Philadelphia Roll with Veggies

Shanthi Appelo
Shanthi Appelo

| 1 min read

Philadelphia rolls are a staple at the majority of American sushi restaurants. This easy beginner roll is made with smoked salmon and cream cheese, but with some added vegetables for a crunch. Jalapeño adds a little bit of heat, while green onion adds an extra pop of flavor.

Total Time:

30 minutes

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cooking Difficulty:


Serving Amount
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar

  • 14 tsp salt

  • 12 tsp. sugar

  • 112 cups sticky rice

  • 4 sheets nori

  • 6 oz. smoked salmon

  • 4 sprigs green onions

  • 1 jalapeño, sliced thin longways, seeds removed

  • 14 cup cream cheese, preferably in tube

  • low-sodium soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger to taste

  • Step 1

    In a microwavable-safe dish, make the rice seasoning. Add rice vinegar, salt and sugar. Microwave for 30 seconds to allow ingredients to dissolve.

  • Step 2

    When rice is still warm, add rice seasoning and fluff to combine.

  • Step 3

    Prepare veggies.

  • Step 4

    Prepare a glass or bowl of ice-cold water for your fingers to prevent sticking.

  • Step 5

    Dip fingers in water, then add ~1/3 cup sticky rice on a nori sheet. Spread on about half of the nori sheet.

  • Step 6

    Line slices of smoked salmon, one green onion sprig, a line of cream cheese and a line of jalapeño strips on top of the rice.

  • Step 7

    Tightly start rolling the nori until there’s about an inch left exposed. Dip your fingers in water and run along the edge of the nori, then finish rolling. This will help the roll seal.

  • Step 8

    Cut the ends off the roll, then cut in half and continue cutting halves (about 8 total pieces).

  • Step 9

    Serve with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.

Shanthi Appelö is a registered dietitian and health and wellness spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan based in Detroit. For more recipes and health information, visit

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