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Creamy Gravlax Salmon Sushi Uramaki Roll

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This creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll (laxröra) is refreshing, with fresh spinach, dill and lemon zest that come together in an interesting flavor combo.

creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll presentation

In this roll, we kind of experimented with a few ingredients that we don’t normally put in sushi.

We often put cucumber in, but fresh spinach leaves, fresh dill, red onion and lemon zest were new for us. The onion is a little strong and if you’re unsure, leave it out.

You can definitely put in more common ingredients like avocado and cream cheese along with the creamy smoked salmon gravlax, instead of the ingredients we chose.

But it was an interesting combination, and we’re glad we tried it.

It’s a nice contrast to the others we made. So fresh tasting with the lemon zest inside and on top.

And, of all of the sushi rolls, this one made us want to serve with vodka (or aquavit) for some reason.

It also gave us the idea to possibly substitute the gravlax for some pickled herring (matjesill) and make another batch closer to Midsummer.

We don’t know if this sushi will have the same effect on you, but if it does, then remember to consume responsibly!

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Ingredients in Creamy Gravlax Salmon Sushi Uramaki Roll

creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll ingredients mise en place
  • Sushi Rice — from failproof Instant Pot sushi rice recipe. The sushi rice recipe makes enough for eight sushi rolls. We like to make this roll as well as the ones listed under More Sushi Rolls later in the post.
  • Nori Sheets — prepared nori sheets for sushi. Most grocery stores carry them.
  • Salmon Mix — see below
  • Spinach — fresh baby spinach leaves, washed and dried.
  • Cucumber — sliced into long strips.
  • Red Onion — optional, has a strong flavor in the sushi that you might rather leave out, it’s up to you.
  • Lemon Zest — We love the fresh taste of lemon zest in the roll and on top of the sushi. Bright yellow lemon zest really adds to the presentation as well.
  • Dill — Some fresh dill adds a savory element to the sushi.
  • Avocado — optional, add sliced ripe avocado

Ingredients in Creamy Gravlax Smoked Salmon Mix

You’ll need the following ingredients to make the creamy gravlax salmon mix.

If you have any leftover gravlax smoked salmon salad sandwich mix (laxröra), this is a perfect recipe to enjoy any extra! In that case, just use your leftover salmon salad mix instead of preparing the mix below.

smoked salmon mix ingredients mise en place laxröra
  • Smoked Salmon — gravad lax, gravlax smoked salmon from IKEA Supermarket or any grocery store frozen seafood section. These are conveniently flat packed, they take up minimal freezer space and thaw out quickly when you need them.
  • Labneh — thick Turkish yogurt cheese, similar to cream cheese in flavor and texture, although healthier. Sub Greek yogurt or Instant Pot thick and creamy yogurt. Keep in mind you’ll need to plan ahead as the Instant Pot yogurt requires 8 hours to make, but the Instant Pot does most of the work for you.
  • Sour Cream — regular sour cream, not light or fat free. You can sub plain yogurt or dahi.
  • Lemon Juice — freshly pressed lemon juice is best.
  • Salt — Himalayan pink salt, ground.

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How To Make Creamy Gravlax Salmon Sushi Uramaki Roll

STEP 1: Make The Creamy Gravlax Salmon Sushi Uramaki Roll Mix

Cut gravad lax (gravlax) smoked salmon into small pieces. Add the remaining ingredients.

creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 1

Mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 2

STEP 2: Spread Rice on Nori Sheet

The first step is to spread an even layer of sushi rice on the nori sheet. Since this is a uramaki roll, the rice will be underneath the nori sheet, on the outside of the sushi roll.

We have outlined the process steps that we prefer to use. Feel free to follow these steps or use your preferred method to distribute the sushi rice onto the nori sheet. We go into more depth about the process in this post about How To Roll Sushi The Easy Way.

Our method involves using two plastic sheets cut from large Ziplock bags. Place the sushi rice between two sheets in Step 1. Then, flatten the rice using your hands, until it is the size of the nori sheet.

In Step 3, you’ll carefully remove the top plastic sheet. Step 4 shows the nori sheet that you’ll add on top of the rice. Trim the excess rice with a butter knife in step 5.

Step 6 illustrates the difference between uramaki and maki rolls. The image is cut in half to represent both scenarios.

