The Best Key Lime Pie Recipe in Texas
On this week’s episode, we’re still in Florida! I hope all of the sunshine on the screen makes you want to break out of hibernation and into summer mode. I know a ton of people are heading to the beach for spring break, but in case you’re not I have the perfect way to bring the beach right to your kitchen – key lime pie!
I’m a bit of a key lime pie snob.
Growing up, since my dad is from Florida we were whisked there any and every chance he got.
School vacation? Naples.
Any long weekend? Naples.
Any time off in the summer? You guessed it, Naples!
This means I consumed endless amounts of key lime pie and I’m still astounded by the amount of Texans who go skiing on spring break. Because, honestly, I didn’t think that was an option.
But, back to pies.
Growing up with a Floridian parent, I quickly learned there is a hierarchy to key lime pies. Publix is highly regarded as having cracked the code and it’s pretty hard to beat. Then there are the local brands and that’s a bit like playing roulette: it might be amazing but it might not be. Better off just getting one from Publix. And then there is the homemade. It’s a fairly simple pie to make, but oh-so-many ways you can go wrong. The crust might not be crumbly enough or it could be too crumbly and dissolve entirely when cut. The filling might be too tart or not lime-y enough. Unless you can nail it, just go grab one from Publix.
Luckily, though, I’m happy to report that after 26 years I’ve cracked the key lime pie code and am ready to share it with yall.
There is one secret I don’t mention on the show but I’ll share with you here. You must use Nellie and Joe’s Famous Key Lime Juice. This is the secret ingredient that makes your filling 100 percent perfect every. single. time. It’s the right amount of tart and the perfect lime flavor. Trust me, you need this juice in your life (and pie).
Below you’ll find a printable recipe as well as the clip of me making it step by step!
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 6-7 TBSP melted butter
- 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup good lime juice such as Nellie and Joe's
- The zest from 1 lime
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl and stir until incorporated.
- Press into a greased pie dish to form crust.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes or until crust is set and lightly golden brown.
- Turn the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl, stirring well.
- Pour into your prepared crust.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Let it set on the counter for 10 minutes.
- Once cooled, top with meringue or whipped cream if you want!
- You'll know the pie is set if you give it a shake and it wobbles a tad bit but stays together.