice
The key to any good sushi is to have properly prepared sushi rice. Good sushi rice should be properly seasoned, light, and somewhat sticky. To make the perfect sushi rice, check out our guide on how to make sushi rice!
This Salmon maki (Hosomaki technically) is the first sushi you want to try and make. It’s a timeless classic. Let’s start.
- 4 sheets nori
- ½ lb Raw salmon Sushi grade
- 1⅓ cup sushi rice
- 1½ cup water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
Prepare sushi rice, and season.
Split nori sheet in half and place on the bamboo mat. Make sure the rough side of the nori is facing up.
Wet your hands with ‘Vinegar splashed water’, and grab a handful of rice. Spread the rice evenly across the nori.
Place a thick strip of sushi grade salmon at the edge of the nori
Roll the sushi, making sure to press thoroughly with every step
Cut the roll in half. Then each half to quarters and eights.
Place on a nice plate, with pickled ginger (gari), wasabi paste, and a small saucer of soy sauce