This Homemade Key Lime Pie is Sweet & Tangy!
Where are my key lime pie fans?!
I recently made a homemade key lime pie for the first time and loved how it turned out! It’s an easy and fresh dessert that is a perfect addition to any summer occasion. Turns out key lime pie is also a very simple and fool-proof recipe to make!
The result is a rich and creamy pie with lots of citrus flavors that is so refreshing and YUM! It’s so satisfying to turn some fresh key limes into a stunning pie that your family is gonna LOVE. 💚
I am lucky enough to have a key lime tree in our backyard!
It produces more limes than I know what to do with during the summer months, so it makes me so happy to make something with the juice. Compared to traditional limes, key lime juice tastes a little more tart and aromatic with hints of floral. It took me about 25-30 tiny limes using my handheld juice squeezer to get enough lime juice for this pie.
More helpful tips when making key lime pie:
- You can either purchase key limes for this dessert or buy key lime juice in a bottle to save the step of juicing! My Hip teammate Emily went this route and loved the result all the same. For a similar citrus taste, I’ve read that you can combine equal parts lemon juice and lime juice in a pinch!
- I baked a simple graham cracker crust for my pie, but you could purchase a 9-inch store-bought one if desired to save time.
Key Lime Pie
yield: 8 SERVINGS
prep time: 20 MINUTES
cook time: 23 MINUTES
total time: 43 MINUTES
Fresh squeezed key lime juice gets turned into a sweet and tangy pie with a yummy creamy texture and whipped cream topping.
For the crust:
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 5 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the key lime filling:
- 2 (14 oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk
- 2/3 cup fresh squeezed key lime juice
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon key lime zest
For the whipped cream:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
This pie tastes like you’re on a tropical vacation!
It’s very rich, so a small slice is all you need, and the flavor is sweet yet a little tart with key lime flavor.
My family went crazy over this delicious key lime pie and I hope you all enjoy it too!
Check out what my teammate Emily had to say after making this key lime pie for her dad’s birthday 💚:
“I don’t even know where to start with describing this pie other than I think you should stop reading this quote already and go make it because it is out of this WORLD! It’s my dad’s favorite pie and I had never known how simple it can be to make! I swapped the fresh-squeezed key lime juice for a bottled version instead (still amazing) and I used TruWhip instead of making homemade whipped cream (again, still amazing).
I think next time I’ll buy a storebought crust too to make it even easier! 🙌 I wanted to try out Lina’s because the cinnamon addition sounded amazing, though I use crushed gluten-free graham crackers instead since half of my family has Celiacs. I also sped up the cooling process by chilling in the fridge for about 45 minutes and then putting it in the freezer for an hour. It was perfect!
This pie is sweet, tart, tangy, creamy, and my dad said it’s been one of his favorite key lime pies…and this is coming from someone who has key lime pie on his birthday every year 😂 This was seriously the best and easiest dessert I’ve made in a while! I highly recommend getting all the ingredients now (which there aren’t too many!) and making it this week — you will not regret it! I’ve already been asked to make this again next week LOL”
This easy frozen lemonade pie is another refreshing option to make this summer!