Best Key Lime Pie

Best Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie is my absolute favorite, indulgence!  Ordinarily I’m not superstitious, but after a horrific Friday the 13th, we decided we are in need of a cruise to nowhere!  When I think of my favorite guilty pleasure on a cruise, without question it’s Key Lime Pie.  It’s just the perfect sweet and sour, creamy-crunchy, melt in your mouth dessert.

Best Key Lime Pie

With company in town and a big bag of limes in the fridge, I got busy!
  • Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Making a graham cracker crust is remarkably easy in my food processor.  It makes the finest crumbs and then I just add in the sugar and butter and give it a whirl.  Add it to a pie plate and press the crumbs up the sides of the pie plate.  Bake for 10 minutes. Remove crust and cool on a wire rack.
  • While the crust is cooling, grate the limes, and mix the filling in an electric mixer as directed.
  • Pour filling into cooled crust.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably over night.
  • Before serving cover evenly with Stabilized Whipped Cream.  Garnish with a slice of key lime and serve.

Key Lime Pie

Lucky for us I was able to snap a few inspiring images before this baby was history!  If you are in need of a little get-away from life as usual, this is a tasty one.

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Key Lime Pie
Cool and creamy with a tart kick, Key Lime Pie is one of my favorite summer time desserts. I love making it ahead of time for company, enjoy!
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1-1/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • ⅓ cup melted butter or margarine
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅔ cups fresh Key lime juice
  • grated zest from 2 limes
Creamy Topping:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter and blend thoroughly.
  3. Pack mixture firmly into a 9" pie pan and press firmly to bottom and sides, bringing crumbs evenly up to the rim.
  4. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow the crust to cool.
  6. While the crust is resting, in an electric mixer with the wire whisk attachment, whip the egg yolks and lime zest at high speed until fluffy.
  7. Gradually add the condensed milk and continue to whip until thick.
  8. Now lower the speed of the mixer and slowly add the lime juice until incorporated.
  9. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Cool on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  11. Before serving, whip the cream, confectioner's sugar and vanilla until nearly stiff.
  12. Evenly spread whipped cream on top of the pie and garnish with a slice of fresh lime.
Happy Pinning and Cruising Friends!  What’s you favorite pie?  I’d love to get your ideas!  Thanks so much.
You just need one bite to know this is the best Key Lime Pie you'll ever eat! It's amazingly easy to make too.

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. openid

    I think I am the only person in the USA who hasn’t tasted Key Lime Pie. Your pie and recipe look delicious. Hope you recover from the 13th and enjoy your cruise to nowhere.

    • Renée

      I can’t even imagine! This is a quick and easy pie….give it a whirl.

  2. once in a blue moon

    i just walked in with fresh picked lemons… you are making rethink my selection to go back out in the garden and scrounge up some limes. your photos are making me salivate…

  3. LDH

    Looks amazing! Just curious, do you think I can substitute lemon or orange juice/zest for the lime juice/zest or is this recipe just for using limes.

    • Renée

      I have replaced lime and used lemon before. So yes, you can!

  4. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    Your pie looks amazing! Hope your Friday the 13th wasn’t toooo bad! I made my first meringue pie this weekend, posting soon:@)

  5. Babs

    Key lime pie is my all time favorite and yours looks out of this world. Oh, now you’ve done it! I’m almost drooling…and real whipped cream,too. The best!

  6. Debbie

    Key Lime is the perfect summer taste, IMO. I’m trying to lose those 50 pounds by tomorrow. I shouldn’t have come here. I. Just. Shouldn’t. Have. Come…

    I will be waiting for the next post and hope very much that it wasn’t something really bad.

  7. Jessica

    Looks delicious!! I love key lime! -Jessica@GreenPB&Js

  8. Garden of Egan

    I had Key Lime pie while I was in Florida a year ago.
    Best thing I had ever put in my mouth.
    I swear!

    That looks like a doable recipe.

  9. Brian, Michelle, Teagan and Isla

    Oh my goodness! This is one of my all-time favorite desserts! My sister-in-law from Ireland visited and had never tasted Key Lime pie before. I ended up shipping back ingredients to her so she could make it at home! Your recipe looks better and so creamy!

    If you have time I’d love to have you join us on my weekly linky party at Teagan’s Travels. Here’s the link to the party going on now!

    Blessings, Michelle

  10. Julie

    Delicious! I love key lime pie! What a wonderful treat!

  11. Diane Hodrick

    lol at Deborah,
    I have never tried it either, we must be the only two. Every time I see it, I think, “that looks delicious, I’ll have to try it”….and I never do. This year, Deborah. Let’s go for it. 😉

  12. Renée

    Wishing I could have you and Deborah over for your first taste! It’s my very favorite dessert.

  13. The Café Sucré Farine

    I LOVE key lime pie but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more delightful looking one than this!

  14. The Guyers

    This is my husband’s favorite and I have yet to make one from scratch. I’ll have to give this a shot! Thanks for sharing!

    Angela @ Our Family Journey

  15. SavoringTime in the Kitchen

    I’m afraid of what I’m going to read in your next post!

    Beautiful Key Lime Pie! I love the fresh, clean citrus flavor.

  16. Jacqueline

    We were just talking about our favorite key lime pies! We were at a restaurant and they didn’t have a good one. Mine is like yours with egg yolks and baked. So creamy. Now I am craving one!

  17. Designs By Pinky

    HI! I found you through Jacqueline’s blog. I LOVE key lime pie and this recipe sounds delish! You sure do NOT look old enough for all those grands:):) So glad I found you, I’ll be back! XO, Pinky

  18. Linda

    Your blog is so cheerful.Key Lime pie or cheesecake is one of my favorites. I probably gained a few pounds just by looking at your gorgeous dessert. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  19. Pondside

    I’ve only ever had Key Lime Pie once, and I loved it – a great dessert for a summer evening.
    I’m a bit worried about that next post….

  20. bj

    Thanks so much for stopping by….
    Now, if you will excuse me, I have one foot out the door, going to gather ingredients for MY Key Lime Cruise……..:)))thanks bunches for the recipe.

  21. Mary

    That pie is drool worthy and I feel those ocean breezes!


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