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September 09 2017

Mini Smoked Salmon Hand Rolls

By Worker Bee

Primal AviarySushi hand rolls might sound like an extravagant treat, but this recipe turns hand rolls into a super-easy snack. Kids love these salmon hand rolls after school (maybe omit the hot chiles?) and adults love them pretty much any time of day or night.

The switch is subbing out raw sashimi grade tuna and using smoked salmon instead. This avoids the issue of mercury from tuna, and makes it easier to pack hand rolls for an afternoon snack at school or work without worrying about spoilage. Plus, the omega-3s from fatty salmon and the monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids from Primal Kitchen Mayo® mean these hand rolls are both a nutritious and delicious snack.

Let’s get started. Mix up hot chiles, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar and a dollop of Primal Kitchen Mayo. Spoon the spicy salmon onto a square of nori, garnish with thinly sliced cucumber and avocado, fold and eat. It’s so good, and so easy.

Servings: 8 to 10 mini hand rolls

Time in the Kitchen: 10 minutes



  • 8 ounces smoked salmon, shredded into small pieces (230 g)
  • 1 Thai chile pepper or other hot pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger (5 ml)
  • 1 small garlic clove, pressed or finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil (10 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar (10 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons Primal Kitchen Mayo (30 ml)
  • Seaweed Snacks, or Nori cut into 4 squares
  • Cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Avocado, cut into thin wedges
  • Black sesame seeds, for garnish


salmon mixture

Whisk together chile pepper, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar and mayo.

Mix in the salmon.

Spoon about a tablespoon of salmon onto a small square of dried seaweed. Add a strip of cucumber and avocado. Fold the seaweed around the salmon so it’s in the shape of an ice-cream cone. Garnish with black sesame seeds.

salmon handroll 1

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  1. I would probably fill the avocado half with the salmon mixture (including chopped cuke) and skip the seaweed since I’m not a big fan of sushi. The flavors sound good.

  2. There’s some Honey Smoked Salmon from Costco in our fridge right now so definitely going to do this – and maybe a little Tamari for dipping.

    1. That is really good stuff the name is misleading
      As there is no honey in it and it is not sweet. Don’t forget to save the skin and bake it. For salmon bacon

      1. Crispy salmon skin is one of my favorite additions to sushi.

  3. Hi Mark, great recipe. I love to entertain and usually prepare my food a day or two before hand, if possible. How long would you say these hand rolls would last in the fridge?

  4. This looks awesome! I have nori rolls almost every morning, although with a flat omlet rolled up in nori with veggies and dipped in homemade siracha mayo. I crave nori, which I assume means I need iodine? (or I just like it, lol)

  5. I made this and it was great! I could not find smoked salmon fillets so just roasted some wild salmon. A dip made with tamari adds the perfect balance of flavors!!