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Lemon pepper seasoning is one of our favorites, it’s fantastic on grilled chicken, wings, vegetables and so much more. The best part of this recipe is that it’s very simple to make your own, here’s how . . .
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Lemon pepper seasoning mix is a zesty blend of lemon zest and freshly ground black pepper, adding bright citrusy notes and a touch of heat. It enhances the flavor of dishes like chicken, fish, vegetables, and salads. A versatile and popular seasoning, it adds a tangy, aromatic twist to your culinary creations.

Making your own Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix is a great way to take control of the flavors and ingredients that you use in home cooking. With a few simple ingredients, you can create a flavorful and zesty seasoning mix that adds vibrant flavor to all of your favorite dishes!

Lemon pepper seasoning mixes are incredibly versatile, as they can be used to season a variety of dishes, including chicken, fish, vegetables, salads and popcorn. Plus, they are a great way to save money in the long run as you can make multiple batches with just one initial investment!

Try out this easy recipe and craft your own homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix for an extra zesty and flavorful touch to your meals.
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Benefits of DIY Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix

Making homemade lemon pepper seasoning mix offers several benefits:

1 Control over ingredients: When you make your own lemon pepper seasoning mix, you have full control over the ingredients that go into it. You can choose high-quality ingredients and avoid any additives, preservatives, or artificial flavors that may be present in store-bought versions.

2 Freshness: Homemade seasoning mixes allow you to use freshly ground spices, ensuring maximum flavor and aroma. Lemon zest and freshly cracked black pepper add a vibrant and zesty taste that may be diminished in pre-packaged options.

3 Customization: Homemade seasoning mixes give you the flexibility to customize the flavors according to your preferences. You can adjust the amount of lemon zest, black pepper, or other spices to create a blend that suits your taste buds perfectly.

4 Cost-effective: Making your own lemon pepper seasoning mix can be more cost-effective in the long run. While the initial investment in buying the individual spices may be higher, you’ll have enough supply to make multiple batches, ultimately saving money compared to purchasing pre-made seasoning mixes.

5 Versatility: Homemade lemon pepper seasoning can be used in a variety of dishes, including chicken, fish, seafood, vegetables, salads, or even popcorn. By making it at home, you have a versatile seasoning blend readily available for all your culinary creations.

6 No artificial additives: Some store-bought lemon pepper seasoning mixes may contain artificial additives, MSG, or excessive amounts of salt. By making your own, you can ensure that your seasoning mix is free from unwanted ingredients and tailor it to your dietary preferences.

7 Sense of accomplishment: Making your own seasoning mix can be a rewarding experience. It allows you to actively participate in the cooking process, experiment with flavors, and take pride in creating something homemade and delicious.

Remember to store your homemade lemon pepper seasoning mix in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to maintain its freshness and flavor over time.
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How to Make Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix

Zest 4-5 Organic Lemons
5 Tbs whole tellicherry peppercorns
3 Tbs Himalayan Salt

Spread the lemon zest in a dehydrator tray or on a baking sheet. If baking, let it dry about 65 minutes, ensure that the zest is spread out so it’s not touching.
Combine the dried zest, whole peppercorns and coarse salt in a spice grinder or food processor and pulse until the desired seasoning consistency is reached.

How to Make Lemon Pepper Herb Seasoning Mix

4 1/2 tablespoons basil
1 1/2 tablespoons celery seed
3 3/4 tablespoons oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons dried onions
4 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind (dried)

Combine all ingredients and seal in ziploc or vacuum seal bag (or jar) or spice jar.diy lemon pepper seasoning 2

Substitutions

Although the recipe for this Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix calls for three specific ingredients, there is plenty of room to experiment with substitutions.

If you’re looking to make a vegan version of this seasoning mix, try swapping out the Himalayan Salt for sea salt and replacing the Tellicherry Peppercorns with Szechuan peppercorns.

You can also opt for different types of citrus fruits such as oranges or limes to get a unique flavor profile. Whichever substitutions you choose, just remember that it will affect the overall taste and texture of your seasoning mix!

Storage instructions

It’s important to store your homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix properly in order to ensure its freshness and longevity. The best way to store this seasoning mix is in an airtight container away from moisture, heat and light.

