Alaska Roll Sushi Recipe, Easy Ingredients, & More!

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What you need to know before ordering an Alaska Roll…

Alaska Roll
Alaska Roll

Alaska rolls are made of raw salmon (can be substitued for canned or smoked) and imitation crab as the meats, cucumber and avocado as the veggies, and can be topped with spicy mayo sauce to give it an extra kick. An Alaska roll is fully cooked and popular for its mix of raw salmon and crab. Frequently the Alaska roll is dipped in soy sauce! Below you will find FAQ, ingredients lists, and an easy at home recipe!

Main Ingredients

  • Salmon
  • Imitation Crab

SAUCES & Toppings

  • Spicy Mayo Sauce

VEGGIES & FILLING

  • Creamy Avocado
  • Crunchy Cucumber

Dipping Sauces





Enjoy!

Completed Alaska Roll With Salmon On Top

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What is an Alaska Roll?

Canned Salmon
Canned Salmon
Thinly Sliced Salmon
Thinly Sliced Salmon

What is the best way to serve and eat sushi?

When Serving Sushi:

Sushi is one of those fun meals that you will frequently see pop up on friends snapchat or instagram stories or whatever social media companies sharing application. Whether it is at a restaurant or in your own kitchen, sushi is extremely instagrammable. Sushi is very trendy and typically served at higher end restaurants, therefore there is a high likelihood that the group is either on a date night or out on the town and dressed accordingly! Lots of pictures are flying around on these kind of nights therefore the presentation of the sushi tends to get some notice!

Typically sushi is plated in a very eye catching and palatable pattern on plates that have good visual appeal, frequently made of melamine in traditional japanese fashion. Restaurants tend to make a big deal of the presentation. Some ways sushi is presented can be on a small wooden boat brought out to the table or even lit on fire!

Sushi Boat
Sushi Boat
When Eating Sushi:

Experienced sushi eaters know that sauces can make or break your eating experience. There are two ways that sauces can be eaten with sushi:

Sauces on or in the sushi roll

This tends to be sauces that are either mixed in with other ingredients or added as a topping. Examples of this are spicy mayo sauce which is frequently mixed in with shredded imitation crab or drizzled on top of the sushi roll in patterns that are visually appealing. Some other sauces that are put on top or in the sushi roll are unagi eel sauce and teriyaki sauce.

Sauces that the sushi roll can be dipped in

The first sauce and most popular that probably comes to mind is soy sauce. (I have linked my favorite soy sauce to the right or below on mobile). Soy sauce is cheap and can be found at any grocery store or restaurant. Soy sauce is also an ingredient in numerous other recipes, not just sushi or even japanese based recipes.

Soy sauce can be given a little extra heat by mixing wasabi into the soy sauce.

Alaska Roll FAQ and Tips

Is an Alaska sushi roll raw?

The Alaska roll contains raw salmon, however this can easily be substituted for smoked or canned salmon making it a fully cooked roll.

What fish is in an Alaska sushi roll?

How many calories are in an Alaska roll?

Although there are many variations of an Alaska roll, it is safe to say that each roll contains less than 200 calories making it a healthy and delicious choice!

Is an Alaska roll spicy?

What other sushi rolls are like an Alaska sushi roll?

What is an Alaska roll made of?

Sushi Rice On Nori
Sushi rice on nori

Smoked, Canned, or Raw Salmon: Finding sushi grade salmon can pose a challenge to at home sushi makers. Raw salmon for sushi must be designated safe for consuming raw, do not assume all salmon can be eaten raw! With that in mind, alternative options for using raw salmon are smoked or canned salmon. My preference is smoked salmon which still has a great fresh flavor. Both of these options are easy to find in your grocery store.

Spicy Mayo Sauce
Spicy Mayo Sauce

Nori Sheets (Seaweed): Sheets of dried seaweed, otherwise called nori, are what are used to align the guts of the sushi roll. Nori is very healthy for you, and has relatively little flavor. Sheets of nori can be found at most grocery stores like Walmart, Kroger, or HEB or can even be ordered off of Amazon.

Avocado: Avocado is found in most sushi rolls, not just the rainbow roll, not to mention the fact that avocado is just down right delicious! To pick an avocado, look for dark skin colors and place them in the palm of your hand. If it is to firm, it is not ripe yet. If it is to squishy, it is overripe. You should be looking for a dark skinned avocado that you can give a slight squeeze!

