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Lemon Pepper Butter

Lemon Pepper Butter

I love the Orange Honey Rosemary Butter so much, so I decided to make a lemon pepper compound butter! This lemon pepper butter is delicious on warm toast and would make a great addition to chicken, fish, noodles, and vegetables. Lemons add vibrant and unique flavor to food. I love cooking with them, and the fresh scent of lemon always puts me in a good mood.

The lemon pepper butter is beautiful with bright lemon zest throughout, and it will make a great addition to any meal. You’ll love this butter because it’s easy to make, and it can be used a number of different ways in recipes!

About Lemons

Lemons are sour and fragrant and make a wonderful ingredient for recipes. When you zest the lemons, you want to make sure you only zest the bright yellow part of the peel and leave the pith behind. The pith is bitter, and you do not want to add this to your compound butter. I store my lemons in the refrigerator; however, when I know I am going to use a lemon (or a lime) for a recipe, I take it out ahead of time and leave it at room temperature before I use it. For this recipe, I used lemons available at my local market. However, here is some additional and helpful information on buying different lemon varieties.

Save Time

Often, when I make recipes that require zest, I will zest more than I need and then freeze the remaining zest in a freezer-safe container for a different recipe at another time. Having zest on hand in the freezer is an easy way to breeze through recipes that use citrus zest as an ingredient.


I used the mixer when I originally made the orange honey rosemary butter. However, I’ve found it is actually easier (less dishes!) to just mix compound butter by hand. Additionally, the butter was set out for about an hour to soften it. I added the lemon zest and pepper, and then I slowly added the lemon juice while I mixed everything together. I am definitely adding the lemon pepper butter to my menu for spring and summer meals.

Lemon butter next to two lemons.
Lemon butter next to two lemons.

Lemon Pepper Butter

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Makes 1 cup of butter


  • Zester
  • Juicer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Electric stand mixer (optional)


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (about two lemons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Using the spatula (or the stand mixer) combine butter, lemon zest, pepper, and lemon juice. Mix for 1 to 3 minutes or until blended and uniform in appearance.
  2. Serve immediately or wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Enjoy!

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