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How to Zest a Lemon ( 3 Ways)

Lemon zest us used in so many great recipes. This recipe is going to show you how to zest a lemon.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to zest a lemon, lemon zest
Servings: 4
Calories: 8kcal
Author: Bob


  • Microplane
  • Box Grater


  • 1 Lemon


How to zest a lemon with a microplane

  • Wash lemon under cold water and use your vegetable wash or soap. Some people actually have a brush that they use also.
  • Hold the plane in one hand firmly and take the lemon and run it down the microplane. Lift it back up and repeat.
    Turn the lemon as you go so you continue to just get the peel.

Alternative: Box Grater

  • Hold the grater firm in its location and run the lemon up and down on the rasp of the grater. This cutter goes both ways.
    As you remove the peel turn the lemon. Focus on removing just the yellow part of the peel.


Tip: Make sure you are only getting the lemon part of the peel. The white part of the  peel or the "pith" is very bitter and you don't want it.


Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg