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The Best Key Lime Pie Recipe - VIDEO!

This key lime pie recipe is not only ridiculously simple to make, it's also the MOST AMAZING key lime pie in the world! Tart & not too sweet, rich & creamy, with a salted graham cracker crust---this is absolutely the best key lime pie I’ve ever tasted. Darn good!!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: authentic key lime pie, graham cracher pie crust, how to make key lime pie, key lime pie, perfect key lime pie, real key lime pie, the best key lime pie
Servings: 10
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Honest and Tasty


Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 7 tablespoons Butter melted
  • 11 Full Graham Crackers to make just about 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

Pie Filling:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Zest from key limes reserve a pinch of this zest as an optional sprinkling on top of the pie
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 14 oz Sweetened and Condensed Milk 1 can
  • 3/4 cup Key Lime Juice from approximately 1 pound of key limes

For Whipped Cream:

  • 8 oz Heavy Cream 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar


Preheat oven to 350ºF (176ºC).

    For Graham Cracker Crust:

    • Make graham cracker crumbs in food processor or place graham crackers in plastic bag and crush until they turn into crumbs.
    • Put butter in a med-large mixing bowl and mix in graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt until combined.
    • Put mixture into a 9-inch pie dish and pat it down with your fingers to make the crust. Bring the crust up the edges as well.
    • Bake for 10 minutes or until very lightly browned.
    • Allow to cool while preparing pie filling.

    For Pie Filling:

    • Whip most of the zest (reserving a pinch for sprinkling the top of the pie to garnish) and egg yolks in a large mixing bowl for 2 minutes or until thickened.
    • Add sweetened and condensed milk and mix for 3 minutes or until thickened.
    • Add lime juice and mix until combined.
    • Pour mixture into pie crust.
    • Place in oven for 15 minutes. Pie will rise slightly but the filling won't change color.
    • Allow to cool for 1/2 hour at room temperature before cooling completely in the fridge for at least 2 hours. You can also place it in the freezer instead of the fridge to cool it quicker. Just remember to remove it before it turns into ice cream!

    For Whipped Cream:

    • Use an electric mixer to whip together cream and sugar for a few minutes until stiff peaks form. Top the pie with whipped cream and optional zest before serving.
    • Enjoy!!

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      Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 682IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg