Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites Wrapped in Turnip


My Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites have a Japanese twist. As an alternative of utilizing crackers or sliced cucumbers as a base, I take advantage of sliced turnips with perilla leaves. The thinly sliced turnip is used as a wrap, with a perilla leaf, and a rolled smoked salmon is positioned inside. Tying it with a stalk of chives makes the dish seem like an edible parcel.

Hero shot of Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites.

Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites Wrapped in Turnip is a fragile trying finger meals. It’s so easy to make, and no cooking is required. It’s good to apply your craftsmanship when tying the wrapped smoked salmon with a chive stalk, however whether it is an excessive amount of so that you can deal with, there’s all the time an alternate – use a toothpick to safe the parcel.

My Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites is an ideal meals for the festive season that’s simply across the nook.

What’s in my Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites Wrapped in Turnip

There are solely 4 substances and a little bit of salt to melt the sliced turnips.

Ingredients for Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites.

  • Thinly sliced turnips, about 2mm/3⁄32″ thick
  • Perilla leaves
  • Sliced smoked salmon
  • Chives
  • Salt

It is very important ensure the turnip slice and perilla leaf are of comparable measurement, with a balanced quantity of smoked salmon. I made 10 Smoked Salmon Bites with 150g/5.3oz of smoked salmon.  My turnip was about 6cm/2⅜” in diameter, which simply fitted within the width of my mandolin slicer. My perilla leaves had been marginally wider than the turnip.

Top-down photo of Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites.

If the turnip is just too large, it turns into too giant to make use of as finger meals. Whether it is too small, it’s a lot tougher to make. A turnip of 5-6cm/2-2⅜” in diameter (after peeling the pores and skin off) is suitable.

If the turnip could be very giant, which you usually discover at greens retailers, you may reduce out a smaller circle. It doesn’t need to be an ideal circle. The leftover turnip bits can be utilized in salads, miso soups, or simmered dishes.

You should utilize daikon as a substitute of turnip (picture beneath), however the flesh of daikon is just not as dense as turnip as a result of daikon accommodates extra water. For that reason, you should cut back the wilting time (as per the notes part of the recipe card) in order that the daikon slice doesn’t change into too tender.

Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites made with sliced daikon.

Slicing turnip or daikon so skinny is a little bit of problem if you’re not utilizing a mandolin slicer. But when the slices are too thick, they are going to be troublesome to bend even after wilting them. So, please attempt slicing very thinly. It’s value it.

The best way to make Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites Wrapped in Turnip

Step-by-step photo of making Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites.

  1. Submerge chives in boiled water for 30 seconds, then cool them down beneath working water.
  2. Sprinkle salt over the sliced turnips and depart for quarter-hour.
  3. Rapidly rinse the turnips and pat dry them with kitchen paper.
  4. Reduce the smoked salmon slices into strips with the width barely narrower than or about the identical because the diameter of the turnip.
  5. Roll smoked salmon strip.
  6. Place a perilla leaf on a turnip slice, then a rolled strip of smoked salmon on the perilla.
  7. Raise up each ends of the turnip to place them collectively on the prime, then tie it with a chive to safe the parcel.

You may discover that slicing smoked salmon into equal parts is a little bit of problem since salmon slices has irregular shapes. They often come in several sizes too.  I made 10 parts as per beneath.

Showing how to cut a large piece of smoked salmon and roll each piece.

  1. Work out the burden per piece. In my case, it was 15g/0.5oz.
  2. Take a big slice of smoked salmon, weigh it first, then reduce about 15g/0.5oz out (prime left picture above). It’s good to estimate it and it doesn’t matter if the slice is barely kind of. Repeat for the remainder of giant slices.
  3. For the remnants, weigh 2-3 smaller items to make up for about 15g/0.5oz.
  4. You need to have 10 parts – a number of giant slices plus some parts with just a few small items.
  5. Unfold just a few smaller items that make up a portion, attempting to make a 5cm/2″ huge rectangle form, barely overlapping the joints (prime proper picture above). The smoked salmon is tender and sticky, so it shouldn’t be troublesome to form.

