Warmer weather is the cue for al fresco dining, but no patio brunch or park-side picnic compares with the highly anticipated, delicious and spirited barbeques amongst the Black community. Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, marks the emancipation of slaves in the United States in 1865, and today it is a time of celebration by families and communities often in the form of a fish fry or barbeque. The color red is significant in the celebration of Juneteenth as it symbolizes the suffering, perseverance and resilience of generations of African Americans. This recipe honors this tradition and history by utilizing a meaty and flakey red fish that pairs beautifully with a spicy remoulade.
For the spicy remoulade: Add the mayonnaise, mustard, paprika, parsley, chives, garlic, cayenne, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, sweet pickle juice, hot sauce and black pepper to taste to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk gently until the ingredients are evenly combined. Put the sauce into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
For the crispy red fish: Add the salt, paprika, cayenne, white pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, oregano and flour to a medium mixing bowl and mix together. Add the egg and milk to a separate medium mixing bowl and whisk together.
Dredge the fish in the seasoned flour, then the egg mixture, then again in the flour, shaking off any excess. Let the floured fish rest for 10 minutes.
Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees F.
Pan-fry the fish in the skillet for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from the oil and season with salt. Drain excess oil from the fillets over a lined roasting rack or paper towels. Serve immediately.