Through-thickness shear strain variation with speed/radius/friction ratio in cold rolled silicon steel under different asymmetric rolling modes was analyzed by finite element method (FEM). Cold rolling textures were also investigated quantitatively to correlate with the calculated shear strain. With increasing speed/radius/friction ratio, shear strain distribution under differential-speed and differential-radius rolling exhibits similar characteristic in contrast to differential-friction rolling. Unidirectional shear strain develops through sheet thickness when asymmetric speed and radius ratio exceeds 1.125, whereas it does not appear even at friction ratio of 1.5. Shear strain distribution dependent on asymmetric rolling modes can be well understood by forward and backward slip zones as well as roll pressure as a function of speed/radius/friction ratio.