Costco Garlic Butter Shrimp - How to Cook + Review
Kirkland Signature Garlic Butter Shrimp at Costco
Costco’s new Kirkland Signature Garlic Butter Shrimp has hit the shelves recently, and it’s looking like a direct replacement for the popular Seapak Garlic Butter Shrimp.
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Kirkland Signature Takeover
This isn’t the first name-brand food item that Costco has replaced recently with its Kirkland Signature Brand. Costco has recently made other replacements, including their Everything Seasoning Cod and the Pomegranate Juice.
I understand the reason for the move as this allows increased control to Costco over things such as pricing, quality, and availability, and I have had some pretty good success with Kirkland Signature products, but I wonder how long it will be until the entire warehouse is Kirkland Signature.
Costco Cost Comparison
Costco sells its 2-pound box of Kirkland Signature Garlic Butter Shrimp for $15.99 or $8 per pound. When Costco sold the Seapak Garlic Butter Shrimp, it retailed for $16.99, $1 higher than Costco’s price, or $8.50 per pound.
The Seapak Garlic Butter Shrimp would occasionally go on sale for $4 off, bringing the price down to $12.99 or $6.50 per pound. I’m hoping Costco can eventually run the same type of sale or discount with its Kirkland Signature Garlic Butter Shrimp.
In the photo above, the Seapak Garlic Butter Shrimp is on clearance and has received the asterisk of death, meaning it will not return to Costco warehouses.
The Price of Butter and Garlic
One thing to note is that the $8 per pound price for the Kirkland Signature Butter Garlic Shrimp includes the butter and garlic. I wasn’t able to precisely weigh and find out exactly how much shrimp is included in the 2-pound box, but I can tell you it was significantly less than 2 pounds.
The better deal is to make this at home, using some of Costco’s frozen shrimp and butter.
Garlic Butter Shrimp Taste Test
I was a little surprised to open the bag and see what looked like a breaded frozen shrimp. It took me a second to realize that these shrimp aren’t actually breaded, but are coated in the garlic butter, which will eventually cook into the sauce.
I’m not the best cook, and I followed the saute instructions the best I could, but I ended up breaking the garlic butter sauce for both bags of shrimp.
I’m going to chalk it up as user error, but if you also had trouble with the sauce, let me know in the review section.
As far as taste goes, the shrimp was quite enjoyable. The shrimp were tender and juicy, and the garlic butter coating added a deliciously rich and flavorful taste.
The savory butter paired very nicely with the sweetness of the shrimp, which makes the dish great for an appetizer or as a main dish.
Costco Garlic Butter Shrimp - Cooking Instructions
There are three different cooking options for Costco’s Garlic Butter Shrimp; they are Saute, Bake, and Microwave. Keep in mind, the frozen shrimp is surrounded in a coating that will create the butter garlic sauce. Don’t place it in the oven or in the microwave without an appropriately safe bowl or dish.
- Preheat the skillet to medium.
- Arrange frozen shrimp even in a skillet.
- Saute for 8 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently until sauce forms.
- Saute shrimp until fully cooked through.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Arrange frozen garlic butter shrimp in a single layer in an oven-safe dish.
- Place on the middle rack of the oven.
- Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking.
- Arrange frozen shrimp in a single layer in a microwave-safe dish.
- Cover with a paper towel.
- Microwave for 3 minutes, stir and microwave an additional 2 minutes 30 seconds.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 145°F.
- Stir and Serve.
Microwave wattage and cook times may vary.
Kirkland Signature Garlic Butter Shrimp Serving Suggestions
Costco recommends eating their garlic butter shrimp with some penne pasta. Here are the directions to make the Kirkland Signature Garlic Butter Shrimp Penne Dish.
- Cook 1 lb dry penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain. Set aside.
- Cook 1 bag (16 ounces) of Kirkland Signature Garlic Butter Shrimp in a skillet according to package instructions. Combine pasta and shrimp on low.
- Toss. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese, crushed red peppers, and basil for an authentic twist.
4 More Serving Ideas For the Garlic Butter Shrimp
- Rice or Quinoa: Serve the garlic butter shrimp over cooked rice or quinoa to create a satisfying and flavorful meal. The grains will absorb the delicious buttery garlic sauce.
- Salad: Serve the garlic butter shrimp over a bed of mixed greens or your favorite salad greens. Add some cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, and a drizzle of lemon vinaigrette for a refreshing and light meal.
- Shrimp Pasta: Costco’s garlic shrimp will pair perfectly with some pasta, or if you are keeping carbs down, give them a try with Costco’s Hearts of Palm Angel Hair Noodles.
- Crusty Bread: Pair the garlic butter shrimp with crusty bread, such as a baguette or garlic bread. Use the bread to soak up the flavorful sauce and enjoy the combination of textures.
- Roasted Vegetables: Serve the garlic butter shrimp alongside roasted vegetables like asparagus, zucchini, or bell peppers. The roasted veggies provide a healthy and colorful side dish that complements the shrimp nicely.
Feel free to choose any of these options and add in your own personal touch to create the perfect meal.
Costco Garlic Butter Shrimp Calories and Nutrition
One serving of Costco’s Garlic Butter shrimp is 1 cup, 140 grams or about 8 shrimp. Each serving has 350 calories, 31 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs, and 20 grams of protein. The full nutritional label is below:
- Calories: 350
- Total Fat: 31 g
- Saturated Fat: 19g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 240mg
- Sodium: 340mg
- Total Carbohydrate: 3g
- Dietary Fiber: 0g
- Total Sugars: 1g
- Added Sugar: 0g
- Protein: 20g
This is a solid all-around nutritional profile for this frozen shrimp. The shrimp, of course, comes in a garlic butter sauce that will significantly increase the fat content of the dish from nearly 0 for plain shrimp to 31 grams for this garlic butter shrimp.
This is a fantastic option for those on a Keto diet as the garlic butter shrimp is high in fat, low in carbs, and has a solid amount of protein. Check here for our full Costcofdb.com Costco keto shopping list.
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Costco Garlic Butter Shrimp
- 1 Pound Kirkland Signature Garlic Butter Shrimp
- Saute: Preheat the skillet to medium.Arrange frozen shrimp even in a skillet.Saute for 8 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently until sauce forms.Saute shrimp until fully cooked through.
- BakePreheat the oven to 450°F. Arrange frozen garlic butter shrimp in a single layer in an oven-safe dish. Place on the middle rack of the oven.Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking.
- Microwave: Arrange frozen shrimp in a single layer in a microwave-safe dish. Cover with a paper towel. Microwave for 3 minutes, stir and microwave an additional 2 minutes 30 seconds. Cook to a minimum temperature of 145°F.Stir and Serve.
Greg Larkin is the founder and managing editor of Costco Food Database, the premiere site for honest takes on all things Costco food. A self-proclaimed Costco super-fan since childhood, Greg turned his obsession in a mission to properly rate and review all of Costco’s delicious buys. When he’s not busy navigating Costco aisles, you can find Greg smoking Kirkland Signature meats, meal prepping, or perfecting his homemade jerky recipes.