Contemporary chives are straightforward to interrupt, however they change into arduous to interrupt once you blanch them. As an alternative of securing the wrap with a chive, you should utilize a toothpick if tying the chive is just too fiddly.

Smoked Salmon Bite secured with a toothpick.

The flavour mixture of smoked salmon, perilla, and turnip is ideal, complementing one another. The sliced turnips are very frivolously salted, which is ample as a result of the saltiness from the smoked salmon makes the flavour excellent.

For a really big day, you may remodel these Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites into an expensive meals by including some ikura (salmon roe) on prime. See the photographs beneath.  Aren’t they beautiful?

Luxurious version of Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites with salmon roes on them.

Zoomed-in photo of Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites with salmon roes.


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Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites Wrapped in Turnip

Time to wilt sliced turnip

15 minutes


These Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites havr a Japanese twist. I take advantage of sliced turnips with perilla leaves as a base. The thinly sliced turnip is softened and used as a wrap, with a perilla leaf, and rolled smoked salmon inside. Tied with a stalk of chive, it seems to be like an edible parcel.

See the step-by-step picture within the publish.

Do not forget to see the part ‘MEAL IDEAS’ beneath the recipe card! It provides you an inventory of dishes that I’ve already posted and this recipe that may make up a whole meal. I hope it’s of assist to you.

Recipe Kind:




Key phrase:

finger meals with smoked salmon, smoked salmon recipe

Serves: 10 items

Writer: Yumiko

Substances (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)

  • 150g/5.3oz
    sliced smoked salmon
    (be aware 1)
  • 10
    (2mm/3⁄32″ thick, spherical slices, be aware 2)
  • 10
    perilla leaves
    (be aware 3)
  • 10
    stalks chives
    (be aware 4)
  • A pinch of salt
    (giant pinch with two fingers and thumb)


  1. Sprinkle salt over the turnip slices in a bowl. Combine the turnip slices effectively utilizing palms, making certain that salt coats throughout them. Depart for quarter-hour to allow them to wilt.

  2. Rinse the turnips shortly and pat dry with kitchen paper.

  3. Boil water (not within the substances listing) in a large and shallow saucepan or a frying pan.

  4. Put the chives within the boiled water for 30 seconds, then shortly cool them down beneath working water.

  5. Reduce the smoked salmon slices into 10 equal parts, i.e., 15g/0.5oz every. The place potential make 5cm/2″ huge strips (See be aware 5).

  6. Roll every portion right into a log about 5cm/2″ lengthy.

  7. Place turnip slices on a workbench, with out overlapping. Trill the surplus stalks off the perilla leaves, then place a perilla leaf on every turnip (be aware 6).

  8. Place a chunk of rolled smoked salmon in the course of the perilla leaf, perpendicular to the midrib of the leaf.

  9. Taking one turnip at a time, place a stalk of chive beneath a turnip, matching the route with the midrib of the perilla leaf.

  10. Raise the chive from either side and tie it on the prime (be aware 7).

Recipe Notes

1. The amount of smoked salmon can fluctuate if you wish to have kind of per roll. It additionally depends upon the dimensions of your turnip. In case your turnip is giant, you will want extra salmon to get a very good steadiness between the turnip and smoked salmon.

2. I used the center portion of my turnip to maintain the dimensions of the slices as constant as potential. The diameter of my turnip was about 6cm/2⅜”. The best measurement turnip is 5-6cm/2-2⅜” in diameter after peeling the pores and skin off. In the event you solely have a really giant turnip, you may reduce a smaller circle out of it.

The leftover turnip bits can be utilized in salads, miso soups, or simmered dishes.

I used a mandolin slicer, however you may slice it by hand with a pointy knife.

As an alternative choice to turnip, you should utilize daikon. Scale back the wilting time in instruction step 1 to five minutes.

