Posh and Practical Lemon Pepper Spice Blend Recipe

Lemon Pepper Shrimp
Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Why bother buying bottled spice blends from the market when you can easily make a better tasting versions at home in minutes! Lemon pepper is one of the most popular seasonings around. My version of this tasty spice blend is delicious and works well on fish and vegetables (for you flexatarians, it also works well on chicken).

Posh and Practical Lemon Pepper Spice Blend


Zest and juice of 3 large lemons

1 tablespoon of whole black peppercorns

5 green cardamom pods

2 pinches of fresh thyme

2 teaspoons of sea salt (more if you’d like but start with a small amount)

¼ cup avocado or olive oil


Using a mortar and pestle, pound the cardamom pods to remove the green hull. Pick through the mortar and do away with the hulls.  You will be left with fragrant black seeds. Add the black pepper corns to the mortar and grind the cardamom and peppercorns to medium fine. Add the sea salt, fresh thyme and lemon zest and grind the mix to a paste-like consistency. Add the avocado oil and lemon juice to the mix and blend well. You can also do this in a bowl if your mortar isn’t large enough.

Use this fabulous spice blend immediately. Try slathering it on shrimp, salmon, white fish or vegetables (I like to use zucchini) and throwing it on the barbeque or sautéing over high heat.

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I’m Stephanie Harris-Uyidi, affectionately known as The Posh Pescatarian. I’m a sustainable seafood enthusiast and love sharing recipes, education, and tips for making incredible pescatarian meals. I am an industry expert and an authoritative voice on the pescatarian lifestyle. When I’m not working on new recipes in my lab (AKA: my kitchen!) I enjoy traveling and learning about people, places and culture through food, ingredients, and cooking techniques. I share some of my experiences on my TV show Appetite for Adventure!



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