Ikura Gunkan – battleship sushi with salmon roe Recipe

Oval shaped sushi made with pickled salmon and topped with salmon caviar.

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Les ingrédients

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  • Japanese sushi rice : 500 g
  • Water : 550 ml
  • Caster sugar : 75 g
  • Rice wine vinegar : 100 ml
  • Maldon salt : 15 g
  • For the rest of the recipe
  • Cucumber(s) : 1 whole
  • Salmon fillet(s) : 100 g
  • Nori leave(s) : 4 whole
  • Wasabi : 10 g
  • Rice wine vinegar : 50 ml
  • Caster sugar : 20 g
  • Maldon salt : 3 pinch(es)
  • Salmon keta : 25 g



    To make the seasoning, place the vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and stir until the ingredients are dissolved.

    Place the rice in a colander and wash thoroughly under cold running water. Leave the rice to soak in a saucepan with the 550ml of water for 30 minutes.

    Bring the rice to the boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Cover with a lid and cook without stirring for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside, covered, for another 10 minutes.

    Place the rice in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar seasoning over the rice and mix the seasoning through the rice. Continue turning the rice for a couple of minutes. Cover with a damp cloth and leave to cool to room temperature before serving.


    Peel the cucumber and remove the seeds. Cut the flesh into strips and then into small dice. Remove the skin from the salmon. Cut the fish into strips and then into small dice the same size as the cucumber. Mix together the rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt.
    Combine this dressing with the fish and the cucumber and leave to marinate for 15 minutes.


    Cut the nori sheets into strips 2 to 3cm wide. Roll a small amount of rice into a ball then press it down to create a flat oval shape approximately 1cm high.
    Repeat this process until you have enough pieces.
    Wrap a strip of nori around each oval of rice, making sure the shiny side is facing outwards. Stick the ends together with a little water to secure the nori. You should be left with an overlap of about 1cm above the rice. Smear a small amount of wasabi on top of the rice then fill the nori overhang with the salmon and cucumber mixture. Finish with a layer of the salmon roe.

Chef's tip

«When buying fish for sushi always shop at a fishmonger and make sure that the fish you buy is super fresh.»

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