Cuban Key Lime Pie

Cuban Key Lime Pie Recipe

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Carolyn Haas


I first encountered Key Lime Pie in Florida on a trip with my parents many years ago. I loved it! It's still my go-to dessert, especially when in Florida. Key limes are small citrus fruit that are grown in Florida, Cuba and other Caribbean islands, and Mexico. They are more tart and less green that "regular" Persian limes. Make sure you use authentic Key Limes for this - bottled Key Lime juice can be found in many stores in the US. To be authentically Cuban, you will need to use Galettas Maria - a cookie popular in Latin American areas and available in many large grocery stores.


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15 Min
10 Min



  • 30
    galletas maria or graham crackers (about 2 cups), finely crushed
  • 6 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, melted

  • 14 oz
    can condensed milk
  • 4
    egg yolks
  • 1/2 c
    fresh key lime juice (or bottled key lime juice)
  • 1 Tbsp
    lime zest (optional)

  • ·
    freshly whipped cream
  • ·
    meringue- your favorite recipe

How to Make Cuban Key Lime Pie


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-10″ pie pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and melted butter until the mixture holds together. Fill the prepared pan with the crumb mixture and press into the bottom and sides of the pan to form the crust. If necessary, use a measuring cup to level the bottom and sides. Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.
  3. Beat the egg yolks on medium-high until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed and slowly add the condensed milk then the Key lime juice until well incorporated. Mix in lime zest, if using. Pour the mixture into the pie crust.
  4. If using meringue topping - increase oven temp to 375ºF. Mound meringue on top of filling, making sure to go up to the edges. Bake until lightly browned - check after a few minutes. Cool and serve.
  5. If using whipped cream topping - whip cream with a few drops vanilla extract. Mound on top of chilled pie. Serve.
  6. NOTE - to speed things up, used a pre-made graham cracker crust.

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About Cuban Key Lime Pie

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: Cuban
Hashtags: #Caribbean #florida

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