Learn How to Zest a Lemon using five different methods with kitchen tools and utensils you already have on hand. From a microplane or citrus zester, to grating it with a cheese grater, it's so easy to get that fresh lemon zest for added flavor to your favorite recipes!
Move the lemon back and forth over the grates of the microplane, rotating it as you go. Pay close attention to the placement of your fingers. (A microplane has very sharp edges and can easily cut you!)
Continue zesting the lemon until the lemon peel has been removed.
Place the lemon on side of the cheese grater that has the smallest holes.
Hold the lemon in your non-dominant hand and the peeler in the other.
Pull down to the other end, paying close attention not to cut into the fruit too deep. You want to remove as little of the white part as possible.
Cut off one end of the lemon. Optional: If you would like to have smaller pieces of peel, finely chop until your desired size is reached.
Place the lemon cut-end down on a cutting board. (Image on left above). Or you can skip this step and just hold the lemon steady on a cutting board. (Image on the right above.)
Carefully cut into the fruit at an angle and remove the bright, yellow peel, avoiding the white pith. Remove any white pith that remains.