12 Key Lime Recipes That Go Way Beyond Pie
Also known as Mexican or West Indian limes, key limes are prized for their high juice content and intense aroma. Not only does the flavorful citrus make incredible pies, but it's also great for cookies, cupcakes, cocktails, and more. Thank goodness key limes are available year-round!
Key Lime Basics
In Season: Key limes are available year-round, which means it's also pie season all year long!
What to Look For: Key limes are smaller than the standard Persian limes and have thin, leathery skin. Choose fruit that is heavy for its size, firm, and shiny, and avoid any that have bruises or blemishes.
How to Store: Key limes can be stored on the counter at room temperature for up to one week or in the refrigerator, preferably in the crisper drawer, for up to two weeks.
Key Lime-Pie Sundaes
Key lime pie deconstructed! Fold homemade key lime curd into vanilla ice cream, then finish with a bruleed meringue topping and shortbread triangles for a truly unforgettable sundae.
Mango-Key Lime Tart
Mangoes do double duty in this tropical Key lime tart -- they’re pureed for the creamy filling and diced for the garnish.
Coconut-Key Lime Squares
The secret behind these sensational lime bars? Adding shredded coconut and white chocolate to the buttery shortbread crust.
Key Lime Whoopie Pies
Key lime juice and zest add complexity to the simple cream cheese filling sandwiched between these cinnamon whole-wheat cookies.
Key Lime Daiquiri
Once you try making this classic rum cocktail with Key lime juice, you won’t want to drink it any other way again.
Key Lime Pie
A textbook version of the classic pie! It can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Top with freshly whipped cream and toasted coconut just before serving.
Key Lime Thumbprints
Key lime juice and zest amp up the filling for these cakey vanilla cookies. The recipe can be made from start to finish up to two days ahead. Don't forget to dust with plenty of confectioners’ sugar before serving!
Key Lime Cupcakes
Key lime zest brightens the batter of these special-occasion cupcakes, while more zest and juice jazz up the accompanying cream cheese frosting.
Coconut-Key Lime Pie
Adding coconut milk to the filling takes an otherwise classic Key lime pie to delicious new heights.
Key Lime Mojito
We can’t get enough of this refreshing rum cocktail chock-full of Key limes and fresh mint.
Classic Key Lime Tart
Key limes and condensed milk meet again in the rich, custardy filling of this graham cracker-crusted tart. Garnish each slice with a sliver of lime zest.
You need to juice a whopping 20 Key limes for these crowd-pleasing bars, but the results are so worth the effort, we promise.