Cucumber Wrapped Philly Roll

Introducing my Cucumber Wrapped Philly Roll, a delightful twist on traditional sushi that combines sashimi-grade salmon, creamy cream cheese, and zesty mayo, all wrapped in crisp cucumber slices for an extra crunch! It’s an easy-to-make recipe using everyday ingredients, perfect for sushi lovers seeking a crunchy alternative. Dive into this refreshing dish for a sushi experience like no other!

Cucumber wrapped cream cheese sushi roll made with sashimi grade salmon being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Why I Love This Recipe

What I love about my recipe is its innovative twist on traditional sushi rolls. I’ve taken the classic Philly roll and given it a refreshing makeover by swapping out the seaweed for a crunchy cucumber wrap! It’s my own creative approach to homemade sushi, using accessible ingredients and a unique technique you won’t find anywhere else, similar to my Lobster Sushi Rolls and Soy Paper Spicy Tuna Rolls!

Following the refined method used in my Cream Cheese California Roll, we assemble the ingredients inside the cucumber wrap, resulting in a dish bursting with creamy textures and bold salmon flavors. Whether you’re hosting a sushi night or simply craving a delicious and straightforward meal, this recipe is perfect for anyone looking to add a fun twist to their at home sushi experience! Get your ready taste buds ready for a sushi-making adventure like never before!



  • Salmon – use Sashimi Grade Salmon cut into Found in many Asian supermarkets. You can also use smoked salmon.
  • Cream Cream – room temperature block cream cheese and cut into 1/2 x 1 inch sticks.
  • Cucumbers – Persian or Japanese cucumbers work best since they have a crunchier texture and less of the middle seeded sections.
  • Mayonnaise – use Japanese Kewpie Mayo.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.

🍣 Salmon Note

You can use Sushi Grade Salmon found at many Asian or Japanese grocery stores or use Smoked Salmon depending on what you prefer.

Cucumber wrapped cream cheese sushi served on a wooden serving board.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


Step 1 Begin by thinly slicing the cucumber using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, ensuring flexibility for wrapping the rolls.

Cucumbers being sliced.

Step 2 Sprinkle sesame seeds onto a flat surface and lay the cucumber slices on top, then flip the cucumber over and place it on a clean surface.

Sliced cucumbers in toasted sesame seeds.

Step 3 In the middle of the cucumber slices, add a piece of salmon, cream cheese, cucumber chunks, and a small drop of mayo, then wrap to form the roll.

Philly roll contents inside a cucumber slice.

💡 Assemble Pro Tip

For optimal results, Avoid Overstuffing the cucumber rolls, as it can make closing them difficult.

🍽️ Serving Pro Tip

If using Sashimi-Grade Salmon in your roll, accompany with Soy Sauce. However, if using Smoked Salmon, No Dipping Sauce is needed.

Pairing Recommendations

Complement your sushi rolls with other homemade sushi inspirations like Egg Roll Sushi or Shiso Spicy Tuna. Serve alongside Tako Su for a refreshing touch and Salmon Poke for added variety. Complete the meal with a bowl of Clam Miso Soup for a authentic Japanese at home sushi experience!

Cucumber wrapped cream cheese sushi served on a wooden serving board.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to cut the cucumbers for the outer wrap and to use inside the sushi roll?

To achieve the ideal cucumber wrap slices for sushi rolls, utilize a mandoline for precision and consistency in thickness. For the cucumbers to be used in the roll, begin by cutting the cucumber lengthwise twice, then it half and then proceed to slice it into bite-sized pieces.

Can I use other types of fish besides salmon in this recipe?

While salmon works best for this recipe, you can also experiment with hamachi yellowtail for a unique flavor twist.

Can I make these rolls ahead of time for a party or gathering?

Yes, you can. These rolls will hold well in the fridge for several hours without any issues.

Can I add additional ingredients like avocado or cucumber to the filling?

Yes, you can. Other ingredients like imitation crab or avocados would pair well with the existing filling.


Cucumber wrapped cream cheese sushi served on a wooden serving board.

Storage Tips

To store your cucumber-wrapped sushi roll, place it in an airtight container in the fridge. It can be refrigerated for 2-3 days, but for the best taste and quality, it’s advisable to enjoy right after it is made.

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Cucumber wrapped cream cheese sushi roll made with sashimi grade salmon being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Cucumber Wrapped Philly Roll

Discover the delightful taste of our Cucumber Sushi Roll, a refreshing take on traditional sushi with sashimi-grade salmon, cream cheese, and mayo wrapped in crisp cucumber slices.
5 from 11 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: cucumber sushi roll, cucumber wrapped sushi
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 Rolls
Print Recipe
Calories: 32kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for cucumber wrapped Philly roll.
  • Cut cream cheese into 1/2 x 1 inch and set aside. You'll need a total of 12 pieces.
    Cubed cream cheese.
  • Cut 1 cucumber into 1/2 x 1 inch pieces and set aside. You can do this by cutting cucumber in half longways and then cutting it in half again longways. Then cut the strips into 1 inch lengths as shown below. You will need a total of 12 pieces.
    Cubed cucumbers.
  • Cut salmon into 1/2 x 1/2 inch cubes and set aside. You will need a total of 12 pieces.
    Cubed salmon.
  • Use the other cucumber and a mandoline to make 12 thinly sliced cucumbers long ways. If you don't have a mandoline, you can also use a vegetable peeler or knife, but the slices have to be thin enough to wrap without breaking.
    Cucumbers being sliced.
  • Lightly sprinkle toasted sesame seeds onto one side of the cucumbers and then flip the cucumber over to the other side.
    Sliced cucumbers in toasted sesame seeds.
  • Place a piece of salmon and cucumber in the middle of the sliced cucumber, followed by a piece of cream cheese and a light squeeze of Kewpie mayo.
    Philly roll contents inside a cucumber slice.
  • Take the thicker end of the sliced cucumber 1st and fold over, then fold the other end over to form a roll. Serve with soy sauce if you are using sushi grade salmon. Smoked salmon has enough flavor without soy sauce.
    Cucumber wrapped Philly roll.


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. Alana Jean-Louis

    These Salmon Cucumber Rolls are SUPER DELICIOUS! Although I made some tweaks…
    Go to Superstore and right next to the regular red smoked salmon in freezer section is the “Everything Seasoning” flavoured pink smoked salmon! It is soooo delicious! I’m not a huge fan of the regular stuff… so this substitute is a must for me! I also sprinkled with black sesame seeds.

    I don’t have a mandolin, so I just use a cheese slicer, which makes a thicker cut that I think makes it sturdier… but then requires a toothpick to hold it closed, and then you can use the toothpick to pick it up and keep hands clean.

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Alana! So glad to hear you liked the recipe and using smoked salmon with everything seasoning sounds like a great idea!

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