Properly stored, it should last for up to 6 months. This will help you save money in the long run as you can make multiple batches with just one initial investment!

Conclusion

Making your own Lemon Pepper Seasoning blend is a great way to customize the flavors and spiciness of your meals. With just three simple ingredients, you can create an amazing seasoning mix that will bring life to any dish!

Whether it’s chicken, fish, vegetables or popcorn – this homemade recipe has all the boldness and zest you need for delicious flavor. We hope our guide helps you in creating your very own unique seasoning blend with ease.

If you have any questions about substitutions or storage instructions, please leave us a comment below – we would love to hear from you!
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FAQ About the Recipe

How do I use lemon pepper seasoning mix?

Lemon pepper seasoning mix can be used to enhance the flavor of various dishes. It works well with chicken, fish, seafood, vegetables, salads, and even popcorn. Simply sprinkle the seasoning mix on the desired food before or during cooking, or use it as a finishing touch for added zest and aroma.

Can I make my own lemon pepper herb seasoning mix at home?

Yes, you can easily make your own seasoning mix at home. It typically involves combining lemon zest, freshly cracked black pepper, and sometimes additional spices or herbs like garlic powder, onion powder, or salt. By making it yourself, you can customize the flavors and ensure the use of quality ingredients.

How long does homemade lemon pepper mix last?

Homemade lemon pepper seasoning mix can last for several months when stored properly. It’s best to keep it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place, away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. This helps preserve its freshness and potency over time.

Can I substitute lemon pepper seasoning for fresh lemon zest and black pepper?

While lemon pepper seasoning blend provides a convenient blend of flavors, it may not entirely replicate the taste of fresh lemon zest and black pepper. However, you can use fresh lemon zest and black pepper as a substitute in recipes that call for lemon pepper seasoning mix. Simply adjust the quantities to suit your preference.

Are there any variations or alternatives to traditional lemon pepper seasoning mix?

Yes, there are variations and alternatives to traditional lemon pepper seasoning mix. Some versions may include additional spices such as cayenne pepper, paprika, or herbs like thyme, oregano, or parsley. You can also find store-bought options with different levels of spiciness or specific flavor profiles. Experimenting with different blends allows you to discover new and exciting flavors to enhance your dishes.

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Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Lemon pepper seasoning mix: zesty blend of lemon zest & black pepper, adds tangy, aromatic flavor to dishes like chicken, fish, and vegetables.
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Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 11 minutes
Course Homemade Mixes, MYO, seasoning mixes, spice mixes
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 31 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 Lemons (Organic) (zested)
  • 5 Tbs whole tellicherry peppercorns
  • 3 Tbs Himalayan Salt

Instructions
 

  • Spread the lemon zest in a dehydrator tray or on a baking sheet. If baking, let it dry about 65 minutes, ensure that the zest is spread out so it's not touching.
    4-5 Lemons (Organic)
  • Combine the dried zest, whole peppercorns and coarse salt in a spice grinder or food processor and pulse until the desired seasoning consistency is reached.
    5 Tbs whole tellicherry peppercorns
    3 Tbs Himalayan Salt

Equipment

spice grinder
Spice Grinder or Food Processor

Notes

Lemon Pepper Herb Seasoning Mix

4 1/2 tablespoons basil
1 1/2 tablespoons celery seed
3 3/4 tablespoons oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons dried onions
4 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind (dried)
Combine all ingredients and seal in ziploc or vacuum seal bag (or jar) or spice jar.
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsCalories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2618mgPotassium: 158mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 46IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mgNet Carbs: 6g
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Here’s a simple recipe using lemon pepper seasoning blend:

Recipe: Lemon Pepper Baked Salmon

You’ll Need: 4 salmon fillets 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning mix 1 lemon, sliced Fresh parsley for garnish (optional) Salt to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the salmon fillets on the baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the salmon fillets, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  4. Sprinkle the lemon pepper seasoning mix and a pinch of salt over the salmon, distributing it evenly.
  5. Place lemon slices on top of each salmon fillet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  7. Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
  8. Serve the lemon pepper baked salmon with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad.
  9. Enjoy your flavorful and zesty lemon pepper baked salmon!

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