Real Key Lime Pie from Key West



Living in Miami and being so close to Key West is a given. Every so often on a Saturday, I would drive to this little shack on U.S. 1 south that sold the VERY best HOMEMADE KEY LIME PIES in the world. The proprietor was an older lady and she had no problem sharing her recipes with anyone. I have made this countless of times and it is VERY good, but not as delectable as the ones from that little shack. Sometimes if I close my eyes, I come close. But try this. It's really good and while it isn't my own personal recipe, I like it because of course, it has steps. Everything from scratch and no shortcuts. A little piece of KEY WEST in the desert!

PS- Real Key lime pie is not green and it does not have a soft "pudding" texture. The pie gets its true pale yellow color from the egg yolks that predominate the ingredient list. And the texture is a "firm custard".



★★★★★ 5 votes

6-8 depending on how you cut
45 Min
25 Min



  • 16
    graham crackers, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp
    granulated sugar
  • 1/4 lb
    unsalted butter

  • 4 large
    egg yolks
  • 14 oz
    sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 c
    fresh key lime juice (approximately 12 key limes)
  • 2 tsp
    lime peel, grated, green portion only

  • 1/2 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp
    granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp
    madagascar pure vanilla extract

How to Make Real Key Lime Pie from Key West


  1. CRUST:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Mix the ingredients together and press them into a 9 inch pie plate (glass or pre-formed tin is your option)
    3. Bake in oven in middle rack for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.
    4. Remove from oven, and cool on rack.

    Note: Do not turn off the oven, as you will be baking the next portion of the pie momentarily.
    1. In a stand mixer with the whipping attachment, beat the egg yolks on medium speed until they are thick and turn yellow, DO NOT OVER MIX!
    2. Turn the mixer off and add the sweetened condensed milk, and turn the mixer speed to low and drizzle 1/2 of the lime juice, once the lime juice is incorporated, add the other half of the juice and the zest, continue to mix until melted (just a few seconds),
    3. Pour the mixture into the pie shell.
    4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes to set the yolks.
    5. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for approximately 2 hours to set.
    1. In a stainless steel medium bowl, combine whipping cream, sugar and vanilla and whisk by hand until creamy peaks form.

    Take the pie out of the refrigerator and slice pie in 8th's. Plate pie and add dollop of whip cream! Try it also with some toasted coconut too!


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About Real Key Lime Pie from Key West

Course/Dish: Pies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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