Costco Pork Schnitzel - Has Potential But Also Big Problems


Ventera Pork Schnitzel at Costco

Costco sells Ventera German Style Pork Schnitzel for $6.99 a pound. The Pork schnitzel can be found in Costco’s refrigerated deli area near other meals such as the pot roastcarnitas, and the mashed potatoes.


Costco’s Pork Schnitzel is sold in approximately 2.5 pound packages and will include sous vide and seasoned pork slices as well as a mushroom sauce.

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What is Pork Schnitzel?

A schnitzel is a flattened or thin piece of meat that is breaded and then fried. Essentially this is a fried piece of pork. 

Pork or veal schnitzel are eaten all over the world but are most popular in Germany and Austria.


Braised or Sous Vide?

The packaging states this pork is braised as well as sous vide. Braising meat refers to long and slow cooking in a liquid. 

Sous Vide is similar but the meat does not actually touch the liquid and is kept in a plastic ziploc bag/vacuum sealed during the heating process.

Is this pork braised or sous vide?


Fool Me Twice

I will admit, I didn’t read the label when I picked up this pork schnitzel from Costco. I like breaded and fried foods and I love pork schnitzel so I had to try it. 

What I didn’t see on the packaging was that the meal requires that you bread the pork yourself.


It’s not necessarily a challenging task, but for a heat and eat meal, I expect that part of the preparation to be done already.

This isn’t the first Costco item that has caught me off guard with the DIY breading. Their Chicken Katsu had the same issue where you had to bread the protein yourself. If that’s the case, I’m not seeing the benefit or justification for the $6.99 per pound price tag.

Costco Cost Comparison

How Much Does Pork Schnitzel at Costco Cost?

Costco sells this pork schnitzel kit for $6.99 a pound and they are sold in approximately 2.5 pound packages. This item does come with a mushroom gravy sauce and you will have to bread the pork yourself.

Considering all of this, the $6.99 per pound price tag or $18 total that I paid seems ridiculous for a bag of sous vide pork, breading, and mushroom sauce. 


The Price of Sauce

One thing that I always try to consider with any item like this is if the ingredients are truly necessary or are they there just to pad the weight and inflate the price. 


In my mind, you can have pork schnitzel without gravy, and it looks to me that Ventera wants to sell some mushroom gravy for $6.99 a pound.

Much Cheaper to DIY

Since I already had to bread the pork myself, I might as well purchase the ingredients without the extensive markup. Pork loins cost $2.99 a pound at Costco, the breading would be another $1 or $2, and the mushroom gravy would be about $2 as well. 

This entire dish can be recreated at home for less than $10.


Ventera does fairly advertise on their packaging that you will have to bread the pork yourself. I would have much preferred that the pork schnitzel actually came breaded as the breading is the most annoying job of making pork schnitzel.

Unbreaded Pork

Pork Slices Were Hard to Separate

Before I get into the actual heating instructions which involve the microwave and pan frying the pork, I do want to mention that I had an extremely hard time pulling the pork slices apart. 

They are sous vide together in a vacuum sealed wrap and even after reheating the pork, I could not easily separate the pieces. Very few of the actual slices came out perfectly intact.

Breaded Pork Schnitzel

How to Cook Costco Pork Schnitzel

  • Cut off a small corner from the pork pouch to vent. Microwave on High power for 1 minute or until warm. Drain excess liquid.
  • Open and pour breading onto a large plate.
  • Remove a single pork slice from the pouch and place in the breading.
  • Repeat the process with remaining slices. Set aside.
  • Heat a large saute pan with 1/3 cup of cooking oil. Saute pork slices in a pan for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.
  • For best results make sure slices are not touching.
  • Cut off a small corner from schnitzel sauce to vent. Place in a microwaveable bowl.
  • Microwave on High power for 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Serve schnitzel sauce with cooked breaded pork slices.

Ventera Pork Schnitzel Taste Test

I cooked the pork schnitzel following the directions and the pork actually came out with a decent enough golden brown crust. 


The breading didn’t stick as much as I would have liked, but it was sufficient and after frying it was crispy and crunchy.

Good Enough Pork

The Pork was also very tender and fairly moist, but that is to be expected when the meat is cooked sous vide style. The pork didn’t really have a lot of flavor, but that is the job of the breading and the gravy. 


I would consider the pork to be the only portion of this dish to meet expectations.

