Lemon pepper seasoning is a little bit piquant and a little bit peppery and very tasty! Making lemon pepper yourself is super easy and absolutely delicious.
Making your own condiments at home is a breeze, it's quick, cheap, and better for you. Try some of my other favorite condiments, Italian, taco, and ranch condiments.
Homemade lemon and pepper spice
I love making your own condiments. When I first tried it and realized how easy it was and how much money I could save, I tried to make as many of my own condiments as possible. From fajita spices to my own Everything But the Bagel, it's simple and tastes amazing. This lemon and pepper spice is no exception. You will love the intense lemon flavor and the lovely bite of pepper that comes from this homemade spice.
I had a really hard time finding lemon pepper, so this is a surefire way to never get out. Full of zesty lemon, hot pepper and then topped off with garlic and onion powder, this is a win-win spice mix. Lemon pepper goes with so many things too. You can use it in so many ways. Another thing I love about making my own condiments is that I can customize them to suit my family's preferences. More lemon, less pepper or vice versa, it really is the way to go! You have to try!
What's in the lemon and pepper season?
Simple ingredients combine in this lemon-pepper spice to a taste that is out of this world. Quick to prepare this season with the basic pantry ingredients!
- Dried lemon peel: You can make your own and I'll tell you how below.
- Coarse black pepper: When you can use a pepper mill to get the right consistency for your pepper.
- salt: Normal table salt or a coarser salt can be used.
- Onion powder: A great flavor enhancer.
- Garlic powder: Adds a wonderful taste that compliments the lemon.
How to make lemon pepper
Super easy and absolutely divine! Mix the lemon zest, black pepper, salt, onion and garlic powder. Use seasoning for chicken, steak, seafood, and fish as needed.
Homemade dried lemon peel
This is super easy and can even be made on the same day as the seasoning if needed. Buying dried lemon peel can be more expensive than it's worth and can be easily made from lemons that you have or have already used.
- Lemons: For drying lemons, I like to use organic lemons that haven't been sprayed with chemicals when I can find them. If I can't, I wash them thoroughly and dry them.
- Peel: There are two ways to do this. You can use a sharp knife and carefully peel the lemon to make sure the white part or pulp sticks to the lemon. You don't want the marrow in your shell. It will taste bitter. Or you can rub your lemon with a zester or a fine cheese grater.
- Longer method: Just put your bowls or bowl on a plate as much as possible. Leave it in a well-ventilated area where it can be exposed to the sun and get warm. It should take a few days for the lemon peel to dry completely. The seasoning will be faster so check often.
- Quick method: Spread the bowl or bowl on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in an oven preheated to 180 degrees. It takes 25-30 minutes to dry out. Once cooled, it can be stored in an airtight container until used. For the peel, you can grind it in a spice grinder after use.
- Dry: Make sure the peels or peel are completely dry so they don't get moldy.
Using and storing lemon pepper
This is a wonderfully flavored spice that will enrich your kitchen in many ways.
- Add: Lemon pepper goes wonderfully with almost any type of meat. Add chicken, steak, and fish if you need something special.
- Sprinkle: Refine your popcorn, vegetables and potatoes by sprinkling something on top or by mixing with melted butter and topping with it.
- To use: Create amazing pasta, soup and potato dishes by adding this secret ingredient.
- Dressings and marinades: Add it to the vinegar and oil for a homemade lemon pepper dressing. Swap it out for regular pepper in a marinade to add a whole new kind of wow!
- Lemon Pepper Variations: Mix the spices and herbs as desired and remove them. Ditch salt when trying to get salt-free.
- Business: Lemon pepper thrives best when kept in a tightly closed jar, protected from heat or light. It should stay dry and cool. It can be kept for up to 6 months.
More homemade sauces and mixes
Homemade is always better than bought in a store. Store-bought foods often contain additives and preservatives that you should or want to have. When you make things from scratch, you are in control of the ingredients. You can leave it out or add it to your family's convenience and taste. It gives you full control over what you feed your family. Homemade also means more money in your pocket. Even if you buy ingredients for your mixes and sauces, it's cheaper overall than buying ingredients that have already been made. Here are some of my favorite homemade sauces that you just have to try, your whole family will love them.
Mix the lemon zest, black pepper, salt, onion and garlic powder. Use spices as needed.
Calories53kcal (3%)carbohydrates14thG (5%)protein2G (4%)fat1G (2%)Saturated fat1G (5%)Polyunsaturated fat1GMonounsaturated fatty acids1Gsodium6983mg (291%)potassium228mg (7%)Fiber6thG (24%)sugar1G (1%)Vitamin A67IE (1%)vitamin C31mg (38%)calcium91mg (9%)iron1mg (6%)
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.
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