Delicious and Simple Fourth of July Recipes

American flag cake for a 4th of July party

Picture this: The sun is shining, the air is filled with the tantalizing aroma of sizzling barbecue, and the sound of laughter echoes through your backyard. It’s the Fourth of July, and you’re about to become the culinary hero of your Independence Day celebration! But wait, before you panic about complex recipes or hours over a hot stove, take a deep breath. We’ve got you covered with a lineup of mouthwatering dishes that are as easy to whip up as they are impressive to serve.

Imagine wowing your guests a watermelon salad that looks like the American flag, or pulling out a tray of tender ribs that practically fall off the bone. How about serving up hot dogs with a spicy twist that’ll have everyone asking for seconds? These aren’t just recipes; they’re your secret weapons for creating unforgettable Fourth of July memories.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, these recipes are your ticket to culinary stardom. They’re designed to let you spend less time fussing over complicated instructions and more time enjoying the fireworks (both on the plate and in the sky). So, are you ready to embark on a flavor-packed journey that’ll make this Independence Day one for the books? Grab your apron, crank up the patriotic tunes, and let’s dive into a world where delicious meets simple, and every bite is a celebration of American cuisine at its finest!

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BBQ Ribs

Craving mouthwatering, fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs? Look no further! This simple two-step process will have you serving up restaurant-quality ribs in no time. First, we’ll tenderize the meat by steaming or boiling. Then, we’ll finish them off with a delicious crust on the grill or under the broiler. The secret weapon? A tangy, North Carolina-style mustard and vinegar BBQ sauce that’ll make your taste buds dance. Let’s get cooking!


  • Pork ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • BBQ sauce ingredients (mustard, vinegar, and other seasonings)

Step 1: Tenderize

If you’re using a Sharp Superheated Steam Oven, simply place the seasoned ribs on a baking tray and steam for 1.5 hours. No steam oven? No problem! Boil the ribs in a large pot for 30 minutes, then pat dry and season.

Step 2: Sauce it up

While the ribs are tenderizing, whip up your BBQ sauce. Combine all ingredients in a saucepot and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half.

Step 3: Grill to perfection

Brush your tender ribs generously with the BBQ sauce. If using the Sharp Superheated Steam Oven, switch to Grill mode and cook for 10 minutes. Otherwise, fire up your outdoor grill or oven broiler for the same amount of time.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy

Give your ribs one final brush with the remaining sauce, cut along the bones, and serve. Get ready for finger-licking goodness that’ll have everyone asking for seconds! Pro tip: Pair these ribs with a refreshing summer salad or some crispy corn on the cob for the ultimate BBQ feast. Now, who’s ready to impress their friends and family with some seriously delicious ribs?


Green Goddess Salad 

You can’t go wrong the a side salad, especially one that is jam-packed with protein-packed and bursting with flavor like this Green Goddess Cobb Salad! This isn’t your average leafy dish – it’s a hearty, satisfying meal that combines the best of both worlds: nutritious and delicious.


Marinated Chicken Breasts

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Green Goddess Cobb Salad

  • 8 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 4 slices uncured bacon, nitrate and nitrite-free
  • 4 pastured eggs
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup pickled red onions
  • Green Goddess Salad Dressing


Marinated Chicken

  • In a large storage container, add the chicken and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle with thyme, sea salt, and black pepper, tossing to coat evenly. Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour or up to overnight for the best flavor.

Green Goddess Cobb Salad

  • Hard boil the eggs using your preferred method.
  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp.
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, cook the chicken breasts for about 10 minutes per side, or until fully cooked. For the juiciest chicken, use a meat thermometer and stop cooking at 165°F.
  • Divide the romaine and arugula equally onto 4 plates or meal prep containers.
  • Top the greens with 2 tablespoons of pickled red onions, 1/4 of an avocado, and 1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes.
  • Add sliced chicken, 1 hard-boiled egg, and 1 crumbled bacon slice to each salad.
  • Serve with Green Goddess Salad Dressing. Alternatively, you can toss the romaine lettuce with the dressing before plating.

Enjoy this delightful salad as part of your Independence Day festivities! It’s a sure hit with its fresh ingredients and zesty flavors.


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Blueberry Ricotta Cheesecake

End the menu on a sweet note with a blueberry ricotta cheesecake, perfect for the 4th of July! This heavenly creation combines the creamy richness of ricotta with the vibrant burst of fresh blueberries, all nestled atop a crunchy gingersnap-pistachio crust.

The key to this cheesecake’s lusciously tender texture lies in the innovative steaming technique, made possible by a Sharp Superheated Steam Oven. This revolutionary appliance ensures a perfectly moist and evenly baked cheesecake every time.


  • 24 gingersnap cookies (168g)
  • 1 cup roasted salted pistachios (121g)
  • 16 oz cream cheese (454g)
  • 12 oz ricotta cheese (340g)
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (292g)
  • (Plus additional ingredients for the perfect balance of flavors)


  1. Create the crust by blending gingersnaps, pistachios, and butter
  2. Prepare the creamy filling with cream cheese, ricotta, and aromatic additions
  3. Bake using the steam function for unparalleled texture
  4. Cool and refrigerate overnight for optimal flavor development
  5. Top with glossy, fresh blueberries before serving

A Versatile Recipe

While a Sharp Superheated Steam Oven offers optimal results, this recipe can be adapted for traditional ovens with a few simple adjustments. Treat yourself and your loved ones to this irresistible Blueberry Ricotta Cheesecake – a true celebration of summer’s bounty that’s guaranteed to make mouths water and hearts sing.


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