I don’t know about you, but I love the crab & shrimp stuffed salmon you get at Costco. I am not sure what they put in it but it is SO GOOD!! Most people I know love it as well and sadly, they do not always have it in stock. When they do it’s quite a treat for me and I’ll grab a package and cook it up that night. I regularly purchase the large package of fresh salmon at Costco then cut it up into steaks and freeze it until needed. When I freeze my salmon, I use a FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System and I am a huge fan! It’s small and doesn’t take up a lot of space in the cupboard. It really does keep frozen food fresher longer, just like the commercial says. Well, this last trip to Costco was disappointing since they didn’t have their stuffed salmon so I decided to do a “Lorification” of their versioin and see how close I could get. I have to admit, it came out pretty darn good.
Since I’m not 100% positive of the ingredients they use, I had to do a little bit of guesswork. I know there is crab and shrimp, but the rest was a mystery. I figured cream cheese to bind it together and for sure some garlic. The rest is my take on their recipe.
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 can lump crab meat
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 medium red onion, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
6 large shrimp, cut into bite sized pieces
2 Tablespoons capers (optional)
1/3 cup of white cooking wine
2 – 8 oz salmon steaks
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Take the softened cream cheese and mash it up a bit so it’s more of a creamy consistency. I find using a shallow glass bowl to be the best way. I got my Mini Prep Bowls on Amazon and they’re great for holding ingredients too.
In a medium mixing bowl, add the crab, parsley onion, garlic and shrimp. Mix together.
Fold in the softened cream cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In a medium to large baking dish, add the cooking wine. Slit the steaks down the center to form a holder for the stuffing. Place the steaks in the glass dish.
You’ll notice the one on the right has extra green things in it. They are capers and I love capers with salmon and crab. Since hubby thinks they are disgusting, I added some to just the one I was going to have. I love the zingy tangy taste of those little green gems and I’ll add them to just about anything.
Bake, uncovered, in the oven for 20-25 minutes (depending on the size of your salmon steaks) at 350 degrees. Check with a meat thermometer to be sure they are cooked through. I have the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer
which has been by far the most accurate and fastest food thermometer around.
I topped it with some sriracha sauce (1 cup mayonnaise, 1-2 Tablespoons Sriracha, 3 Tablespoons fat free half & half) and a sprinkling of parsley. I served it with a side of couscous. This was a great sauce for salmon!
The wine that I added to the baking dish kept the salmon moist while adding some amazing flavor. This is not an exact replica of the Costco crab and shrimp stuffed salmon since I do not know all the ingredients they use, but I think mine is better. Try it out and tell me what you think.