Lime Pie (only 5 ingredients)

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This lime pie features the perfect balance between sweet and tart with a cool, creamy texture. The filling requires only 3 ingredients and sits on top of a buttery graham cracker crust.

A slice of lime pie on a white plate with a fork taking out a bite.

One of the most requested recipes during the summer is key lime pie. Have you noticed this? Early last year I made this key lime cheesecake pie.

It has a cream cheese base which makes it slightly different than a traditional key lime pie. And while this is a great recipe, I wanted to play around with different options.

I introduce to you this lime pie, which uses regular limes and no cream cheese.

Made with only three ingredients, this is one of the easiest fillings you will ever come across.

If you prefer lemon, you may enjoy my lemon pie instead. It’s made the same way but uses lemon juice.

Lime pie in a white pie dish with a slice missing.

3-ingredient lime pie filling

Lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk get whipped together to make a sweet, tart, and ultra-creamy custard-like filling.

The filling rests over a buttery graham cracker crust that is baked until crisp. The crunchy texture of the crust in contrast to the cool creamy filling will have your taste buds dancing.

While the process to make the pie is fairly easy, you still need to allow plenty of time for the pie to set. I suggest refrigerating it for at least three hours.

Graham cracker crumbs pressed into a white pie dish.
Lime pie filling being poured into a graham cracker crust.
Lime pie with graham cracker crust baked in a white pie dish.

The crust needs to prebake for about 10 minutes before the filling is added. Then the entire pie bakes for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

You’ll know the pie is done when it’s only slightly jiggly in the center.

You can top the pie with any garnish you desire. I like to use homemade whipped cream and lime zest on my lime pie.

Close up view of lime pie in a white plate with a fork taking out a bite.

5 Ingredient Lime Pie

4.64 from 57 votes
Close up view of lime pie in a white plate with a fork taking out a bite.
This lime pie features the perfect balance between sweet and tart with a cool, creamy texture. The filling requires only 3 ingredients and sits on top of a buttery graham cracker crust. 
Jen Sobjack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Serving Size 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (168 g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 28 ounces (792 g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • cup (160 ml) fresh lime juice
  • stabilized whipped cream, optional
  • lime slices, optional
  • lime zest, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 
  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter in a 9-inch pie pan. Stir together until moistened and press firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the dish. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Let the crust cool completely on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and lime juice until smooth. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. 
  • Baked the pie for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are set, but the center remains jiggly. 
  • Cool for 1 hour on a wire rack. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set. Top with whipped cream, lime slices, and lime zest if desired.

Notes

The required time for the pie to chill and set is 3 hours. Save some time by making the pie a day before you plan to serve it.
Adapted from Dessert Now, Dinner Later.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 591IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information provided is for convenience and as a courtesy only. It is not guaranteed to be accurate because nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator and input the exact ingredients and brands you used in the recipe.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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44 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My husband asked for a key lime pie for his birthday, and I used this recipe with key limes. It was absolutely delicious and easy to make. We have a new favorite.

  2. This looks so good!!!! I’m about to try it right now. How much condensed milk are needed in grams?

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      You need 792 grams of sweetened condensed milk.

  3. Himali Perera says:

    Will you plz tell me how to make home made whipping cream. Thanks.

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      There’s a recipe on my site for homemade whipped cream and a stabilized version is linked in the ingredients of the lime pie above your comment.

      1. Amy Kaufman says:

        With 2- can scm is a 9” pie plate deep enough or do you need a deep dish to make pue in?
        Can you substitute key lime juice for lime juice?
        Ty

      2. Jen Sobjack says:

        Yes, a regular 9-inch pie plate is big enough. And I believe key lime juice should be fine to use.

  4. Alejandra Castro Wey says:

    5 stars
    Really easy to make. My summer dessert from now on.