Best Key Lime Pie Recipe

5 from 5 votes

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There is no better, more refreshing dessert than Key Lime Pie! Sweet, creamy and tart this Key Lime Pie Recipe will have you swooning. So simple to make with a small list of ingredients. 

I am head over heels in love with this Key Lime Pie Recipe. Thrilled to be sharing it with you all today! After you haven’t made a recipe for some time and then experience it again all over again, it’s love at first bite. That’s what happened to me when I started testing this recipe. So sweet and tart yet creamy and smooth. The buttery graham cracker crust compliments the very limey filling and the whipped cream just takes it all over the top.

Key lime pie

Key Lime Pie Recipe

This is an easy key lime pie recipe with a simple ingredients list. Just gather the ingredients outlined below and you’re good to go. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs – every good pie starts out with a graham cracker crust. You can crush your own graham crackers here or just buy the pre-crushed package.
  • Butter – to hold the graham cracker crumbs together.
  • Granulated Sugar – to sweeten the crust slightly.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – this reacts to the acid from the lime juice to become thick. It also helps sweeten.
  • Egg Yolks – to ensure the filling will set after baking.
  • Lime Juice – fresh is best. You can choose to use key limes here to stick to the classic pie or use regular limes.
  • Lime Zest – once again, fresh is best.
  • Whipped Cream – this is an optional garnish that is sure to make your pie look amazing.

If you love key lime pie, be sure to check out these other recipes: Key Lime Pie Sheet CakeLime (Tofu) CheesecakeLime Sheet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and Coconut Lime Dessert Shots.

Key Lime Pie

How to Make Key Lime Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter and granulated sugar until completely moist. Pour into a glass pie dish and press evenly into the bottom and up the sides. Bake 8 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  3. While crust is baking, stir sweetened condensed milk together with egg yolks, lime juice, and lime zest. Once the crust is pulled out of the oven, pour in the filling, smooth the top and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until set.
  4. Remove from oven and cool completely before covering and refrigerating.
  5. To serve, cut the key lime pie into eight even pieces and top with whipped cream.
How to make key lime pie

Storing

This Key Lime Pie Recipe can last up to 5 days in the fridge as long as it’s covered with plastic wrap…not that I’m promising it will last that long. 😉

Freezing

You’re in luck because this pie can be frozen! Do this to make this pie ahead of time or just to keep it fresh for longer.

Freeze. Do not top with whipped cream before freezing. Wrap tightly in heavy-duty plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.

Serve. Thaw in your fridge overnight, then top with whipped cream and serve.

Key lime pie

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5 from 5 votes

Best Key Lime Pie Recipe

There is no better, more refreshing dessert than Key Lime Pie! Sweet, creamy and tart, this Key Lime Pie Recipe will have you swooning.
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Total Time 1 hr 38 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter and granulated sugar until completely moist. Pour into a glass pie dish and press evenly into the bottom and up the sides. Bake 8 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • While crust is baking, stir sweetened condensed milk together with egg yolks, lime juice and lime zest. Once crust is pulled out of the oven, pour in filling, smooth the top and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until set.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely before covering and refrigerating.
  • To serve, cut pie into eight even pieces and top with whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 224mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make key lime pie, key lime pie, key lime pie recipe
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8 Responses
  1. Donna Brennan

    5 stars
    That is David’s favorite pie. He asks for it everywhere including our cruises!!! Sounds like things are going smoothly. Hi to all of you

  2. JoAnn Olinger-Luscusk

    Lauren, what size pie plate did you use? 8 inch, 9 inch… ?
    Thanks! We love Key Lime Pie, but I will be making it with gluten free graham cracker crumbs for the crust. 🙂

  3. Patty

    5 stars
    OMG Lauren, this looks delicious!! I swear I’ll eat it all, if I can hide it somewhere! Thank you for each and every one of your recipes!!

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