5 Great Lemon Pepper Substitutes


For the best possible alternatives to lemon pepper in your cooking, here is an exhaustive list to help you out. 

I have compiled this list after several taste tests and using tips and insights from chefs worldwide. 

So, let’s get right into it. 

5 Best Lemon Pepper Substitutes

1. Lemon Thyme 

Lemon thyme is an herb that gives you the citrusy punch and spice that you look for in lemon pepper.

It works wonderfully well with meat as well as veggie recipes.

It is less spicy than the lemon pepper blend, so you might want to add some black pepper to fix that.

How to Substitute? 

You will need to use twice as much lemon thyme as you would have used lemon pepper to get the same kick that you are looking for. 

Check out this spaghetti recipe with lemon thyme for when you have run out of lemon pepper – 

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice with some black pepper for spice is the easiest and quickest way to substitute lemon pepper in your cooking.

But this substitution is ideal if you make marinades, salad dressings, or sauces, where the liquid content will not affect the recipe.

How to Substitute? 

You might want to play around with the measure of lemon juice to replace lemon pepper to get the right flavor and consistency that you prefer. 

3. Shichimi Togarashi 

Shichimi Togarashi is a Japanese spice blend with orange peel and Szechuan pepper that gives the same heat and citrus flavor as lemon pepper.

You can add it to almost any recipe that would have called for lemon pepper, and it will work just as well.

How to Substitute? 

You can use more or less the same measure of Shichimi Togarashi instead of lemon pepper in your cooking though there may be slight differences in flavor. 

To make your own Sichimi Togaroshi or Japanese spice mix, check out this YouTube tutorial – 

4. Lemon Curry Powder 

Curry powders can come in different blends, and most of them contain pepper in them.

If you can get your hands on a citrus-based curry powder, then you can add that to your recipe.

But remember that this might not work for all recipes, and the turmeric in the curry powder can add color to the dish.

How to Substitute? 

You can use the same measure of lemon curry powder or seasoning to replace lemon pepper in your recipes. 

5. DIY Lemon Pepper Mix

If you want to make some lemon pepper mix as a quick fix, you could gran some lemon zest, black pepper, and salt to get the job done.

Once you get the ratio that suits your liking, you can go ahead and use them in any recipe that you like.

How to Substitute? 

You can use the same measure of your DIY lemon pepper mix as you would have used the store-bought version.

Here is how you can make your own lemon pepper mix to store and use as you like – 

Bottom Line 

I hope this article has given you some great alternatives to lemon pepper in your recipes and cooking. 

If you have any substitutes of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with your family and friends who love to cook. 

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About Amanda Jones

Amanda is a person with an eye for detail. She has been cooking since her childhood and loves to bake too. Recently, she's made the decision to pursue baking full-time and quit her 9 to 5 job. In the meantime, she still enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family, especially when it comes time for special occasions like birthdays or holidays!

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