Favorite Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key Lime Pie makes a classic, refreshing dessert recipe. Made of simple ingredients, this updated key lime pie recipe comes together quickly and chills to a light and airy consistency for an elegant dessert.

Key Lime Pie Recipe - Key Lime Pie makes a classic, refreshing dessert recipe. Made of simple ingredients, this updated key lime pie recipe comes together quickly and chills to a light and airy consistency for an elegant dessert. // addapinch.com

 

Key Lime Pie is one of my husband’s favorite pies. For years, I professed that I didn’t particularly care for key lime pie. I always thought they were a bit too dense and either too tart or not tart enough. I know, I’m picky, but I thought there had to be a fine balance and wanted an updated version of the classic.

After experimenting with various changes in the method of making a key lime pie, along with subtle changes in the ingredients, I finally achieved a lighter, fluffier, key lime pie that I think is just perfect. It’s now my go-to key lime pie recipe. 

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What did I do?

Well, I used the whole egg. While the egg yolks give the key lime pie such richness, the egg whites help to give the pie a lift. It alters the texture from a dense, thick custard to a silky, cloud-like confection. It might not be for everyone, but everyone that I’ve served it to has absolutely raved about it.

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I also added in a bit of zest from the limes. It amps up the lime flavor and makes the pie a whole lot more interesting, I think.

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Here’s my update to the classic Key Lime Pie Recipe. Give it a try sometime soon. I really think you’ll like the changes!

Key Lime Pie Recipe - Key Lime Pie makes a classic, refreshing dessert recipe. Made of simple ingredients, this updated key lime pie recipe comes together quickly and chills to a light and airy consistency for an elegant dessert. // addapinch.com
Yield: 8

Key Lime Pie Recipe

Total Time 25 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
This updated key lime pie recipe comes together quickly and chills to a perfect light and airy consistency for an elegant key lime pie you'll love.
5 from 3 votes
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Ingredients

  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 3 large eggs separated
  • 1 1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk or 1 14-ounce can, store-bought
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • lime slices optional

for the whipped cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
  2. Whisk egg yolk, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, lime zest, and lemon juice in a large bowl until well-combined.
  3. Beat egg whites with an electric mixture until they begin to foam. Gradually add in granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy and soft peaks have formed. Gently fold into egg yolk mixture and carefully spoon into the prepared graham cracker crust.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned and set throughout. Remove from the oven and chill on a wire rack. Lightly cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 8 hours.
  5. For serving, remove from springform pan, if using, and top with whipped cream and lime slices. Slice and serve.
  6. Top with the whipped cream, if using.

Notes

If key limes are not available, regular Persian limes may be used for juice and zest.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Key Lime Pie Recipe - Key Lime Pie makes a classic, refreshing dessert recipe. Made of simple ingredients, this updated key lime pie recipe comes together quickly and chills to a light and airy consistency for an elegant dessert. // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011.

35 comments on “Favorite Key Lime Pie Recipe”

  1. I’m such a sucker for a classic key lime pie!! This looks lovely!

  2. I’m with Katrina!

  3. Sure wish I had a teeny little slice right now!…looks so refreshing!

  4. The one thing I love more than chocolate layer cake is key lime pie. It’s my absolute favorite. I will definitely be making this with the egg whites.

  5. Hi Tanya,
    Yes! You can use the bottled key lime juice in place of fresh. If possible, I would recommend fresh lime zest, whenever you can. It makes a noticeable difference.

  6. There is something so refreshing about Key Lime Pie. You know I’m pinning it!

  7. This is such a gorgeous pie, Robyn! So fresh, tropical and summery. I want a big slice… and a margarita on the side!

  8. I simply can not resist key lime pie! This looks fantastic!

  9. This is gorgeous! You can’t go wrong with pie. Yum!

  10. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes! I’m trying this one next. Question: should the pie crust be pre-baked?

    • Hi Angela,
      I do not prebake the pie crust for this key lime pie. Of course, you are welcome to but I like the texture of a firmly chilled graham cracker crust that just bakes along with the pie for this pie instead of pre-baked.

    • Thanks for the tip… made the pie this past weekend and my husband loved it!

  11. I made your Key Lime pie yesterday. Just awesome…so light and creamy. You have some of the best recipes on your
    site. So I’m always trying new recipes that wind up becoming keepers. Thanks!

  12. This pie certainly looks beautiful, and I’m sure it tastes just as good.

  13. I love Key Lime Pie, and this looks glorious! Thanks!

  14. I love Key Lime Pie! What is the size of the springform pan you used? 🙂

    • Hi Robyn
      Can’t wait ti try this key lime pie recipe.
      Two questions:
      1. What size spring form pan should I use?
      2. Can I freeze its pie?
      Thanks
      Darla

  15. I’m so sorry it didn’t work for you, Katie! I know how frustrating that can be when you try a recipe and it doesn’t turn out right for you.

  16. Hi Robyn,

    I must say a HUGE thank you for this recipe. My family loved it so much they asked me to make it again. I did change it slightly in that I didn’t use the crust, I made it in a pastry case and it worked out perfectly.

    Thank you again for a slice of heaven.

    Kate

  17. I love coconut cream pie. Your’s is out of this world yummy! Thank you, Robyn.

  18. Best KLP recipe I’ve tried and my son, the world’s harshest critic of KLP, said it was his favorite. Making again today.

  19. I would like to try this recipe, but don’t have sweetened condensed milk, could I use coconut milk instead?

  20. Funny, in honor of pi day, I made a key lime pie as well. I use the recipe on Nellie & Joe’s key lime juice, but next time, I’ll try adding a white or two.

  21. I have the question others asked. Although first, what did you make the pie in, pie pan or springform?? And if springform, what size? Looks delicious; want to try it and would rather make in the springform I think…

    • Hi Charlotte,
      I used a pie plate for mine. You can use a springform pan, if you prefer. I hope that helps! xo

  22. Love Key Lime Pie!! It never lasts with my son around though, lol. Love the share 🙂

  23. Hi Robyn,

    I love your recipes! This morning I tried to whip up this key lime pie and I struggled with folding in the egg whites. I’m certain that this comes down to my lack of experience. My question for you is: Is it possible to over beat the egg whites? They seemed too stiff and when I tried to fold them into the egg yolk mixture, it broke up into a curdled-looking mixture and didn’t seem to blend in well. Before folding in the egg whites, they were firm but not light and airy, they were rather dense looking.

    Thanks for your delicious recipes! I look forward to trying this one again!

    • Hi Soulee,
      I’m so happy that you enjoy the recipes! I love hearing that!
      I’m sorry, but it does sound possible that your whites might have been over beaten – especially since you say they were firm and dense looking.
      I hope you enjoy this pie if you decide to give it another try.
      Thanks so much! xo

  24. We loved this pie! The revisions you made are terrific. This will now be my go-to key lime pie recipe. Thank you.

  25. Loved it

    Rating: 5

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