Friday, May 20, 2022

Smoked Salmon Rolls and the Weekly Menu #FishFridayFoodies

These are a fun little pop in your mouth appetizer perfect for your next outdoor gathering.  Smoked Salmon, cream cheese and the surprise ingredient, fennel, creates a taste sensation.

Smoked Salmon Rolls

It's time for Fish Friday Foodies.............
Camilla of Culinary Cam is hosting this month and asked us to share little bites saying:

Let's make some diminutive seafood bites. Amuse-bouche are single, bite-sized hors d'œuvres. Get creative with a seafood-based amuse-bouche.

I love little bites!!  Let's take a look at what is being served up today........

I am a huge smoked salmon fan.  I usually have a package in my refrigerator and another in the freezer.  I like having it on hand not only for my breakfast bagels but also because it is great to pull out and serve up when unexpected guests pop in.

Smoked Salmon Roll

This roll, however, was planned and made in advance of a dinner party we were having.  I was attracted to this recipe from Fine Cooking because it contained the bulb and fronds of fennel.  I love fennel but don't normally have it on hand unless it is a part of my weekly meal plan.

Smoked Salmon Roll

Layering the salmon on top of each other down the center of a piece of plastic wrap before spreading the filling on top, makes it much easier to roll.  

Smoked Salmon Roll pin

These rolls can be made and cut ahead of time and then covered and refrigerated until about 15 minutes before you want to serve them.  

I am sharing my Weekly Menu with you today as well.  Life has suddenly gotten much quieter around here as I will no longer be a part of the Parish community to which I belonged.  That is a long story that I will share with you another day.  

Tomorrow we are attending a play at our local theater and having dinner out before hand.  What's on your menu this week?

Out to dinner before Play

Quinoa Chicken Bowl
Lemon Ice Cream

Meatless Monday
Cheese and Spinach Ravioli

Taco Tuesday
Rockfish Tacos

Chicken and Cashew Salad

Grilled New York Strip Steaks
Baked Potatoes

Fish Friday 
Halibut and Sausage Foil Packets


appetizers, seafood, cream cheese, fish, salmon, quick, easy
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Smoked Salmon Rolls with Fennel

Smoked Salmon Rolls with Fennel

Smoked Salmon, cream cheese and the surprise ingredient, fennel, creates a taste sensation.
Prep time: 15 MinTotal time: 15 Min


  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • juice and zest of 1/2 small lemon
  • handful of chives, thinly sliced
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • chopped fennel fronds for garnish


  1. Mix together the cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, chives and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Lay an 8-9" sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Slightly overlap the salmon slices down the center of the plastic wrap and then lay another sheet of plastic wrap over the salmon.
  3. Press the salmon together with the heel of your hand, using gentle pressure. Remove the top sheet of plastic and discard.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture down the middle of the salmon, leaving a 1/2" border on each side. Sprinkle the fennel bulb over the top and then, starting at the long end of plastic wrap nearest your body, gently roll the salmon to enclose the filling.
  5. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into bite size pieces. Place onto a platter, sprinkle with the fennel fronds, and serve immediately or cover and chill until 15 minutes prior to serving.


Adapted from a recipe by Fine Cooking.


  1. I just bought more smoked salmon! I might give this a try this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. All looks delicious. Enjoy the play.

  3. I always have smoked salmon on hand too. Your ability to separate the think layers are way better than mine! Plus, I love the fennel surprise ingredient!

    1. I bend the package a few times before opening it Karen. I find that helps a bit.

  4. Ooooooh! I would adore these these tasty bites with that cream cheese filling, Wendy. So easy to make but so delicious!

  5. I am drooling over these cheesy salmon rolls..yum yum!


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