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.

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

5 Ingredient Lime Pie

Yield: 1 (9-inch) pie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

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. 


  • 2 cups (168 g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 28-ounces (792) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ⅔ cup (160 ml) fresh lime juice
  • stabilized whipped cream, optional
  • lime slices, optional
  • lime zest, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Let the crust cool completely on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and lime juice until smooth. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. 
  5. Baked the pie for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are set, but the center remains jiggly. 
  6. 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.


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.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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  1. Himali Perera says:

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

      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?

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

  2. Alejandra Castro Wey says:

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

  3. Do you think this could be used as a filling? If not then what do you recommend? I make a pineapple cake and would love to find a key lime filling recipe that is firm enough for a 3 layer cake.

    1. I’ve never attempted to use pie filling as a cake filling. But I would assume it would work okay. The filling will still need to be cooked and then chilled as directed in the recipe before layering it over the cake.

    1. I’m certain you will find this recipe to be a keeper!

  4. That is a pretty pie! Love the lime garnish. so refreshing!

  5. I love lime desserts! This looks so delicious and I love that there’s not a crazy amount of ingredients to it too!

    1. Thanks so much, Danielle! Simple is best sometimes.

  6. Oh man this reminds me of the summer vacations I would take with my parents. I’ll have to make this for them the next time we have a get together – thanks for such an easy recipe! Love it