Key Lime Pie


Key Lime Pie is a classic dessert that originated in the Florida Keys, known for its tangy lime flavor and smooth, creamy texture. Made with key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and a buttery graham cracker crust, this refreshing pie is a beloved treat enjoyed by many. Whether served chilled on a hot summer day or as a sweet ending to a meal, Key Lime Pie is sure to delight your taste buds with its zesty and tropical flavors. In this guide, we’ll explore how to make this iconic dessert, highlighting key ingredients, preparation techniques, and tips for success.

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For the Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice (freshly squeezed if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon key lime zest (optional)

For the Whipped Cream Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch pie dish or tart pan with butter or cooking spray.
  • Make the Graham Cracker Crust:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted

butter. Stir until the mixture resembles wet sand.

  • Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie dish to form an even crust.
  • Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  • Prepare the Filling:
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, key lime juice, and key lime zest until smooth and well combined.
  • Pour the filling into the baked graham cracker crust, spreading it out evenly.
  • Bake the Pie:
  • Return the pie to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the filling is set and the edges are slightly golden brown.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Then, refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until chilled and set.
  • Make the Whipped Cream Topping:
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread the whipped cream over the chilled pie, covering the entire surface.
  • Serve and Enjoy:
  • Slice the Key Lime Pie into wedges and serve chilled. Garnish with additional key lime zest or slices if desired.

Tips for Success

  • For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed key lime juice if available. Regular lime juice can be used as a substitute if key limes are not accessible.
  • Be careful not to overbake the pie, as it may cause the filling to crack or become too firm.
  • Chill the pie thoroughly before serving to ensure a firm and creamy texture.
  • For a more intense lime flavor, add extra key lime zest to the filling.
  • Store any leftover pie in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.


Key Lime Pie is a delightful dessert that captures the essence of the tropics with its tangy lime flavor and creamy filling. Whether enjoyed as a refreshing treat on a hot summer day or as a sweet indulgence any time of year, this iconic pie is sure to impress. By following this guide and incorporating the suggested ingredients, instructions, and tips, you can create a homemade Key Lime Pie that’s bursting with flavor and sure to delight your taste buds. So whip up a slice of paradise and savor every creamy, citrusy bite of this beloved dessert!

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