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Three of the Best Key Lime Pie Recipes

Updated on November 2, 2016

The Florida State Pie

I love tropical food that is made with key limes. Here are three of the most simple and delicious recipes for the best dessert pie.

For information about the only place in the United States that is warm enough to grow this delicious fruit, Key West, go to Florida Beach Vacations.

This photo is four of my fresh key limes that I cut in half to make a pie.

Key Lime Juice Replacement

Lemon Lime

If you're in a hurry to make a pie, and you don't have any key lime juice and you can't find any, you can use half regular Persian lime juice and half lemon juice to substitute. Real true key lime pie is a yellowish light green color. The food coloring makes it darker green. I have included recipes for real and fake.

Fresh Key Limes

Melissa's Fresh Key Limes, (5 lb)
Melissa's Fresh Key Limes, (5 lb)

If you can't find the limes in a store, you can order them here.


Key Lime Pie Video - To Listen to While You Read

One: Ingredients

5 egg yolks, beaten

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup key lime juice

1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust

One: Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Combine the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice. Mix well. Pour into unbaked graham cracker shell.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Top with whipped topping and garnish with lime slices if desired.

Two: Ingredients

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

4 tablespoons lemon juice

3 drops green food coloring

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked

Two: Directions

Combine milk, lime juice, lemon juice, and food coloring. This mixture will thicken.

Whip the cream until stiff. Fold into lime mixture. Pour into pie shell. Chill

Three: Ingredients

1 (10 inch) prepared graham cracker pie crust

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup key lime juice

1 (16 ounce) package frozen whipped topping, thawed

Three: Directions

In a large bowl, mix together condensed milk and lime juice. Fold in whipped topping and mix until smooth. Pour mixture into graham cracker crust. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

How to Make a Key Lime Pie

Basket of Lemons and Limes

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      BenjaminFrancs 4 years ago

      I am culinary challenged, but I'm going to try making this.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yum! I'd love a slice right now.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      I had some key lime pie while my husband and I were vacationing in is delicious.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      This is my husband's favorite pie--and I'm going to 'attempt' to make it for his birthday, which is the 18th. Thanks for the tips and recipe!

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      I haven't tried making this yet but it sounds really delicious.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I love it but I've never made it.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Sounds so good. By the way, really enjoy the music on the video while visiting.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Yum! I love key lime pie!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I can live with these recipes. The question is: can I live without them! YUM! Thanks!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! I am going to try recipe two.

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Key Lime Pie from Key West is one of my favorites. i base how good the pie is one the "Pucker Power". The more the "Pucker" the better the pie! Very nice lens and recipes. Thank You for sharing.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      I love key lime pie!

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      Mmmmm!! I love key lime pie but have never made it. Recipe one sounds so simple that I might have to try it!! Thanks for sharing :)

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      kevkev227 lm 5 years ago

      I love key lime absolute favorite, especially in the summer :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's one of my favorites!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I love key lime pie, especially for dessert after a seafood meal.

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      This makes me wish for a Key lime pie!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Key Lime pie is so refreshing on a hot day.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Looks fantasic and featured on Cooking Utensils, Ideas, Recipes and Accessories. Hugs

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Like Pumpkin Pie, Key Lime Pie is something I had never had before coming to the US. It really is a wonderful dessert, however I have never tried to make it. I would like to try both this pie and pumpkin pie this Christmas, so will refer back to this lens. Blessed!

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Green food coloring added is a sacrilege! Real key lime pie is pale yellow. Don't be deceived. Just a friendly heads-up a Key Wester.

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      Key Lime Pie is a favorite of mine. And I love limes - so much so that I made a page about them! Thanks for the recipes!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Looks yummy. Thanks for the instructions!

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Ahh, Key Lime pie is my favorite - EVER.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Been thinking about a key lime pie flavored cookie.

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      lzzts89 6 years ago

      yum looks good.. never tried a lime pie before..

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My favorite pie! Looks fantastic. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 4/22/2011. Have a great day!

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      My mother-in-law has a fantastic Key Lime Pie Recipe. Yours look great.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i love a good key lime pie. i think i might try making my own.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @miaponzo: Yes, Miaponzo, you can. Have you ever read the Keylime Pie Murder? In it, there's a recipe for Keylime Pie, and one of the notes says that you can you limes, if you can't find keylimes.

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      miaponzo 7 years ago

      I wonder if using regular limes would work? I'm in Kuwait and it is impossible to get key limes here!

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      JoshK47 7 years ago

      Love key lime pie - great lens!

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      jackieb99 7 years ago

      Mmm...key lime pie!

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      greenkat lm 7 years ago

      Loved it! Thanks!

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      LauraMarie LM 7 years ago

      Ive never tasted key lime pie. Sounds as if I am really missing out

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for introducing me to Key Lime Pie! Must compliment you on a well-laid out lens. To sum it all up in one word.. Yummy!

