Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix

This recipe was born when I wanted to find a way to use my lemon and lime peels from my chicken picatta recipe and other recipes so they wouldn’t go to waste.

I used them in cleaning products some of the time, but I also figured out a way to dry/dehydrate them for food use. I had been using lemon zest or lime zest and salt and pepper on quite a few recipes when I realized I should just pre-mix them and have them ready to go.

Lemon pepper seems to be a polarizing spice, so if it isn’t your thing, check out my other herb and spice blends here.

I didn’t think I liked lemon pepper, until pregnancy cravings made me obsessed with it and the obsession never went away. Perfect on everything, in my opinion, but I like to use this lemon pepper on recipes like these:

Here’s what I did:

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix
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Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe

Homemade lemon pepper seasoning with lemon or lime zest, pepper, and salt is a great addition to fish, chicken, or vegetables.
Course Spices
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Calories 1kcal
Author Katie Wells



  • If using fresh lemon zest, thoroughly zest the lemons and spread the fresh lemon out on a baking sheet.
  • Put into the oven on the lowest setting and leave until completely dried. Mine took about 70 minutes.
  • When completely dried, mix with the peppercorns and salt in a food processor until well mixed. If making with pre-dried lemon peel, just mix all ingredients in a food processor until blended.
  • Store in a tightly sealed jar in the cupboard. 


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 365mg | Fiber: 0.2g

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