The Perfect Key Lime Pie

This truly is the PERFECT Key Lime Pie.   It has just the right amount of lime goodness and the texture is smooth and creamy!Key Lime PIe

With the few inklings of Spring we have been having (that means we have actually seen the sun here in the NW), tulips in the grocery store and everything green on Pinterest I have been totally craving key lime. Maybe the fact that a Caribbean vacation sounds really good right about now too has added to the key lime craving.

In order to curb that craving I made a key lime pie this weekend.  I have to say it is pretty amazing.  And it may just be the Perfect Key Lime Pie or at least until I really can get myself to the Florida Keys and taste the real thing!!

Today I’ve got a step by step tutorial for you – it’s pretty and easy and so worth the effort!
A key lime pie starts with a graham cracker crust.  Now you can buy a premade one at the store but one made from scratch is SO MUCH better!  You don’t even have to crush your graham crackers you can find graham cracker crumbs in the baking aisle.  Just combine that with some butter and sugar and you’ve got a homemade graham cracker crumb.  The perfect base for a key lime pie.  You do not need to bake the crust before you fill it.

Now a key lime pie is called key lime pie for a reason – it uses key limes.  Key limes can be found in your grocery store, sometimes.  They are tiny little things and it takes about 30 of them to make enough juice for a pie.  I have always used key lime juice from Nellie & Joe’s and it works great.  It can easily be found in the juice aisle at the store.  The juice is combined with some sweetened condensed milk and sour cream. Yep -that’s it.

key lime pie tutorial

Pour that into your graham cracker crust and it only bakes for about 10 minutes!

You want little bubbles to form just underneath the surface of the pie .  Look to the left side of the pie and  you can just see them.

Key Lime PIe

I then turn off the oven and let it sit in the warm oven for another 30 minutes or so.  You don’t want the pie to start to turn brown.  Then it goes into the refrigerator over night.

Key Lime PIe

I know – torture!  Having to wait until the next day to enjoy a piece.  But I promise, it’s worth the wait.

Key Lime PIe

I like to top the key lime pie with a little whip cream that I sweetened with some powdered sugar and vanilla.  I put it in a decorating bag and with my biggest star tip I pipe a pretty little border around the pie.

Key Lime PIe

Sprinkle a little lime zest onto the whipped cream and you’ve got perfection.  Now all you have to do – is take a bite!
Key Lime PIe

Now just close your eyes and you can almost imagine yourself in the Florida Keys!

Key Lime PIe

For other yummy key lime flavored recipes try:

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream – Key Lime Cake Key Lime Bundt Cake

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The Perfect Key Lime Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1¼ C graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 14 oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ C sour cream
  • ¾ C key lime juice
  • grated lime zest for garnish
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  1. Combine crumbs, sugar and butter. Mix until blended
  2. Press crumbs into bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan
  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk, sour cream and key lime juice. Stir until smooth
  2. Pour into pie pan
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in 350 degree oven, until tiny bubbles form on the surface.
  4. Turn off oven and let pie sit in oven for 30 minutes - do not allow to brown.
  5. Chill before serving
  6. Garnish with shipped cream and lime zest

No fooling!  This truly is the PERFECT Key Lime Pie.  I dare you to try it and prove me wrong!!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Mary Lynn says

    Wish I had a piece of pie right now. Need a taste of Spring here. Winter will not leave. Since we never did officially celebrate Greg’s birthday, this would be perfect for him.

  2. Ellen says

    Interesting!!!! Thanks for sharing this!!!!! I’ve always made it with egg yolks as it says on Nellie and Joe’s bottle but this sounds great for those skirmish about raw eggs. This is my favorite dessert, only when made with the real juice. If it’s green, you know it’s not the real deal…..gotta be yellowish to know you’re getting real key limes. Yummmm!!!!! More snow is coming down right now….anywhere warm and a piece of this pie sounds perfect. Can’t wait to eat some!!!

  3. Jennifer says

    I’m excited to try this… it’s sitting in my oven right now. If it tastes half as good as the batter, it’s going to be a real treat! Thank you for sharing this easy recipe!

  4. says

    Key lime pie is one of my absolute favorites! I haven’t made it in a while so I don’t know how my recipe compares to yours but I will say the quality of the key limes makes all the difference. I have had a few turn out too bitter or sour if the limes were not right. Also, it is a pain to juice all those key limes. I haven’t tried the nellie and joe’s juice. That would save my hands! Thank you for sharing.

  5. lisa says

    Finally got to try it today (after keeping it in the fridge all night). WOW it was PERFECT! I even made an extra one to give to my neighbor. Thanks for the recipe!!

  6. Barbra says

    Just pulled our pie out of the oven; not sure we will be able to wait for it to chill overnight to enjoy! I substituted plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream. We’re looking forward to it and it was so simple to make!

  7. Ruth says

    I made this pie for a party I attended yesterday and it was a hit! I’ve tried many key lime recipes, and have been let down having lived in Florida. This was so easy to make……I encourage you to try it, you won’t be sorry!



  9. Judy Rhoades says

    I’ve always used the recipe on the bottle of nellies, and it doesn’t call for sour cream, sounds like a good addition, plus it makes it of more substantial depth.

  10. Kathy says

    Made this today – amazing!

    My husband – who isn’t typically a big key lime pie fan – told me this was better than restaurant pie (while polishing off his second piece).

    Thank you for posting!!

  11. Yvonne says

    This recipe is wonderful and so easy to make! I made it for a friend’s birthday in May, and have been requested to bring two to his 4th of July bbq. I think the addition of the sour cream is what really makes it special and tempers the sweetness of the condensed milk. Thanks for sharing!

  12. theredmix says

    I have been making this exact recipe from allrecipes for years. It really is the best! We like our pie frozen for a perfect summer treat so good!

  13. Ashley says

    Such a great recipe! It was a total hit at my house. Any suggestions for making it as a mini version in a muffin tin?

  14. Sarah says

    Hello! I made this pie two weeks ago for my father-in-laws b-day. Everyone loved it! My mother-in-law asked for me to make if for a party next weekend, but wants to serve it in small squares. Could I just double the recipe and it would fit in a 9 x 13 pan and hold as squares? Thank you!

    • says

      Les, There are limes called key lime so key lime juice is from them. You can purchase the key lime juice at the grocery store or buy key limes and juice your own.

  15. Sharyl says

    First Key Lime pie I ever made and it was simple and amazing. Everyone loved it! Thank you for sharing the recipe! This is a keeper!

  16. Melissa says

    How far in advance can I make this? I was considering making it Wednesday for a dinner on Saturday, will it keep okay?


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