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7 Costco Frozen Appetizers For Your Next Holiday Party

By Blake Turck
November 28, 2023

This time of year — for many — includes gatherings and lots of food. And the cost of our holiday dinners has gone up. That’s why it’s also the best time of year to shop for frozen appetizers you can rely on. They allow you to stock up on supplies that won’t drain your budget and still provide delicious snacks for your next holiday party. And what better place to stock up on frozen appetizers than at Costco?

Attending a holiday party is fun, but hosting one can be a lot of work. These Costco frozen appetizers make hosting festivities even easier.

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1. Phillips Crab Cake Minis

costco frozen appetizers crab cakes

A good party needs an array of festive, tasty choices. But if you’re stressed or short on time and money, many of these Costco frozen appetizers can still please everyone. And every holiday gathering needs a mini crab-cake option.

They’re made with crab meat — the number one ingredient here — as well as eggs, and mustard, so nothing too troublesome. Each crab cake is 150 calories. However, they do include gluten, so you may need to warn any guests who are gluten-free.

Buy now: Phillips Crab Cake Minis

2. Tipiak Garlic Cheese Bread

costco frozen appetizers cheesy garlic bread

The pull-apart garlic cheese bread is filled with cheese, garlic, and herbs. It comes in break-off sections, and will probably be the first thing missing from your holiday table – because it’s delicious!

Kimberly Gomer MS, RD, LDN explains that the first ingredient in a product is what weighs in most. This app is essentially just bread and cheese, (along with garlic, and lemon), which makes it a simple choice. There are mostly no bad additives. However, she warns it may not be the best decision for anyone suffering from stomach issues.

3. Ocean Pier Lobster Tail Skewers

costco frozen appetizers lobster skewers

If you want to add a little fancy to your spread, go for these special, limited lobster tail skewers. According to Gomer, these lobster tail skewers are also the winner of the group!

“This is due to two things,” she explains. “They don’t contain any processed vegetable oils, which are the most important ingredient to avoid. But the dish also uses real butter, which is a great thing.”

They’re a crowd pleaser that classes up the holiday table too.

4. Cuisine Adventures Mini Quiche Florentine & Three Cheese

costco frozen appetizers mini quiches

Transportability is another element to consider when choosing what to serve at a party – especially when it comes to the appetizers.

The mini quiche cheese cups are a perfect option to fill up the plate, and please hungry guests between their end-of-year catch-up conversations.

Plus, it’s a great deal! One package contains 72 mini cups. If you’re short on time and need a quick fix for early guests, these are also ready quickly. They take minutes and can be done in an air fryer or microwave.

5. Royal Asia Vegetable Spring Rolls

costco frozen appetizers vegetable spring roll

The quiche cups are vegetarian, but it’s nice to offer options to vegan guests too. Tend to those palettes by offering flavor-filled Royal Asia vegan spring rolls which are also easy to throw together and serve.

A nice detail would be to include some dipping sauces with this appetizer. Gomer shares some ideas about how to add some bonuses to this side. “Some nice choices could include balsamic vinegar, lemon and olive oil with spices, or a yogurt-based sauce — this also makes this a slightly healthier side,” she says.

Buy now: Royal Asia Vegetable Spring Rolls

6. J. Scott Foods Bacon Wrapped Scallops

bacon wrapped scallops

For bacon-loving guests, these scallops are one of the easiest Costco frozen appetizers to throw together that don’t require you to buy all of the expensive ingredients yourself.

“Like some of the other choices here, it really only includes two ingredients: scallops and bacon,” Gomer says. “This makes it desirable (to those who eat meat) and anyone who prefers protein to carbs.”

7. Spanakopita Spinach & Feta Phyllo Triangles

costco frozen appetizers spanakopita

These small Spanakopita spinach and feta triangles are a good choice in a holiday party setting. They’re also easy to make in the air fryer, which means they don’t require much prep, making it an appealing Costco frozen appetizer to have on hand when you need a party appetizer in a pinch!

Buy now: Spanakopita Spinach & Feta Phyllo Triangles

Read next: 10 Trader Joe’s Frozen Appetizers Perfect For Holiday Parties

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