Let’s Say Yay to No-Waste Cooking! Crispy Salmon Skin Hand Roll

Happy International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste! Today is a very important day to look back at how we are doing to keep this beautiful planet. 


In Japanese schools, the exact same menu is served to not only students but also teachers, school nurses, janitors and of course, cooks. They eat school lunch either at a big hall all at once or classrooms depending on the school size and facility availability. My school didn’t have a big cafeteria so I used to eat my school lunch in our classroom, making small groups consisted of 6 kids(and a teacher occasionally.) Thanks to this unique school lunch system, we get to learn new food which kids had never tried at their home, and there’s an extra thing we can learn, which is…how other kids eat food through observation. 


Sometimes we had grilled fish as a part of the menu, and it was the first time for me to know fish skin, especially salmon’s, were super unpopular to kids. They complained they look like snakes, the texture is rough and oily, so they removed the salmon skin just like an expert surgeon and hid it. I really didn’t care about salmon skin until then, but as you may know, kids are sometimes cruel…salmon skin eaters were called “ew-snake-eater” and ended up getting bullied. To avoid the stupid sad situation, if my group had salmon skin hater who was either popular or aggressive, I also abandoned salmon skin. Agh I really regret wasting food!


Knowing this situation very clearly, I was so shocked to see salmon skin rolls are available in almost every sushi bar in the US and they’re actually popular. I hear a lot of people place an order of salmon skin roll or salmon skin salad (or has anyone seen other menus using salmon skin?) All aspects that Japanese kids didn’t like about salmon skin are loved by people in the US today…once the location changes, what I thought as “common sense” could be totally wrong. 


I recently got grilled salmon from my father-in-law, so let’s make some salmon skin hand rolls and proudly admit I’m also salmon skin lover without worrying about getting bullied. Ready to check the recipe? Let’s cook!


<Today’s Recipe>

Crispy Salmon Skin Hand Roll

crispy salmon skin hand roll


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Optional for Garnish




  1. On a sheet of roasted seaweed, place sushi rice, sprinkle sesame seeds, put sauerkraut and salmon skin. Close the edge by holding it with a little pressure.
  2. Assemble garnish and sauce. Enjoy!


<Cooking Tips>

  • The cooking direction above is ideal to do when everyone is gathered around the dining table and each and every member joins the cooking. When you fold the hand roll, bring it to your mouth and enjoy the taste immediately! I never had hand rolls already built in the kitchen but build-your-own style.
  • Sushi rice needs to be warm to slightly cool, not hot. In that way you can avoid burning your hand and roasted seaweed getting soggy.
  • For salmon, I got already cooked one but if you want to grill it on your own, sprinkle some salt and use either an oven(15~20min, or more for crispier on 425°F) or grill. I don’t recommend the pan frying method.

eat up salmon skin hand roll

Mmm, it’s so crunchy-yummy! This time I didn’t waste salmon skins while intaking in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B and D. I didn’t waste the food, meaning it’s guilt-free food!


Do you have any food that you thought they’re unpopular when you’re a kid but realized they’re actually popular? You don’t have to worry about how other people look at you because homemade food is made at your home and enjoyed by only specific people(yes, no bullies in your home!) so don’t be shy to appreciate what you like. You’re actually doing great to keep the beautiful planet from not wasting precious food!  


Cheers to no-waste cooking and crunchy yummy salmon skin!


<Other No-Waste Cooking Ideas>

Cooked with after-brewed tea leaves! Genmai(Roasted Rice) Tea Fried Rice

genmai tea fried rice

It’s time for leftover-makeover! Strawberry Trifle

strawberry trifle

Don’t throw away the cilantro stem just yet! Spicy Cilantro Coleslaw Salad

spicy cilantro coleslaw

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

28 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wonderful post! Very interesting aboul food in Japan…
    Love salmon, I like the skin. Your recipe is amazing! As always Tanooki. Thank’s for share.
    Have a lovely day!


  2. Laura says:

    Japanese school lunch practices are very interesting. I would have to agree that children can be cruel, in America if a person ate something they didn’t recognize or understand, they’d make fun to the point of bullying. My last year of highschool I worked in the school kitchen it was in a rural town so lunch was like eating at home and there was a small cafeteria area for the students to eat, either the food from school or their own lunch.

    I’ve always loved salmon skin. So I’ve always cooked it with the skin and eaten it that way. I don’t eat sushi often, so I haven’t ever had a salmon skin roll, but it sounds delicious.

    I grew up in a no food waste home, we always had leftovers, and if we had enough we’d either freeze it for another meal, have them for lunch or rethink a new way to make them into another meal. Today I used leftovers from a couple of meals to make a unique and delicious huevos ranchero (Mexican eggs ranch style for anyone who’ve never eaten them) breakfast.

    Happy Thursday! 🍂🔆

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Oh wow, you actually had a dream work of working at school cafeteria! I actually dream about it…maybe that’s because the school lunch I eat grew up with was such a great memory😊

      and wow, you grew up in such an amazing home! no food waste needs people’s strong will and wise choice to what to eat even for a couple of more days.

