Homemade Lemon – Pepper Herb Seasoning

Homemade Lemon - Pepper Herb Seasoning

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. 

Homemade Lemon - Pepper Herb Seasoning

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.

Lemon pepper seasoning

See the below picture – It will resemble exactly like this – all crispy, dried up and  flaky.

Lemon pepper seasoning

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. 

Lemon pepper seasoning grinded

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.

Lemon pepper seasoning

There we have our Lemon-pepper herb seasoning ready to use.

Lemon pepper seasoning grind

Lemon -pepper-seasoning-recipe

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2 Responses

  1. Nancy Rathi says:

    Best. Loved it. Its all gone. No leftovers 🙁 Too good and will be making it again. One happy follower. 🙂

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