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Lemon Pepper Seasoning

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You've got to try making your own delicious, homemade lemon pepper seasoning. It's bright, kicky, and is a wonderful topping for chicken, steak, white fish, or roasted veggies.

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What is lemon pepper seasoning made of?

Lemon pepper seasoning is a mixture of dried lemon peel, ground black pepper, and usually a few other aromatics - like dried garlic and onion.

In this recipe, we use granulated garlic and onion for a more pronounced flavor.

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How long will lemon pepper seasoning keep for?

This homemade lemon pepper seasoning blend will keep for up to 3 months if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

How do you make lemon pepper from scratch?

If you want to make your own lemon pepper blend, we highly recommend you dehydrate your own lemon peels. It takes some time but it's worth it.

Yield: 3/4 cups

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

An overhead shot of a mortar and pestle with lemon pepper seasoning.

This homemade lemon pepper seasoning is bright and kicky! It's a great topping for meat and roasted veggies.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 lemons, peeled*
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onions
  • 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 200 degrees F. 
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, remove strips of lemon peel. Be careful not to bring too much pith with the peel - you want a thin layer of bright yellow skin. 
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the peels out on the sheet. Do not overlap the peels, they should not touch each other. 
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the sides begin to curl up. 
  5. Remove peels from the oven and allow them to cool for 2 to 3 minutes before blitzing them in a food processor or blender for 30 seconds to 1 minute.*
  6. Combine the dried lemon pieces, black pepper, granulated onions, sea salt, and granulated garlic in a bowl and stir to combine. 
  7. Use immediately or store in sealed container a cool, dry place for up to 3 months. 

Notes

*The dehydrated skins of 10 lemons will yield about 1/2 cup of dried zest.

**We like a thicker textured seasoning, so we blend our peels for about 45 seconds in a high-speed blender. If you'd like a finer, more powder-like texture to your seasoning, blend for 1 minute to 1 1/2 minutes.

What can I use instead of lemon pepper seasoning?

If you don't have lemon pepper seasoning, you can substitute it for a mixture of a few tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, two teaspoons of ground black pepper, and a teaspoon of salt.


Lemon Pepper Seasoning Marinade

To make a marinade from this seasoning blend, combine 3 tablespoons of lemon pepper seasoning with 1/4 cup olive oil. Whisk till fully combined.

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