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Lemon zest

What is lemon zest? About the ingredient lemon zest. Including 1,567 recipes with lemon zest, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Lemon zest is the oil rich outer skin of a lemon. The volatile oils in the zest make it extremely flavorful and many recipes call for the addition of lemon zest along with lemon juice or lemon extract.

The process of removing lemon zest is known as “zesting,” and there are a number of kitchen tools designed to remove lemon zest. Such tools are called "zesters".

Versions of stainless steel wood rasps (normally used in carpentry) have been finding their way into kitchen and restaurants across the world.  The rasp creates a very fine textured zest extracting a large amount of flavor.

Finely grated lemon zest using a rasp

Other citrus fruits can be zested for an infusion of intense flavor in a wide range of dishes.

In baked goods, lemon zest can be used to add a lemony flavor to the finished food product. The natural oils in the zest will slowly leach out through the cooking process, infusing the food with flavor.

Individual pieces of the lemon zest will also crack open when chewed and produce a burst of lemon flavor. 

Lemon zest can also be used as a food seasoning, or it can be added to various mixed drinks and beverages.



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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tbsp (6g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 2Calories from Fat 0
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars 0.3
Protein 0.1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 1% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Lemon zest is usually found in the produce section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Lemon zest is a member of the Fruits and Fruit Juices USDA nutritional food group.

How much does lemon zest weigh?

measure grams
1 tbsp 6
1 tsp 2

In Chinese:柠檬皮
British (UK) term: Lemon zest
en français:zeste de citron
en español:ralladura de limón

Recipes using lemon zest

There are 1533 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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