Alaska Roll Sushi Easy Preparation and Guide

Alaska roll sushi is created using raw salmon (may be substituted for canned or smoked) and imitation crab for the meats, cucumber, avocado for the veggies, and spicy mayo sauce for a kick.

A completely cooked Alaska roll is popular for its combination of raw salmon and crab.

The Alaska roll is frequently dunked in soy sauce! Below are some frequently asked questions, ingredient lists, and a simple at-home recipe!

Alaska Roll Sushi Main Ingredients

  • Salmon
  • Imitation Crab
  • Sauces and toppings
  • Spicy Mayo Sauce
  • Creamy Avocado
  • Crunchy Cucumber
  • Soy Sauce

How to Make Alaska Roll Sushi

Alaska Roll Sushi

Smoked salmon is more readily available than you might expect! It can be found at most supermarket stores, particularly those with a seafood department.

Alaska roll ingredients are widely available in most grocery shops, and you don’t have to use raw fish, so you don’t have to worry about your first date going sour because you decided to filet a salmon in your kitchen. Best of all, you can make four of these in about 20 minutes!

To be honest, the most difficult aspect is making the rice (which is super easy anyways). Just remember to wet your hands!


What is an Alaska Roll Sushi?

An Alaska Roll, sometimes known as an Alaskan roll, is an inside-out sushi roll (rice on the exterior) constructed with smoked, raw, or canned salmon and imitation crab as the two proteins.

To give it a little extra heat, Alaska roll components also include avocado, cucumber, and spicy mayo sauce.

The Alaska sushi roll is right up there with the Philadelphia roll and California roll in terms of ease of preparation, plus it has two easily accessible slices of meat within the roll!

Major life hack: Check for canned salmon, which is frequently found near the canned tuna, or follow the link to Amazon. This works just as well and tastes just as good.

What is the best way to serve and eat sushi?

When Serving Sushi: Sushi is one of those entertaining meals you’ll see on your friends’ Snapchat, Instagram stories, or whichever social media company’s sharing tool. Sushi is incredibly Instagrammable, whether in a restaurant or in your own home.

Sushi is quite popular and is often served at higher-end places, thus the group is most likely on a date night or out on the town and is appropriately dressed!

At these kinds of events, there are a lot of images floating around, so the presentation of the sushi gets some attention!

Sushi is typically arranged in an eye-catching and delicious design on visually appealing plates, which are frequently made of melamine in traditional Japanese fashion.

Restaurants frequently emphasize presentation. Sushi can be served in a variety of ways, including on a little wooden boat transported to the table or even on fire!

Sushi Consumption:

Sauces, as experienced sushi eaters know, may make or break your eating experience. Sauces can be consumed with sushi in two ways:

Sauces on or in the sushi roll

Sauces that are either blended in with other ingredients or added as a topping are examples of this. Examples include hot mayo sauce, which is frequently blended in with shredded imitation crab or drizzled on top of the sushi roll in visually pleasing patterns.

Unagi eel sauce and teriyaki sauce are two other sauces that are used on top of or in the sushi roll.

Soy sauce is arguably the first and most popular sauce that springs to mind. (I’ve included a link to my favorite soy sauce on the right or below on mobile.) Soy sauce is inexpensive and widely available in supermarkets and restaurants. Soy sauce is also included in numerous other recipes, not just sushi or even Japanese-based recipes.

Wasabi can be used in soy sauce to give it a little extra heat.

Alaska Roll FAQ and Tips

Alaska Roll Sushi

Is an Alaska sushi roll raw?

The Alaska roll contains raw salmon, but it may easily be replaced with smoked or canned salmon to make it a fully cooked roll.

What kinds of fish are in an Alaska sushi roll?

The main seafood in an Alaska roll is salmon, which is typically raw but can be swapped with smoked or canned salmon. In addition, most Alaska rolls have fake crab.

What is the calorie count of an Alaska roll?