      Yes, if you’re ok with salmon skin, try hand rolls! It’s definitely American fusion sushi of telling people how yummy salmon skin is!😋💕✨

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend too, Laura!🎉

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      1. Laura says:

        I wish you an equally wonderful weekend. 🎉

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  3. johnrieber says:

    Love this – no waste indeed! I LOVE crispy skin salmon and so much extra nutrition stored there!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Yes salmon skin is actually nutrition packed! I’m glad to know you love salmon skin…that means you NEVER bully me😂👍✨


  4. Monch Weller says:

    Who says no to salmon skin?! I myself eat salted egg salmon skins, and even milkfish skin sold like pork rinds! 😆

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Oh wow both are new food to me actually!🤩
      But it’s true that a lot of Japanese kids don’t like salmon skin or even grilled eels for the same reason🐍🐍🐍

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  5. M. Lee Keena says:

    kids are so cruel sometimes. I remember I committed the offense of bringing a tuna fish sandwich to school and some of the school bullies made fun of me. I remember hiding sandwiches in my drawer at home before leaving for school in the morning. (that created a stinky situation!)
    I love crispy salmon skin, I think it is the best part sometimes, like a chicharron. 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Oh wait, tuna sandwich can be the reason for targeting bullies!?😳 Tuna mayo is Japanese kids’ favorite, so if tuna sandwich is found, the kids would become the target of being asked “hey, can I have a bite?” and that kids never get to eat even a bite of that sandwich😂😂😂

      And I agree, crispier, the better for salmon skin and chicharron!😋💕✨

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      1. M. Lee Keena says:

        I think I would chase you down now just to have tuna with Japanese mayo 🤤. Yumm. 😊

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  6. I plead guilty to not eating salmon skin, even though salmon is one of my most favorite foods. I eat potato and apple skins, so I am not sure why I avoid salmon skin. I am glad they are not being wasted elsewhere, though.

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Ah I finally found someone who doesn’t like salmon skin!!😂 If you’re going to Sushi bar and need someone who can stop you feeling guilty, please remember Tanooki!😉💕🍣

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  7. Livia says:

    These Crispy Salmon Skin Rolls look very delicious! Just looking at your photos made my mouth water 🤩

    I’ve never tried salmon skin in Sushi, but in Warungs around here, sometimes crispy fried and seasoned salmon skins is sold as a snack. A little bit like Krupuk which many people enjoy alongside their meals or just as a salty snack with a drink. The salmon skin is very delicious, but as it is quite expensive, only small portions made of a few small and thin stripes are sold in one portion.

    That’s interesting to read in your post and in the comments that kids are bullying about food. I only had a canteen in grammar school, and I never encountered anybody bullying somebody about food there. They bullied for all kinds of stuff like clothes, shoes, bikes, hairstyles, school materials and such, but I never encountered food bullying. 🤔

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hey Livia, I think I know what snack you’re talking about!👀💕 I’ve seen that salmon skin snack at Asian grocery and almost bought it!…until I saw the price😂 Yes I think the original price was not cheap but they’ve added importing/shipping fee too, so just a small bag of salmon skin snack was quite expensive😫 But it was a great experience to know people somewhere love salmon skin so they make snack out of it😊

      And wow…you’ve never seen bullying about food? I’d say you’re just super lucky to have nice kids around you!👍 Bullying about food was quite common around me unfortunately. Eating what mean kids don’t like or unfamiliar can trigger to bullying anytime they feel like😩 I’ve heard here in the US, rice balls covered with roasted seaweed used to be what American kids never seen, so that kid was picked up bullying as “bomb eater💣”🤣 Today rice balls are known compared to old days, but well…better bring PB & J sandwich, maybe?🤔

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      1. Livia says:

        It‘s pretty sad to read that bullying about food is so common. 😞
        Back in Switzerland, it was rather the other way around: when somebody brought food which nobody had ever seen before, we always wanted to try it, too. Especially food from other countries which my schoolmates brought with them after the school holidays were popular. We often exchanged shares of our food we brought for the morning or afternoon breaks with each other so that everybody could taste everything which they didn‘t know yet. 🤔

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  8. CarolCooks2 says:

    The salmon rolls look delicious…the after-brewed tea leaves! Genmai(Roasted Rice) Tea Fried Rice intrigues me …does it use the tea leaves?

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Yes! It’s a mixture of green tea leaves and roasted rice. Compared to ordinal green tea, it got more smoky, savory flavor😋🍵 Hope you’ll try it soon😁

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      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        I’ll have to do some research and look for a recipe…so you roast the rice before cooking? 😋

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      2. Tanooki says:

        I cooked the fried rice by using after-brewing, leftover tea leaves😊

        Genmai tea is sold as a mixture of green tea and roasted rice, so you don’t have to roast rice to make genmai tea(I don’t know if people ever roast rice to make genmai tea🤔 Mixing tea leaves on their own sounds amazing though👀✨)

        I enjoyed a cup of genmai tea and added that leftover tea leaves in my fried rice. If you click the picture, it will take you to the recipe page so check it out👍

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      3. CarolCooks2 says:

        Yes I have found it thank you.,,I normally give my plants the ised tea leaves but will try the fried rice with the left over leaves something different and a different way to save waste…x

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      4. Tanooki says:

        Yes! That will be great Carol!🙌💕✨

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  9. CarolCooks2 says:

    I found a recipe that had the tea leaves rice some soy etc is that like your recipe if you like to share your recipe I will credit back to you Tanooki 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Carol for asking me first! Yes you can share the recipe, I appreciate for you to spread the word to gather more foodies😊💕✨ Yes credit my page when you share it😁🙌

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      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        Thank you, Tanooki 🙂 x

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  10. sarchakra says:

    Wow- this is so new to me

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi there! Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting😊 
      It’s always great to meet new food, right?😋💕✨


      1. sarchakra says:

        It sure is 😉

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