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So Easy Lemon Pie Recipe

Updated on September 22, 2014

A Delicious Lemon Pie

Lemon Pie is one of the easiest homemade pies that I have ever made. It only requires a few ingredients to make this delicious pie and only a few minutes to assemble, which is why I love it.

This is a "keeper" recipe that I use over and over again. The instructions are so easy and it can be made in one bowl. Lemon Pie requires little effort and minimal clean-up time. While the pie is baking and then chilling in the refrigerator, you will be free to do other things like enjoying a cup of tea. The ingredients are quite easy to find and most are items that you will have on hand anyway.

Lemon Pie is also very easy to change with variations which give the pie new flavor and texture. This is one of the easiest all-around pies I have ever made!


Ingredients for Lemon Pie

-1 8-9 inch graham cracker crust or pre-baked pastry crust

-2 large egg yolks

-1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)

-1/3 cup lemon juice, fresh preferred

-12 oz. whipped cream or whipped topping

Easy Directions

Serves 8

Preheat oven 350F.

Combine egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk.

Mix in lemon juice until mixture is smooth .

Pour into graham crust. Bake 25-30 minutes.

Cool and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Spread whipped cream on top or serve on side.

Lemon Pie is a great

"make ahead" dessert

How To Make Lemon Pie Tutorial

Fun Variations for Lemon Pie - Each one makes an extra special pie!

  • Lemon Blueberry Pie ~ After pie has cooled top with fresh blueberries.
  • Lime Pie ~ Substitute lime juice for the lemon juice.
  • Banana Cream Pie ~ Delete lemon juice and add 1 tsp. banana extract. Top with sliced bananas before adding whipped cream.

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Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 8


  • 1 baked 9 inch pie shell
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbls. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Add water to a heavy saucepan.
  3. Combine sugar, flour and salt. Add to saucepan.
  4. Over medium heat stir constantly until mixture boils.
  5. Continue to boil and stir for about one minute.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Slightly beat egg yolks and add with lemon juice to saucepan.
  8. Return to medium heat and continue stirring until mixture begins to boil.
  9. Stir in zest and butter.
  10. Cover mixture to keep warm.
  11. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form.
  12. Add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy.
  13. Pour lemon mixture into pie shell.
  14. Top with egg white mixture covering lemon mixture completely.
  15. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned.
  16. Let cool and refrigerate for 3 hours before serving.
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      othellos 4 years ago

      Very easy lemon pie. I have a French recipe with a lot of eggs which I don't make any more because I am afraid of cholesterol... Lemon Meringue is also a pie that I like so I will keep both of them for summer desserts! Thanks a lot:=)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yum ! Thank you - Best Wishes :)

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      zigpop lm 5 years ago

      Great lens - thanks for sharing!

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Yum, I bet your neighbors love you at Christmastime! Cheers~cb

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Lemon Meringue pie is one of my fav pies! :)

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      I love lemon pie, my Mom makes the most amazing ones. The first time I ever attempted it I bought a shop packet one thinking that I coluldn't get it wrong, with th intention of developing it until I made it all from scratch.

      As I was making the lemon part I found a small pastic ball in it and as that is never good took it out and threw it away. Once cooked (and it looked lovely) only then did I realise that would be the lemon flavouring, my family were trying to be kind but couldn't eat it, at least I was only 14 at the time!

      I have made lovely ones since but am going to follow you recipe and try that!

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      The great thing about lemon pie is I am the only one in the family that likes it, so when I make one I get it all to myself. Well, maybe that isn't so great...

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      WhiteOak50 5 years ago

      I love lemon pie!!! Your page made me hungry for it now... Yummy!! Leaving you with a sweet ~Lemon Blessing~

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Lemon Meringue pie just has that great old fashioned goodness all around. yum!

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      I love lemon pie, but a good key lime pie is very special.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I used to make lemon pie with a mix out of a box until I had a homemade one. Would never go back to that again! This recipe sounds so easy and delicious.

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      So many tempting items. I love everything lemon!!

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Such a simple recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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      accfuller 6 years ago

      very nice - thank you :)

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I love lemon pie and I love this super simple recipe

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I love pastries of all types. They are my greatest weakness.

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      entertainmentev 6 years ago

      Mmm..sounds delicious!

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      Terrie_Schultz 6 years ago

      Yum, I love lemon pie!