Mike’s Famous Key Lime Pie

Mike’s Key Lime Pie is forever our go-to when we’re craving a zesty slice of key lime pie. It’s the perfect blend of sweet an tart and is easily my favorite pie ever!


This is it.

The ULTIMATE key lime pie.

My father-in-law’s key lime pie is basically the holy grail of pies. I hold every other pie to its mile-high standards and couldn’t imagine getting my key lime fix any other way!

It’s sweet yet oh so tart, relying on a hearty dollop of whipped cream to tame the citrusy bite of lime.

In my opinion, a key lime pie should always follow a few set rules.

1. A graham cracker crust is a must.

2. Your first bite should be equal parts swoon and pucker-face. It shouldn’t be so sweet and creamy that it causes a toothache, and instead must balance it’s sweetness and tartness with refreshing zest. The velvety custard must be bursting with citrus flavor to qualify it for key lime greatness.

3. Nellie and Joe’s Key West Lime Juice is the gold standard.

4. It can’t be green. (this is non-negotiable, people – put down that food coloring!)

Mike’s Famous Key Lime Pie

This lip-smacking lime pie is so easy my 5-year-old can make it and so legendary it comes straight from her grandpa’s recipe box. Love. It. So.

We made it for a party to share with friends this past weekend and it vanished FAST. Clearly it’s time to make another!

5 from 4 votes

Key Lime Pie

Mike’s Key Lime Pie is forever our go-to when we’re craving a zesty slice of key lime pie. It’s the perfect blend of sweet an tart and is easily my favorite pie ever!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Key Lime Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 380 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons




  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Gently mix eggs and condensed milk with a hand mixer.

  3. Continue to beat on LOW while SLOWLY adding lime juice. Mix until juice has been incorporated into the filling.

  4. If the filling seems extra watery, or if you’d like a slightly sweeter pie, add an extra TBSP or two of sweetened condensed milk and mix.

  5. Pour into prepared graham cracker pie crust. If using a homemade crust, bake until golden and cool before adding the custard. If using store-bought, pour it right in.

  6. Bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes. Mine is typically perfect after 14 minutes. Filling will be wiggly and pale. (should not be browned at all) Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack then transfer to fridge for a minimum of 3/4 hours. May chill overnight if desired.

  7. If making the homemade whipped cream, first place the beaters from an electric hand mixer and a large glass or stainless steel bowl in freezer. Keep cream in the fridge until ready to whip. 

  8. After they’ve had time to chill (approx. 10-15 min) add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to your bowl. Start mixing on low speed, then increase the speed to medium-high until soft or stiff peaks form.

  9. Place bowl in fridge until ready to decorate. Pipe onto the pie using a star tip and piping bag or simply serve a dollop of fresh whipped cream on each slice. Thinly sliced lime wedge make a pretty garnish.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Key Lime Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 355mg10%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 710IU14%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 244mg24%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this recipe, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

hungry for more?

Key Lime Pancakes are basically the best part of waking up. Evahhhh! Make them for a weekend breakfast or brunch and prepare to swoon over these dreamy dessert pancakes.

Need a snack? Perfecto! These Key Lime Energy Bites are the ultimate bite-sized snack! They’re also pretty darn healthy and gloriously make-ahead too. I love having them on hand after workouts and for a mid-day pick me up.

On the savory side, Edamame Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing is totally a must this summer. This side salad is perfect for parties and picnics and keeps great in the fridge! I also make a mean Spicy Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup.

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Recipe Rating


  • Lorra Maxwell

    5 stars
    The best sketch Lime Pie recipe I have ever made. I used two cans of condensed milk, turned out perfect. I plan to use only this recipe when making Key Lime Pie. Thank you for sharing.

  • Caroline Lena

    I made this pie and it was delicious! I liked it even better when I used 2 cans of the sweetened condensed milk. I baked the pie 2 minutes more. I made the crust from scratch with a recipe calling for some light brown sugar.. excellent!

  • Cassie

    5 stars
    This is a great key lime pie recipe. Reminds me of the ones we get while visiting the keys. Thank you thank you!!

    • Gah I want a slice right now! So glad it was a hit!

  • Ryan

    5 stars
    Hey, girl, this pie was great! It has the right mixture or sweet and sour, just like my 9 year old. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes pie. Seriously, it’s fantastic!

    • Woot! Woot! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Kristin

    5 stars
    Tart, smooth, and not too sweet! Yum!

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