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Ten Best Lime Recipes
Contrary to popular belief, the Key Lime is a specific variety of the fruit and not limes that are grown in the Florida Keys. The Key Lime is much smaller than the standard or "Persian" lime that you may be used to. It's usually the size of a golf ball, maybe a little larger, with green-yellow smooth skin, while Persian limes are larger with a rough, deep green skin.
The juice of the limes can serve many purposes. Since it is a citrus fruit, its tangy taste is a great complement to the sweetness in many desserts. The acidity of the juice is also a perfect ingredient for a marinade to help tenderize tough cuts of meat. And as you will see in the ceviche recipe (below), it can also cook seafood without using any heat.
From beef to seafood to desserts, here are our top ten favorite dishes utilizing the classic taste of lime.
Best Lime Recipe: Cold Seafood
Shrimp Ceviche - if you've never had Ceviche, you have got to try this dish. Ceviche is raw seafood marinated in citrus juice. The acid in the citrus actually cooks the seafood. It is quite often served in small portions as an appetizer, or as a brunch or lunch main dish.
Best Lime Recipe: Hot Seafood
Ginger-Lime Swordfish - Fresh ginger, honey and lime make a heavenly trio for this marinade. When you start cooking the fish, pop the residual marinade into a saucepan, simmer while the fish is grilling and spoon a little over the cooked fish. This recipe also works well with Mahi Mahi.
Best Lime Recipe: Poultry
Tequila Lime Chicken - Ina Garten certainly had her priorties in order when she combined lime juice, tequila, jalapenos and garlic to make this succulent chicken dish. While it takes very little time to make, be prepared because it needs to marinate overnight.
Best Lime Recipe: Beef
Best Lime Recipe: Vegetarian
Veggie Stir-Fry with Garlic, Ginger and Lime - Hot chilis give a nice zing to this dish, while the lime gives it the perfect amount of acidity and tartness. Try this with fresh veggies from your garden for a perfect summer meal.
Best Lime Recipe: Alcoholic Beverage
Caipirinha - In Brazil, the Caipirinha is the National Cocktail and its main ingredient, Cachaca, is the biggest selling spirit. All you need is a lime, some Cachaca and superfine sugar, and you'll be tasting heaven in no time.
Best Lime Recipe: Non-Alcoholic Beverage
Cucumber-Lime Smoothie - The cucumber definitely adds a refreshing note to this cold lime smoothie. Cut back on the sugar a little to retain more of the lime's tartness.
Best Lime Recipe: Pie
Key Lime Pie - Contrary to popular belief, Key Lime Pies are not green in color. They get their flavor from the juice and rind which, on a key lime, is not green. Be sure to top this with some fresh whipped cream for a taste which will have you craving more.
Best Lime Recipe: Cake
Glazed Lime Cake - This simple recipe is akin to a pound cake. Once cooked, poke holes in the top of the cake and drizzle it with some tart lime syrup. Top it off with a sweet sugar glaze and this is one cake that will never come out dry!
Best Lime Recipe: Other Dessert
Tequila-Lime Sorbet - This is a super simple recipe with just five ingredients. This is made with fresh limes with a hint of tequila that makes the final product reminiscent of a margarita. Serve as is, or accompanied by fresh pineapple chunks, strawberries or raspberries.