Easy Key Lime Pie

by | May 14, 2019 | All, Desserts, Spring, Summer, Winter

Brighten up your dessert table with the tangy flavors in this Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe!

Easy Key Lime pie in a glass pie plate. Garnished with fresh lime slices.

When I’m making dessert for a group, I have a lot of criteria I like the recipe to meet. I want to have the ingredients readily available (stored in my pantry gives bonus points), compliment any main dish, be free from most allergens and delicious!  Oh, and it’s even better when you only need a handful of ingredients to make this stunning dessert.

And you can check all of those boxes with this  Easy Key Lime Pie recipe!

What is the difference between key limes and regular limes?

The key lime is smaller and seedier than that of the regular lime that is found in the grocery store.  Plus it’s higher in acidity giving this luscious pie its distinct flavor. Each bite of this Easy Key Lime Pie has just enough tang to make your lips pucker and make you immediately dive in for more. 

The minute I taste the fresh, tart flavor of the key limes, I am transported to dessert heaven.

Top down image of sliced key lime pie in a glass pie plate with fresh lime slices for garnish.

What ingredients do you need to make this pie?

Don’t let the fact that this is a pie scare you away! The beauty of this easy recipe is the short ingredient list.

All of the tasty goodness starts with a graham cracker crust. Need it to be gluten-free? That’s an easy fix, simply use gluten-free graham crackers to make it, Pamela’s in one of my favorites! The filling is key lime juice and zest, sweetened condensed milk, and sour cream.

BOOM. That’s it!

Some of my favorite recipes only use a handful of ingredients and this pie has long been one of my go-to sweet treats. 

Do you have to bake this key lime pie?

Even though there aren’t any eggs in this pie, you still need to give it a quick spin in the oven. But only for 5-6 minutes or until you see tiny pinholes in the top of the pie.

By the time I have the bowl cleaned up from mixing the batter, the pie is ready to come out of the oven.

I told you it was easy!

In a hurry? Follow these time-saving tips to get your pie on the table faster!

Those tiny key limes are adorable, but who wants to spend the time squeezing 50 of them to get enough key lime juice? I pick up a bottle of key lime juice at the store and save myself some time!

Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Juice is always one of my go-to products and can easily be found in most grocery stores.

Plus having the juice on hand makes for an easy last-minute dessert.

We usually have graham crackers on hand and make our own graham cracker crust, but if you don’t, buy a pre-made graham cracker crust when you’re grabbing that bottled key lime juice.  

Winter, spring summer or fall you can never go wrong with this Easy Key Lime Pie recipe

Slice of Easy Key Lime Pie on a blue plate.

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Easy Key Lime Pie with slice out and garnished with a fresh lime wedge.

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Yield: 10

Easy Key Lime Pie

Easy Key Lime Pie

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this mouthwatering Key Lime Pie dessert!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 13 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind in a medium bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined and pour into graham cracker crust.
  3. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. Be careful to not over bake.
  4. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 95mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 6g Protein: 2g

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