Homemade Lemon-pepper seasoning is a versatile seasoning an all- rounder to season chicken, seafood, broths and soups. This seasoning is readily available in supermarkets but I prefer to make mine at home.It’s a simple recipe nothing too fancy or flashy. Lemon zest combined with black peppercorns are toasted at first, coarsely grounded and finally mixed with fragrant herbs. In this post I have shown 2 recipes together – one is lemon pepper seasoning and lemon pepper herb seasoning. For lemon pepper seasoning – keep it simple just toast lemon zest with black pepper, coarsely ground it, stir in the salt and store it in an airtight jar- there you have a perfect seasoning on hand to flavor up your meats and veggies. For Lemon pepper herb seasoning – take this recipe a bit further by adding aromatic herbs to the grounded lemon-pepper mixture.
For this recipe I used medium sized lemon and each lemon yields about 2 tablespoon of zest. Initially I followed the traditional method taking a grater and grating the lemon, but that looked like a long road, so took a shortcut – peeled all the lemon rind and then tossed it in the food processor – in a flash had my Lemon Zest ready. Adding salt to a seasoning is entirely one’s decision, I like to stay in control of the amount of salt that goes in my recipes – so just added 2 tablespoon of salt to 2 cups of lemon zest. Let’s begin with our recipe….
6 medium size lemons
1/2 cup of grounded black pepper
2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon Dried basil leaves
1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper /regular chili
2 teaspoon Dried Rosemary
1 tablespoon Garlic powder
1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
1 tablespoon Dried Thyme
Wash and pat dry the lemons. Start scraping the lemons using a grater or you can peel the lemon rind and grind everything in a food processor. 6 lemons will yield approximately 2 cups of lemon zest.
Add black pepper and salt to lemon zest, give it a good stir. Heat up the oven at 300 degree F (175- 180 degree C), spread this mixture on a baking tray and bake it for about an hour. Keep checking and tossing the mixture throughout the baking process.The house at this time will smell all lemon-y.
See the below picture – It will resemble exactly like this – all crispy, dried up and flaky.
Allow it to cool down, then give it a good churn in the food processor. Well officially our lemon pepper seasoning is ready – transfer it to an airtight container and store it in a cool place.
Let’s take it little further and season it with more spices. Add all the OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS from the ingredient list posted above and give it a good mix.
There we have our Lemon-pepper herb seasoning ready to use.