25 Costco Dinners You Can Make in Under 25 Minutes


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Salmon Basil Pesto Butter
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It's an unfortunate fact of life that we often don't have enough time to spend focusing on what we consume for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For anyone struggling to eat healthy in between all their other commitments, grocery stores like warehouse giant Costco can be a major help by providing reliably sourced frozen and refrigerated meal starters. We've compiled a collection of the tastiest and most time-saving dinners you can whip up using groceries found at most Costco stores across the nation.

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Caprese Grilled Cheese
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This grown-up grilled cheese variation combines Costco's fresh-baked-onsite Country French Bread ($5.99 for two loaves) with BelGioioso fresh mozzarella ($8.29 for two 1-pound logs), and Kirkland's imported Genovese basil pesto ($8.29 for 22 ounces). It takes barely any time to assemble the sandwiches (tomatoes and greens optional) and crisp the bread in butter or oil, and the recipe leaves you with lots of leftover ingredients to whip up other easy Italian meals for the following evenings.
Spinach Ravioli
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Here's where you can put that remaining pesto to use. Costco regularly offers a 3.5-pound bag of Pasta Prima's spinach and mozzarella ravioli for $10.50 or as low as $7.50 on sale. For that price, you get 16 servings of versatile ravioli that can be prepared in less than 10 minutes and pair with any sauce from simple olive oil to pesto or Prego Italian Sauce ($7.99 for two 67-ounce jars).

Chicken and Rice Pilaf
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Costco's $5 whole rotisserie chicken is one of those products that's remained at the same remarkably affordable price for so long it defies common business logic. For an easy meal the evening after shopping, pair the fresh chicken with this veggie rice pilaf you can make using Costco's own mushrooms ($4.99 for 24 ounces) and zucchini ($4.49 for six).
Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich
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You might save and refrigerate your rotisserie chicken leftovers for quick-and-easy use in any number of other recipes, like these chicken salad sandwiches that can be made more quickly with the cold chicken leftovers, plus a few additional condiments and fresh croissants, available from Costco's bakery center for $5.99 per 12-pack.
Chicken Noodle Soup
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Using leftover rotisserie chicken ($5) will let you prepare this sick-day favorite in less than 30 minutes, provided you also have some onion, garlic, celery, carrot, or other soup-ready vegetables on hand. If not, look for them all in cheap bulk quantities from Costco's produce section.
Shrimp and Quinoa
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Two pounds of raw frozen shrimp sell for $17.79 at most Costco locations, so you can make several days' worth of dinners using the tail-on shellfish. One of the simple ways to prepare them is just by sautéing them with lemon juice and seasonings for a couple minutes per side before serving over rice or quinoa (available from Costco for $10 for 4.5 lbs.).

