recipe: key lime pie

May 15th, 2019


Most of the time, I go to the grocery store without a set list in my head — which is sometimes great and sometimes a total disaster.

Great: When I spot fresh key limes and decide to make key lime pie!

Disaster: When I get home and realize I have no idea what the other ingredients are in key lime pie, and have to make a second trip to the grocery store for the rest of them.


But, once I finally got my hands on some sweetened condensed milk (really, I should have had than in our pantry to begin with) and after juicing about 100 ping-pong-ball-sized key limes, this pie was absolutely delicious.  Perfect for a summer dinner party in the backyard, or just a really yummy afternoon snack.  You could totally make this without fresh key limes (they’re not easy to find) and save yourself most of the work!


Key Lime Pie

4 egg yolks, beaten
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice
1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted


Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until well blended.  Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate (I used an 8-inch springform pan for mine).  Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Mix together the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice and pour into the cooled shell.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.  Refrigerate to cool, and top with powdered sugar and fresh key lime slices. 


Tags: desserts · food

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marissa // Apr 9, 2013 at 7:33 am

    This looks amazing and decadent. Any tips on how to make slightly healthier?

  • 2 lili // Apr 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Nom nom nom!

  • 3 katy // Apr 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Marissa — You could probably use whole wheat graham crackers, or maybe buy a lower-fat store-bought graham cracker crust?  There are only a few ingredients, so it’s not the easiest to lighten up!

  • 4 m // Apr 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Mucho impressed, Katy — juicing those little suckers it takes forever! (But soooo worth it) 🙂

  • 5 Joanne // Apr 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a key lime pie! Love the sweet tart flavors.

  • 6 Caffy Bundy // Apr 9, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Looks delicious!

    I’m in the UK and it’s not such a popular dessert… but now i’ve tried it… AMAZING!

    Will give yours a go!


  • 7 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic // Apr 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Yum I love key lime pie! I’ll be on the hunt for key limes this weekend!

  • 8 I Showed Up In Boots // Apr 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I saw this on your Instagram and it looked amazing! The juicing part is not so fun, but key lime pies are relatively easy to make! Thanks for sharing

  • 9 Sarah // Apr 10, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Wow – this is literally making my mouth water! I LOVE key lime pie, and this one sounds sooo fresh.

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