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Key Lime Pie Recipe

Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe

Some people like sweet, some like tart.  This recipe gives you a little of both.  Best of all you can make it and bake it within 30 minutes with a few time saving tricks.  Special thanks to my friend Lisa C. for this recipe.  She brought to our house for a dinner party and I had a hard time leaving it alone!

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

Pie Filling Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • grated zest of 2 limes (1.5 teaspoons)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condenced milk
  • 2/3 cup lime juice (you can squeeze your own or I often use a bottled key lime juice such as Nellie & Joes)


Preheat the oven to 350'F.  Place 1/3 cup of unsalted butter in a medium microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 45 seconds to melt the butter.  Add the crust ingredients and stir with a spoon until all the graham cracker crumbs have been moistened with the butter.  Butter or grease a 9" pie plate and then pour the crumb mixture in the pie plate.  Use your fingers to evenly press the mixture onto the sides and bottom of the pie plate.  Bake the crust for 8 minutes at 350'F. 

Tip:  After you have finished pressing the crumbs into the pie plate, take a table knife and cut a clean line around the top of the crust.  This will help you even out any uneven edges and will make your crust more attractive.  Press any of these loose crumbs into the crust. 

While the crust is baking. Place the egg yolks in a medium bowl or bowl of a stand mixer and use a beater to beat the yolks.  Add the rest of the filling ingredients. 

When the crust is done baking, remove it from the oven and pour the filling mixture into the crust.  Return the pie to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350'F or until set.

Make This Key Lime Pie Even Faster
With These Time Saving Tips!

key lime pie ingredients
  • You can make your own graham cracker crumbs by placing graham crackers in a zip style bag, sealing it and using a rolling pin to crush the crackers. OR to save time, buy a box of crumbs as pictured above!
  • Real key limes are very small.  You might have to juice 20 key limes to get 2/3 cup of juice.  Another option is to buy bottled key lime juice.  While it isn't quite as authentic as the real thing, my family has no complaints when I use the bottled variety for this recipe and it's a huge time saver.
  • When zesting limes, I recommend wiping them with a cloth or paper towel before zesting them.  If you wash them and they are still damp, they will be harder to zest.  Using a zester such as the one pictured above is an easy way to grate the lime rind.
Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe

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