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How to Zest a Lemon

Learn all about how to zest any citrus fruit to use in any recipe!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 tablespoon
Calories: 31kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $2


  • Microplane, Box Grater, Vegtable Peeler or Knife


  • 1 medium lemon


  • Using a microplane or box grater: run the lemon over the sharp edges, peeling away only the yellow skin.
  • Using a peeler or knife: run the tool over the skin, cutting away just the yellow part. Mince as needed for your recipe.
  • Beware the white pith - stop zesting when you see white.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg