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Key Lime Pie Recipe
This Key Lime Pie recipe features a buttery graham cracker crust filled with a tangy and creamy key lime filling, baked to perfection and chilled for a refreshing dessert.

Hi, I’m Jacob Allen from Beyond the Bayou! I love food, and today I made a yummy Key Lime Pie. It reminds me of sunny days and tropical tastes. The pie has a tangy lime filling and a buttery crust that makes me feel happy inside. It’s so good!

While I was squeezing the key limes, I remembered a trip to Florida. I tried real Key Lime Pie made by a local baker there. It was sweet and tangy, and I loved it.

That made me want to make my own Key Lime Pie. I’m excited to share my recipe with you. Let’s bake and enjoy a taste of the tropics! If you want more dessert ideas, just ask!

Graham Cracker Macadamia Nut Crust

Instead of the usual graham cracker crust, try adding macadamia nuts for a delightful twist to your Key Lime Pie. The crunchy, sweet, and buttery texture of the crust pairs perfectly with the tangy lime filling. Adding about 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts to the graham cracker crumbs creates a blissful pie experience. Macadamia nuts are often underrated in baking, but they bring a unique and delicious flavor that shouldn’t be missed out on.

Overview: How to Make Key Lime Pie Recipe?

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Key Lime Pie is a classic dessert that’s bursting with refreshing citrus flavor. It starts with a buttery graham cracker crust that’s easy to make and adds a delicious crunch to every bite. The filling is made with just a few simple ingredients like key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and egg yolks, creating a creamy and tangy sensation that melts in your mouth.

Baking a Key Lime Pie is a breeze, with only a few steps needed to achieve perfection. After mixing the crust ingredients and pressing them into a pie dish, you’ll whip up the filling and pour it into the crust. A short bake in the oven is all it takes for the pie to set, and then it’s ready to chill in the refrigerator until firm. Once cooled, slice it up and serve it with a dollop of whipped cream for the ultimate indulgence.

Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or simply craving a taste of the tropics, Key Lime Pie is the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. Its bright and citrusy flavor is sure to delight your taste buds and leave you craving more. Plus, it’s a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make ahead of time, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company of your loved ones.

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Key Lime Pie Recipe

This Key Lime Pie recipe features a buttery graham cracker crust filled with a tangy and creamy key lime filling, baked to perfection and chilled for a refreshing dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Calories: 354kcal
Author: Jacob Allen
Servings: 8 Servings


  • Mixing Bowls
  • 9-inch pie dish
  • Whisk
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Oven


  • 1 1/2 Cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 Cup Granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsps Unsalted butter
  • 3 Large Egg yolks
  • 1 Can 14 ounces Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 Cup Freshly squeezed key lime juice


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until well mixed.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish.
  • Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and condensed milk until smooth.
  • Gradually add the key lime juice, whisking until well combined.
  • Pour the filling into the cooled crust.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until the center is set but still slightly jiggly.
  • Let the pie cool completely at room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


  1. For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed key lime juice instead of bottled juice.
  2. Be careful not to overbake the pie; it should still have a slight jiggle in the center when you remove it from the oven.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 196mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g

Time For My Personal Tips!

Tip 1: To easily crush graham crackers, place them in a zip-top bag and roll over them with a rolling pin.

Tip 2: For a smoother filling, strain the key lime juice before adding it to the egg mixture.

Tip 3: Allow the pie to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving to ensure the filling sets properly.


  1. Coconut Key Lime Pie: Add shredded coconut to the crust and sprinkle toasted coconut on top before serving.
  2. Meringue Topped Key Lime Pie: Top the pie with meringue before baking for an extra fluffy and elegant touch.
  3. Chocolate Key Lime Pie: Drizzle melted chocolate over the cooled pie or add chocolate shavings to the filling for a delicious twist.

How To confirm Key Lime Pie Recipe is Done?

To avoid over-baking your Key Lime Pie, bake it until the center is slightly jiggly, but firm to the touch, which usually takes around 18-20 minutes. As it cools, the pie will continue to set, so don’t worry if it’s not completely solid when you take it out of the oven.

Once baked, let the pie cool completely on a wire rack. Then, cover it and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before adding any garnishes, slicing, and serving. This chilling time helps the pie firm up even more and enhances its delicious flavor.

Decorate Your Key Lime Pie Recipe

To accentuate the refreshing citrus taste of your Key Lime Pie, opt for simple garnishes:

  1. Meringue topping made from leftover egg whites.
  2. Quartered lime slices.
  3. Whole macadamia nuts
  4. Graham cracker crumbs

With these minimal yet flavorful additions, your Key Lime Pie will shine. Trust me, after tasting numerous key lime pies, this recipe stands out as the best.

What To Serve With Key Lime Pie Recipe?

Can I Use Regular Limes Instead of key Limes?

While you can use regular limes, the flavor won’t be as intense or authentic as key limes.

Can I Make this Pie Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make this pie a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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