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Philadelphia Roll Recipe

By learning to make Philadelphia Roll from scratch, you can have fresh sushi at the ready whenever you like! Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and julienned cucumber is rolled up together in smoky nori seaweed and lightly sweet sushi rice.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 rolls
Calories 311 kcal


  • 4 cups seasoned sushi rice cooked
  • 4-6 oz. cream cheese cut into 8-10 strips
  • 4 oz. smoked salmon thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber julienned
  • Toasted sesame seeds black, optional
  • 4 sheets nori roasted


  1. Prepare the seasoned sushi rice, cut the cream cheese into strips, slice the salmon, and julienne the cucumber.
  2. Place one sheet of nori on a bamboo sushi mat rough side-up.* Add 1 cup sushi rice on the rough part of the nori. Spread it out as much as you can with a rice paddle. Then, get your fingertips wet with a little water and lightly spread out the rice to all of the edges.

  3. Sprinkle on some toasted black sesame seeds, if desired. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the rice and flip the rice over onto the bamboo mat.

  4. Slightly off-center and close to you, place 2-3 strips of cream cheese, 1 ounce of the smoked salmon, and a few pieces of cucumber onto the nori.

  5. Starting from the end by you, lift up the mat and begin rolling, pushing back in the filling as you go. Make sure the plastic wrap isn’t getting wrapped up in the roll.
  6. Repeat with the remaining nori and filling ingredients until you have 4 rolls.
  7. To Cut the Sushi: You can either cut it with the plastic wrap still on (the easiest way!) or remove the plastic and then cut. Either way you’ll want to run a sharp chef’s knife under cold water and cut 2-3 slices at a time. Repeat this until you have cut each roll into 8-10 pieces.

  8. If you left the plastic wrap on, remove it before serving. Finish the Philadelphia roll with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds and serve with a side of wasabi, sushi ginger, and soy sauce. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Philadelphia Roll is best if eaten within the first few hours of making, but can prepared up to 24 hours ahead of time when stored properly.
  • To Store: To store, keep the rolls uncut and wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. They will last like this for up to 2 days, after that avocado will brown and rice will harden.
  • To Freeze: It is not recommended to freeze Philadelphia Roll.

Nutrition Facts
Philadelphia Roll Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 323mg14%
Potassium 215mg6%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 589IU12%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.