Las Vegas Roll: Delicious Ingredients & Recipe

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What you need to know before ordering a Las Vegas Roll…

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Las Vegas rolls are made of salmon (raw or cooked), lightly fried jalapenos, and avocado. What makes this roll special is that once it is formed, the entire roll is deep fried. This roll also contains spicy mayo sauce and is frequently paired with soy sauce. This roll is typically made with raw salmon, however this can be substituted for canned or smoked salmon. This roll is fun and delicious! Below you will find FAQ, ingredients lists, and an easy at home recipe!

Main Ingredients

  • Salmon


  • Spicy Mayo Sauce


  • Creamy Avocado
  • Zesty Jalapenos

Dipping Sauces


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What is a Las Vegas Roll?

A Las Vegas Roll is typically is made with smoked or raw salmon as the protein. This roll has an extra kick to it with the jalapeno peppers and spicy mayo sauce as some of the ingredients. The Las Vegas roll is known as being one of the spiciest sushi rolls. The Las Vegas roll ingredients also include avocado but what makes this roll special is that it is lightly friend in tempura batter.

Las Vegas Roll
Fried Las Vegas Roll
Sliced Jalapeno
Sliced Jalapeno

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.

Las Vegas Roll FAQ and Tips

Is a Las Vegas roll raw?

The Las Vegas roll contains raw salmon, however this can easily be substituted for smoked or canned salmon!

What fish is in an Las Vegas roll?

A Las Vegas roll’s main fish is salmon, which is typically raw although can be substituted for smoked or canned salmon.

How many calories are in a Las Vegas roll?

Is a Las Vegas roll spicy?

What other sushi rolls are like a Las Vegas Roll?

What is a Las Vegas 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.

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.

Smoked Salmon Thinly Sliced
Smoked Salmon
Sushi Rice On Nori
Rice on Nori

Jalapeno: The jalapeno is one of the reasons the Las Vegas roll is so popular. Jalapenos are extremely cheap and can be found at any grocery store. There are two ways to add jalapeno to a sushi roll. One way to is remove the seeds and slice it in long strips. The other way to is to slice them vertically and leave the seeds in. This makes the jalapeno significantly hotter and can give and extra kick to your sushi roll! Both ways are pictured below.

Sliced Jalapeno Lengthwise
Sliced jalapeno lengthwise
Sliced Jalapeno
Sliced jalapeno

Avocado: Avocado is found in most sushi rolls, not just the rainbow roll. This is aside from 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!

Las Vegas Roll Ingredients

Spicy Mayo Sauce
Spicy Mayo Sauce
Sliced Jalapeno Lengthwise
Sliced Jalapeno Lengthwise

Cooking Equipment

  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Deep fryer (or something to fry veggies and roll in hot oil)
Bamboo Rolling Mat Inside Plastic

Cooking Instructions

Making the Roll
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Las Vegas Roll: Delicious Ingredients & Recipe

A party in your mouth, fried with a kick of jalapeno!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 4 Rolls
Calories 665 kcal


  • Bamboo rolling mat inside a gallon bag
  • cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Deep fryer (or something to fry veggies and roll in hot oil)


  • 2 Cups Tempura Batter (This can be bought at the store or see link to our easy recipe below)
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers Sliced thinly
  • 1 Small Avocado Sliced thinly
  • 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)
  • 8-12 oz Smoked, canned, or raw salmon
  • 1/2 Cup Spicy Mayo Sauce See link below for an easy recipe
  • Oil for frying


  • Wash and cut jalapeno peppers lengthwise, remove all seeds under running water, and slice jalapenos into long, thin strips.
  • Prepare tempura batter (or buy if from the store)
  • Dip the jalapenos into the tempura batter and fry in the hot oil.
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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 rolled up smoked salmon, raw salmon, or canned salmon. Quick tip: canned salmon works just as well. The horizontal row of smoked or canned salmon should be about half an inch to an inch thick all the way across the rice.
  • Above the smoked salmon, add a row of tempura jalapenos and 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.
  • Dip the roll into the tempura batter and deep fry for 1-3 minutes or until crispy.
  • Once the roll is formed and fried, 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.
  • 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!



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2 thoughts on “Las Vegas Roll: Delicious Ingredients & Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is definitely not one to try the first time ever making sushi, but once you get the hang of making sushi rolls this is a fun one to try out! So delicious and the recipe is so easy to follow!

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