Shrimp Fajitas
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With a few spice substitutions and vegetable additions, the same shrimp can be used for fajitas that are done in around 10 minutes after cutting everything. To complete the recipe, you can also get from Costco mixed bell peppers ($6.99 for six) and corn tortillas ($2.69 for 60).
Swedish Meatballs
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All it takes to make this recipe is 15 minutes, some flour, butter, sour cream, broth, and Kirkland Signature's Italian-style beef meatballs ($18.89 for 6 lbs.). At Costco you can also find bulk packages of the sour cream ($7.99 for 5 lbs.) and egg noodles ($16.79 for 10 lbs.) to serve with your Swedish meatballs.
BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza
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Another handy Costco product to have around for a quick dinner is their four-pack of frozen cheese pizzas ($11.39), to which you can easily add your own toppings before baking for 10 to 12 minutes at 425 degrees. For a homemade barbecue pizza, adapt this recipe with some of Costco's own smoked pulled pork ($11.59 for 2-lbs.), red onions, and optional goat cheese ($6.99 for 21 ounces).
Chicken Stir Fry
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Cut down on prep-time for this simple Asian stir fry by using Kirkland's Normandy-style frozen veggie blend ($8.59 for 6 lbs.). The other main ingredients you'll need to get from the store beforehand include boneless chicken breast ($3.09 per pound raw) or pre-grilled chicken strips ($10.59 for 2 lbs. pre-grilled), and basmati rice ($18.49 for 20 lbs.).
Parmesan and Garlic Baked Chicken Wings
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Whether you're preparing something for game day or just spicing up a weeknight dinner, these baked parmesan chicken wings are sure to impress, and easy to make for a reasonable price using Costco's chicken wings ($2.69 per pound) and parmesan cheese block ($4.99 per pound). Cook time is just about 25 minutes.
Salmon and Brown Rice
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For about $9 a pound, Costco sells frozen salmon in pre-sliced portions easy to defrost and saute with seasonings for a convenient meal starter. Just pair it with a grain like homemade rice or these heat-and-serve pouches of garlicky quinoa and brown rice ($12.59 for just over 3 lbs.).
Asian Chopped Chicken Salad
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Taylor Farms' Asian Cashew Chopped Salad kit, available at Costcos for less than $5 for nearly 24 ounces, has almost everything needed for a ready-made cold meal, including cabbage, cilantro, nuts, and sesame dressing. All you need to add is some protein, such as Kirkland's pre-grilled chicken breast strips.
Caesar Salad
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This premade Costco salad kit includes all the ingredients you need to make more than a pound of Caesar salad for just $3.49. Try adding Costco's pre-grilled chicken breast ($10.59 per 2 lbs.) to make it more of an entrée than a side dish.
Chicken and Apple Sausage
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Costco typically offers a selection of Aidells antibiotic-free smoked sausages such as their Chicken & Apple variety ($14.89 for 3 lbs.), and this recipe from the company's site puts them to use in a simple yet spicy green salad that can be made in just 10 minutes. You'll also want to pick up some spinach, cherry tomatoes, and mustard.
Italian Tortellini
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Alternately, you could also try tossing those Aidells sausages in this one-pot pasta recipe, which can also use up Costco products like their cheese tortellini (about $2.30 per pound), mushrooms, parmesan, spinach, and basil pesto. The dish comes together in about 20 minutes.
Ground Beef Tacos
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Costco is one of the best places to go for decently priced organic and/or grass-fed beef (price varies), and one of the easiest yet most satisfying preparations is to turn it into taco meat. By following this recipe, you only need to season and fry the meat a few minutes before assembling your Tex-Mex tacos with additional tomato, lettuce, and cheese. You can find large quantities of corn tortillas ($4.59 for 100) at Costco, or look elsewhere for harder taco shells.
Pasta Carbonara
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Americanize the Italian classic carbonara pasta by replacing pancetta with Kirkland bacon, whether fresh or pre-crumbled for $11.49 a package). The only other ingredients needed for this Gwyneth Paltrow-originated recipe are eggs, parmesan, salt, pepper, and noodles, all of which you can stock up on at Costco.

Madras Lentils with Rice
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At Costco, these delicious, oft-discounted lentils finished with red beans and tomato sauce come in packs of eight microwavable pouches that are ready in just one minute. Serve them with cheese for a rich dip, over rice for a quick meal serving, or with some additional veggies and chickpeas for a more involved lentil chili.
Chicken Potstickers
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Ling Ling's chicken and vegetable potstickers go for $13.79 per 4.2-pound resealable bag in Costco's freezer section, providing for 12 servings of five potstickers each. They need only to be fried in oil before serving with soy sauce or other seasonings over rice.
Prime Rib-Eye Steak with Mashed Potatoes
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Costco is also home to restaurant-quality USDA prime grade steaks like rib-eye for $18.99 per pound or $10.99 for USDA choice. They can be grilled to perfection in under 10 minutes and pair easily with premade Costco sides like Honest Earth's creamy mashed potatoes pouches ($10.39 for a container of 14).
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For $13.19 in Costco's freezer section, you can get a box of Ajinomoto's Japanese-style fried noodle salad containing six 9-ounce reheatable servings. It can make an easy side for an Asian main dish or be upgraded into an entree of its own with a little canned tuna, preferably one of higher quality like this sustainably caught wild albacore available in six-can packs for $15.89.
Vegetable Barley Soup
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This is one of the rotating soups you'll find on offer around Costco's refrigerated sections, a pack of two 32-ounce containers of a hearty vegetarian soup that boasts only 80 calories per serving and sells for around $5. All the chopping is already done for you, so the soup just needs to be reheated in the microwave or stovetop before serving. Consider serving it with Costco's Country French Bread and one of the salad kits to round out the meal.
Salmon Basil Pesto Butter
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For an even easier salmon preparation you won't have to defrost, try this Kirkland Signature refrigerated fixture (about $10.99 per pound) featuring farm-raised Atlantic salmon topped with dollops of rich seasoned butter that bake with the filets at 400. They take about 25 minutes.
Hot Dog and Soda
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This one's a cheat, but it deserves mention anyway just for its exceptional value. Costco snack bars have been selling a hot dog and soda combo at the same price — $1.50 — for more than 30 years, and while it may not be anything fancy, it's an undoubtedly a cheap and fast way to fit in dinner on a long shopping day.

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