Lemon Pepper Rub Recipe

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Lemon pepper rub is a very flavorful seasoning. It goes with chicken, fish, and poultry very well. A pinch of lemon pepper seasoning is enough to increase the taste of your dinner. Generally, people buy it from the market which is quite costly.

So, we would like to tell you that you should try making the seasoning yourself. It will assist you to save some money. Besides, homemade seasoning is always hygienic and superior in quality. We are here with a super easy recipe for lemon pepper rub.

This article presents you with an easy lemon pepper rub recipe. Additionally, you will learn how to make the seasoning with low sodium for high blood pressure patients. So, read the whole article carefully.

Lemon Pepper Rub Recipe

What is Lemon Pepper Seasoning?

Lemon Pepper seasoning is an Indian seasoning that delivers a tangy and spicy flavor to your dishes. From the name, we can understand that lemon and pepper are the main ingredients of this seasoning. Keep reading to learn about all the details about ingredients and the making process.

Lemon Pepper Seasoning Ingredients

The lemon pepper seasoning is usually made of dried lemon zest, crushed pepper, and salt. But, when you add garlic and onion powder, the seasoning will be much tastier. Let us present to you the list of the seasoning ingredients.

  1. Lemon Zest

Lemon zest is the key ingredient of the lemon pepper spice. In the processing part, we will also tell you how to prepare the perfect lemon zest at home.

Lemon gest provides a sour taste in the seasoning. Besides, it enhances the seasoning enriched with vitamin C. Use ½ cup of lemon zest to make around a cup of lemon pepper seasoning.

  1. Crushed Black Pepper

Crushed black pepper is the other main ingredient. Black pepper has a sharp spicy taste which intensifies the flavor of the seasoning. Here, you will require 2.5 tablespoons of crushed black pepper.

  1. Kosher Salt

Kosher salt is iodine-free and pure in flavor. Normal table salt which is iodized salt, may deliver a bitter aftertaste. So, it is recommended to use kosher salt in lemon pepper seasoning. 1 tablespoon of kosher salt is enough here.

  1. Garlic Powder

By adding garlic powder, you will get lemon garlic seasoning flavor. Most people love this flavor very much. If your family likes garlic flavor, you can use 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.

  1. Onion Powder

You can also add 1 teaspoon of onion powder to improve the flavor. Onion powder always increases the taste of chicken or fish.

Required Equipment

  1. Grater

You will need a grater to grate the lemon peel to prepare the lemon zest from fresh lemon.

  1. Baking Sheets

A Baking sheet is for drying the lemon Zest 

  1. Oven

An oven is for drying the lemon zest

  1. Measuring Cups and Spoons

The second important tool is the measuring cups and spoons to measure the lemon zest, crushed black pepper, kosher salt, onion, and garlic powder.

  1. Bowls

Then, you will require a large bowl where you will put all the ingredients together to make the DIY lemon pepper seasoning. You will also need 5 small bowls to keep the ingredients.

  1. Whisk

You will also need a whisk to mix all the spices properly.

  1. Seasoning Sprinkle Jar

Lastly, you will require a seasoning sprinkle jar to store the lemon pepper rub.

  1. Funnel

The funnel is to put the seasoning into the sprinkler jar from the bowl.

How to Make Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning – 4 Easy Steps

The process presented in the article of making lemon pepper seasoning is super easy. We give you simple 4 steps for this whole process.

Step 1: Preparing Lemon Zest

  • First, take 5-6 fresh lemons. Wash them and remove water with tissues.
  • Now, grate the green peel of the lemon on a baking sheet using a grater.
  • Properly spread the zest using a stirrer.
  • Put the baking sheets in the oven.
  • Then, set the oven to 170° C for 30 minutes.

Note: If you do not have an oven, you can sundry the moist lemon zest for 1 to 2 days. It will also help to preserve the vitamin C in the lemon zest.

  • After drying, cool it for 1 hour.
  • The lemon zest is ready.

Step 2: Measuring All the Ingredients

It is the time to measure the ingredients using the measuring cups and spoons. After measuring, put the ingredients one by one in small bowls. Arrange them on a table. It will help you to focus on the work.

Step 3: Mixing

In this stage, take a large bowl. Then, put all the measured ingredients into the large bowl. Now, using a whisk, mix the ingredients smoothly and accurately. After mixing, the lemon pepper seasoning is ready to use.

Step 4: Storage

According to our expert, you can store the lemon pepper seasoning for approximately 1 year. So, you can store your prepared seasoning for future use. Take a funnel and sprinkler jar. Put the seasoning into the jar using a funnel.

Note: Make sure the jar is moist free and air-tight. Otherwise, the seasoning may be oxidized if air or water enters.

How to Make Low-Sodium Lemon Pepper Seasoning?

We all know that people who have high blood pressure can not consume high sodium. As lemon pepper seasoning contains a high level of salt, now we are telling you an alternative process.

The making process is similar. The main difference is in the ingredients. Here, you will require 2 more extra ingredients. They are;

  1. Turmeric Powder – 1 teaspoon
  2. Coriander Powder – 1 teaspoon

In this process, you will require a low amount of salt because the turmeric and coriander complement the amount of salt. Besides, coriander gives a salty flavor to the seasoning. Hence, you will need only 1 teaspoon of salt which contains very little sodium.

Lemon Pepper Rub Recipe

Lemon Pepper Rub Recipe

Stop Spending money on buying lemon pepper seasoning. Read this to learn the lemon pepper rub recipe. And prepare the perfect lemon pepper seasoning at home.
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Prep Time1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time1 hour 42 minutes
AuthorNaomi Rogers


  • 1 Cup Lemon Zest
  • 2.5 Tablespoon Crushed Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder


  • At first prepare the lemon zest.
  • Then, measure all the ingredients accurately and put them into a bowl one by one.
  • Take a large bowl and put all the ingredients.
  • Mix the spices thoroughly using a whisk.
  • Store the lemon pepper rub into a seasoning sprinkle jar.


Serving: 130g | Calories: 2kcal


Lemon pepper seasoning enhances the taste of chicken and fish, especially chicken wings. This article focuses on how to make a homemade lemon pepper rub recipe to avoid giving extra pennies to the market.

After reading the useful article, we hope you can prepare the seasoning on your own. You can try the low-sodium lemon pepper seasoning if you are health-conscious.

If you follow the given steps, you can be sure that you will make the perfect lemon pepper rub on your first try. Therefore, we recommend you to give a try with our recipe and impress your family with your cooking.

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