The Best Key Lime Pie Recipe Ever

Calling this pie the World’s Best Key Lime Pie isn’t a cry for attention: it’s the truth. While I was on a Florida Keys media trip in October we tried every Key Lime pie available (it was a lot of pie you guys). Pie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (plus a few in between).

The best key lime pie recipe EVER. This Florida Key dessert recipe is one of my favorites. Whether you top it with meringue or whipped cream, you can't go wrong with the world's best key lime pie!

The best key lime pie was at Angler and Ale at Hawks Cay Resort. It was so darn good, I had it twice.

The best key lime pie recipe EVER! Straight from the Florida Keys. This dessert is pure comfort and it's so easy!

Let’s get a few things straight. First of all: this post is not sponsored. I’m mentioning both Hawks Cay Resort and Angler and Ale because I had such an amazing time. Hawks Cay Resort deserves a post of its own (and I plan on writing about how it’s a great place to have a destination wedding).

The best key lime pie recipe EVER. This Florida Key dessert recipe is one of my favorites. Whether you top it with meringue or whipped cream, you can't go wrong with the world's best key lime pie!

The food at Angler and Ale is incredible. The first night I had ribs, the second I had the steak with chimichurri sauce. I have been trying to recreate the latter meal but with no luck. I cannot get it near as delicious as I had it at the Duck Key resort.

This key lime pie is the most amazing pie I have ever had. Located at Angler and Ale at Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key Florida.

However, nothing came close to the key lime pie. Above is a photo that a snapped with my iPhone, and I’ve been craving it ever since!

The best key lime pie recipe EVER. This Florida Key dessert recipe is one of my favorites. Whether you top it with meringue or whipped cream, you can't go wrong with the world's best key lime pie!

Key Lime Pie

I bothered the marketing department at Hawks Cay a few times for this recipe and I’m so excited that they gave it to me! Thank you Chef William Ryan for allowing me to post this recipe!

From Chef William Ryan

The best key lime pie recipe EVER. This Florida Key dessert recipe is one of my favorites. Whether you top it with meringue or whipped cream, you can't go wrong with the world's best key lime pie!

I love meringue, so I loaded it on, but if you don’t just halve it. My pie plate is rather large, so the filling was a little less than I had hoped. I was going to reshoot a few of these photos, but I went to the fridge and saw that the husband got into it. So you’ll have to settle for the real deal: messy photos because I got too excited to let it fully set and wanted to shoot it after only an hour of cooling.

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Key Lime Pie

The best key lime pie recipe EVER. This Florida Key dessert recipe is one of my favorites. Whether you top it with meringue or whipped cream, you can’t go wrong with the world’s best key lime pie!

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 cup graham cracker crust crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Combine all ingredients and press into pie shell

Filling

  • 1 tbsp key lime zest
  • 14 ounces condensed milk
  • ½ cup key lime juice
  • 5 egg yolks

Meringue

  • 4 egg whites room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ cup sugar

Directions:

Crust

Combine all of the ingredients and press into a pie shell.

Filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Combine lime juice, zest, egg yolks, and condensed milk, mix well
  2. Pour into shell and bake 15 minutes or until set.

Meringue

  1. Beat egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar to soft peaks.
  2. Gradually add sugar and beat to form firm peaks.
  3. Place into pastry bag with star tip.
  4. Pipe onto cool pie, and toast with a culinary torch.

Serve with raspberry puree

Chef William Ryan from Angler and Ale.

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The best key lime pie recipe EVER. This Florida Key dessert recipe is one of my favorites. Whether you top it with meringue or whipped cream, you can't go wrong with the world's best key lime pie!

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The best key lime pie recipe EVER. This Florida Key dessert recipe is one of my favorites. Whether you top it with meringue or whipped cream, you can't go wrong with the world's best key lime pie!

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5 comments on “The Best Key Lime Pie Recipe Ever”

  1. I am going to make this key lime pie in a few days for my moms birthday. It’s her favorite and this recipe sounds SO delicious! However, I don’t own a culinary torch. Could I put the pie back in the oven for a few minutes to brown the merengue? If not, any other suggestions? Thanks! 

    • Hi Kristen,

      That is what I have always done for lemon meringue (putting it back in the oven). However, I haven’t tried that with this pie yet, I just followed the chef’s recipe. I don’t see the harm (famous last words)? If your husband has a torn in the garage, try that (I’ve done this LOTS of times haha).

    • Hubby doesn’t own a torch, so I’ll try the oven method to brown the merengue. Thanks!

  2. This one a keeper!!! easy and delicious and a real stand out dessert.
    I cooked in the oven but may try the torch next time.
    Thanks heaps!!!

    Rating: 5

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