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This lemon pepper sauce recipe works for dipping wings, fish, vegetables, and more! It’s requires just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes.

Lemon pepper sauce

Need a delectable dipping sauce? This lemon pepper sauce is full of zingy, zesty flavor, but requires only 5 minutes and 5 ingredients. How’s that for simple? It might sound too good to be true, but we promise: this one’s a must-try. The butter is savory and creamy, punctuated by the zingy lemon and hint of spicy black pepper. It’s perfect with salmon, shrimp, wings, roasted vegetables, or anything that needs a little kick!

Ingredients in lemon pepper sauce

Lemon pepper sauce is a common dipping sauce for wings. While the name sounds similar, it’s not flavored with lemon pepper, a store-bought seasoning blend of lemon zest, salt and pepper. You don’t need any special ingredients: you’ll rely on a real lemon to bring in the citrus, and the other ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and fridge. The ingredients in lemon pepper sauce are:

  • Salted butter
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
Lemon Pepper Sauce

Best way to zest a lemon

The only part of this lemon pepper sauce that takes any time? Juicing and zesting the lemon. For zesting, the quickest and best way is to use a microplane grater. A microplane is a handheld grater with sharp holes in it, which is quicker and more consistent than using a box grater or a zester. Here’s how to zest a lemon with a microplane:

  1. Hold the microplane in one hand, place one end on a flat surface and hold it at an angle.
  2. Hold the lemon in the other hand, and drag it down over the microplane holes (or the holes of the box grater). Important: make sure to remove the yellow part of the skin only; avoid the bitter white pith.
  3. Gradually turn the lemon until all yellow parts of the peel have been removed.

Storage info

How long does homemade lemon pepper sauce last? Store leftovers refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 1 week. The sauce solidifies when it’s cold, so re-heat it on the stovetop before serving.

Ways to use lemon pepper sauce

Ways to use lemon pepper sauce

Lemon pepper sauce is a common dipping sauce for wings, but there are so many other ways to use it! While it could work with pasta, this one is intended as a dipping or drizzling sauce for vegetables, fish, or meats. Here are some ideas:

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This lemon pepper sauce recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For dairy-free, use non-dairy butter.

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Lemon pepper sauce

Lemon Pepper Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 tablespoons 1x


This lemon pepper sauce recipe works for dipping wings, fish, vegetables, and more! It’s requires just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes.


  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 pinches kosher salt


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan or skillet over low heat.
  2. Once melted, stir in the lemon juice, zest, black pepper, garlic powder, and kosher salt. Use immediately or refrigerate for up 1 week; reheat gently on the stovetop.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Lemon pepper sauce

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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    1. Is butter always a good base to make sauce to pour over wings? I’m experimenting with a honey lemon pepper sauce recipe and I don’t want the wings to taste “greasy” from the butter.