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Tangy and sweet, this easy key lime pie is deliciously simple with only 3 ingredients needed for the filling. This delicious no-bake pie is both light and refreshing, making it a must-make pie that’s sure to become a family favorite.
No need to travel to Florida to enjoy a delicious Key Lime Pie. If you need a refreshingly easy pie recipe, this recipe is for you. For this no-bake version of key lime pie, most of the work happens in the refrigerator.
Key lime pies are a perfect balance between sweet and tart. With a buttery and crunchy graham cracker crust and a creamy thick lime filling, this dreamy key lime pie delivers a taste of the tropics while being easy to make.
Perfect for summertime get-togethers, this no-bake pie is also great any time you want to skip using the oven. The filling needs just 3 ingredients and the pie only takes 5 minutes of prep time.
Key Lime Pie Ingredients
- Sweetened condensed milk – 1 small can
- Lime juice – regular lime juice or key lime juice, you can also use fresh limes
- Cool Whip – or sweetened whipping cream
- Graham cracker crust – use a pre-made crust or make your own
No need to squeeze limes for this pie. Using lime juice makes this recipe much easier to make. Of course, if you want to squeeze fresh limes you can do that as well. When selecting lime juice, if you want a more authentic flavor make sure to look for a bottle that is specifically labeled key lime juice. Key limes are more acidic than the larger limes you often see at the grocery store, which makes them both tarter and more aromatic.
While the limes provide the tart flavor, the sweetened condensed milk is the balance of the sweet. Sweetened condensed milk is a milk that has been heated to remove any water, reducing the milk and thickening the consistency. It also has sugar added to it. When added to a no-bake pie it helps to create a creamy and smooth consistency.
Once your pie is finished you can decorate it with extra whipped topping, lime zest, sliced limes, or graham cracker crumbs. Keep the garnishes simple to let the key lime flavor really shine.
How to Make Key Lime Pie
FIRST STEP: Mix the Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk, then stir in lime juice.
SECOND STEP: Pour into the graham cracker crust and spread evenly.
THIRD STEP: Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight before serving.
Can I use fresh limes?
You can use fresh limes rather than lime juice. On average, one lime yields 2-3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. Key limes are smaller and firmer than regular limes and generally yield 1-2 tablespoons each.
Do I have to use key limes?
No, you can use regular lime juice which is more readily available. If you can find key lime juice it will give the pie a more tart flavor.
What is sweetened condensed milk?
Sweetened condensed milk is a milk that has been heated to remove any water. This reduces the milk and thickens the consistency. Sweetened condensed milk also has sugar added to it, making it sweeter.
How to Store Key Lime Pie?
IN THE FRIDGE: Leftover pie can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
IN THE FREEZER: Store leftovers in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag. Thaw a few minutes before eating.
Key Lime Pie
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 small can
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 16 ounces Cool Whip
- graham cracker crust
- Mix the Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk, then stir in lime juice.
- Pour into the graham cracker crust and spread evenly.
- Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight before serving.