Tasty Alaskan Salmon Musubi

Spam musubi is a comfort food that everyone enjoys. Inspired by this popular and simple dish, we are taking musubi to another level. This is a simple salmon recipe that you’ll be able to impress your family any day of the week! It is also perfect for a lunch box and picnic food idea. Please enjoy the Alaskan Salmon twist on a Hawaiian classic Spam Musubi.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Homemade Salmon Musubi Recipe


2 cup uncooked sushi rice, rinsed in cold water until water runs clear
2 Copper River Salmon fillets (5-6 ounces each, pin bones removed, cut into 2x3-inch strips
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 sheet toasted nori, cut into 8 strips
3 eggs, lightly beaten (optional)
1 teaspoon of mirin
Furikake seasoning


  1. Clean and cook the rice according to packaging instructions and set aside. 
  2. Remove pin bones from salmon
  3. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar and mirin in a medium sized bowl. Add the salmon pieces and cover the bowl and let it marinate for 15 minutes. 
  4. Optional: Heat a small nonstick pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and add the egg to make a thin omelet. Once cooked through, remove from the pan, let cool and cut into 2 inch wide strips. 
  5. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. * Place the salmon skin side up and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes. Then flip the salmon with the skin side down for the remainder 3-4 minutes, or until desired doneness and remove skin.  Remove pan from heat.
  6. Wet your hands and form rice into a block shape. Place rice on a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper and sprinkle with furikake seasoning. Add a couple of strips of egg and a strip of salmon. 
  7. Lay a strip of nori, rough side up, on a cutting board and carefully set the rice, egg and salmon block upside down in the middle of it. Wrap nori around block and seal the strip to itself with a little water. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with remaining ingredients.

Salmon Musubi

Tips from Us

  1. You will want to use salmon that has a higher oil content to produce an amazing nutty and buttery taste.  Copper River salmon or Alaskan king salmon are great options for this recipe.  If that wasn't good enough,  another reason is, when cooking, fat carries flavor. All the soy sauce and brown sugar is carried by the natural oils and dispersed throughout the salmon fillet.
  2. If you have the extra time, marinate the salmon for 4 hours in the refrigerator, and if you want some sweet heat, add some fresh cut jalapenos into the marinade
  3. Allow the salmon to reach room temperature before cooking. This will help the salmon to cook evenly.
  4. You can fry the salmon skin for an additional side of chips with heart-healthy omega-3s.