Costco Kirkland Signature Creole-Style Jambalaya Review

Jambalaya is something I enjoy making at home occasionally, but it takes a fair amount of effort! When I saw this Kirkland Signature Creole-Style Jambalaya at Costco, I immediately wondered how it would compare to my homemade stuff. It definitely looks appetizing with a bunch of nice-looking shrimp sitting on top of a colorful mix of vegetables. Can I stop making my own jambalaya and just buy this from now on?

Image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Creole-Style Jambalaya container sitting on a table unopened.
Costco Kirkland Signature Creole-Style Jambalaya.

Location in Store

The jambalya is located in the pre-made deli section at Costco, near the other meals like the Kirkland Signature Chicken Pot Pie and the Kirkland Signature Chicken Chow Mein.

Top down image of the jambalaya container opened sitting on a table, there are shrimp resting on top of the jambalaya.
Lots of big juicy shrimp!


I didn’t love this jambalaya. I make my own from scratch at home about once a year using the recipe from Serious Eats and this doesn’t compare in taste but it’s way more convenient!

Top down closeup image of a bowl of jambalaya with three shrimp resting on top of the rice stew.
Such a hearty meal!

This is a rice-based dish with sausage, chicken and shrimp. My favorite part about the dish is the shrimp. They’re flavorful, tender, nice and firm and definitely not mushy! I wish there was more chicken, the chicken that’s in the jambalaya is moist and not at all gristly or gross but there’s not enough of it.

Closeup image of a fork with a shrimp on it hovering over a bowl of jambalaya.
My favorite part is the shrimp.

The heat is coming from the sausage, it’s extremely spicy, too hot for my sensitive taste buds but jambalaya is known to have some heat. To be honest, after trying it I just kind of avoided the sausage.

Closeup image of a fork with a piece of chicken on it hovering over a bowl of jambalaya.
I wish there was more chicken.

The rice has tomato sauce on it and a few bits of veggies mixed in like bell pepper, onion and celery. The rice isn’t my favorite, I find it has a strange aftertaste. The dish is very tomatoey so if you’re like my husband and get heartburn from tomato-based dishes then you might want to avoid this one. Overall it’s okay, not awesome. I picked out the shrimp and chicken and didn’t eat a lot of the rest.

Closeup image of a fork with sausage and rice on it hovering over a bowl of jambalaya.
Sausage and rice.


The jambalaya costs $15.99 per kilogram and my container cost $25.23. It’s not cheap considering it’s mainly rice and chicken but also not super expensive. It’s definitely cheaper than feeding a family of four from a fast food restaurant.

Closeup image of the label on the jambalaya that says the best before date, cost and cooking instructions.
The jambalaya must be kept refrigerated.
Top down image of a bowl of jambalaya with shrimp on it sitting beside a fork.
A balanced meal!


I’m finding a lot of the Costco pre-made meal instructions don’t have enough cook time listed. For example, I cooked the jambalaya for 30 minutes and it wasn’t anywhere hot enough.

Image of the cooking instructions for the jambalaya from the package.
Heating instructions.

The jambalaya needs to be kept refrigerated and the best-before date is four days from when we purchased it. I recommend serving this with a nice green garden salad or a baguette! It’s a full, balanced meal so you also don’t really need sides.

Image of the jambalaya tray covered in foil sitting in an oven.
Covering the jambalaya with foil keeps it from drying out.



1/6th of the tray contains 290 calories, 10 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbohydrates, three grams of fibre, seven grams of sugar, 22 grams of protein and 1230 milligrams of sodium.

That’s a lot of sodium considering a lot of people will likely eat more than 1/6th of the tray. The calories, fat, carbohydrates and sugar aren’t bad though.

Closeup image of the tray of jambalaya cooked with a big spoon scooping some out.
The sausage is the spicy part!


The ingredients list is pretty long but none of the ingredients are that unhealthy or super processed. One thing that’s kind of nice is that the jambalaya is gluten and dairy-free! It contains shrimp and sulfites and may contain milk, egg, fish, molluscs, other crustaceans, tree nuts, peanut, soy, sesame, wheat and mustard. This is likely because it’s produced on equipment that also produces food that contains those ingredients.

Image of the ingredients list for the jambalaya from the package.


Taste: 6/10

Cost: 6/10

Convenience: 9/10

Nutrition: 6/10


Give it a try!

Jambalaya takes a lot of time and energy to make from scratch, but this Costco version doesn’t compare to homemade at all.

Have you tried this Costco Kirkland Signature Jambalaya? What did you think of it? Drop a comment below!

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4 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Creole-Style Jambalaya Review”

  1. I agree the shrimp is the best part. The rest was middling. It was fun to try once, but it’s a once-and-done for me. The tomato-ish sauce somehow just didn’t work, and the sausages (if that’s what they were) seemed like filler for something that should have been there instead.

  2. I think I liked this more than you did, although cooking Jambalaya myself is my favourite when I’m up to it. I like spicy more than you do, and tomatoey more than your husband! For me, it’s a good level of spice, I didn’t get the aftertaste with the rice you noted, and I liked the balance of meats. I split the package into four portions.

    I really appreciate that you include nutrition information in your reviews — I’ve visited your site twice now because a review came up when I searched for carbs or nutrition. (Once for this and once for your Costco Kirkland Quinoa Salad Review.) The packaging where I’m from doesn’t include nutrition info for their pre-made meals. The information you provide allows me to calculate my insulin needs!


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