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This is a great recipe for a traditional key lime pie. Key limes are also known as Mexican or West Indian limes. If you can't find them in your area, substitute bottled Key lime juice. The original recipe suggests Manhattan key lime juice if you are using bottled. I've tried the Williams-Sonoma juice and it's not as tart as fresh key limes. People who don't usually like citrus desserts love this one!

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Servings: 8


Cost per serving $1.11 view details
  • For crust (I usually increase by another half and sometimes add 1/4 cup finely ground macadamia nuts)
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs from 9 (2 1/4-inch by 4 3/4-inch) crackers
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For filling
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh or bottled Key lime juice (if using bottled, preferably Manhattan brand)
  • Optional* For topping (traditional key lime pie is not served with whipped cream, but if you want to, it's great!)
  • 3/4 cup chilled heavy cream


  1. Make crust:
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl with a fork until combined well, then press mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of a 9-inch (4-cup) glass or ceramic pie plate.
  4. Bake crust in middle of oven 10 minutes and cool in pie plate on a rack. Leave oven on.
  5. Make filling and bake pie:
  6. Whisk together condensed milk and yolks in a bowl until combined well. Add juice and whisk until combined well (mixture will thicken slightly).
  7. Pour filling into crust and bake in middle of oven 15 minutes. Cool pie completely on rack (filling will set as it cools), then chill, covered, at least 8 hours.
  8. Make topping:
  9. Just before serving, beat cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Add a teaspoon of vanilla and 2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar. Serve pie topped with cream.
  10. Cooks' note:
  11. • Pie (without topping) can be chilled up to 1 day.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 158g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 519  
Calories from Fat 205 39%
Total Fat 23.15g 29%
Saturated Fat 12.21g 49%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 338mg 14%
Potassium 360mg 10%
Total Carbs 70.22g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g 4%
Sugars 48.46g 32%
Protein 9.62g 15%



  • Aspen Lee-Moulden
    July 8, 2008
    I made this last night. it is such an easy recipe. I meant to take a picture of the whole pie before I ate a piece but it didn't last that long! I'll have to take a picture of my next slice!
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    • Leslie B ~
      May 6, 2013
      Oh this sounds delish!. Who cares what crust you use!!... As long as its tasty and pleases you!!! :)
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      • Leslie B ~
        May 6, 2013
        Who cares what crust you use,. As long as it tastes good and is pleasing to your own likings then do it how you want. This sounds wonderful! I can't wait to try this recipe out. My 19 yr old specifically asked for this for her birthday.
        • sandra
          April 24, 2011
          In Key West, "traditional" Key Lime Pies have a pastry crust, not graham cracker!

          Unfortunately, recipes, bakeries and many restaurants call their graham crackered Key Lime Pies the real thing, but they are not.

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