32   495
18   540
14   729
2   147
49   2296

Follow on Instagram

Juneteenth Food Inspired by the North Carolina Coast Childhood Memories

Juneteenth Food Inspired by the North Carolina Coast Childhood Memories

Spending my Summers at my grandmother house in Beaufort, NC created a large space in my heart for seafood. During those Summers, Atlantic Beach was only a 12 minute drive from my grandmother’s home where my cousins and I would spend hours on the sand with home style dishes from my grandmother’s kitchen. My grandmother was a homemaker who had 6 kids and developed a creative love for cooking. My grandfather was a commercial fisherman and would always bring fish home after being at sea for weeks at a time. I asked my mom if she ever got tired of eating seafood when she was growing up. She said no, and it shows because she and her husband opened a seafood fresh market & restaurant in Winston Salem, NC years later. I asked my mom for some of my grandmother’s recipes and she gave me the inside scoop on a few of her Summer time dishes. These recipes are perfect for Summer gatherings and just in time for celebrating Juneteenth with loved ones.

Two Beach Town Inspired Recipes for your Juneteenth Celebration

Mamie Gen’s Summer Blue Crab Stew

Serves: 12+ 

2 medium onions, peeled and cut in large dice

2 dozen hard NC blue crabs, cleaned and halved 

4 bay leaves

1 teaspoon thyme

6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into eighths

¾ cup all-purpose flour, stirred into two cups of cold water

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Grab a skillet and sauté onions until golden in color.
  2. Add the cleaned crabs and cover with cold water. Add the bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a boil, then turn back to a simmer. Cook for half an hour.
  3. Now add your potatoes and cook until they are well done for 20 minutes.
  4. Turn your burner to high/medium and stir in your flour water mixture. Mix thoroughly and vigorously along with your crabs.
  5. Bring to a simmer until the stew thickens. Add your salt and pepper to taste as you go.
  6. Use a large bowl to serve; have along with hush puppies and or corn bread. 

Oyster Fritters

Serves: 6

  • 24 Shucked Oysters
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour  
  • ½ Teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • ¾  Cup of Buttermilk
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, and pepper together in a separate bowl.
  3. Drain oysters & add them to the buttermilk and let soak 3-4 minutes. 
  4. Remove oysters and cover them in flour mixture. 
  5. Fry oysters in the hot oil in small batches, until golden brown.  
  6. Remove and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Bonus Recipe

Watermelon Halves with fresh basil & goat cheese

4 2-inch slices of ripe watermelon

4 oz. Feta

8 Fresh basil leaves


  1. Place watermelon slices on individual plates
  2. Drizzle with crumbled feta and fresh basil leaves
  3. Sprinkle salt for added flavor
  4. Enjoy!




Ashley Lebelle

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

32   495
18   540
14   729
2   147
49   2296

Follow on Instagram

Shop Our Favorites!
35″” x 35″” Juneteenth by Synthia Saint James Canvas Art Print – Masterpiece Art Gallery
Yaheetech Set of 2 Weave Arm Chair Mid-Century Metal Dining Chair Y-Shaped Backrest Hemp Seat, Black
Sweet Jojo Designs Pink, Green and White 84-inch Window Treatment Curtain Panel Pair for Olivia Collection – 42 x 84
Jani Sara Green and Pink Flatweave Rug – 5′ x 8′
‘Beyonce’ Graphic Art Print on Wrapped Canvas Size: 18″ H x 26″ W x 1.5″ D
A Tale of Two Cities Throw Pillow
HBCU’s Canvas Print
Quilted Patchwork Cotton Throw Blanket – Indigo Blue Shibori Dye Indian Decorative Super Soft & Warm Blanket for Sofa and Couch 50 x 60 Inches
Woven Wicker Rattan Wall Decor, Round Seagrass Boho Kitchen Decor, Minimalist Rattan Chargers & Placemats for Dining Table & Wall Art, Rattan Wall Decorative Basket
Mud Pie Rattan Serving Utensils
ColorBird Stripe Tassel Tablecloth Cotton Linen Dust-Proof Table Cover for Kitchen Dinning Tabletop Decoration (Rectangle/Oblong, 55 x 120Inch, Blue)
carol&frank Josie Indigo Pillow
Finnhomy Sideboard Buffet Cabinet, Kitchen Storage Cabinet with Rattan Decorated Doors
Kouboo 1110141 Manhattan 2-Tier Console, Natural Rattan End Table, Brown
A Different World (TV) 11 x 17 TV Poster – Style A
(27×40) Eve’s Bayou Movie Samuel L Jackson Lynn Whitfield Original Poster Print
Yes. Jesus Loves Me (Religious) – Katherine Roundtree 16×20 Black Framed
Dancing in The Living Room (Girls) – Katherine Roundtree 24×32 Black Framed – African American Black Art Print Wall Decor Poster
The Goodbye Kiss (Buffalo Soldier) – Katherine Roundtree 24×32 Black Framed – African American Black Art Print Wall Decor Poster
‘Inspirations’ Note Cards by Jonathan Green
‘Southern Imagery’ Notecards by Jonathan Green
Amanti Art Funeral Procession Framed Art Print
Willow Row Multi Colored Ceramic Coastal Decorative Jar – Set of 2
Stratton Home Reddish Brown Tulum Woven Lantern Stand
Safavieh Noely Coastal Writing Desk
Estaugh Ikat Black/Gray Indoor / Outdoor Area Rug Union Rustic Rug Size: Rectangle 8′ x 11′
Set of 4 Natalya Ikat Stripe Placemats Gray – Ballard Designs
Unique Loom Greek Key Machine-Made Rug
Alfred Greek Key Ottoman Dakota Fields Color: Lilac
Suzanne Kasler Greek Key Sham – Ballard Designs
Doric Upholstered Wingback Arm Chair Red Barrel Studio Body Fabric: Skylar Antique Blue
Slowtide Beach Towel
Goddesses by Synthia SAINT JAMES Canvas Wall Art 3 Piece
Whitewash Wood Draped Bead 4 Light Chandelier by World Market
3pc Taper Candle Holder Set Gold – Threshold
Screen-Door Nightstand – Black – Nate Berkus
Brass Wall Frame – 14″” x 18″” Matted for 8″” x 10″” Photo – Room Essentials, Gold
Solid Bathroom Wastebasket White – Opalhouse
5qt Cast Iron Casserole Dish Cream – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, White
Minsmere Caned Accent Table Natural Brown – Opalhouse
Shop Now

Click to Shop!

• powered by chloédigital