Award-Winning Key Lime Pie Recipe

Award-winning key lime pie is a cloud-chaser delicacy, especially during summer. We love that the preparation involves an easy process and requires very few ingredients. If you want to prepare a creamy and delicious pie with sweet and tart flavors, then look no further.

Ingredients for Award-Winning Key Lime Pie Recipe

  1. Sweetened condensed milk gives the pie a silky, sweet and creamy texture.
  2. Sour cream: preferably full fat or substitute with plain thick Greek yogurt.
  3. Zest: Get your zest from key limes or use Persian limes if it’s the only option available.
  4. Key Lime Juice: Get the lime juice from real key limes for best results. Alternatively, Persian limes will yield delicious results too.
  5. Egg yolks: the yolks are ideal for thickening the cream pie filling. You can skip them for an egg-free key lime pie though the result will be a looser pie but still firm and delicious.
Award-Winning Key Lime Pie Recipe

Award-Winning Key Lime Pie Recipe

This award-winning recipe features a graham cracker crust filled with a perfect combination of creamy key lime ingredients. And the best thing? You don’t have to worry about following complicated and time-consuming steps because this recipe is none of that.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 761 kcal


  • 1.5 cups of finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup of light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp. melted unsalted butter
  • 3 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ cups fresh key lime juice
  • 1.5 cups sour cream/Greek yogurt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp. key lime zest
  • 1 cup of cold whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lime zest
  • 8 thinly cut slices of lime


  • Preheat the oven to 360 degrees Fahrenheit and set the rack in the middle.
  • Process graham crackers in a food processor until they form crumbs (This is if you don’t have crumbs).
  • Combine the crumbs with sugar and butter and stir with a fork and your hands until they mix perfectly.
  • Press the mixture on your pie plate to form ¼ inch thick crust. Start with the sides firm to make things easier.
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned, then leave it to cool completely.
  • Preheat oven and set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine all the filling ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk together for 2 minutes to form a thick mixture.
  • Pour the filling into your prepared crust and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the filling sets and wobbles a bit at the center if shaken back and forth. The pie should not brown.
  • Cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly for at least 3 hours.
  • Put the heavy cream in a mixing bowl and whip until it forms stiff peaks.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and whip until the whipped cream becomes firm.
  • Scrap into a decorating pastry bag and apply it on the pie to decorate.
  • Sprinkle a little zest on the pie and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
  • To serve, slice the pie into wedges and wipe the knife clean between each wedge. Garnish with previously cut lime slices and serve cold.


Pro Tips

  1. You can prepare the crust ahead of time, store it and add the filling when ready to serve; otherwise, the crust gets soggy. Alternatively, you can buy a packed pre-made crust.
  2. Always ensure that the pie cools completely before storing it in the fridge. Chill for not less than three hour
  3. For the best results, only apply whipping cream when you are about to serve.
  4. Placing the pie at the bottom-most shelve chills it as quickly cold air falls while hot air rises.
  5. Reduce the amount of sugar you use to make the crust to 3 to 4 tablespoons if you prefer it to be less sweet. If you want it firmer and held together, add more butter.
  6. Keep the whipped cream chilled until you are ready to use.
  7. Be careful to avoid getting burnt. Don’t put your thumb into the pie while pulling it from the oven.
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Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 761kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 103g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Fat: 34g
  • Saturated fat: 19g
  • Cholesterol: 149mg
  • Sodium: 463mg
  • Potassium: 564mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 81g
  • Vitamin A: 1064IU
  • Vitamin C: 10mg
  • Calcium: 400mg
  • Iron: 2mg


Preparing key lime pie is not rocket science. Our recipe in this article comes in handy with precise, tried, easy-to-follow steps that give perfect results. If you have all the ingredients, follow the steps and make this delicious dessert at home. It will not take much of your time.