3. The dimensions of perilla leaves and turnip slices have to be related. My perilla leaves had been about 6.5cm/2 9⁄16″ huge, which was excellent for my turnip slices. In case your perilla leaves are a lot wider than your turnip, you may tuck and fold the center of the perilla leaf to regulate the width.

4. As an alternative of utilizing chives to tie the roll, you should utilize toothpicks, that are much less fiddly (see the pattern picture within the publish). Utilizing chives makes the dish visually extra engaging.

5. Because of the form of the salmon fillet, it isn’t potential to chop out 10 slices of smoked salmon with the identical form. It’s OK to have 2-3 small items to make up 15g/0.5oz, so long as you may make a roll with the size of about 5cm. If you find yourself with just a few small items, place them like a jigsaw puzzle to make a 5cm-wide/2″-wide piece. See the picture of how I reduce the salmon slices.

6. In case your turnip is just not completely spherical, which is commonly the case, place the perilla leaf to match the midrib of the leaf vein in opposition to the longer diameter. This gives you an additional size of the turnip on the wrapping ends.

7. If you’re utilizing toothpicks to safe the rolls, carry up each ends of the turnip, meet each ends collectively, and put a toothpick via on the prime (see the pattern picture within the publish).

8. For an important day, prime Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites with ikura (salmon roe) to make them luxurious (see the pattern picture within the publish).

9. Diet per piece.

serving: 26g energy: 21kcal fats: 0.7g (1%) saturated fats: 0.1g (1%) trans fats: 0.0g polyunsaturated fats: 0.2g monounsaturated fats: 0.3g ldl cholesterol: 3.5mg (1%) sodium: 320mg (14%) carbohydrates: 0.7g (0%) dietary fibre: 0.2g (0%) sugar: 0.4g protein: 2.9g vitamin D: 0mcg (0%) calcium: 5mg (0%) iron: 0.2mg (1%) potassium: 47.5mg (1%)


Meal Concepts

A typical Japanese meal consists of a predominant dish, a few facet dishes, a soup and rice. I attempt to provide you with a mix of dishes with a wide range of flavours, colors, textures and make-ahead dishes.

Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites Wrapped in Turnip is greatest served as a finger meals. As an alternative of supplying you with a meal thought with at this time’s dish, I made a decision to listing dishes which are nice for finger meals.

Once I posted Wasabi Avocado Dip in February 2021, I additionally listed 9 dishes which are good as finger meals. So, the listing beneath doesn’t embrace these dishes already listed on the time.

  1. Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites Wrapped in Turnip – at this time’s recipe
  2. Marinated Cherry Tomatoes Two Methods – put a few tomatoes on a canape spoon or on a toothpick.
  3. Fried Hen Tenders Wrapped in Nori (Hen Isobe-age) – they style good even when they don’t seem to be served instantly.
  4. Lotus Root Chips (Renkon Chips) – make forward.
  5. Chikuwa Fish Cake Tempura (Chikuwa Isobe-age) – reduce chikuwa into smaller items.
  6. Karaage Okra Recipe – you may make it with garlic flavour, chilli flavour, or yuzu (citrus) flavour.
  7. Crunchy Spring Roll Sticks – Two Flavours – if making forward, crisp up within the oven.
  8. Shrimp Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms – use smaller shiitake mushrooms with much less quantity of filling.
  9. Steamed Fish Cake with Mushrooms Wrapped in Tofu Pores and skin – this dish takes time to cook dinner, however you may make forward.
  10. Deep-fried Octopus (Octopus Karaage) – freeze chopped octopus with or with out marinade.
  11. Steamed Pork Meatballs with Corn – make smaller meatballs.
  12. Smoked Salmon Rolls with Daikon and Perilla – the mixture is much like at this time’s dish, nevertheless it makes use of daikon.

Smoked Salmon Appetiser Bites and 11 other finger foods.



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