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Kirkland Signature Hot Smoked Salmon at Costco
Costco sells their Kirkland Signature Hot Smoked Salmon with a touch of honey for $13.99 a pound. The Kirkland Signature Hot Smoked Salmon can be found in the refrigerated deli area near the other smoked salmon, healthy noodles, and the sausages.
Check out our full Costco Smoked Salmon Guide for reviews, price comparisons, and rankings.
Costco’s hot smoked salmon is sold in packages ranging in weight from 0.7 pounds to 1 full pound. The smoked salmon is fully cooked and ready to eat!
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Kirkland Signature Smoked Salmon with a Touch of Honey
Costco’s hot smoked salmon is crafted from Atlantic salmon that has been brined and then glazed with honey.
It is then hot smoked with hickory hardwood, creating a wonderfully rich flavor with just a touch of honey sweetness.
Hot Vs Cold Smoked Salmon
There are two different ways to smoke salmon: hot and cold. Costco carries both options, which are drastically different from one another.
In this Kirkland Signature hot smoked salmon, the salmon is smoked and cooked simultaneously. The end result is extremely flavorful salmon that is closer in texture to traditionally cooked salmon.
Hot smoked salmon can be, and is usually, eaten cold.
Cold smoked salmon is salmon that is smoked at a lower temperature and retains its raw texture. Costco sells a cold smoked salmon slices as well as a Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon.
Costco’s Other Honey Smoked Salmon
In the past, Costco did sell hot honey smoked Salmon from a company called Honey Smoked Fish Co. That item sold for $14.89 a pound ($1 higher than Costco’s price), but does not appear to be available at Costco any longer.
The Kirkland Signature Honey Smoked Salmon seems to be a direct replacement for a brand-name item that Costco no longer carries. Costco has also done the same thing with their frozen Kirkland Signature Everything Crusted Cod, which replaces Hook Line and Savor’s version of the dish.
Is Costco starting to introduce more and more of the Kirkland Signature brand to replace many of the name-brand food items they sell?
Costco Cost Comparison
How Much Does the Smoked Salmon at Costco Cost?
Costco sells its hot smoked salmon for $13.99 a pound. My purchase was on the smaller end at 0.7 pounds and cost $9.65 for the package.
This is a very fair price for a piece of smoked salmon and almost in line with what raw fresh Atlantic salmon ($12.99/pound) goes for at Costco now.
For comparison, Costco’s cold smoked Atlantic Salmon goes for the same price of $13.99, and the smoked wild Alaskan Salmon goes for $21.99.
The $13.99 price tag for hot smoked salmon is pretty darn good.
Costco vs The Competition
Sam’s Club does sell 12 ounces of Honey Smoked Fish Company’s salmon for $12.98 or $17.38 per pound.
Target sells an 8-ounce version of the same Honey Smoked Fish Salmon for $9.99 or $20 a pound.
Costco Wins on Price
Costco’s Kirkland Signature Honey Smoked Salmon is quite the deal at $13.99 a pound.
I wonder how much of a role the price played in Costco’s decision to sell their Kirkland Signature brand over the name Honey Smoked Fish Company.
Costco Hot Smoked Salmon - Taste Test
Appearance and texture
Visually, the hot smoked salmon looks fantastic. It’s vibrant, glistens with flavor, and is perfectly crusty. The salmon has a nice sheen that gives it the candied salmon look.
The exterior provides a nice chewy texture.
Underneath the chewy exterior is exceptionally moist and flakey salmon. This salmon reminds me very much of traditionally cooked salmon that falls apart very easily.
If the smoked salmon were warm and not in a refrigerated state, I have no doubt the salmon flakes would just fall apart. Costco’s salmon is smoked wonderfully.
Nice Smoky Flavor
For flavor, the smoke was definitely there. The salmon has a moderate but appropriate amount of smoky flavor. It doesn’t overwhelm the fish but is also very present.
I, personally, couldn’t really taste the “touch of honey.” My wife claims she can taste the honey flavor, but it wasn’t there for me.
Companies always choose their words very carefully and favorably, and there probably is a very minuscule amount of honey.
One bonus with this hot smoked salmon from Costco is that it has the skin on.
This is a nice treat as Costco’s cold smoked salmon options will not include any skin, and their fresh Atlantic salmon will also be skinless.
The skin isn’t crispy as you would expect when you normally cook salmon skin, but it still brings in a lot of flavors and is very enjoyable.
Overall Taste Thoughts
Overall, this is excellent tasting hot smoked salmon. The smoke flavor combined with the salmon is fantastic.
I ate the salmon as-is, as well as with some goat cheese and crackers. Both were great and very tasty.
Smoked Salmon Serving Suggestions
One advantage of hot smoked salmon over cold smoked salmon is that it is a little more versatile when paired with other foods.
Cold smoked salmon and its raw texture definitely have its place, and some great combinations can be made with it, but hot smoked salmon can essentially be used almost everywhere traditionally salmon is used as well as where cold smoked salmon is used.
Some of my favorite uses for hot smoked salmon would be to include it in almost any type of pasta. Creamy sauce is my personal favorite.
Hot smoked salmon is also absolutely fantastic for breakfast when combined with eggs.
You really can use hot smoked salmon to replace traditional salmon in almost any dish. Let me know in the comments what your favorite hot smoked salmon dish is!
Kirkland Signature Hot Smoked Salmon Nutritional Information
How Many Calories in Hot Smoked Salmon
One serving of Costco’s Hot Smoked Salmon will be 2 ounces and will contain 120 calories. Those 120 calories will come from 8 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 12 grams of protein.
This is a standard salmon nutritional profile and is quite excellent for what it is. The protein count is solid, and the 8 grams of fat will be fairly healthy for you.
Salmon health Benefits
Salmon fat is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are excellent for your overall health. Omega 3 fatty acids contribute to heart health by reducing inflammation in the arteries, maintaining blood pressure levels and even lowering cholesterol.
Fat is a necessity for healthy living, so you might as well consume some of the most beneficial fat around with Salmon’s Omega 3 Fatty acids.
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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.