15 Incredible Gourmet Foods You Can Buy at Costco
Costco is one of the kings of big-box stores. With massive deals and large quantities, it’s a haven for consumers who benefit from buying in bulk. But there’s nothing ‘warehouse’ about the Costco food selection. With a variety of high-end options, it’s become a go-to stop for foodies who want bargains without sacrificing quality. If you want to explore Costco’s gourmet options but don’t know where to start, check out these 15 incredible selections.
Artisan Cheese & Cracker Selection
If a 72-lb wheel of cheese seems more likely to end up as a family heirloom than on your dinner plate, consider the more modest portions found in this cheese and cracker selection. Made up of high-quality samples of American and international products, this selection pack includes five different cheeses, two meats and artisan crackers. (This is the secret code behind Costco’s prices.)
Japanese Wagyu New York Strip Loin Roast
Literally translated, “Wagyu” simply means Japanese cow. But behind that simple term is a cut of beef widely regarded as the most tender, most flavorful steak in the world. Japanese cattle ranchers pass down the secrets of care and feeding from one generation to the next, and all Wagyu meat is strictly graded on a 12 point scale before reaching the market. The Wagyu cuts sold at Costco are A5, the highest rating possible.
Of course, very few steaks of this quality hit the market each year, and that means that the cost is dramatically different from a standard steak. At over $90 per pound, this is a gourmet treat best left for special occasions. But serving your guests a Wagyu steak is a rare and wonderful experience. So tune up your grill and break out the fine china, and you’ll have the centerpiece of a dinner that will leave your friends talking for years to come. This is everything you need to know about Costco’s holiday hours.
Plaza Osetra Golden Farmed Sturgeon Caviar
Is there any dish more synonymous with “gourmet” than caviar? Pick up this luxurious Bulgarian treat at your local Costco, or have it vacuum sealed and shipped straight to your door.
Costco rotates their caviar selection, as the best grade varies seasonally, so you can be sure that you’re getting the ideal match for your gourmet cravings. Caviar bundles wonderfully with some of the other items on this list, and its distinctive, glossy shine means it looks great on a homemade serving tray. (Read up on these shopping perks only Costco members know about.)
D’Artagnan Spanish Mangalica Dry-cured Boneless Ham
This is no ordinary ham! Mangalica pigs are native to the mountainous regions of Hungary, an ornery breed who require an extensive ranging area and great care to bring to harvestable age. The Spanish farmers of D’Artagnan have perfected their techniques to ensure rich flavor in each and every cut of their signature ham.
This dry-cured specialty can be used in any dish that calls for ham, but excels as a stand-alone appetizer, especially when paired with cheese or sides of equal quality. Sharpen your knives and enjoy a slice of high-end gourmet flavor.
Kirkland Signature Sockeye Salmon
Even gourmet chefs have to improvise on occasion, and that’s a great reason to keep a supply of canned Sockeye Salmon on hand. Tinned fully cooked, this salmon is a wild-caught delicacy straight from the Alaskan wilderness. Because it’s canned, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated until opened, and makes for a great stand-by in case of unexpected guests, or if another meal plan falls through. (These are secrets Costco employees won’t tell you.)
Bubba’s Q De-Boned Baby Back Pork Rib Steaks
For anyone who thinks that “gourmet” has to mean difficult, look no further than these pre-prepped rib steaks. Bone-free and astonishingly tender, these ribs have already been hand de-boned and cooked in a succulent Carolina sauce before being frozen and vacuum-packed to ensure freshness. This Christmas, give Costco’s boozy eggnog a try.
Rastelli Market Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
As any foodie can tell you, there are crab cakes, and then there are crab cakes! These Rastelli cakes are the real deal, with high-grade blue crab meat, handmade right here in the USA. They are packaged uncooked, vacuum-sealed for freshness, and can be stored for up to a year before being prepared.
In true Costco fashion, each package contains twenty cakes, so you’ll have enough to feed an entire gathering. Serve them indoors, or kick your patio game up a notch and enjoy them with friends outdoors.
Fresh Peeled Rainbow Carrots
So far we’ve mostly looked at animal products. But the true gourmet knows that quality ingredients include proper attention to the veggies, as well!
These farm-fresh carrots come in a rainbow of colors, making an eye-catching display while never surrendering an ounce of flavor. Even better, Costco understands that people hate peeling veggies (some DIY folks even hate it so much they’re willing to use a drill to speed it up!). So these carrots all come pre-peeled, and ready for the pot. (This is how you can shop at Costco without a membership.)
Ruta Maya Organic Jiguaní Whole Bean Coffee
There’s nothing better than a hot cup of coffee to get your day off to a caffeinated kick-start. But there’s no reason to settle for just any coffee. Sure, you can grit your teeth and choke down a stale drive-through cup of joe, but why not upgrade your mornings with a mug of gourmet flavor?
Whether you’re an early morning coffee drinker, or want a pairing for a decadent dessert, this whole-bean Arabica is a perfect choice. USDA Certified Organic and full of rich taste, this is a great go-to for yourself or for guests. Brew it up using a DIY pour-over coffee stand to step up your presentation, and impress your guests!
Northwest Fish Wild Red King Crab
Fresh crab is one of the true delicacies of the world, especially if paired with the simple taste of butter. This gourmet treat from Costco is caught wild, plucked from the chill waters of the Bering Sea. It’s then cooked and frozen, capturing its flavor at the height of freshness and mouth-watering taste. Costco buyers then select the largest and most delectable legs and claws, bundling them up and distributing to a store near you.