Alaska Roll Ingredients

Spicy Mayo Sauce
Spicy Mayo Sauce
Canned Salmon
Canned Salmon

Cooking Tools

  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • cutting board and a sharp knife
Bamboo Rolling Mat In Plastic
Bamboo Rolling Mat in plastic

Cooking Instructions

Preparation

Making the Roll

  1. ONLY ONCE THE RICE HAS COOLED, grab a handful of rice and cover the rough side of the nori leaving a 1 inch gap at the top without any rice. If using sesame seeds, sprinkle them over the rice. Grab the nori by the top, and flip it over so the rice is against the bamboo rolling mat and the 1 inch gap is now on the bottom.
  2. Starting 1/3 of the way up from the bottom begin to align the “guts” of the sushi roll in a horizontal line beginning with the imitation crab. It should take 2 sticks of imitation crab to go across the nori horizontally.
  3. If using smoked or raw salmon, skip to step 4. If using canned salmon, add a layer above the imitation crab before step 4 and you can skip step 6!
  4. After the meats, add a row of cucumber and another row above that of avocado.
  5. Grab both the sushi mat and the nori and roll the mat over from the bottom until the empty space we left at the bottom of the nori is touching the other side, squeezing down on the roll to make it nice and tight and allowing to hold its shape.
  6. Once the roll is formed, it is time to add a “blanket” of smoked or raw salmon over the top of the roll by adding strips of smoked salmon across the top of the roll. If using canned salmon you can skip this step.

Sauces & Presentation

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Alaska Roll 1

Alaska Roll Sushi Recipe, Easy Ingredients, & More!

Simple roll. Bold flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 4 Rolls
Calories 175 kcal

Equipment

  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • cutting board and a sharp knife

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups Cooked Sushi Rice (See below link in notes for easy sushi rice instructions)
  • 1/4 Cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Half Sheets Nori (See below link in notes for folding instructions)
  • 4 Sticks Imitation Crab Sliced into 1/2 inch pieces to make 8 total sticks
  • 8-12 oz Smoked, canned, or raw salmon
  • 1 Small Avocado (Sliced into strips)
  • 1 Small Cucumber (Sliced into matchsticks)
  • 1/2 Cup Spicy Mayo Sauce (This is optional but highly recommended, see below link in notes for easy instructions!)
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Add the seasoned rice vinegar to the cooked sushi rice and mix together.
  • Place your bamboo rolling mat inside a plastic gallon bag (trust us, this makes clean up much easier, all you have to do is throw out the bag and roll up your bamboo mat!)
  • Place one half sheet of nori on the rolling mat (remember we tore the full sheet in half hamburger style) with the rough side facing up.
  • ONLY ONCE THE RICE HAS COOLED, grab a handful of rice and cover the rough side of the nori leaving a 1 inch gap at the top without any rice. If using sesame seeds, sprinkle them over the rice. Grab the nori by the top, and flip it over so the rice is against the bamboo rolling mat and the 1 inch gap is now on the bottom.
  • Starting 1/3 of the way up from the bottom begin to align the "guts" of the sushi roll in a horizontal line beginning with the imitation crab. It should take 2 sticks of imitation crab to go across the nori horizontally.
  • If using smoked or raw salmon, skip to the next step. If using canned salmon, add a layer above the imitation crab before the next step.
  • After the crab meat, add a row of cucumber and another row above that of avocado.
  • Grab both the sushi mat and the nori and roll the mat over from the bottom until the empty space we left at the bottom is touching the other side, squeezing down on the roll to make it nice and tight and allowing to hold its shape.
  • Once the roll is formed, it is time to add a "blanket" of smoked or raw salmon over the top of the roll by adding strips of smoked salmon across the top of the roll. If using canned salmon you can skip this step.
  • If not using the spicy mayo sauce, you can skip this step. Once the roll is formed and the blanket of salmon has been placed on top, it is time to add the spicy mayo sauce! There are two ways to do this:
    1) The easy way is to just spread it across the top of the roll with a fork
    2) The "Instagram-worthy-way" is to put the spicy mayo sauce in a small bag, cut off the corner and then push the sauce out of the bag while doing zig-zags up and down the roll, just like decorating a cake with icing.
  • Place the roll on a cutting board and get a knife and damp paper towel. Cut the toll into 8 equal sizes (easiest if you start by cutting the roll in half). Before you make each cut DAMPEN THE KNIFE WITH THE PAPER TOWEL or else the roll will fall apart when you slice through it.
  • Serve with soy sauce, take some pictures for your friends, and enjoy!

Video

Notes

-Folding nori hamburger style
-Popular spicy mayo recipe.
-Quick & easy sushi rice
Keyword beginner sushi, beginner sushi roll, california roll, crab, imitation crab, Nishiki, perfect sushi rice, smoked salmon, Spicy Mayo, Spicy Mayo Sauce, sushi, sushi roll

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