I bet I can guess what you’re having for dinner tonight – or maybe lunch!
But where are the Costco stuffed salmon cooking instructions?!
We’ve all been there – tossing out the lid before you read the directions or saving half a portion to cook for the next day.
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Costco Stuffed Salmon: Cooking Instructions + Review
Ah, Costco! It’s still one of the happiest places around for moms like me.
Have you seen that meme that says, “I’m at that age where I buy my clothes at the same place I get my tires”? I think that sums it up in a nutshell!
Costco is your one shop stop for basically everything – except maybe a few spices and specialty foods.
Kirkland Signature ready-to-go meals are wonderful for busy parents and individuals- they’re easy to make, very tasty (I’ve only tried one that I didn’t enjoy), and affordable.
Keep reading for:
- Costco stuffed salmon cooking directions (oven and grill)
- A full review covering taste, cost, convenience, list of ingredients, and calories
- Whether we’d buy this meal again and what we wish was different about it
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Costco Stuffed Salmon Review
We’ll break down Kirkland Signature Stuffed Salmon according to five categories:
This is one of those rare dishes where you don’t need to add anything to enhance the flavor!
It is delicious when cooked exactly as recommended.
The salmon is tender and the imitation crab stuffing is so creamy that you’d almost think you’re eating seafood mashed potatoes.
I enjoyed portioning out my stuffing so I had exactly enough to coat each bite of salmon.
It was a very enjoyable meal and goes perfectly with grilled asparagus or zucchini.
I paid $36.97 for four pieces of stuffed salmon.
That works out to $9.24 a portion.
They are BIG though!
And one piece is more than enough for one adult.
If your kids love seafood like mine do, one piece could probably feed three children 5 and under – my girls weren’t able to finish one between the two of them.
You also don’t need to worry too much about a side with this dish.
It’s so filling and delicious on its own that a small plate of veggies – like the asparagus and zucchini I mentioned above – is enough.
This dish is about as easy as it gets!
Choosing the best-looking portions at Costco is probably the most challenging part.
All you need to do is preheat your oven and bake it in the included aluminum foil baking tray!
No additional materials or building of an aluminum tent is required.
The only thing I would recommend picking up is a cooking thermometer.
This one is really cheap but effective – and it’s waterproof!
A cooking thermometer takes the guesswork out of knowing whether or not your meat reached the correct internal temperature.
My deal-breaker for this dish is the HUGE list of ingredients!
For a fresh meal with a fairly short shelf life, it feels excessive.
I’ve found similar recipes online that include 12 ingredients – including the salmon!
Costco’s stuffed salmon contains an overwhelming 35 ingredients.
Some things are also, shall we say, questionable.
Costco Stuffed Salmon Ingredients
Kirkland Signature Stuffed Salmon ingredients include:
SALMON, STUFFING (IMITATION CRABMEAT
[POLLOCK PROTEIN, WATER, WHEAT STARCH, SUGAR, POTATO
STARCH, CANOLA OIL, MIRIN, SALT, CRAB FLAVOUR,
MODIFIED POTATO STARCH, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, CITRIC
ACID, PAPRIKA OLEORESIN, LYCOPENE COLOUR, SHRIMP
[SHRIMP, SALT], MAYONNAISE [SOYA OIL, WATER, VINEGAR,
LIQUID YOLK, SALT, SPICE, CONCENTRATED LEMON JUICE,
BREADCRUMBS FLOUR, SUGAR, YEAST, SALT, SUNFLOWER
OIL], MONTEREY JACK CHEESE, WATER, RICE, SEASONING
[DEHYDRATED VEGETABLES (ONION, BELL PEPPERS, CELERY),
SALT, MALTODEXTRIN, SPICES, SOYA OIL, GARLIC POWDER,
PARSLEY FLAKES, CITRIC ACID, LEMON OIL, SPICE
EXTRACTS], MODIFIED CORNSTARCH.. MODIFIED
CORNSTARCH), DRIED PARSLEY.
MAY CONTAIN: OTHER FISH. OTHER CRUSTACEANS.
SHELLFISH. TREE NUTS.
PEANUTS. SOY. SESAME.
This dish is made from fresh and frozen portions and SHOULD NOT be frozen in its uncooked state.
As much as I enjoy Costco’s stuffed salmon, there are a few ingredients all of us could live without including:
- canola oil
- crab flavor
- lycopene color
- modified cornstarch
- modified potato starch
Modified anything, flavoring, color, and things you can’t pronounce are better left out of your diet.
But in small doses, I’d still say that this dish is healthier as a quick fix than many fast food options!
Similar to other premade Kirkland Signature dishes, there’s no indication of how many calories each serving contains.
You can find ballpark guesses through different calorie counting sites and apps but the estimate differs from 210 calories (yeah right – maybe for just the salmon fillet alone, haha) to 560 calories.
In my experience as a former calorie counter, I’d say this one definitely measures in closer to 500 calories.
But that said, it’s important to consider where your calories are coming from – 500 calories from the 35 different ingredients used to make this delicious but additive-heavy dish is a LOT different than 500 calories from a fresh piece of wild salmon!
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Costco Stuffed Salmon Cooking Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the plastic lid.
You’ll be cooking your stuffed salmon in the included disposable aluminum foil baking pan, so be sure to remove all labels as well.
Cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 Celsius).
To make your stuffed salmon on the grill, place the aluminum container on your grill and close the lid.
Cook over medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until your salmon reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Final Thoughts: Costco Stuffed Salmon Cooking Instructions + Review
While we absolutely love the taste and texture of this dish, it comes down to ingredients over convenience for us.
There are a TON of beautiful stuffed salmon recipes online that take less than 15 minutes to prep.
And since Costco sells high-quality wild salmon fillets plus everything you need to whip the stuffing in store, we’ll be going that route in the future!
How did you enjoy your Kirkland stuffed salmon? Let me know in the comments below!