If you're a lemon lover, these oven baked Lemon Pepper Fries will be right up your alley!Jump to Recipe
Lemon Pepper Fries aren't technically a weeknight meal if you make everything from scratch, but the lemon pepper seasoning makes a bunch, and goes a long way, so you can make lemon pepper fries (or eggs, or toast, or potato wedges, or broccoli) whenever you want!
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Reasons To Make This Recipe
- Because who doesn't love french fries??
- The lemon pepper seasoning recipes makes a LOT and stores well for a long time.
- Delicious lemon flavor!
- The seasoning can be used on all sorts of other proteins and vegetables
PRO TIP: Sprinkle the seasoning on the fries right after they come out of the oven when they're still piping hot. If you use the seasoning before they go in the oven, the lemon and pepper could easily burn. If you wait until the fries are cool, the seasoning will fall right off the fries.
- Black peppercorns
- Olive Oil
- Potatoes of your choice
Tips and Tricks
- If you don't want to make your own dried lemon zest, you can find it at specialty food stores and on Amazon. It's WAY cheaper to make your own though.
- Make sure to only zest the yellow peel, and avoid the white pith underneath which is very bitter.
- My favorite way to zest a lemon is with a Microplane Zester, but you can use a regular grater as well.
How do I store leftover lemon pepper seasoning? Place leftover seasoning in an air-tight container and place it in the fridge. It will keep in the fridge for up to six months, but will lose potency over time. You can keep it in the freezer to extend that to up to a year.
What can I do with the rest of the lemons? You're going to have to zest a lot of lemons to make the seasoning. Squeeze the lemon juice, and pour it in to an ice cube tray. Once the lemon juice cubes freeze, you can move them to a freezer bag and they'll keep for up to six months.
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Lemon Pepper Fries
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
- 5 lemons zested (should result in about 3-4 tablespoons of zest)
- 3 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Lemon Pepper Fries
- 2 potoatoes yukon gold or russet
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
To Make the Lemon Pepper Seasoning
- Preheat your oven to 170 (that's the lowest my oven goes) and line sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Zest your 5 lemons, and spread the zest over the parchment paper. Bake the zest for 30-45 minutes or until dry to the touch and then allow it to cool.
- While the zest cools, grind the pepper. If you have to do this manually, it will take a little bit, but freshly ground pepper is SO MUCH better than pre-ground. It's worth the effort.
- Mix the lemon zest, pepper and the teaspoon of salt together in an air-tight container, and store in the fridge for up to six months.
To Make Lemon Pepper Fries
- Preheat your oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.
- Cut your potatoes in fry shape, and rinse them under running water for a minute.
- Dry the potatoes well with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels, and then spread them on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat the potatoes.
- Bake the potatoes for 20-30 minutes (this will depend on how thickly you cut the potatoes) flipping halfway through baking.
- Remove the tray from the oven, and immediately sprinkle the lemon pepper seasoning over the hot potatoes.