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      Sharon Berry 7 years ago from Michigan

      The first time we visited Florida I ordered Key Lime Pie after every dinner. Guess what? They were all delicious. I can't wait to try these recipes. Thanks for the lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh Me! My mouth is watering reading this lens and thinking about delicious Key Lime Pie

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I actually had not heard of key lime pie until I visited Florida. The pies are absolutely delcious though!

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      ShamanicShift 7 years ago

      Great -- Key LIme pie is my best friend's favorite -- so now I can whip up a birthday pie next -- SquidAngel blessed.

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      kimark421 7 years ago

      The only thing that beats Key Lime on my favorite pies list is Chocolate Cream.I will have to give one of these a try. Okay, I will just try all three.

      Thanks for the great lens.

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      GoToGirl LM 7 years ago

      Yum! My favorite dessert - I will have to try these out!

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      xenoc 7 years ago

      i like any cake with the lime, lemon, orange...delicious! yummy! thank for the recipe..

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      These recipes sound pretty simple and very delicious. I have to buy Key Lime pie from Marks and Spencer, as these limes aren't available in my part of the world.

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      Oooh, yum. My mouth was watering!

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      Never knew what to with Limes before! Tanks

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      ideadesigns 7 years ago

      Love it!

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      Key lime pie is one of my wife's favorites. Squid angel blessed.

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      monarch13 7 years ago

      my grandma used to make the best key lime pie!

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      MagpieNest 7 years ago

      Mmm. I love Key Lime Pie. Never tried making it though.

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      KDimmick 7 years ago

      Yummy! Blessed by an angel :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love lime too. Aren't lime juice and lemon juice same ?

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I love lime

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I grew up in Pensacola and...eating Key Lime Pie. It made my mouth water just reading your lens. Thanks for posting.

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      Tom 7 years ago from Florida

      This is one of my favorite desert. Thanks for a good lens

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      Tom 7 years ago from Florida

      This is one of my favorite desert. Thanks for a good lens

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      Paul 7 years ago from Montreal

      I could really go for a slice right now, looks delicious!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've never tried or cooked key lime pie, but after reading your len I think I'm going to have to give it a go. It really does sound delicious.

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      CofCJenny LM 7 years ago

      This might sound strange but ever since Kenny Chesney came out with the song 'key lime pie' I've wanted to try it. Guess it really does work when someone name drops something lol

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We will be trying one this week, thanks for recipes!!

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      Twmarsh 7 years ago

      When I first tried key lime pie I actually didn't think it would be that great. I was way wrong, as key limes make a great pie! Well done!

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      In a word, YUMMY! Thanks for sharing the recipes which I plan on trying very soon.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      In a word, YUMMY! Thanks for sharing the recipes which I plan on trying very soon.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      What a delightfulicious lens. Angel blessed!

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      insolvelipe 7 years ago

      I love Key Lime Pie, one of my favorite pies, great recipes, will try a couple of them throughout this holiday season.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love Key Lime Pie. You recipes look divine, I can almost smell the pies aroma. What a yummy lens to visit. Save me a bit!

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      I love this, and thanks for the recipes, I really must give it a go.

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      walclan 8 years ago

      Living in Australia, I've never tried Key Lime Pie, I saw it on Dexter so thought I'd look for a recipe that was made with condensed milk. I'm sure it's delicious so I'll make it for sure!

      nice lens, 5 stars!

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      Ruth Coffee 8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I love lemon pies, maybe I should give key lime a try. I think I had it once as a kid but I really don't recall.

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

      Your beautiful page is blessed tonight by a SquidAngel.

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      Tarra99 9 years ago

      Squidoo is not the place to hang out if you want to diet...agh! ;o)

      My mouth started to pucker as soon as I read the title! I've only had

      key lime pie a few time but I can still taste it! YUM...delicious lens!

      Thanks for popping into my top infant toys lens...I appreciate it!

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Now I know why Hawaiian Potato Salad sounds good to you! Look at all these yummy recipes! Great work; blessed by a SquidAngel.


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      Jfay 9 years ago

      Yummy stuff! Enjoyed visiting your lens! 5*! (Learned that one too!)

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      marsha32 9 years ago

      yum...I want some!

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      Jack 9 years ago

      Thank you to everybody for your comments. Wbisbill, I have lensrolled your cornmeal pie to this lens.

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      Deb Kingsbury 9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      This is my absolute favorite kind of pie. But since I'm following a diet plan at the moment, pie doesn't really fit in. But key lime YOGURT does. Still, I can dream by looking at your lens. (Lickin' my lips as my tummy rumbles.)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love key lime pie! It makes me think of trips to Florida.

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      Barbara Isbill 9 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great Lens - looks delicious! 5 stars from a new fan!

      I feature your lens on mine!

      Mama Ruby Old Fashioned Cornmeal Pie / Cornmeal Cake Recipes

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Yummy! I'm going to have to make a Key Lime Pie soon. Sounds soooo good! 5*s, favorite and lensrolled.

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      andreaberrios lm 9 years ago

      I love Key Lime Pie, it's my favorite pie! Great lens.5*