Alaska Rice Cakes

By | March 23, 2017
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Tutka Bay's Rice Cakes with Smoked Alaska Salmon
Image courtesy of Tutka Bay Lodge

Alaska Rice Cakes

Makes 24 rice cakes.

Alaskans have been foraging for, well, forever. After a long winter, springtime gatherings of woodland violets, early fireweed, and spruce tips all go well atop these little rice cakes. We dry seaweed on a small rack that hangs in our greenhouse. A crumble of dried sea lettuce adds a salty bright dash of flavor.

For the Rice Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups short-grain (sushi) rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange zest
  • ½ cup flaked hot-smoked (kippered) salmon
  • Rice flour for dredging
  • Canola (or other high-heat) oil for frying

For the Toppings:

  • Cold smoked salmon
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons hot chili oil
  • 1 small bunch spring onion, chopped
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • Foraged greens, herbs, or flowers
  • Sea lettuce, dried and crumbled 


Combine the rice, water, rice wine vinegar, citrus zest, and flaked hot-smoked (kippered) salmon in a medium stockpot with a well fitted lid. Stir to combine ingredients. Bring the mixture to

a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all the liquid and the grains are tender. Let the rice cool for 15 minutes.

Line an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with plastic wrap. Firmly press the cooled rice into the pan, using water-moistened hands to prevent sticking. Press the plastic wrap over the top of the rice and refrigerate for 2 hours to overnight.

Make the honey-soy drizzle: combine honey, ¼ cup soy sauce, sherry vinegar and rice vinegar. Mix and set aside.

Cut the chilled and firmed rice into 3-by-2 inch rectangles, keeping your knife moistened with water to prevent sticking. Dredge the rice cakes in the rice flour.

Heat the oil in a pan, deep enough to just about cover the rectangles. Bring the temperature of the oil to 360˚ F. Fry the rice cakes for about 5 minutes until they are golden brown. Drain onto a paper towel.

Combine the mayonnaise, chili oil, and 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce.

Paint each rice cake with a little bit of the honey-soy drizzle. Top each cake with a dollop of the spicy mayonnaise, a bit of scallion, smoked salmon, and cilantro. Top with foraged greens, herbs, or flowers. Sprinkle with dried sea lettuce.

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