Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dressed Up Salmon Futomaki

This is what happens when you both have a craving for sushi and have too much time on your hands. Sometimes... there's a sparkle.
This was by far one of the best sushi rolls I ever had, both in a restaurant and at home. And interestingly enough, it just took a little extra 5 minutes to make it so extra delicious. A simple tempura batter and panko created a crispy outside that was so irresistible that you will find yourself eating more than you think you could. I used teriyaki as a drizzling sauce, but a spicy mayonaise or even ponzu sauce might add the right kick. I will certainly try it on another occasion.
This particular roll contained salmon, grilled salmon skin (I never have the heart to throw it away!), tamago, cucumber and avocado.
After shaping the futomaki, I lightly rolled it in tempura batter and then panko. I carefully fried each side until just golden (I didn't want the contents to cook). I removed it from the hot oil and let it drain a little. Because of the crispy outside, I found it easier to slice with a bread knife.

The salmon at the center remained uncooked, but the pieces closer to the surface did. Far from being a bad thing, this was actually really nice. The tempura/panko layer was also quite thin and crispy, yet, more than enough to retain the teriyaki.


 Cheers all!


  1. cool! i think it would've come out even better if you did it as an i/o roll. i find it usually makes things easier when you want to wrap the roll with something..

    how did the tamago come out? :D

    only reason i'm not dead jealous right now is because i'm probably going to the Frame tonight...

  2. Actually, I did wonder what would be best, i/o or not and technically, this was actually better because dropping an i/o into tempura batter would be both messy and oily. This was proven when I noticed that some of the rice that was exposed at the sides, started to crumble when put in the tempura. There might be a way to make that, but for now, I'll leave it to the experts.
    The tamago came out delicious btw!

  3. Your sushi remind me of the one I used to eat in LA all the time. ^0^

  4. L.A is sushi heaven (until a trip to Japan proves me wrong!). There's so much fusion and new trends when it comes to sushi, it just keeps you hooked for more. Love that there are so many different little places run by Japanese families and they all have something special in their menu. I ate the most bizarre and delicious things when I was there!

  5. You ate Sushi there too? I am so glad!
    I agree! Sushi in Japan and LA is most different from each other. You must try Japanese Sushi as well...