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Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

This lemon pepper seasoning only requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time to make. There's no need to buy lemon pepper seasoning at the store when you can make it in a flash at home!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Seasonings
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Servings: 24
Author: Susie Bulloch


  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons coarse ground black peppers
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  • Dry the lemon zest. (If you plan to store this rub, you'll need to dry the lemon zest first. You'll also need 2 Tablespoons of lemon zest if you are drying it, as opposed to only 1 Tablespoon if you plan on using this seasoning right away.) Spread the zest on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Place it in an oven preheated to 180 degrees F. Crack the oven door and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Combine. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Use a fork to crush any clumps of seasonings.
  • Use or store. If using fresh lemon zest, use this seasoning immediately. Any leftovers (with dried lemon zest), can be stored for a couple months in an airtight container.


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 0.03g | Fat: 0.002g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.01mg