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Easy Key Lime Pie

by Laura

Today I am going to share with you my version of key lime pie.  If you have never made key lime pie before it is quite simple, especially with my version.  There are 4 key elements to making this pie graham cracker crust, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and lime juice.  Those can be found in most recipes for the key lime pie. There really is no excuse with this recipe.  ANYONE can make this key lime pie recipe.  I really feel it is foolproof.
Now the additional ingredients are what can change it up.  I like to ad lime zest and top my pie with real whipped cream.  I am a big fan of real whipped cream and love it on almost all pies.  Some people top it with meringue or a sour cream topping or nothing at all.  I love the addition of the sweet whipped cream to the tart and tangy lime pie.  Now for picture purposes, I only use a little whipped cream so you could see the beautiful lime portion of the pie.  However, when I eat it, the whole slice is covered with cream.  YUM!  This pie is also best if you can give it 12 hours to chill, so it is great when you want to make a dessert ahead of time.


Easy Key Lime Pie

  • 1 – 9 inch prepared graham cracker shell
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • Zest from 1 lime (I just use regular a lime)
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice (I use Nellie and Joe’s bottled juice but you can juice your own limes or key limes or use regular bottled lime juice)
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream
  • 2 heaping tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks. Whisk until well combined.  Whisk in lime juice.
  2. Allow filling to sit while you zest the lime.  Add lime zest and whisk just until combined.
  3. Pour the lime filling into the pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 1 hour.
  4. The filling will become set as it cools.  When cool, place the pie in the refrigerator.  Chill for at least one hour before serving, but it is best if you can chill it for 12 hours.
  5. Combine whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla  in a medium sized mixing bowl and beat until soft peaks form.  Pipe or spread whipping cream over pie and serve.  Makes 8 servings.

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32 comments

Linda Block November 8, 2013 - 10:51 pm

are the raw egg yolks a problem for anyone but me?

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Jason Paul April 2, 2014 - 7:53 pm

The egg yolks are part of the pie filling which gets baked in the oven for 17 minutes at 350.
Supposing the eggs were raw though, no it wouldn’t bother me. I’ve been eating cookie dough with raw eggs in it for years.

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Linda Block November 8, 2013 - 10:51 pm

are the raw egg yolks a problem for anyone but me?

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Jason Paul April 2, 2014 - 7:53 pm

The egg yolks are part of the pie filling which gets baked in the oven for 17 minutes at 350.
Supposing the eggs were raw though, no it wouldn’t bother me. I’ve been eating cookie dough with raw eggs in it for years.

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Ruth December 21, 2012 - 11:59 am

does this pie freeze ok? I need to send it to relatives 7 hours away

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Ruth December 21, 2012 - 11:59 am

does this pie freeze ok? I need to send it to relatives 7 hours away

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Joni May 20, 2010 - 11:56 am

I knew when I saw the picture it was the recipe for Key Lime Pie I make from Cook’s Illustrated. The basic ingredients and measurements for the filling are the same. It really and truly is an amazing pie. I have had so many people who claim they don’t like key lime pie love this pie. It’s not anything like the ones you get in the freezer section at your grocery store that have that fake green food dye and bottled lime juice flavor, and unpalatable corn starch-like jelly consistency. I would highly recommend using key limes (aka Mexican limes, Persian limes) rather than the bottled juice — I am fortunate to have a key lime tree and that fresh flavor is off the charts. You only need a 1/2 cup, so it’s worth the extra effort.

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Joni May 20, 2010 - 11:56 am

I knew when I saw the picture it was the recipe for Key Lime Pie I make from Cook’s Illustrated. The basic ingredients and measurements for the filling are the same. It really and truly is an amazing pie. I have had so many people who claim they don’t like key lime pie love this pie. It’s not anything like the ones you get in the freezer section at your grocery store that have that fake green food dye and bottled lime juice flavor, and unpalatable corn starch-like jelly consistency. I would highly recommend using key limes (aka Mexican limes, Persian limes) rather than the bottled juice — I am fortunate to have a key lime tree and that fresh flavor is off the charts. You only need a 1/2 cup, so it’s worth the extra effort.

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Cherine May 20, 2010 - 10:14 am

Your key lime pie looks perfect!

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Cherine May 20, 2010 - 10:14 am

Your key lime pie looks perfect!

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Shandra Madsen May 19, 2010 - 9:34 pm

Oh..Key Lime Pie is my absolutely favorite dessert!! I also have a recipe on my blog that has an extra sour layer/custard that gives it even more sour power for those who like their pie nice and puckery!
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Shandra Madsen May 19, 2010 - 9:34 pm

Oh..Key Lime Pie is my absolutely favorite dessert!! I also have a recipe on my blog that has an extra sour layer/custard that gives it even more sour power for those who like their pie nice and puckery!
Also, just thought I would let you and your readers know we are giving away a FREE Bosch Mixer (over $300) on our blog this month! Visit our blog for more details http://www.dealstomeals.blogspot.com to see how easy it is to win!
Good luck

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valen May 19, 2010 - 8:54 pm

Mmmmmmmmmm this key lime pie looks so good. I really need to make some!

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valen May 19, 2010 - 8:54 pm

Mmmmmmmmmm this key lime pie looks so good. I really need to make some!

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Christy Denney May 19, 2010 - 7:48 pm

We are always on a search for a good key lime pie. The pictures are beautiful!

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Christy Denney May 19, 2010 - 7:48 pm

We are always on a search for a good key lime pie. The pictures are beautiful!

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Julie May 19, 2010 - 2:20 pm

I love the simplicity…key lime pie is just awesome 🙂
Where do you find your Nellie and Joe’s? I know I’ve seen it, but when I go to look for it I can’t find it!

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Julie May 19, 2010 - 2:20 pm

I love the simplicity…key lime pie is just awesome 🙂
Where do you find your Nellie and Joe’s? I know I’ve seen it, but when I go to look for it I can’t find it!

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Veronica Miller May 19, 2010 - 12:18 pm

I love this recipe! The one I used is very similar & it called for whisking the lime zest with the egg yolks for a while before adding the other ingredients so that the color kind of soaked in and turned the filling a little green. I messed up and added the zest later so the filling never turned green and I added green food coloring. And turned it radioactive! It was the scariest looking color on a key lime pie you’ve ever seen–LOL–but it tasted wonderful. Love your idea of whipped cream on top–I will do that next time. Kind of shocked I didn’t do it last time!

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Veronica Miller May 19, 2010 - 12:18 pm

I love this recipe! The one I used is very similar & it called for whisking the lime zest with the egg yolks for a while before adding the other ingredients so that the color kind of soaked in and turned the filling a little green. I messed up and added the zest later so the filling never turned green and I added green food coloring. And turned it radioactive! It was the scariest looking color on a key lime pie you’ve ever seen–LOL–but it tasted wonderful. Love your idea of whipped cream on top–I will do that next time. Kind of shocked I didn’t do it last time!

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