This copycat recipe for Costco’s Stuffed Salmon is a healthy and easy way to prepare tender salmon. The salmon filets are stuffed with a savory mixture of crab meat, shrimp, rice, and seasonings, then baked until tender. Serve this dish with your favorite sides for a nutritious meal your whole family will love!

Baked, stuffed salmon filets in a parchment lined baking dish.

Costco has a lot of tempting and delicious foods in the prepared food section. However, it’s quite expensive to pay for the convenience of all preparation being done for you.

Instead, pick up the fresh salmon at your local Costco and the other ingredients on your regular grocery trip and you’ll be all set to have a delicious meal for a fraction of the cost. Plus, you can choose higher quality ingredients and leave out any of the ingredients you don’t like.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • You can make individual servings or try stuffing a large salmon filet for the holidays. It makes a stunning presentation!
  • While there is a long ingredient list, everything is easy to obtain and it comes together quickly.
  • You can customize the stuffing ingredients to fit your diet. I’ve also included some budget-friendly options.

Key Ingredients

Ingredients to make costco stuffed salmon in small bowls on a white surface.

Salmon offers lots of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, plus it’s delicious. Look for a good salmon that is wild-caught. Stay away from farmed Atlantic salmon if you can.

Crab and shrimp add flavor and a mix of fresh seafood everyone enjoys.

Breadcrumbs help hold everything together. Be sure to use gluten-free breadcrumbs if you are on a gluten-free diet.

Cheese adds a great flavor and a touch of fat. People on dairy-free diets can simply leave out the cheese.

Mayo is a great seafood accompaniment and also helps tie everything together.

Recipe Steps

Photo collage of how to make stuffed salmon filets.

Step One

Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pat each piece of raw salmon with a clean paper towel so it is dry.

Carefully slit each salmon fillet so that the ends stay together.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Combine all filling ingredients in a mixing bowl. I recommend using your hands to get everything to come together.

Step Three

Press the filling into logs and gently stuff them into the middle of each salmon filet.

Step Four

Bake until the fish is coked through, being careful not to overbake. The fish should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

Serve with a lemon wedge.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.

Stuffed salmon with green beans and potatoes on white plates.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • If you want to save money, try using canned tuna instead of crab. If you use canned tuna in this recipe instead of crab meat, make sure to drain the tuna. You’ll need about half of a 5-ounce can.
  • You’ll need about 8 ounces of raw shrimp to yield one cup of cooked shrimp with the tails removed.
  • Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

Recipe FAQs

Can I use other seafood for the stuffing?

Use crab, shrimp, tuna, or whatever you’d like. The other filling ingredients can support 1 1/2 cups of added seafood, so just stick to that ratio no matter what variety you select.

Is this recipe good left over?

The stuffed salmon is best served hot out of the oven, but if you have leftovers they will last in the fridge up to 4 days. Gently reheat them in the oven before eating.

Can I use imitation crab?

Yes, but be sure to read the ingredient label to make sure it doesn’t contain any unwanted ingredients.

Can I use frozen salmon for this recipe?

Yes, but you’ll need to defrost each salmon filet completely before stuffing it and baking it.

Can I use cream cheese in the stuffing?

The Costco recipe does not use cream cheese, it uses Monterey Jack cheese.

A stuffed salmon filet on a white plate with green beans and potatoes.

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Closeup of a crab and shrimp stuffed salmon fillet.

Costco Stuffed Salmon (Copycat Recipe)

This copycat recipe for Costco’s Stuffed Salmon is a healthy and easy way to prepare tender salmon. The filets are stuffed with a savory mixture of crab meat, shrimp, rice, and seasonings, then baked until tender. Serve this dish with your favorite sides for a nutritious meal your whole family will love!

  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 salmon filets, at least 2-inches thick
  • 1/2 cup cooked and cooled white rice
  • 1/2 cup cooked crab meat (see notes for substitution options)
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp, chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (use gluten-free breadcrumbs if you’re on a gluten-free diet)
  • 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese (leave out for dairy-free diets or replace with a non-dairy cheese substitute)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Fresh lemon wedges (optional, for serving)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Prep the salmon by cutting a slit down the center from nearly end to end, leaving the ends intact so the salmon filet doesn’t fall apart.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice, crab meat or tuna, shrimp, breadcrumbs, cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. 
  4. Use your hands to press the mixture into 4 sections. Then, stuff each section into the slit of each salmon filet.
  5. Lay the salmon filets on the baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the salmon filets are opaque and flakey. 
  6. Let the fish cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve with a wedge of fresh lemon, if desired.

Notes

  1. If you use canned tuna in this recipe instead of crab meat, make sure to drain the tuna. You’ll need about half of a 5-ounce can.
  2. You’ll need about 8 ounces of raw shrimp to yield one cup of cooked shrimp with the tails removed.
  3. Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

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