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Homemade lemon pepper

Lemon pepper (also called lemon pepper seasoning) is a seasoning made from granulated lemon zest and cracked black peppercorns.[1] The lemon zest is mashed with the pepper to allow the citrus oil to infuse into the pepper. This mix is then baked and dried and can be used on meats (particularly poultry) and pasta, although it was originally used primarily for seafood. It is also used in the preparation of lemon pepper wings.

Lemon pepper seasoning was commercially launched in July 1967 by William Shoffeitt, a product engineer who developed Shoffeitt's Enhance Seasoners in Healdsburg, California.[2] The all-purpose seasoning was originally distributed along the West Coast of the United States but gained popularity through trade shows and sales at Sears and JCPenney stores.[3]

Lemon pepper is generally commercially available in small jars, although it may also be homemade. Although the original recipe was a closely-guarded secret, along with preserved lemons it may also include smaller amounts of salt, sugar, onion, garlic, citric acid, additional lemon flavor, cayenne pepper, and other spices.


  1. ^ "The BEST Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning". Foodtasia. 2020-07-14. Retrieved 2021-11-28.
  2. ^ "Cosmetics, Spices, Home Core Products . . . Manufacturing In Local Plant For U.S. Coverage". The Healdsburg Tribune. No. 49. 3 August 1967.
  3. ^ "Healdsburg Is Home of Gourmet Seasoning Manufacturer". The Press Democrat. Santa Rosa. 7 March 1971.