Honey Ginger Salmon – $5 Dinner Challenge

Several times in 2009, I found fresh Atlantic salmon on sale for $2.99/lb…regularly $7.99/lb!  This great deal never appeared on the front page of the store circular…but was hidden on the inside pages!

I asked for a pound. Brought it home. Cut it into 4 4 oz. portions. Added the marinade. And froze.

Saturday night, it went straight from the freezer to the oven to our plates.

Broccoli from the freezer.  Wild rice mix from the pantry (from Trader Joes…I got it a. way. long. time. ago!)


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Honey Ginger Salmon

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – Thawed – 15 minutes/Frozen – 60 minutes


  • 1 lb. Atlantic salmon fillet ($2.99)
  • 3 Tbsp honey ($.30)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice ($.20)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger ($.05)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup gourmet wild rice mix ($.75)
  • 2 broccoli heads ($.50)


  • Cut salmon into meal size portions, about 4 oz. each. Place into foil.
  • In small bowl, combine honey, orange juice, ginger, salt and pepper. Pour over the salmon. Wrap up salmon in foil and place in plastic baggie. Freeze. (Skip the place in plastic baggie and freeze parts if making this fresh!)
  • If fresh or completely thawed, bake in foil packet at 350 for 15 minutes, or until completely cooked through. If frozen, bake in foil packet at 350 for an hour, or until completely cooked through. Cooking times may vary depending on thickness of salmon fillet.
  • Prepare the wild rice mix, or any other rice, as directed on package instructions.
  • Steam blanched broccoli in stovetop steamer, or in microwavable bowl covered with plastic wrap for 4-5 minutes.

  • Serve Honey Ginger Salmon with Wild Rice Mix and Broccoli.

Cost $4.79

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  1. says

    This looks really good! On rare occasion I’ve found salmon on markdown and buy it. I will have to keep this recipe in mind for the next time!

  2. says

    This looks delicious! I always hesitate to fix any kind of fish, but I think I could do this!!!! Thanks for making it easy (and affordable)!!!! I will have to watch for bargains on salmon at my store. :)

  3. April says

    The directions for the recipe says “In small bowl, combine honey, ginger, salt and pepper. Pour over the salmon.” Should the orange juice be in there?

  4. Shelly says

    Just to make sure, should the OJ be added in step two?

    “2. In small bowl, combine honey, ginger, salt and pepper. Pour over the salmon.”

    Looks super yummy!

  5. says

    This looks delish – I’m definitely going to give this a try as soon as I find that Salmon deal. My 10 year old loves Salmon and so do I.

  6. says

    Love seeing you got salmon for such a great deal! Being able to incorporate fresh fish into a budget meal is always a challenge. Glad to see there are options if we just watch for those sales.

  7. Corinne says

    This is such a great recipe, I’m really looking forward to using it :)

    I know that it’s really great to get a good price on food, but I want to stress the importance of eating only wild Pacific or Alaskan salmon as Atlantic salmon is really high in mercury and you’d be better off not eating it at all. Farmed salmon also has it’s issues as the farmed salmon are bad on the ecosystem and also instead of having that great omega-3 anti-inflammatory oil it actually has pro-inflammatory oil due to being fed corn instead of salmon’s natural food.

    As I said above, I love your recipe, thank you for posting such great ideas for money saving recipes all the time!

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