Key Lime Pie

 

overhead shot of a whole Key Lime Pie garnished with lime on a large tray
Luscious key lime pie is a creamy no-bake dessert. This spectacular dessert is deliciously easy to make with a tangy, creamy filling in a graham cracker crust.
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Table of Contents
  1. Key Lime Pie Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Key Lime Pie Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Key lime pie is tart and sweet, with a buttery graham cracker crust filled to the brim with a tangy, creamy filling. Creamy and luscious, this no-bake pie is also a must-make homemade dessert. Deliciously simple, this easy-to-make Key Lime pie only needs four ingredients and just 5 minutes of prep time. 

Love cool no-bake desserts? Try making no-bake lemon pie, no-bake orange creamsicle cheesecake, or no-bake blueberry cheesecake

close up shot of a slice of Key Lime Pie garnished with lime on a plate

Key Lime Pie Ingredients

Key Lime Pie raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1 small can)
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 graham cracker crust (store-bought or homemade)

Substitutions and Additions

CREAM CHEESE: Some people love to mix in 8 ounces of cream cheese or sour cream to the key lime filling for an even creamier texture if you’d like to give that a try.

GRAHAM CRUST: You can either pick up a premade crust at the grocery store or, if you have graham crackers or graham cracker crumbs on hand, make your own homemade graham cracker crust using our easy recipe. 

LIMES: Either key lime juice or regular lime juice work fine for this recipe. They can be substituted 1:1 so ½ cup of juice from either variety is perfect.

How to Make This Key Lime Pie Recipe

STEP ONE: Mix the Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk in a medium bowl. Stir in the lime juice and mix well.

cool whip, condensed milk, and lime juice blended together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust and spread evenly.

lime mixture spread on top of the graham cracker crust

STEP THREE: Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before serving.

PRO TIP: Add a little whipped cream and fresh lime zest on top before eating.

key lime pie garnished with lime slices

How to Serve

Easy to make key lime pie is heavenly all on its own, but you can always add an extra dollop of whipped cream on top or serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Enjoy a cool slice of this spectacular dessert any time you’re craving that sweet and tart combination. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Add a little whipped cream and fresh lime zest on top before eating.  

IN THE FREEZER: You can definitely pop this creamy pie treat into the freezer. Just be sure to remove it and let it thaw a few minutes before slicing and serving. 

overhead shot of a whole Key Lime Pie garnished with lime on a large tray

Key lime pie is easy to make at home thanks to this no-bake version. Made with sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and Cool Whip, in a graham cracker crust, this Key Lime pie tastes impressive, but only takes 5 minutes to put together. Sure to be a family favorite, you may not want to stop with just one slice. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this dessert ahead of time? 

This easy key lime pie recipe is best made ahead since it needs to chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving it.

What is the difference between key limes and regular limes? 

Key limes, also known as Mexican limes, are smaller than regular limes and tend to have a more intense lime flavor. You can use key lime juice and regular lime juice interchangeably.

Can I make my own graham cracker crust for this recipe? 
If you would prefer to make your own crust for this great recipe, you certainly can. Check out our homemade recipe for instructions.

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overhead shot of a whole Key Lime Pie garnished with lime on a large tray

Key Lime Pie

Luscious key lime pie is a creamy no-bake dessert. This spectacular dessert is deliciously easy to make with a tangy, creamy filling in a graham cracker crust.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 1 small can
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 graham cracker crust, store-bought or homemade

Instructions
 

  • Mix the Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk in a medium bowl. Stir in the lime juice and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust and spread evenly.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before serving.

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Notes

  • I like to put my pre-made pie crust into a glass pie pan for added stability when taking it in and out of the fridge.
  • Add a little whipped cream and fresh lime zest on top before eating.

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