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Sushi Recipe: Salmon and Avocado Maki (Video)

Embark on a culinary adventure into the world of sushi with this step-by-step recipe for Alaska Maki, featuring avocado and salmon.

Today, I’ll guide you on preparing salmon and avocado maki, commonly referred to as Alaska maki, a personal favorite when crafting sushi at home. Are you up for trying your hand at making them?

What is sushi?

Sushi encompasses any blend of seasoned rice with additional elements like fish, seafood, or vegetables. Although we often associate sushi with fish and seafood, it’s important to note that in Japanese, sushi primarily denotes seasoned rice.

First course of maki stuffed with salmon and avocado - homemade sushi recipe

Types of maki

There are different types of maki:

  • Hosomaki – Small rolls. The nori seaweed wraps them on the outside, containing only 1 ingredient.
  • Chumaki – Medium rolls. Similar to hosomaki, the seaweed is on the outside and is filled with 2-3 ingredients.
  • Futomaki – Large rolls with nori seaweed on the outside, usually filled with 4-5 ingredients.
  • Uramaki: Rolls backward! In this case, the nori seaweed is wrapped by the rice. Today, I’ll guide you on making this type of maki, specifically Alaska maki.
  • Temaki: Instead of using a sushi mat, the sushi is hand-rolled and shaped into a cone.

What do I need to make uramaki at home?

Sushi rice:

Rice is crucial for excellent sushi. If you’re unfamiliar with preparing sushi rice, here’s the detailed recipe.

Fillings for the maki:

When making makis, you can fill them with a variety of ingredients. Popular choices include tuna, salmon, prawns, cucumbers, tempura prawns, avocado, or tamagoyaki, among many others.

Without further ado, let’s prepare these delicious salmon and avocado Alaska maki.

Maki sushi dish stuffed with salmon and avocado - homemade sushi recipe

Nori Seaweed:

To prepare makis at home, you’ll need nori seaweed. As mentioned in the post about salmon makis, these roasted seaweeds are crafted similarly to paper.

Depending on the maki’s size, you can use 1/2, 3/4, or a whole leaf. For this uramaki, a 1/2 sheet of nori will be sufficient.

Sushi mat and hangiri

To roll the maki, you’ll need a sushi mat. If you don’t have one, you can improvise with a kitchen towel. Alternatively, instead of making makis, you can opt for delicious temaki at home.

If you plan to make sushi regularly, consider getting a hangiri to prepare the sushi rice.

Sushi Recipe: Salmon and Avocado Maki (California maki)
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Embark on a culinary adventure into the world of sushi with this step-by-step recipe for Alaska Maki, featuring avocado and salmon.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Rice, Seafood | Seafood, Sushi
Cooking method: Crudo
Servings: 1 Roll
Calories: 312kcal


  • cup sushi rice cooked
  • 2 strips salmon 1 cm wide and 8 cm long
  • ¼ avocado
  • ½ sheet nori algae


  • Prepare the sushi rice.
  • Cover the sushi mat with plastic wrap.
  • Slice ¼ avocado thinly.
  • Cut 2 strips salmon about 1 cm wide and 8 cm long.
  • Cut the ½ sheet nori algae in half and place it on the mat with the shiny side down.
  • Slightly wet your hands. Add a ⅓ cup sushi rice to the edge of the nori seaweed. Using your fingers, spread the rice, leaving half a centimeter from the bottom edge.
  • Turn the nori seaweed so that the edge without rice is close to you.
  • Place the salmon and avocado in the center of the nori seaweed.
  • With your thumbs under the sushi mat, use your index fingers to hold the salmon and avocado while rolling up the nori seaweed.
  • Once rolled, apply slight pressure to shape the maki.
  • I love finishing this maki with a top layer alternating avocado and salmon slices. Place avocado and salmon slices in front of the maki, alternating them. Then, roll the maki again.
  • When ready to cut, prevent the rice from sticking to the knife by wiping it with a cloth dipped in very cold water before each cut, and clean it immediately after each cut. Repeat for each cut.



To the best of my knowledge, all the ingredients used in these recipes are gluten-free or there are gluten-free versions, such as tamari to replace soy sauce.
Keep in mind that gluten hides in many foods; If you’re on a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with a gluten allergy, always read ingredient labels to make sure they’re gluten-free.


Calorias: 312kcal | Carbohidratos: 55g | Proteina: 6g | Grasa: 8g | Grasas saturadas: 1g | Colesterol: 1mg | Sodio: 9mg | Potasio: 305mg | Fibra: 5g | Azúcar: 1g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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