Whole Foods, or at least the location on Colorado Blvd., is having a blowout sale on their fresh salmon. It was upwards of $13/lbs, but right now you can grab some of the delicious fish for a cool $8.99/lbs. If that's not a deal, at Whole Foods or anywhere else, we'd sure like to know what you consider a "deal." While you're at the market, pick up some nori, fresh mint leaves, sushi rice, and asparagus for tonight's hand rolls.


Salmon Hand Roll



  • 1 (5 ounce) center cut salmon fillet, skin removed, finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 4 toasted nori sheets, cut in 1/2 lengthwise*
  • 2 cups cooked Sushi Rice, recipe follows
  • 8 thin asparagus spears, trimmed to 5-inches long, lightly steamed


*Can be found at specialty Asian markets

Serving suggestion: wasabi, sweet picked ginger, soy sauce

In a medium bowl, mix together the chopped salmon, sesame oil, soy sauce, and mint leaves. Place a sheet of nori, shiny side down, on a work surface. Place 1/4 cup of the rice on the left side of the nori sheet. Using wet fingers, form the rice into a 3-inch square, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Place about 2 tablespoons of the salmon mixture, diagonally, in a 1/2-inch wide strip, on the rice, with the top of the salmon mixture facing the top left corner. Place a spear of asparagus on top of the salmon. Starting with the bottom left corner, roll the nori over the filling. Continue to roll, ice cream cone-fashion, working towards the right corner of the nori. Seal the edge of the hand roll with water or a few grains of the cooked rice. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Arrange on a serving platter and serve with wasabi, sweet pickled ginger and soy sauce.

Yield: 8 hand rolls

Sushi Rice:

  • 2 cups short-grain sushi rice (recommended: Kokuho Rose)*
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar

*Can be found at specialty Asian markets

Place the rice and water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the vinegar over the rice and mix with a fork. Transfer the cooked rice to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Allow the rice to cool completely before using.