Americana Key Lime Pie

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 0 mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thoroughly mix gelatin, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt in saucepan.
  2. Beat together egg yolks, lime juice, and water; stir into gelatin mixture.
  3. Cook and stir over medium heat just till mixture comes to boiling.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in grated peel.
  5. Add food coloring sparingly to tint pale green.
  6. Chill, stirring occasionally, until the mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon.
  7. Beat egg whites till soft peaks form; gradually add 1/2 c sugar, beating to stiff peaks.
  8. Fold gelatin mixture into egg whites.
  9. Fold in whipped cream.
  10. Pile into cooled baked pastry shell.
  11. Chill till firm.
  12. Spread with more whipped cream; edge with grated lime peel.
  13. Sprinkle chopped pistachio nuts in center.
  14. Garnish with thinly sliced lime placed in whipped cream mounds around edge of pie.
Most Helpful

This is one of my tried and true recipes I have used for years. Everyone always asks for the recipe. I garnish with very thinly sliced limes and grated lime (see pic). I do not add additional whipping cream--I think it is too much. The result is a beautiful, yummy dish! Thanks for posting!

socholy June 07, 2010

I am a Key Lime Pie fanatic and all I can say is WOW! I had never made this pie before and enjoyed the taste testing and the beautiful colors. I highly recommend this recipe if you are a Lime lover!

Mrs K February 03, 2008

This is the first time ever that I have made and eaten a Lime Pie and I could't stop myself from pinching the filling before filling the pie crusts. I used the juice and zest of 2 Tahitian Lime and made sure that the eggs I used were very fresh. I accidentally left some egg whites in the yolks but these cooked white and I could see them to remove it. For step 6, please remember to stir occasionally as you want to have a smooth gelatine mixture when you mix it with the egg white. This is enough to make a 9inch pie. I had problems with my crust so ended up with a 9 inch and a 7 inch pie. I'm very glad I made this. My hubby loves the pie and he doesn't like limes. ;-)

V'nut-Beyond Redemption May 29, 2005