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Lemon Pepper: All You Need to Know

Lemon pepper

Lemon pepper

What's in a name?

even if you do not use this product you have probably heard of Lemon pepper. You may have seen this herb in your kitchen cabinet as a child or on the spice rack of older relatives. You may have also heard the terms Lemon and Pepper and or lemon pepper seasoning and wondered if these were three different spices. The truth is they are one and the same but called by different names depending on where you live. This spice is exactly what the name suggests as it is a dry rub primarily comprised of pepper and lemon. It is used as a food seasoning and is made from granulated lemon zest and cracked black peppercorns. The lemon zest and pepper are mashed together in order to allow the citrus oil from the lemon to infuse into the pepper. This mixture is then baked and dried and can be used on whatever food you like. It is utilized most often on meats and poultry to give the meal extra flavor. It has been used on pasta, in salads, soups, and I love it on snacks like potato chips and popcorn. Originally lemon pepper was used primarily on seafood and it is a staple in salmon. No matter what you call it this product will make every food it is added to taste much better.


A commercial brand of the product

A commercial brand of the product

Your taste buds will thank you

Lemon pepper has an inviting look and a combination taste of sweet and zesty and is available on the spice aisle in most stores and you can also purchase organic brands A small bottle can be purchased for as little as $1.00 and as much as $7.00 depending on the brand. This product can also include small amounts of other ingredients such as salt, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, citric acid, and other spices so always read the label. Durkee and Lowry brands have 13% sodium in each gram but McCormick only has 7%. There is no nutritional value in this product and 0 calories. Lemon pepper basically spices up your food but it does have some other benefits. Adding lemon pepper to warm water in the morning will wake up your taste buds and also assist in detoxifying your body and promote weight loss.

Homemade lemon pepper

Homemade lemon pepper

Be creative with lemon pepper

There are many dishes where lemon pepper is added such as lemon pepper green beans, lemon pepper pasta salad, lemon pepper baked catfish lemon pepper grilled tilapia, lemon pepper alfredo pasta shells, roasted lemon pepper potatoes, firey lemon pepper chicken, and crockpot lemon pepper. You can also be creative by adding it to your favorite dishes like potato salad, tuna salad, deviled eggs, chicken salad, or whatever you choose. Sprinkle it on fried chicken, hamburgers or veggie burgers to give them more zest. Lemon pepper is tangy and sweet/tart and will definitely give you a bang for your buck. Make sure you test it first by putting a little in your hand to taste before you try it on your foods. This is an acquired taste and will not be pleasing to everyone. Do be careful not to use too much because it can taste like an assault on your tongue and your senses. Moderation is best unless you enjoy extremely spicey meals.

Make it your own way

If you don't desire to use a commercial brand you can create your own lemon pepper seasoning in several different ways and can even substitute lemon juice for the lemon zest. Just click on the links and decide which recipe is right for you. If you are on a salt-restricted diet you can use only pepper and lemon zest and add other spices if you so desire. Keep in mind that dried herbs and spices that are prepared commercially and have preservatives may worsen acid reflux for those who deal with this issue. Fresh homemade lemon pepper will be the best choice for anyone who has problems with acid indigestion.n India, It is believed that lemon pepper originated in India because it is utilized in Indian cuisines and because of the native lemons and peppercorns. No matter where you live, however, you can choose to add this zesty spice to your meals to improve the flavor.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Cheryl E Preston

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