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The Best & Worst Frozen Foods at Costco—Ranked!

Here's how to navigate the freezer aisle based on nutrition.
FACT CHECKED BY Faye Brennan

Navigating the aisles of Costco can be a fun grocery challenge. There are so many options—and in big, family-sized packaging—that lure you in… because of course you need a 50-bag box of assorted chips. But, when it comes to the frozen food aisles at the warehouse, how do you know if you're making a healthy choice?

We checked out the frozen section at our local Costco to find out what's currently in the freezers. While every Costco may have different products based on supply and region, these are some tried and true, cold favorites that should be in every store—and we've ranked them all based on nutrition from the worst to #1 best.

Keep reading to see the ranking, and for more great Costco news, don't miss these 15 Costco Foods That Make Meal Prep Easy.

10

Pierre Signatures Angus Cheeseburger

pierre signatures frozen angus cheeseburgers box

Per sandwich (174 g): 500 calories, 27 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 820 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 25 g protein

These aren't just frozen burger patties; they're frozen sandwiches, complete with the bun. But these frozen meals contain a gram of trans fat and a whopping 820 milligrams of sodium. You're much better off building a burger with the Impossible patty and piling that sandwich with some fresh veggies like onions, tomato, and lettuce.

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9

Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pies

marie callenders frozen chicken pot pie

Per 1 cup (200 g): 410 calories, 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 770 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (4 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 11 g protein

One serving size of this frozen pot pie is only half of the pot pie tray. And even then, you're still getting a lot of fat and sodium in your meal. For a healthier option, try one of these 14 Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Recipes.

8

Tyson Panko Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins

tyson panko chicken breast tenderloins

Per 4 oz serving: (112 G): 210 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 580 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 20 g protein

While these chicken tenders are relatively high in protein, they are also high in sodium. Skip these and make your own at home with panko breadcrumbs and your favorite seasonings that have less salt.

Related: We Tasted 6 Frozen Chicken Tenders and This Is the Best

7

Farm Rich French Toast Sticks, Cinnamon

farm rich french toast sticks

Per 4 stick serving (106 G): 333 calories, 14 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 380 mg sodium, 46 carbs (1 g fiber, 13 g sugar)

French toast sticks are an easy breakfast for those of us who are on the go, but the Farm Rich brand packs a punch with 13 grams of sugar and over 20% of your daily total of fat for just four sticks. Consider making your own French toast at home with whole-grain bread for a heartier breakfast. 

6

Jimmy Dean Delights English Muffins

jimmy dean delights english muffin frozen box

Per 1 sandwich (143 g): 270 calories, 8 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 710 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 18 g protein

You might think that these lighter versions of Jimmy Dean's frozen breakfasts are a healthy choice. But they're still loaded with more sodium than you ideally want to consume at breakfast, or in one meal at all. You're better off making a breakfast sandwich with one of these 16 Healthy Breakfast Sandwich Ideas.

5

Impossible Plant-Based Burger Patties

impossible plant based burger patties

Per 1 patty (113 G): 240 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 370 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (3 g fiber, <1g sugar), 19 g protein

The plant-based Impossible burger patties are a great alternative to traditional burger patties. These can be made into a tasty sandwich with fresh veggie toppings, or into a lettuce-wrapped burger with the help of iceberg lettuce.

Related: One Major Effect of Eating a Plant-Based Diet

4

Smucker's Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam Sandwich

smuckers uncrustables

Per sandwich (58 G): 210 calories, 9g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 220 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (2 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 6 g protein

Those looking for a quick snack or something to go with their lunch should consider the nostalgia of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the form of a Smuckers Uncrustable. The sandwiches have a decent amount of protein and are low in fat and sodium making them a healthier alternative to other lunchtime options.

3

Yucatan Avocado Pulp, Extra Chunky

tucatan avocado pulp

Per 2 tbsp serving (30 G): 60 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 170 mg sodium, 3 carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 1 g protein

Adding avocado to just about anything can have a load of health benefits, including added good fats that your body needs to survive. If you hate cutting, pitting and chopping avocado consider this ready-to-go option from Yucatan in the frozen section of Costco. Add it to a sandwich, slather it on toast, or enjoy it mixed into a dip.

Related: Secret Side Effects of Eating Too Many Avocados

2

Trident Seafoods Wild Alaskan Salmon Burgers

alaska salmon burgers

Per 1 patty (79 G): 130 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 230 mg sodium, 1 g carb (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 14 g protein

Trident Seafoods salmon burgers are a nice alternative for those who don't like the taste or texture of Impossible plant-based burgers but still want that satisfying burger experience. The burgers are loaded with protein and are low in fat and carbs, making them one of the healthier options at the big-box store.

1

Kirkland Signature Farm-Raised Raw Shrimp

kirkland raw shrimp

Per 4 ounce serving (112 G): 90 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 310 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 22 g protein

Raw, frozen shrimp are a must-have for your freezer. This two pound bag from Kirkland Signature packs in a ton of protein per serving to keep you fuller longer, and with less than a gram of fat total, it's a great item to add to almost any meal and the #1 best frozen food item you can buy at Costco.

For more, check out the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.

Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more