I love making my own homemade seasoning mixes and today’s homemade spice blend is a Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning recipe, perfect for seafood, pasta, chicken and pork!
Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe
I love the zesty heat and bright flavor that comes with adding lemon pepper seasoning to dishes. It’s perfect on so many dishes, brightening them up without making things complicated.
I’ve been on a real kick to replace all of my store-bought seasoning mixes with homemade seasonings. Not only do they taste way better, we avoid the nasty preservatives (like maltodextrin which has some serious health risks) or “flavor enhancers” like monosodium glutamine (MSG).
While I am definitely not the mom who avoids a treat, I want to feel good about the healthy dishes that I serve my family – and part of that involves avoiding unnecessary additives in innocent seeming pantry staples, like our spice mixes.
Making our own homemade lemon pepper seasoning is also cheaper than buying the pre-made mixes and they can make great homemade gifts for the foodies in your life.
While I like the somewhat “rough” texture of this seasoning mix, you can use a spice grinder to blitz this lemon pepper mixture into a uniform texture. This ensures that every teaspoon is perfectly balanced.
The best cost savings with this recipe is to purchase your spices from a bulk store, or if that’s not an option, buy the large containers of the individual spices and herbs. Buying the little containers to make this seasoning would be crazy expensive (but ironically, still cheaper than using the seasoning packets).
This homemade lemon pepper seasoning is shelf-stable for up to a year, as long as you use fresh (dried) herbs and spices when you make it and store in a cool, dry spot in your kitchen.
This seasoning is gluten-free, paleo, low-carb and vegan and makes a great homemade gift.
What is lemon pepper seasoning made of? Our lemon pepper seasoning is made with dried lemon peel, black pepper and salt. Simple and to the point!
Can I use fresh lemon zest in lemon pepper? If you are using it right away, absolutely. Otherwise, you will need to dry your lemon zest to make dried lemon peel. If you try to make this recipe with fresh lemon zest and store it in your kitchen, the moisture from the zest will lose freshness quickly and mold. (Here is a tutorial from Homestead and Chill on how to dry lemon peels in the oven or using a dehydrator.)
Need some inspiration for how to use your lemon pepper seasoning? Check out these recipes that you can use this homemade lemon pepper seasoning in:
- Crockpot Lemon Pepper Chicken from Persnickety Plates
- Lemon Pepper Smoked Salmon from Or Whatever You Do
- Lemon Pepper Almonds from Persnickety Plates
- Salmon Piccata from Mindees Cooking Obsession
- Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken from That Girl Cooks Healthy
- Veggie Lentil Soup from Veggie Fun Kitchen
You can also use it on popcorn, homemade french fries or potatoes, chicken wings, seafood, or on roasted veggies. The options are endless! And any savory recipe that uses fresh lemon zest, salt and pepper can have lemon pepper seasoning swapped in.
Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Ingredients
- Lemon Peel <– this is also great for using in baking recipes that call for fresh lemon zest
- Salt <– don’t use finishing or kosher salt, opt for a quality sea salt
- Black pepper
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can shake up this recipe by adding cayenne pepper for a spicier ranch, or parmesan for a cheesier ranch.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Spice Grinder
- Measuring spoons
- Mason jars, for storing – I do not recommend plastic jars as they can hold moisture and you want to keep this seasoning mix dry to preserve freshness
How to Make Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Measuring out your ingredients and mix together.
Store in a glass mason jar in a cool, dry place in your kitchen.
If you’d like a smoother, more uniform texture, measure the ingredients into a spice grinder and blitz for 20 seconds until large pieces are broken but the mix isn’t too powdery.
Grab your free printable for our easy lemon pepper seasoning mix:
- 3 Tablespoons Lemon Peel
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Salt
- 4 1/2 Tablespoons Black pepper
- Measuring out your ingredients and mix together.
- Store in a glass mason jar in a cool, dry place in your kitchen.
- If you'd like a smoother, more uniform texture, measure the ingredients into a spice grinder and blitz for 20 seconds until large pieces are broken but the mix isn't too powdery.
Some people also like to add onion powder and garlic powder to their lemon pepper seasoning.
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McCormick Gourmet Lemon Peel, 1.5 oz
Hamilton Beach Fresh Grind 4.5oz Electric Coffee Grinder for Beans, Spices and More, Stainless Steel Blades, Black (80335R)
VERONES Mason Jars Canning Jars, 4 OZ Jelly Jars With Regular Lids and Bands, Ideal for Jam, Honey, Wedding Favors, Shower Favors, Baby Foods, DIY Magnetic Spice Jars, 16 PACK,Extra 16 Lids
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This easy homemade lemon pepper seasoning mix is an essential kitchen staple and makes a thoughtful homemade gift!