Nellie and Joe's Key Lime Pie, using three ingredients plus a pie crust is the perfect dessert for a party or a potluck or a random Tuesday. You cannot fail with this pie but I will give you a few tips to guarantee success anyway.
This is our family favorite, go-to, easy, no-fuss, always turns out perfectly dessert.
You should definitely make it this season, even if you're just hosting a party of two 😉.
If you're a fan of easy desserts, try St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake (aka The Cake You Won't Stop Eating)
Or try this highly rated honey cake, which is also dairy-free.
Easy Key Lime Pie Ingredients
- ½ cup Nellie & Joe's Key Lime Juice
- 3 egg yolks
- 12-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- graham cracker pie crust or Keebler pie crust
- zest from a fresh lime (optional)
- whipped cream (for garnish, optional)
How to Make Key Lime Pie
- You're going to literally stir or beat using an electric mixer on low all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Pour the mixture into a graham cracker crust.
- Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
- Let cool then put in the fridge to chill.
- Slice and serve with whipped cream.
"My key lime pie recipe," which is printed on the back of Nellie and Joe's Key West Lime Juice calls for a 9-inch graham cracker pie crust and just three ingredients: a 14-ounce can of condensed milk, three egg yolks and a half cup of key lime juice.
There’s no need to squeeze a zillion tiny, fresh key limes when you can buy a bottle of Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice at the grocery.
Despite the name, key lime juice, you’re not going to find Nellie & Joe’s in the juice aisle. It will usually be in the mixer section of your grocery store liquor aisle.
You could substitute key lime juice by juicing regular persian limes but your pie won’t turn out as delicious.
Whatever you do, don’t buy a bottle of plain, old imitation lime juice in the produce section of your grocery for this pie. Your pie won't turn out that delicious.
If you’re not going to use Nellie & Joe’s, then juice persian limes, those are the limes available in most produce sections at grocery stores.
But do add regular limes to your shopping list along with the Joe’s lime juice because I recommend grating a bit of fresh lime zest into the pie mixture.
And, you’ll need to slice a few limes for garnish.
You’ll also want whipped cream for garnish along with the lime slices. I think a traditional key lime pie is best served with whipped cream.
Be sure to use sweetened condensed milk. This is a thick, sweet liquid, which will help your pie set up.
Cooks get confused while shopping some times and buy cans of evaporated milk instead. Your pie will not turn out if you use evaporated milk.
3 Ingredient Key Lime Pie Recipe Notes
Is a homemade graham cracker crust necessary for key lime pie?
No. While I adore a homemade graham cracker crust probably even more than the next person, 9 times out of ten I use a store-bought graham cracker crust.
When you make the filling, it's important to first blend the egg yolks and the condensed milk together until thick.
This will take at least two minutes.
Once the egg yolk and condensed milk has thickened, then add the key lime juice and stir to combine.
After you bake the pie, you'll want to let it cool to room temperature and then put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
A perfect key lime pie is served chilled.
Yes. Key Lime Pie contains egg yolks and condensed milk so I suggest storing it in your refrigerator.
Don't let the pie sit out at room temperature for more than two hours. Bacteria starts to develop between 40 F and 140 F.
The pie will lose its creaminess but it will still be edible unless you burn it.
You can find Nellie and Joe's at most supermarkets as well as liquor stores. You'll usually find it in the mixers area next to the liquors.
Yes, bake your key lime pie or it isn't going to set up enough for you to slice it without running all over your dessert plate.
There is a ton of debate about this on the interwebs, including over at Chowhound.
- 1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust
- 3 egg yolks (from large eggs)
- 1-14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- ½ cup Nellie and Joe's Key Lime Pie juice
- zest of one lime-about 1 teaspoon (optional)
- whipped cream to serve
- Preheat oven to 350 F°
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium size bowl with an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and the condensed milk for three minutes or until the mixture has thickened. The mix will turn a pale yellow when finished.
- Add ½ cup key lime juice and beat for another minute.
- Zest one lime over the top of the mixture and stir to combine
- Pour into prepared graham cracker crust.
- Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until center of pie is no longer wobbly.
- Let rest and cool on counter for an hour.
- Refrigerate for at least three hours before serving.
- Slice into eight wedges and serve with whipped cream.
Adding lime zest isn't necessary but it imparts a freshness to the pie.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 436Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 114mgSodium 245mgCarbohydrates 64gFiber 1gSugar 51gProtein 9g
If you're out of sweetened condensed milk, see this Condensed Milk Substitute.
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