Homemade Lemon Pepper Spice Mix

Homemade Lemon Pepper Spice Mix

This lemon and spice mix will quickly become a kitchen go-to you can’t do without. It adds a pop of vibrant flavor to virtually any savory dish, including chicken, fish, beef and pork, along with vegan veggie or grain dishes. Our version adds a blend of herbs, but if you want to go basic, you can pare it back to lemons, salt, and pepper.
Course Main Dish, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian


  • 5 Limoneira lemons
  • 1/4 cup black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon dehydrated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary


  • Preheat the oven to 200 °F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a sharp knife to remove the lemon zest, taking care to leave the white pith behind.
  • Place the strips of zest you’ve cut on the parchment paper in a single layer.
  • Let them dry out in the oven for about 2 to 3 hours. Check them frequently after about the first 2 hours – they should be completely dried but not browned.
  • Process the dried lemon zest and peppercorns in a high-powered blender, specialty spice grinder, or by hand in mortar and pestle until all the peppercorns have been broken, and the texture is still a little coarse.
  • Add the salt, garlic, basil and rosemary, and pulse a few times until they’ve reached the desired textured.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Note: This is a project that takes some time – allow yourself about a half day to complete the process.
Keyword Lemons, vegan
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