Traditional Key Lime Pie Recipe


When you're craving a classic key lime pie recipe (and when aren't you?!), make this your go-to recipe. The slightly sweet graham cracker crust, tangy key-lime filling, and silky whipped cream topping deliver on all the flavors you're looking for.

Traditional Key Lime Pie Recipe
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
8 slices


  • 1 recipe Graham Cracker Crust

  • 36 Key limes or 4 medium Persian limes

  • 3 egg yolks. lightly beaten

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream

  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Prepare Graham Cracker Crust. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Remove 1/2 tsp. zest and squeeze 1/2 cup juice from limes.

  2. For filling, in a medium bowl combine egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and lime zest. Whisk in lime juice until combined (mixture will thicken). Whisk in 1/2 cup of the cream and, if desired, the food coloring. Transfer filling to crust.

  3. Bake 35 minutes or until filling reaches 160°F. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours.

  4. Before serving, in a chilled bowl beat remaining 1 cup cream, the sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on medium to high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Spoon or pipe onto pie. If desired, top with additional lime.

Graham Cracker Crust

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl combine 1/3 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar. Add 1 1/4 cups crushed graham crackers (about 10 full sheets); toss to mix well. Spread in prepared pie plate; pres onto bottom and sides.

Bake 5 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

505 Calories
32g Fat
50g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 505
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 6.3mg 32%
Calcium 194mg 15%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 279mg 6%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 31.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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