This easy recipe for lemon pepper seasoning can be made in just a few minutes and it's cheaper than buying store bought mixes. Making your own seasonings is fun, too!
I love sharing seasoning mix recipes because it's a great way to stay budget friendly while also doing something smart for yourself and your family. These mixes give you the opportunity to control exactly what you include.
There's no unnecessary additives or mystery ingredients. Everything in this lemon pepper seasoning (and my other seasoning mixes) is stuff you can recognize and pronounce!
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I have shared seasoning mix recipes in the past and they are always a hit. It's smart to keep these recipes on hand because you never know when you'll need some to add a little zest to your favorite meals.
One of the main reasons I like making my own lemon pepper seasoning is to avoid any additives. If you have any food allergies in your house you know how easy it is to get tricked by store bought items which occasionally contain trace amounts of allergens which can end up being unpleasant or even deadly in some cases.
If you find that you like having homemade spices on hand try out our Homemade Chili Seasoning, Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix, or Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning Recipe. I'll share some others below as well so you can stock your spice cabinet with homemade options!
What is lemon pepper seasoning?
If you are wondering what is lemon pepper seasoning, don't worry, I'll explain. Lemon pepper seasoning is a common seasoning blend that features lemon, black pepper, garlic, and salt.
It's a great recipes that can be used for a lot of different things but it is most commonly used on fish and chicken. Recipes for lemon pepper seasoning go great for white flaky fish recipes since the lemon really pops with the tender and mild flavoring of fish.
If you have ever wanted to make an easy lemon chicken…lemon pepper seasoning is the way to go! It's a great one to have on hand when you need to throw some protein together for a quick meal but don't want it to be bland or boring.
What do I need to make this recipe for lemon pepper seasoning?
To make a homemade lemon pepper we will use fresh lemons, black pepper, garlic powder, and sea salt. You can control the amounts so if you like yours a little less peppery or a bit spicier you can adjust the amounts of each ingredient.
Find the full list and amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. There you will also find step by step instructions, shopping links, and more. It's a great (and useful) resource you won't want to skip checking out.
How to make homemade lemon pepper:
This homemade seasoning recipe is a bit more involved than some of the others that we have shared but it's worth it, I promise. The fresh lemon flavor and the zesty combination of black pepper and garlic is something you won't want to miss.
Let's dive in and see how simple it is to make your own seasonings with fresh ingredients. Once you give it a try you won't want to go back to store bought options!
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wash the lemons, and use a cheese grater to zest only the yellow part of the lemons.
Spread the lemon zest in a single layer on the parchment paper.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until it is dried out.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Grind the dried lemon zest using a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle.
Add ground lemon zest, pepper, garlic, and sea salt to a bowl and stir until combined.
Store in an airtight container.
Can I use lemon pepper seasoning for chicken?
Of course! Using lemon pepper on chicken is my cheaters way of making a tasty lemon chicken without any muss or fuss.
You can use this homemade seasoning on chicken that pan fry, bake, or even cook in the Instant Pot! It's a great addition to any chicken recipe and gives it a fresh and spicy flavor that everyone will love. It's mild enough to go with salad recipes and more!
Looking for more homemade spice mix recipes?
Here are some other seasonings and spices that you can make at home. Once you start making these you'll be stocked up and ready for cooking all your favorites. These also make great gifts for anyone who loves to cook!
- Homemade Chili Seasoning
- Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
- Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning Recipe
- Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
- Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix
Printable Recipe for Lemon Pepper Seasoning:
- 2-3 large lemons
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp seasoning salt
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash the lemons, and use a cheese grater to zest only the yellow part of the lemons.
- Spread the lemon zest in a single layer on the parchment paper.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until it is dried out.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Grind the dried lemon zest using a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle.
- Add ground lemon zest, pepper, garlic, and sea salt to a bowl and stir until combined.
- Store in an airtight container.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 8Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g