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

Homemade lemon pepper seasoning with lemon or lime zest, pepper and salt is a great addition to fish, chicken or vegetables.


  • The zest from 4-6 organic lemons (or 1/2 cup pre-dried lemon zest)
  • 6 Tablespoons ground black pepper (or whole peppercorns if you are using fresh lemon)
  • 5 Tablespoons Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt


  1. 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, but yours make take more or less time. 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.

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