Follow the left side of Step 6, the example of a uramaki roll for this sushi roll, where the sushi rice is on the bottom of the nori sheet, facing down. That way the sushi rice will be on the outside of the sushi roll after it is rolled up.

The right half of the image shows the other case, maki roll, as the opposite procedure, with rice facing up and rice will be on the inside of the roll after it is rolled up. Ignore this step as we are not making maki roll this time.

sushi spreading rice on nori step by step creamy gravlax salmon sushi maki roll

STEP 3: Spread Salmon Mix on Nori Sheet

Spread an even layer of the smoked salmon gravlax mix over the nori sheet (with sushi rice side facing DOWN).

creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 3

STEP 4: Add Vegetables

Place cucumber, dill, lemon zest and onions, if using, along the bottom portion of the nori sheet, as shown below.

creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 4

STEP 5: Roll it Up

Use the bamboo sushi rolling mat to assist with rolling the sushi into a tight roll.

creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 5

STEP 6: Cut in Pieces

Once you’ve got your creamy salmon sushi rolled up, trim the ends of the sushi roll if they are flimsy.

creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 6

Then, cut the sushi roll into equal pieces about a half an inch apart.

creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll top down

What To Serve With Creamy Gravlax Salmon Sushi Uramaki Roll

Salmon sushi maki rolls are commonly served with soy sauce or tamari, wasabi, spicy sriracha mayo and pickled ginger. Try this easy recipe for homemade spicy sriracha sushi dipping sauce without mayo.

If you’d like appetizer and side dishes, miso soup and seaweed salad (wakame) are perfect with sushi. In addition, chicken and beef teriyaki and Japanese potstickers (gyoza) can be served as part of a larger Japanese inspired menu.

Since a batch of Failproof Instant Pot sushi rice makes enough for eight sushi rolls, you can easily prepare more homemade sushi rolls to go with creamy gravlax salmon sushi maki roll.

More Sushi Rolls

Storage Tips For Creamy Gravlax Salmon Sushi Uramaki Roll

The sushi rolls can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days, however, keep in mind that the sushi rice will harden over time.

Due to this changing texture of the rice, it is best to enjoy these as soon as possible, when freshly made or within a day or two.

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canned salmon sushi roll uramaki presentation with creamy gravlax salmon sushi maki roll

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creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll recipe

Creamy Gravlax Salmon Sushi Uramaki Roll

Susan & Björn
Creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll made with a smoked salmon salad mix (can use gravlax from IKEA supermarket or any grocery) without mayo. Fresh lemon zest inside and on the roll makes for a refreshing flavor and lovely presentation.
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servings2
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Calories 260 kcal
Fiber 3 g
Carbohydrates 24 g

Ingredients
 
 

Creamy Gravlax Mix

  • 7 ounces Smoked Salmon, gravlax
  • cup Labneh
  • cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, Himalayan

Vegetables and Toppings

  • ¼ cup Spinach, fresh, washed and dried baby spinach
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, cut into long strips
  • ¼ cup Red Onion, optional
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Zest, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Dill, fresh
  • ¼ Cup Avocado , sliced, optional

Instructions
 

  • Add all the salmon mix ingredients into a mixing bowl.
    creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 1
  • Mix well.
    creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 2
  • Spread sushi rice on the nori sheet. We have outlined a method that involves flattening the rice using two sheets of plastic cut from a large Ziplock bag to help with the stickiness of rice issue. See diagram if you'd like to try our method, otherwise you can use your preferred method for distributing the sushi rice evenly on the nori.
    sushi spreading rice on nori step by step
  • Spread the salmon mix on the nori side of the sushi.
    creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 3
  • Add the spinach, cucumber, red onion, lemon zest, dill and avocado, if using.
    creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 4
  • Using a bamboo sushi mat, roll up the sushi and cut it into 8 to 10 equal pieces, about half-inch wide.
    creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll step 5
  • Sprinkle black and white sesame seeds and a pinch of lemon zest on top.
    creamy gravlax salmon sushi uramaki roll top down

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 3g Net Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 23g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 1988mg Potassium: 367mg Sugar: 3g Vitamin A: 2652IU Vitamin C: 15mg Calcium: 85mg Iron: 2mg

Note

The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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