Kirkland Frozen Salmon: Kirkland Wild Caught Sockeye Review

Salmon is one of my favorite foods, and this Kirkland Frozen Salmon did not disappoint! It was restaurant quality, easy to prepare and a great price. 

bag of frozen salmon


  • Costco Item number 221177
  • Located in the frozen food section.
  • $29.99 USD for a 3 pound bag.
  • 38 grams of protein per serving.
  • Wild Caught Alaska Sockeye Frozen Salmon

There are many different options at Costco for Salmon, they have frozen, fresh, wild caught, and farmed. While I am not a salmon expert, I have heard that it is best to buy wild caught Salmon. 

Wild caught Salmon tends to be lower in fat, have less saturated fats, less calories, and is higher in minerals. 

I also decided to try the Frozen Salmon Filets because I am the only person in my house that likes seafood, so I didn’t want to cook a large fresh Salmon that no one else would eat. So these frozen fillets are perfect for preparing just one or two.

Inside the Bag 

I love that the bag contains there pounds of individually wrapped and sealed frozen fillets. Depending on the specific weight of the fillets most bags will include about 7-8 individually wrapped frozen fillets. The bag that I purchased came with a total of 8 fillets.

This means that you can keep the big bag in the freezer, and whenever you want a piece of Salmon, just pull one out and cook it. 

inside the bag

This makes it very convenient for me, since I am the only one in my house that likes Salmon, and most of the time I am the only one eating it. Which makes having individually wrapped fillets perfect for a single serving. 

The bag also has a resealable zip lock strip on the top, which is nice. Inside the bag there are 8 frozen Salmon Fillets individually wrapped and sealed. 

frozen fillet

Here is the skin side.

skin side of frozen fillet


Here is the nutrition information from the side of the bag. 

nutrition facts

Cooking Instructions 

The cooking instructions on the bag state that you should first thaw the Salmon by removing from all packaging and letting it sit in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours. 

After thawing, you can bake, grill, or saute. For safety, cook to an internal temperature of 145 F as measured by a food thermometer. Even though it suggested cooking once thawed on the bag, I decided to cook mine in the air fryer while it was still frozen. Many people cook salmon from a frozen state because it is convenient. 

However, sometimes it can turn out more flaky and taste better if you wait to cook until thawed. Either way you decide to cook your Salmon, just make sure that you have a food grade thermometer and check the internal temperature until it reaches 145 F. 

Here are the cooking instructions, storage information, and safety warnings that are shown on the bag.

cooking instructions

Cooking Frozen Salmon in the Air Fryer

First, I sprayed my air fryer with some non-stick spray and pre-heated the air fryer to 400 F. Once the air fryer was up to temperature, I took two of the Frozen Salmon fillets out of the bag, unwrapped them, and placed the fillets skin side down in my air fryer. 

costco frozen salmon in air fryer

I did not wait for them to thaw, I just placed them in the air fryer completely frozen. I cooked them at 400 F for 5 minutes, then added some peper, garlic salt, and placed a slice of butter on top of each Salmon fillet. 

cooking the salmon in air fryer

I then set the air fryer to cook for 3-minute intervals at 400 F, checking the temperature each time after the 3-minute intervals until the internal temperature reached 145 F. 

checking temperature

The total cooking time that it will take to cook the salmon depends on how many filiets you are cooking at a time, and also, how thick they are. 

You don’t want to risk overcooking your salmon, but you also want to make sure that you get the internal temperature to 145 F for safety reasons. This is why you will not know exactly how long it will take to cook. 

After cooking my salmon fillets for the first 5 minutes, I had to cook for 3 additional 3-minute long cooking intervals. So my total cooking time for the 2 salmon fillets was about 14 minutes at 400 F. 

I would recommend getting a cooking thermometer if you are going to be cooking salmon, to make sure you get it to just the right temperature but not overcook it and make it dry. I was a bit worried that mine might be dry, but the salmon was cooked perfectly. 

Cooking the frozen salmon in the air fryer was so easy, and I will be using this same cooking method to prepare it next time.

cooked salmon fillets


The Salmon looked so good when it was finished, and It was just as good when I tasted it too. 

salmon on plate with lemons

It tasted just as good, or better, than some of the Salmon that I have tried at restaurants. I cut up a lemon and squeezed the juice on the Salmon, and it had the perfect amount of lemon taste, was a bit flaky, and not too dry at all. The Salmon was actually so good that I ate both the fillets myself! While I was eating I carefully watched for bones. 

salmon dinner with lemons and salad

The first fillet had no bones at all, and I only found about 3 small bones in the second one. With my Salmon I also made some baked zucchini with shredded parmesan, and a spring salad mix topped with cherry tomatoes.This was such a good meal, I will definitely be making this again! 

salmon fillet cut open

Final Thoughts

I can definitely recommend these frozen Salmon fillets. They tasted great, were quick to prepare, and affordable. It only takes about 15-20 minutes to prepare the Salmon which is very convenient. 

I will be making sure that I have some of these in my freezer from now on for a quick and easy salmon dinner.

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