Monday, January 07, 2008

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Herbed Seafood Rub

Kirkland Seafood Rub(Edit: Sadly, it appears this product is not longer being made by Costco.  If anyone does see it again, please let us know.) If you're one of the people who's just getting started on the South Beach Diet and is new to this blog, you don't know how I'm completely nuts over Costco food products. I haven't checked, but I'd guess that a huge percentage of the ingredients I've raved about for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are from there. No, Costco has never paid me to advertise their products (don't I wish they would hire me to be the official Costco blogger!) I just keep finding tasty food products at Costco, and Costco is such a progressive company that I'm also proud to shop there!

This blend of herbs and spices to rub on fish is the latest Costco product that really made me smile. I've long been a fan of Pride of Szeged Fish Rub, but I've had a hard time finding it locally, although you can order Pride of Szeged Fish Rub online. The flavor of these two fish rubs is pretty similar, but the Costco version is really a bargain.

Before I give you more ideas for how I've used this product and South Beach Diet friendly fish recipes, just a short message about Weekend Herb Blogging from last week. Over the weekend mistakenly identified Kalyn's Kitchen as a possible spam blog (due to how my recipes are archived with a page of links.) I couldn't get into my dashboard at all on Sunday, the day I normally write the recap, but now that they've seen I'm a real person all is well, and it will be coming in the next day or so.

I've tried the fish rub on salmon and tilapia so far. Here is how it looked rubbed on some salmon filets, which I just roasted in my counter-top toaster oven. I rubbed the top of the fish with a bit of olive oil, then sprinkled on some fish rub and spread it around with my fingers. What could be easier?

(Edit - Thanks to Amber who reminded me that the original tin this comes in is very hard to open. After I'd used this once or twice I transferred it to a glass jar with a wide mouth, big enough to reach my hand in and get some to sprinkle it on the fish.)

South Beach Suggestions:
Fish is a great thing to eat for any phase of the South Beach Diet. Be sure to avoid battered fish where white flour is used as a coating. I've had good luck using almond meal as a coating for fried fish.

South Beach Diet Phase One Fish Recipes I've Loved:
Baked White Fish with Onions, Peppers, Olives, and Feta
Grilled Halibut with Garlic Cilantro Sauce
Herb Encrusted Grilled Salmon
Grilled Salmon with Asian Dipping Sauce
Greek Salmon Cooked in a Grill Pan
Grilled Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato, Olive, and Caper Relish
Sauteed Scallops with Garlic
Warm Scallop Caesar Salad
Grilled Sea Scallops with Paprika and Cilantro Salsa
Almond and Parmesan Baked Tilapia
Sauteed Tilapia with Parmesan Crust
Grilled Spicy Tuna
Grilled Tuna with Cherry Tomato Salsa
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  1. Unfortunately, there is no Costco where I live...but I have seen that rub in some of our groceries...hooray! :) Looks like a great way to spice up a fish dinner!

  2. What nerve, calling our Kalyn a spammer! Them's fighting words. No spammer makes such beautiful fish!

  3. I have been quite please with Kirkland's meat and seafood.

    I'm due for another visit as I've heard they shelve a local farmer's sheep's milk feta (Canada only).

  4. Thanks for giving us the heads-up about another great Costco find! Even though the closest one is an hour away, I make the trip because there are so many great buys there.

  5. Joey, this is such an easy way to make fish really taste good!

    Sher, luckily I had read about this happening on Food Blog School or I might have totally freaked out. I was surprisingly not mad, because I hate those spammers and I'm glad Blogger is fighting against them.

    Peter, I buy most of my meat and fish at Costco too. Lucky you with the local sheeps milk feta.

    Lydia, that could be good for the budget if Costco was an hour away. I have one about 10 minutes from my house, and another one about 5 minutes from my school!

  6. i agree, to cook fish is very hard, you should be very good at that

  7. A trip to Pensy's is in my future as I've gone through my Aleppo pepper. Now I've got to find a Costco, Kalyn I'll have no time to cook because I'll be adventuring all over hunting your spices. Think fish is on our menu tonight.

  8. Hi Kalyn,

    thanks for sharing about Costco. I am new to the Costco Membership - just joined this year. They don't aways carry the same products week to week by us.


  9. I LOVE Costco! I'll have to check out this rub.

  10. I have this product, and it IS great. A word of warning, though: it makes a mess every time I open the lid, so be careful.

  11. Amber, thanks for the reminder. I'm famous for putting everything into glass jars, so shortly after I bought it I put mine in a glass jar, but I remember how hard it was to open the lid without it flying all over the place!

  12. Hey Kalyn,

    I miss Costco so much. The warehouse stores here are just no comparison. I'm going to have my mom pick up a couple tins of rub for me and ship over, it just sounds so wonderful!

    xo, jaden

  13. Where can I order Kirkland Seafood Rub?
    It is not on their website. I is not in my Costco?

  14. Aubrey, I'm not sure they still make it, darn. I noticed my Costco doesn't have it any more either.

  15. I'm sorry to say my Costco doesn't carry it anymore either. I sent an email inquiry to Costco but did not receive a reply. They are missing the boat on this one!

  16. Kathy, after I wrote that comment I saw it on close-out at another Costco. I agree, sorry to see it gone.

  17. Kalyn,
    Now that Costco doesn't carry the Kirkland Herbed Seafood Rub anymore, what are you using instead. i, too, loved it on salmon and am devastated that they no longer sell it. I used to mix it with the Parmesan & herb Encrusted Blend. HELP?


  18. Laurie, if you have Trader Joe's, they have a good fish rub. I mostly use Szeged Fish Rub now (although I still have some of the Costco brand left.) Google and you can probably find a place to buy the Szeged brand online.

  19. I just ran out of my Kirkland Herbed Seafood Rub -- how can they have stopped making it, it was wonderful -- one of the few things my family all agrees about!

    Thanks for the advice on where to get something similar, I'll give it a try.

    nancy in chicago

  20. Nancy, I still don't understand why they discontinued it, sigh. Good luck find the Szeged Fish Rub, I do love that one too.

  21. I agree Nancy from Chicago. And where to get something similar, like this wonderful Herbed Seafood Rub? Audrey S

  22. Anonymous, I've been buying the Pride of Szeged Fish rub, even though I have to buy 6 at a time from, it's worth it to me. There is a link in the post for that.

  23. Is there any other fish rub you can recommend? My husband and I don't think the Szeged is anything like the Kirklands. Thanks!

  24. Sorry but I have not tried any others.

  25. Ya know costco had someone make that for them just gota figure out who?

  26. If you find out who makes it, let us know!

  27. ok got the suposed manufacturer and have a bottle on order will let ya know in a week or so.

  28. That will be interesting if you manage to find something that's similar.


    here it is hope the cut and paste works......already did a side by side taste test and has the same spices in the same order as costco label:)

  30. Thanks for that link, which I'm sure will be very much appreciated by anyone who was a fan of this product. I'm going to re-copy and make it a clickable link for another product with the same flavors and ingredients as the Costco fish rub, Thanks for sharing!

  31. Am always pleased to hear how people just love this Company (Costco) that I've worked for over the past 18 years. I will do my best to locate the source of this fabulous rub, and report back to all you Costco fans.


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