Key Lime Pie

Editor's Note: Is there anything better than biting into a slice of Key Lime Pie? If your weakness is delicious and easy pie dessert recipes, then you will want to keep reading. This take on the classic recipe uses just three ingredients for the crust and an additional six ingredients for the filling. That's all! This dessert pie recipe will be a hit with everyone at your next gathering with family and friends, so don't expect any leftovers. You'll love serving this tart and creamy chilled pie for any occasion. The next time you feel like trying something new, give this recipe a try.

Key limes can now purchased at well-stocked markets during their winter and early spring season, but regular limes work, too.  Good with pouring cream.


Preparation Time25 min

Cooking Time20 min

Cooking MethodBaking


Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Occasional Fresco, Buffet, Buffet Meal, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get Together, Picnic

Recipe CourseDessert


Taste and TextureSweet, Tangy

Type of DishPie


  • Crust
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted
  • Filling
  • 15 key limes or 6 limes
  • One 14oz (400g) can condensed milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp confectioner's sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 9-inch (23-cm) tart pan with a removable bottom


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). To make the crust, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl until combined. Press firmly and evenly into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch (23-cm) tart pan with a removable bottom. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the crust looks set, about 12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, grate the zest of 6 key limes (or 2 limes) in a bowl. Juice 14 key limes (or 5 limes). You should have ½ cup lime juice.

  3. Add the condensed milk, yolks, and lime juice to the bowl and whisk well. Pour the filling into the crust. Return to the oven and continue baking 15 to 20 minutes, or until the filling is set.

  4. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Whip the cream, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread over the cooled pie. Thinly slice the reserved lime and use to garnish the pie. Remove the sides of the pan, slice, and serve.



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