Although there are numerous versions of an Alaska roll, each one includes less than 200 calories, making it a healthy and delicious option!

Is an Alaska roll spicy?

Usually, no. However, for added heat, we recommend adding spicy mayo sauce as a topping or mixing it with the imitation crab!

What other sushi rolls are comparable to the Alaska sushi roll?

The Alaska roll is insanely popular—I mean insanely popular. This is primarily due to the fact that this roll in restaurants is often still at a lower price point while combining multiple varieties of meat (salmon and crab).

Other sushi rolls in the same price range are often more luxury rolls such as the shaggy dog roll, rainbow roll, or dragon roll.

What is an Alaska roll made of?

Sushi Rice: When cooking sushi, it is critical to use sushi rice rather than ordinary long-grain white rice. Sushi rice and regular white rice differ in that sushi rice is short-grain and contains more starch and protein than typical long-grain rice. The higher proportions of starch and protein in the sushi rice make it sticky, allowing you to form it into a roll. Click here to see why you should use sushi rice instead of white rice!

Alaska Roll Ingredients

  • Sushi rice, 2 cups cooked (Click link for easy sushi rice instructions)
  • 1/4 Cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Nori half-sheets (For folding instructions, click here.)
  • 4 imitation crab sticks 8 total sticks were cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • 8-12 oz Smoked Salmon, canned salmon, or sushi-grade raw salmon!
  • 1 Small Avocado (Sliced into matchsticks)
  • 1 Small Cucumber (Sliced into matchsticks)
  • 1/2 Cup Spicy Mayo Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds (optional)

Cooking Tools

  • A gallon bag cutting board, a bamboo rolling mat, and a sharp knife

Cooking Directions and Preparation

  • Mix in the seasoned rice vinegar with the prepared sushi rice.
  • Place your bamboo rolling mat inside a plastic gallon bag (believe us, this simplifies cleanup; all you have to do is throw out the bag and roll up your bamboo mat!)
  • Place one-half of a sheet of nori on the rolling mat, rough side up (remember, we ripped the big sheet in half hamburger style).

Making the Roll

Only after 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. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the rice if using.

Take the nori by the top and flip it over so that the rice is now against the bamboo rolling mat and the 1-inch gap is on the bottom.

Begin aligning the “guts” of the sushi roll in a horizontal line, beginning with the imitation crab, 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. It should take two sticks of imitation crab to go horizontally across the nori.

Skip stepping 4 if using smoked or raw salmon. If you use canned salmon, add a layer above the imitation crab before step 4, and skip step 6!

Add a row of cucumber and another row above the avocado after the meats.

Roll the sushi mat over from the bottom until the empty space at the bottom of the nori touches the other side, squeezing down on the roll to make it nice and tight and allowing it to hold its shape.

Once the roll is formed, add a “blanket” of smoked or raw salmon across the top of the roll by adding strips of smoked salmon across the top. You can skip this step if you’re using canned salmon.

Presentation & Sauces

You can skip this step if you are not using spicy mayo sauce. Once the roll is formed and the salmon blanket is on top, it’s time to add the spicy mayo sauce! There are two approaches to this:

The simplest method is to simply spread it across the top of the roll with a fork.

Put the spicy mayo sauce in a small bag, cut off one corner, and then push the sauce out of the bag while doing zig-zags up and down the roll, similar to how you would decorate a cake with icing.

Get a knife and a damp paper towel and place the roll on a cutting board. Cut the roll into eight equal pieces (easiest if you start by cutting the roll in half).

Dampen the knife with the paper towel before each cut, or the roll will fall apart when you slice through it.

Serve with soy sauce, snap some photos for your friends, and have fun!

Before handling rice, always wet your hands. Rice is incredibly sticky!

While we’re on the subject of rice… please allow it to cool. It’s not fun to get excited and touch hot rice.

While slicing your rolls, wipe down your knife with a wet paper towel between cuts! Otherwise, the roll will fall apart!.


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