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lemon pepper marinade in a mason jar with a spoon

Lemon Pepper Marinade (or Salad Dressing)

Lemon pepper marinade is a simple but flavorful marinade for chicken or shrimp. This easy marinade recipe can also be used to make a delicious, tangy salad dressing!
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 62kcal
Author Amee


  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves mashed
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • few drops tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk.  
  • Pour into a large sealable bag and add your meat.
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for two hours.  If using for shrimp, only marinate for 30 minutes.  I love this marinade for grilled chicken and shrimp.  It’s easy to throw together and adds so much flavor!


*The nutrition serving size is 1 tablespoon.
  • Feel free to add additional herbs and spices to this marinade. Freshly chopped parsley and/or dill go great with bold lemon flavors.
  • Pork, chicken, and beef are best if left to marinate overnight. Vegetables and seafood only need about an hour.
  • Once stored, the leftover lemon pepper marinade will separate. Simply give the container a good shake and it should be good to go again.
  • Be sure to discard any marinade that came in contact with raw meat.
  • Use green Tabasco for great flavor without the heat.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 7g