Learn how to make lemon pepper seasoning and add more flavor to your meals. This delightful spice blend brings a unique hint of citrusy flavor to your recipes.
Homemade Lemon pepper seasoning can add a zing to all kinds of meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, grains and more. It's a versatile blend that combines the flavor of lemon zest with cracked black peppercorns.
Homemade lemon pepper seasoning recipe
Making your own lemon pepper seasoning is simple, affordable, and so flavorful. This zesty blend of lemon, pepper, and other aromatics packs a flavorful punch that brings any dish to life.
I love making my own homemade blend of variety of spices from Cajun seasoning to Chicken wing seasoning and Spaghetti seasoning. There’s something fun about mixing up herbs and spices.
Why we love this
Customizable: You can pick and choose what to add to your blend. You can to make a salt free lemon pepper seasoning or reduce the quantity of salt used to make it low sodium.
No preservatives: You know what exactly is in your blend.
Homemade lemon pepper seasoning is versatile. You can use it for chicken, beef, fish, shrimps and vegetables,
It’s budget friendly
- Dried lemon zest
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Onions powder
- Sea salt (leave this out for a no salt version)
How to make lemon pepper seasoning from scratch.
This is an overview of the recipe with step by step photos. Scroll down to end of post for a printable recipe card with the amount of ingredients and full recipe instructions.
Step 1: Measure out the ingredients
Step 2: Mix together in a bowl.
Step 3: Use or store in a labeled airtight container.
How to use lemon pepper seasoning
It's great for grilling or broiling meats like chicken, beef, pork and seafood. Simply sprinkle some on the meat before cooking. The heat brings out the flavors.
Toss vegetables like zucchini, squash, carrots and green beans with olive oil and lemon pepper before roasting in the oven. The lemon pepper gives a tasty coating.
Use in pasta or mix into dips, dressings and marinades.
How to store
Store in an airtight container, preferably a glass jar or airtight spice container, (👈 affiliate link) away from heat and direct sunlight to preserve its flavor and potency.
Properly stored seasoning made with fresh ingredients can keep for up to 6 months. For maximum freshness and flavor, use within 3 months.
- Optimize freshness: Make small batches to ensure freshness.
- Balancing Flavors: Start with small quantities of each ingredient and gradually adjust to achieve the desired taste. Experiment with the ratios of lemon zest, black pepper, and salt to strike a balance between tangy, spicy, and savory flavors.
- Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality ingredients for the best results. Freshly dried lemon zest and freshly cracked black pepper will impart more robust flavors to your seasoning.
- Consistent Texture: Ensure uniformity in the texture of the ingredients by grinding or crushing them to a similar size. This consistency helps in even distribution of flavors throughout the seasoning blend.
- Storage and Labeling: Store your homemade lemon pepper seasoning in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Label the container with the date of preparation for reference and use it within a reasonable timeframe for optimal taste.
- Leave the sea salt out to make a no salt lemon pepper seasoning.
When stored properly, homemade lemon pepper seasoning can last for up to 6 months, but it's best used within 3 months for optimal flavor.
Absolutely! Adjust the quantities of lemon zest, black pepper, salt, and other spices to suit your taste preferences.
Yes, but the moisture in fresh zest might affect the shelf life of the seasoning. Ensure the fresh zest is dried thoroughly before using it in the blend. You can dehydrate it in a dehydrator or oven at 150°F for up to 30 mins. Keep an eye on it.
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Lemon pepper seasoning
- 5 Tablespoons Dried lemon pepper seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons Black pepper
- 2 teaspoons Onion powder
- 2 teaspoons Sea salt
- 2 teaspoon Garlic powder
- Mix all the ingredients till well combined.
- Store in an air tight container for up to 6 months.
- Use as you would use store bought lemon pepper seasoning.
- Leave out the salt to make a salt free version.
- Use 1 tablespoon per pound of chicken