Joe's Stone Crab Key Lime Pie

"I made this for my grandparent's 61st wedding anniversary recently. They lived in Florida in their youth, and loved Joe's Stone, and have lamented on occasion that they will never be able to go back (they now live in Virginia). The family rallied 'round and ordered the crab claws directly from Joe's, got a Joe's Stone Crab Cookbook, and prepared the rest of the meal directly from it. What a fantastic surprise it was... and this was a very sweet end to the night. NOTE: I was only able to find about 8 key limes, which wasn't enough juice. I supplemented with Nellie & Joe's Key Lime juice without a problem. Also, I thought the pie was so rich it didn't even need any whipped cream."
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Ready In:
1hr 8mins




  • For the crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Butter a 9-inch pie plate.
  • Break up graham crackers, place in processor and process to crumbs (if you don't have a processor, place crackers in large plastic bag, seal, and crush using a rolling pin).
  • Add melted butter& sugar and pulse until combined.
  • Press mixture into bottom and up sides of pan, forming a neat border around th edges.
  • Bake until crust is set and golden, about 8 minutes.
  • Set aside on wire rack; leave oven on.
  • For the filling:

  • Meanwhile, in an electric mixer with the wire whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks and lime zest at high speed until very fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Gradually add the condensed milk and continue to beat until thick, 3-4 minutes longer.
  • Lower the mixer speed and slowly add lime juice, mixing until just combined.
  • Pour mixture into crust and bake for 10 minutes, or until filling has just set.
  • Cool on wire rack, then refrigerate.
  • Freeze for 15-20 minutes before serving.
  • For the topping:

  • Whip the cream and the confectioner's sugar until nearly stiff.
  • Cut pie in wedges and serve very cold, topping each wedge with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Garnish with a slice of key lime if desired.

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  1. Key Lime Pie just doesn't get any better than this! Key Lime Pie is one of my favorites and this pie is so very easy to make. I cheated a little and used a ready made graham cracker crust and also needed to supplement some of the lime juice with refridgerated Florida Key West Key Lime Juice. Otherwise, I made exactly as directed for an excellent pie! Thanks for a wonderful dessert, s'kat!
  2. Hands down this is the best key lime pie ever. I had rated Houstons as the best but this is ever tastier. My granddaughter loves it and now the entire family wants me to make it every time I visit or they visit. I now live in Florida and key lime pie is a must. Nothing I've had in a restaurant or purchased even compares. My hat is off to whoever came up with this. Its very simple to make and this recipe has made me "Grandma" a hero!!
  3. This is a fantastic and simple recipe. My family loves it as written. I’ve also made it mixing in 1/4 cup of sour cream before the key lime juice. It adds a touch of creaminess and a bit of a tang without changing the overall flavor. To simplify the crust I use one package of graham crackers (one of the three packages that come in a standard box) and 4 tablespoons of salted butter, plus the 1/3 cup white sugar.
  4. GREAT Key Lime Pie! I had to use bottled key lime juice because my store didn't have key limes. It was still absolutely delicious and my dinner guests literally couldn't believe I made it myself. Definitely my go-to recipe from now on!
  5. It is my family's favorite pie!! Best easy recipe. Almost fool Proof!! Great to make ahead - keep it frozen in advance.... Great not to worry about Egg white meringue .


  1. For a little creaminess and a bit of tang, mix in 1/4 cup sour cream before adding the key lime juice. I usually can’t find key limes where I live, but Nellie & Joe’s bottled key lime juice really does make a lovely pie. Everyone raves every time I make it.
  2. This was EXACTLY how I remembered key lime pie to taste! I grew up in Massachusetts and Florida and was spoiled to have endless amounts of key lime pie throughout my childhood. Now living in CA the only chances I get at key lime pie are the frozen varieties, which are just no good. Since I am out in CA finding key limes or key lime juice was a bit tricky so I substituted key lime juice for 1/2 lime juice 1/2 lemon juice (freshly squeezed) and I just zested two limes in replace of the key lime zest. Honestly the pie tastes amazing, just as I remembered it. So refreshing on a hot summer evening!! Thank you SOO much for this easy and delicious recipe, I will be making this often!


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