simply delicious key lime pie

simply delicious key lime pie

Years ago our kids discovered key lime pie when we were cruising in the Caribbean. We started rating the dessert at restaurants we visited and decided that was is hard to make one that was not delicious. There are more complicated recipes out there, but I don’t think the extra ingredients are necessary. Graham cracker crust is mandatory, along the combination of tangy limes and sweetened milk. Just a small slice will do, but it is hard to stop.

simply delicious key lime pie

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 23 minutes


  • 12 graham cracker sheets, finely ground (1½ cups graham cracker crumbs)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Key lime zest
  • ½ cup fresh Key lime juice (you can use a garlic press to assist you in squeezing the juice from these little limes)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • Garnish; a dollop of whipped cream, lime slices or berries and mint leaves.



Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cracker crumbs, brown sugar and salt in a bowl, stirring well to combine. Drizzle butter over crumb mixture; toss with a fork until crumbs are moist. Press crumb mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie dish. Bake 8 minutes; let cool on a wire rack.


Whisk together lime zest, lime juice, condensed milk, egg yolks, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl until smooth. Pour mixture into cooled crust. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool 15 minutes. Refrigerate 2 hours or until set.


Garnish if you desire.


Named for the Florida Keys where they flourish, Key limes are smaller than traditional limes. Look for them bagged together in the grocery store. They are thin-skinned and contain few seeds. When green Key limes (an immature fruit) ripens to a yellow color, the acidity goes down and a sweeter flesh is the result. You can substitute lemon zest and lemon juice for Key lime for a lemon pie.

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  • Reply
    MaryBeth Mitchell
    July 19, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Was hoping you would add this recipe after having it at your cabin! I didn’t realize it had condensed milk, yet it is not heavy/dense…Instead it is refreshing and light! Made a lemon tart this past weekend and while it turned out well, it made us all pucker and I think my family will love this recipe more! Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    August 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Carol, This was the first key lime pie I have made and it turned out beautifully and was delicious. I will definitely make it again. The graham cracker crust was so easy and so good. I would advise putting the key limes in the microwave for about 10 seconds and definitely using a garlic press to juice the limes! Thank you for this recipe.

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