Key Lime Pie

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recipe by Good Housekeeping

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    3hrs 35mins
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based on 2 ratings

The original Key lime pie, which dates back to the 1850s, is filled with a tart citrus custard made with a then-new miracle ingredient: sweetened condensed milk.

recipe updated Oct 20, 2018


  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
  • Cookie crumbs icon
    Cookie crumbs
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
  • Condensed milk icon
    Condensed milk
  • Key lime icon
    Key lime
  • Egg yolk icon
    Egg yolk
  • Egg white icon
    Egg white
  • Heavy cream icon
    Heavy cream


  • kCook icon Stand mixer
  • kCook icon Spatula
  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Microwave
  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Cooling rack
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Small glass bowl
  • kCook icon Pie dish - 9"
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat
  2. Grease a pie dish
  3. Get a clean small glass bowl
  4. Add unsalted butter
  5. Melt in microwave on low heat then set aside
  6. Get a clean medium bowl
  7. Add fine cookie crumbs
  8. Add granulated sugar
  9. Transfer butter to crumbs
  10. Mix until combined
  11. Press crumbs into pie dish evenly
  12. Bake for 10min until golden brown
  13. Get a clean medium bowl
  14. Add condensed milk
  15. Add juice of, zest of key lime
  16. Add egg yolk
  17. Whisk together until thick then set aside
  18. Get a clean large mixing bowl
  19. Add egg white
  20. Beat until stiff peaks form
  21. Fold egg whites into filling gently
  22. Transfer filling to pie dish
  23. Bake for 20min until set
  24. Transfer onto cooling rack
  25. Chill in fridge for approx 3h
  26. Get a clean large mixing bowl
  27. Add heavy cream
  28. Whisk on medium speed until thick
  29. Spread cream with pie dish
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