When we go out for dinner, if the restaurant lists a key lime pie with a graham cracker crust on its dessert menu, I’m a goner. I simply cannot resist that tangy, creamy, delicate creation. Usually Andrew and I split a dessert when we go out, if we get one at all, but unfortunately, he doesn’t much like key lime pie. But he feels so bad for me when I see it on the menu and know that he won’t want to order it, that he usually offers to share it with me anyways. Fortunately, my daughter Celia has developed a taste for key lime pie, too, so I have someone to share it with when we go out as a family.

Key lime pies originated in the Florida Keys more than 100 years ago, and were made with small yellow key limes native to that area, that are hard to come by elsewhere. But fortunately, key lime pies can be made very successfully with regular limes.

A few years ago, my friend Jackie Cohen told me that key lime pies are a cinch to make, and she shared her amazingly simple, unbelievably delicious recipe with me. This recipe calls for a pre-made crust, but if you want to make your own graham cracker crust it’s quite easy to do, with only three ingredients. Here’s a classic recipe from Nabisco, the company that makes the Honey Maid Grahams that most of us are familiar with.

This recipe is so easy that your kids can certainly make it with you or even on their own if they have some cooking experience. Make sure they rub the lime zest between their fingers and smell the flavorful oil before adding it to the pie.

If Key Lime Pie isn’t your thing, but you love a graham cracker crust, you might prefer this cheesecake recipe with chocolate drizzle from Mango & Tomato.

If you prefer something more lemony than lime-y, try the Lemon Ice Cream Pie from The Chubette.

What decadent dessert can you not resist  making or ordering?

Recipe: Amazingly Easy Key Lime Pie

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 20 min(s)
  • Total Time: 30 min(s)
  • Servings: 8

A super simple recipe for key lime pie.

Ingredients

    • 1 regular size graham cracker crust
    • 1 can (14 oz.) nonfat sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 egg
    • zest of 1 lime
    • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
    • fresh or store-bought whipped cream

Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, egg, lime juice, and the lime zest (reserve about 1/4 tsp. lime zest to garnish the cooked pie, if desired) until they are completely blended.
    • Pour the mixture into the crust. Bake it for 20 minutes. The filling may not be completely hardened yet, but a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean. Allow the pie to cool, cover and refrigerate it for up to 2 days. Serve it sprinkled with the reserved lime zest (optional) and with whipped cream dotted around the edges.

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    Aviva, this looks incredible! I really want to make a homemade pie but I had no idea where to start. This is such an easy recipe, I really want to try it out. :)

  • Gloria

    I am going to make this. It is one of the few sweets, desserts I like. I will report back about how easy it was. It sounds simple. Thanks!

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  • JennieLynnmc

    Kutchie and Anita Pelaez’s—–Key Lime Pie Factory and Grill has been responsible for earning the title of The World’s Most Favorite Key Lime Pies for over the past 30-years. Nestled in a valley near the Biltmore Estate on US-25 in Asheville, NC. Kutchie and Anita are a very hard working married team and have been producing their famous KLP’S together hand in hand since the early 1970’s.

    Also their original Cheese Burgers in Paradise made Famous by Kutchie and Anita Pelaez along with Jimmy Buffett. Be sure and grab yourselves some of their famous sirloin steak sandwiches.
    We travel to visit Kutchie and Anita’s Place at least twice a year if not more. The Best of the Best always. We are certainly hooked to say the least. See you there.

    Jinniefer