Salmon Wrap from The Godmother Cafe in Malibu

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 24, 2011

Print This Post Print This Post Salmon Wrap Sandwich from The Godmother Cafe of Malibu. Zippy, lemony wasabi mayonnaise on a spinach tortilla stuffed with marinated, grilled salmon, fresh spinach and healthy brown rice makes an unforgettable and gorgeous wrap for lunch or dinner!

Certain menu items are roadblocks at certain restaurants.

The ribs at Houston’s was an example. Once I had them there, I couldn’t ever order anything else. Going to Houston’s meant ordering the ribs. Maybe — just maybe —  there was something better on the menu, but I was never going to figure it out, because those ribs called my name too loudly.

It seems to be the same for me at The Godmother Cafe in Malibu (now closed since this post was first published). Once I had the Salmon Wrap — stuffed with freshly grilled salmon, brown rice, fresh spinach and gift-wrapped in a wasabi-slathered spinach tortilla, I couldn’t see past it. Each time I returned, I ordered the Salmon Wrap.

Salmon Wrap plate at The Godmother Cafe in Malibu

The Salmon Wrap comes with a fresh salad.

Dolores Rivellino, The Godmother of Malibu

Dolores Rivellino, “The Godmother”

It turns out I’m not alone. The Salmon Wrap was the second most popular item on the menu, says Godmother owner Dolores Rivellino, herself known as “The Godmother.”

She was nice enough to share her recipe, so even if you don’t live in or visit Malibu, you can savor it at home.

You can read even more about Dolores and The Godmother in my column over at Malibu Patch today.

Salmon never had it so good.

Salmon Wrap Sandwich Recipe from The Godmother Cafe in Malibu

Recipe: The Godmother of Malibu Salmon Wrap

Summary: Zippy, lemony wasabi mayonnaise on a spinach tortilla stuffed with marinated, grilled salmon, fresh spinach and healthy brown rice makes an unforgettable and gorgeous wrap for lunch or dinner!


  • 6-ounce salmon fillet marinated in Shoyu Sauce*
  • 4 ounces Wasabi Sauce*
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, washed and patted dry
  • 2 spinach flour tortillas
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice


  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil


  • 4 ounces Hellman’s or Best Food Mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi powder or paste


  1. Marinate fresh salmon fillet in Shoyu marinade for 1 hour. Place on hot flat top or hot medium-sized fry pan and grill for 3 minutes on each side.
  2. Warm 2 flour spinach tortillas on grill or fry pan. Spread each tortilla with 2 ounces Wasabi Sauce. Cut grilled salmon fillet into 4 equal long strips.
  3. Place 2 salmon strips along bottom quarter of each flour tortilla. Place 1/2 cup warm brown rice next to salmon strips on each tortilla. Divide the spinach between both tortillas and place it on top of salmon and rice. Roll tortilla up over salmon, rice and spinach in a “snug” manner. Place seam side down on plate and cut in half on an angle.
  4. Makes 2 salmon wraps.

Quick notes

–To take a shortcut, you could use jarred wasabi mayonnaise. Enliven it with a squirt of lemon juice.

 –The Shoyu Sauce will make enough to marinate 1 pound of salmon, should you wish to double or triple the rest of the recipe to feed more.

Preparation time: 1 hour (marination)
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Diet type: Pescatarian
Number of servings (yield): 2
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

If you like this recipe and want to save it, pin the image below to your Pinterest board.

Salmon Wrap Sandwich from The Godmother Cafe of Malibu.

More scenes from The Godmother Cafe. Don’t you wish it were still open?

Diners on the patio at Godmother Cafe in Malibu

My daughter and her friend Nancy enjoy lunch on The Godmother Cafe patio.

Chalk board at The Godmother Cafe





{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen March 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm

This salmon wrap looks amazing!


Christie March 15, 2017 at 4:35 am

Looks delicious! I’d sub the fish, but definitely will be wrapping one up soon!


Shaina Wizov March 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm

This sounds SOO good, and totally right up my alley!


Caroline March 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Looks like a tasty lunch option!


Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling March 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

I love all things salmon…this is totally up my alley!


Lauren Hall March 6, 2017 at 7:52 am

I am sooo bad about ordering my go to dish at restaurants and never changing. This salmon wrap would be one of them!


Laura at I Heart Naptime March 6, 2017 at 7:21 am

This looks so delicious – and I cannot imagine what would be more ordered at the cafe than this! Heavenly!


Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny March 5, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Oh my! This looks like an incredible wrap! It’s always a shame when great local places close!


Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet March 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm

That looks and sounds awesome! My salmon-loving husband would especially be all over this!


Wanda Lopez March 5, 2017 at 9:03 am

Perfect recipe for this Lent season and year round. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe.


Maryanne | the little epicurean March 3, 2017 at 8:10 pm

I love the ribs at Houston’s! If I’m ever at the Godmother Cafe, I know what to order!


Jen March 3, 2017 at 4:45 pm

What a great way to switch up my boring lunch routine. Yum!


Dorothy Reinhold March 3, 2017 at 6:04 pm

That lemony wasabi mayo will have you singing!


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