Terrible Mushroom Sauce

The mushroom sauce was absolutely horrid. It reminded me of a $1 can of mushroom sauce that you would find on the bottom shelf at any grocery store.


There was an overwhelming cream flavor and the mushroom was just not good at all and not worth putting on the pork schnitzel.


Overall the pork schnitzel was a dud. The mediocre flavors aren’t worth the hassle of making the pork schnitzel, and this is a Costco item that I would recommend to stay away from.

Pork Schnitzel Nutritional Information

How Many Calories in Costco Pork Schnitzel?

One serving of Costco Pork Schnitzel is going to be 5 ounces and will contain 240 calories. These calories come from 12 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates, and 19 grams of protein.


I am actually quite impressed with this nutritional label. The calories are fair, and the protein count is high, while the fat and carbohydrates are in moderate proportions. 

This is a very solid nutritional label for a product like this and one of the only highlights of the dish.

Costco Food Database User Reviews

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 3.9/5 (10)

Very tasty and easy prep.
Tasted fresh, and was fast and easy to cook. 3 servings and my husband raved! I served it with mashed potatoes and Normandy Blend Vegetables
Easy to make and delicious served with spaetzle and red cabbage. Yummy!
I disagree with most of the original review. Of course you had to bread the pork - it was cooked sous vide - the vacuum pressure would have crushed the breading into the pork. Applying the breading is not an earth shaking event.
I also disagree with the mushroom sauce remark, works well with the schnitzel.
Perhaps the editor should stick to hot dogs and pizza.
I thought this schnitzel was very similar to what I experienced while living in Germany for 2 years and traveling throughout Europe for 10 years. It was moist, not dry, unlike the way most American recipes for pork turn out. It is a little work (applying breadcrumbs and sautéing) but fresh, tender, crispy and delicious. I was disappointed today when I was at my local costco in San Mateo, CA, that the product was not available. Please carry it again.
I thought it was good but did not want to bread it. Breading didn’t stick well. Pork was stuck together but tender.
Disagree with reviewer; meat separated easily, breading was easy and ‘stuck’ very well. Mushroom gravy complemented the pork. We liked the dish.

Yes, this can be accomplished easily and for less, as can the majority of ‘prepared food’. I would def purchase again.
A lot of meals in package for one person. Tasted good. Sometimes used just meat for other purposes.
I assumed to my cost that the schnitzel was already cooked and breaded. The breading doesn’t stick easily and it was not good eating ok schnitzel after a long cook etc. took me no time to eat one. It was ok but not worth the time and effort. Bad purchase. Never again. Should be precooked with only heat and eat. Microwave schnitzel.. disgusting.. pan cooking isn’t worth it. I should have read the package better. I assumed it looked like the picture.. no. Quality of the pork is in question. It’s not premium pork.
Blech! I’ve had real schnitzel at a restaurant, and this is nowhere near it. Super processed and a bit on the a tough side. Making your own is so much better.

5 thoughts on “Costco Pork Schnitzel – Ventera”

  1. Just cooked this and went to look for reviews! As you say, the biggest problem is separating the pieces. Very difficult and not entirely successful. Between microwaving the pork, breading, sauteeing AND preparing mashed spuds, red cabbage and sauerkraut for sides, very busy!
    And as there are just two of us, we have a lot of meat left over. Gravy is ok, but quantity doesn’t look sufficient for remaining meat.
    Probably won’t buy again.

    1. Thanks for sharing! If this much work is involved to make these pork schnitzels, I might as well make them from scratch. I don’t see these as a long term item at Costco.

  2. We’ve tried this two times. I agree regarding separating the meat slices, but I totally understand – it’s been cooked sous vide under vacuum. Both times we also got some Zak’s Tavern Oktoberfest Buttered Spaetzle to go with it – great match.
    Yes, you have to bread the pork, no big deal. I would assume it would not survive sous vide cooking very well.
    This is a good product and I hope Costco continues selling it.
    We now look for both items when shopping at Costco.

  3. Pork Schnitzel was great. Mine looked much better than pics here in and out of the bag. It also appears I got more than what is shown here in pics. Pork separated quite easily except two pieces on one corner. Sauce was fine! I went back this week to get more of this product (and the turkey spinach lasagna 🙂 ). Hope they restock both. I wouldn’t describe this meal as good for cholesterol, sodium, fat minded/conscious folk and the label isn’t absolutely “open” to consumer. Costco is not pursuing the echelon of quality it used to in the past, it’s a given. This meal is priced, prepared and delivered at B+/A-.

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