4th of July Grilling Recipes

Sesame Seed Salmon

Serves 8

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine or sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • 2 pounds fresh salmon cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup mixed black and white sesame seeds
  • Pickled ginger, if desired
  • 8 soaked bamboo or metal skewers


Preheat the grill.

In a medium-size bowl, mix the soy sauce, wine brown sugar, ginger, and garlic together to make a marinade. Add the salmon, toss well, cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes before grilling.

Remove from the marinade and roll in the mixed sesame seeds before grilling. Discard the leftover marinade.

Thread the cubes of salmon onto the presoaked skewers and grill for 2 minutes per side over medium heat. Serve with coleslaw and fresh fruit. Accompany with pickled ginger, if desired.

Variations and Tips

  1. Instead of using sesame seeds, roll the salmon cubes in coarsely ground black peppercorns before grilling.
  2. Try recipe with tuna, chicken, beef or brats sliced at an angle.
  3. Grill favorite vegetables or fruits such as pineapple and mango. It is important to marinate vegetable separate from the poultry, fish or beef for food safety.
  4. Grill like thing together. Skewering meat on separate skewers from the vegetables is advisable because the cooking times can vary considerable.
  5. Have fun and keep is simple!

Basic Ginger Aioli

Makes 1 Cup


  • 3.75 Cups Mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate.

Carlyn Berghoff is a fourth-generation member of one of Chicago's most prominent restaurant families, and a successful entrepreneur, restaurateur, caterer, and author. Carlyn and her mother Jan have written The Berghoff Family Cookbook, which includes 150 recipes of the best-loved, traditional Berghoff classics as well as popular favorites and creative cuisine from Artistic Events. Readers will find first-time published recipes, entertaining tips, event menus, beautiful photography and four generations of Berghoff family history when it is released in September.

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