The Perfect Key Lime Pie




Introduction: The Perfect Key Lime Pie

About: Justin Tyler Tate is an artist, designer, animator, teacher, jeweler and maker/hacker who produces with thoughts of culture, science and interactivity.

The perfect, authentic key lime pie recipe is just the right combination of sweet, sour, creamy and crispy while never using food coloring or eggs and certainly never being frozen. Pies that have ventured from the following recipe have given Key Lime pie a bad name, for many good reasons.

Key Limes are actually yellow and taste different from the common varieties of limes that you'll find in supermarkets.

Nellie & Joe's makes the best Key Lime juice and it can be found in many good supermarkets around America.

For this recipe you'll need only a handful of ingredients and about an hour to prepare.

Step 1: Ingredient Checklist

For your perfect and authentic Key Lime Pie, you will need:

  • 1 - 9" Graham cracker crust

(of course you can make this from scratch, if you wish, with some butter and graham cracker crumbs)

  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup Nellie & Joe’s (or other Key Lime juice)
    *If you can't find Key Lime Juice at your local store, you can buy it at Amazon for about $5 USD by clicking on this LINK.
  • The zest of 1 lime

Step 2: Mix

Mix your ingredients in a large bowl.

I use a Kitchen Aid mixer, at full speed, to mix mine but you can also just use a plain electric mixer, a whisk or fork.

Mix for several minutes until ingredients are thoroughly combined and have a texture similar to marshmallow fluff.

Step 3: Pour

Pour the mixed ingredients into your pie crust and smooth its surface.

Step 4: Bake

Bake in a preheated 350f/175c degree oven for about twenty-five minutes (check it after 20) or until tiny bubbles burst on the surface of the pie. Make sure not to brown, your pie; it should be evenly cream colored.

Chill in the refrigerator after baking.

Step 5: Eat

By this point you've hopefully mixed, baked, and chilled your ingredients to make a perfect and authentic Florida Key Lime Pie.

Serve chilled on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream.

I hope y'all enjoy it!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a good instructable except the for the chill time. How long are you suppose to chill it? What is the Temperaturemthat you chill it in Farenheit and Celsius?

    I'm glad you put in Fahrenheit and Celsius for the oven temperature, I dont think I would have rebbe red that myself. Nice work!

    Justin Tyler Tate
    Justin Tyler Tate

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! The chill time is not so crucial; 2 or 3 hours is plenty but of course you can leave it in the fridge for longer. It should be a little bit cool when you serve it so that the temperature of the pie matches the refreshing taste.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Okay, and thanks for telling me! I will truly to make this soon, maybe before the this month ends


    8 years ago

    Oh how I love key lime pie! It reminds me of scuba diving down there!