Spice Hacks: Best Lemon Pepper Substitute?

One of the most popular and versatile seasoning blends is Lemon Pepper. Its best-known applications would be to use it on fish and poultry -- although, it’s good to use on beef and veggies, too! It’s useful enough to have some stocked in your kitchen cabinet. There may be times when you’d run out of this ingredient or can’t find any in the local grocery, but there are some great lemon pepper substitutes that you might have on hand.

Lemon Pepper Substitutes

Home Made Blend

Lemon pepper, quite basically, is a simple blend that contains zest, ground pepper, and a bit of salt. You can make your own blend at home by combining ½ teaspoon of dried lemon zest with ¼ teaspoon each of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Lemon Thyme

This herb is a great substitute as this type of thyme naturally has the flavor of lemon and does an excellent job as a stand-in for lemon zest in lemon pepper. This also adds an herbal flavor that gives a dish a deeper and more complex flavor as opposed to just seasoning your dish with lemon pepper. Use twice the amount of lemon thyme your dish requires.

Shichimi Togarashi

This is also known as the Japanese seven spice blend as it contains a variety of spices and is used to flavor braised dishes. Among the ingredients are orange peel and Szechuan peppercorns. The citrus peel is an excellent stand-in for lemon pepper in some recipes.

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