10-Minute Lime Pie

"A super easy stand-in for traditional key lime pie. Slightly altered from the version posted on Serious Eats (http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/07/10-minute-lime-cracker-pie-recipe.html). Squeezing the limes can be a chore, but you can always skip it by buying fresh lime juice."
photo by The Food Gays photo by The Food Gays
photo by The Food Gays
photo by The Food Gays photo by The Food Gays
photo by The Food Gays photo by The Food Gays
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Ready In:
1 pie




  • Combine condensed milk and heavy cream in a large bowl.
  • Add lime juice and whisk until thickened, about 1 minute.
  • Spread 1 cup filling on bottom of deep-dish pie plate.
  • Top with single layer of Ritz crackers.
  • Repeat, alternating layers of filling and crackers until pie plate is full. Finish with a layer of filling. For that layer, mix half of the lime zest into the "batter".
  • Sprinkle with the remaining grated lime zest.
  • Refrigerate overnight. Keep refrigerated until serving.
  • Note: Original recipe called for 1/2 cup juice but I found it better with more. I also only needed 6 limes to provide the juice I needed. Club crackers can stand-in for Ritz.

Questions & Replies

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  1. mrubman14
    Hey, so this sounds delicious...but the photo has mini pies that look like they have a real crust (as opposed to layering the crushed crackers and filling)....can you fill me in on this tweak? I don't see it anywhere. Thanks!
  2. pepolengers1
    I made the easy key lime pie about 2 1/2 hours ago and put in refrigerator. I want to serve it this evening. I didn’t realize that it was supposed to be refrigerated overnight. Would it help if I put it in freezer. If so, for how long?
  3. doreenmccrate
    Do you use a pie crust!?


  1. Jillian at Food.com
    Thank you, Mandy! In the past I designated Key Lime Pie as a "weekend only" dessert due to time limitations. I love that I can have the flavor of one of my favorite pies in just 10 minutes. Great idea!
  2. Liza at Food.com
    Mandy! You genius. I get all the flavors and satisfaction of a key lime pie, but with only a quarter of the work and time spent. I actually like this version better - the salty hit you get from the crackers is right up my alley. Thanks so much for posting!
  3. Rebecca Fieldhouse
    Wow! My dad is a huge key lime pie guy and makes them often. But who has all that time? This is my go-to when I'm craving that refreshingly sweet bite but don't want to put in all the effort. Well done, Mandy!
  4. t7995
    WHOA. Did not expect this to be SO DELICIOUS considering how easy it was to make! Great recipe.
  5. Caitlin at Food.com
    I will never look at Ritz Crackers the same way again, thanks to this recipe. I love the sweet-tart-salty flavor combo AND it's super easy to make. Thanks, Mandy!


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