Everything you need to know about the Costco Spiral Ham – including cooking instructions!
My family does not always make a turkey for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter; a lot of the time my mom makes ham because it’s easier. We regularly have the Costco Kirkland Spiral Sliced Ham.
I honestly despised ham until I tried the Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham. Other hams I’ve tried are fatty and greasy while being way too salty but not the spiral sliced ham from Costco.
This isn’t available all year round at Costco but is usually available around the holidays like Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.
Location in Store
You can find the ham either in the refrigerated deli section by the sausages at Costco or the cooler section with the meat, it depends on your store. The item number is 13689.
The Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham is hands down the best ham I’ve had. Sean (my husband) usually isn’t a fan of ham, but always goes back for seconds when we have this. The ham is lean without much fat and has a nice subtle smoked hickory flavor.
My favorite part about the Costco ham is that it comes with a sweet glaze that you brush on when it’s almost done. This makes the outside of the ham sweet and slightly crispy.
The ham is very flavorful. You can definitely taste the salt, which is common with ham, so get your glasses of water ready and maybe put a tad bit less salt in your side dishes. Compared to other ham I’ve had, the Spiral Sliced Ham from Costco actually tastes less salty, which is another reason why I like it.
The best before date on the ham is about two months from the date we purchased the ham, so that means you can purchase it well before you plan to cook it and just keep it in the refrigerator until you cook it. Once you do cook it though, the packaging recommends consuming the ham within three to five days.
We use a food saver and freeze our leftovers. The ham comes in a mesh bag with an instruction booklet and glaze packet.
There’s a split pea soup recipe that comes with the instruction booklet. We’ve made the recipe before, and I highly recommend it! It’s delicious.
There are many things you can do with the leftover Costco ham, including making the split pea soup, ham a la king, using it for breakfast sandwiches and putting it in eggs (in an omelet or frittata). We get multiple additional meals from one ham.
The best part about this ham is that about half of it is already partly sliced so it’s very easy to serve nice even-sized pieces to your guests. It does take a little work to cut up the rest of the ham for leftovers but overall this is probably one of the easiest options for cooking a large amount of meat for multiple guests on a special occasion.
I go over the cooking instructions and show myself preparing the ham in my video review, so you can watch that video on this page or click here to watch it on YouTube if you’d prefer to watch a video rather than reading through the cooking instructions.
To make the ham, you preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit, unwrap your ham and place it in a shallow baking dish with the flat side down and the round side up. Next, cover the ham tightly with aluminum foil. Then you cook the ham for 12-15 minutes per pound. Cooking the ham should take about two hours total, but it depends how big your ham is.
To make the glaze, you combine the glaze package with 45 mL of water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once your ham has been in the oven for about two hours, remove your ham and pour the glaze over top and brush it in between the slices as well.
Once your Costco ham is glazed, turn your oven up to 425 degrees Farenheit and put your ham back in the oven uncovered for eight to 10 minutes, then let the ham sit out of the oven for about 10 minutes before serving.
The cost of the ham has gone up quite a bit. In 2021 when I originally wrote this the cost was $6.99 per kiligram. In fall 2023 it’s now $8.99 per kilogram.
This ham fed the four of us for Easter with a ton of leftovers for soup, quiche and sandwiches.
Nutritionally, this is high in fat and salt. A 100-gram serving is close to 200 calories, 10 grams of fat, eight grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fibre, two grams of sugar and 16 grams of protein.
A 100-gram serving contains 950 mg of sodium, which is almost 40% percent of your daily recommended sodium intake. Generally, individuals do not eat tons and tons of ham day in and out and this is something usually served for a special occasion, so this probably isn’t the end of the world. Moderation is key, and make sure to drink lots of water!
The ingredients list has ingredients you’d expect to see in a ham. Pork, water, sugar, salt and preservatives! The glaze is mainly sugar, and you can tell that from the taste.
Overall, this ham from Costco tastes so much better than other hams I have tasted. It’s not fatty, the flavor is delicious and the cost is very reasonable. Nutritionally, definitely not the healthiest item you could serve. I would 100% buy this again and enjoy it for the holidays or other special occasions.
If you’ve tried the Costco Spiral Sliced Ham, what did you think?
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