This is the 1999 American Pie Council 's National Pie Championship's first place winner in the Quick and Easy Category. Garnish each piece with a slice of lime and a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping if you like.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Combine the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice. Mix well. Pour into unbaked graham cracker shell.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Top with whipped topping and garnish with lime slices if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

324 calories; 13.6 g total fat; 145 mg cholesterol; 217 mg sodium. 45.5 g carbohydrates; 6.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2003
This is the best! Being a Floridian, I have had my share of both very good and very bad Key Lime Pie. I did make a few changes to the recipe after reading the reviews. I only used 4 egg yolks, I used 2 cans sweetened condensed milk, and I used 1 cup key lime juice. Hint**If you can not find any key lime juice then just use equal parts lemon and lime juice (best if fresh). These adjustments will make more filling than needed, but the texture and taste is better. I had to increase my baking time by 15 minutes. I prebaked my redi-crust and this came out great. The new #1 key lime pie for my family. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/14/2003
I feel as if perhaps I have done something wrong with this recipe because my family all hated it. We are big key lime pie fans and used authentic key lime juice. The pie was extremely dense like a very dense cheesecake. All of the KLP we have had in Florida (including very recently) has been smooth creamy and sometimes even very light as if whipped cream had been added. We've had some of the best in Florida. This was a huge disappointment. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2003
This is the best! Being a Floridian, I have had my share of both very good and very bad Key Lime Pie. I did make a few changes to the recipe after reading the reviews. I only used 4 egg yolks, I used 2 cans sweetened condensed milk, and I used 1 cup key lime juice. Hint**If you can not find any key lime juice then just use equal parts lemon and lime juice (best if fresh). These adjustments will make more filling than needed, but the texture and taste is better. I had to increase my baking time by 15 minutes. I prebaked my redi-crust and this came out great. The new #1 key lime pie for my family. Read More
(1494)
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2003
This is the best! Being a Floridian, I have had my share of both very good and very bad Key Lime Pie. I did make a few changes to the recipe after reading the reviews. I only used 4 egg yolks, I used 2 cans sweetened condensed milk, and I used 1 cup key lime juice. Hint**If you can not find any key lime juice then just use equal parts lemon and lime juice (best if fresh). These adjustments will make more filling than needed, but the texture and taste is better. I had to increase my baking time by 15 minutes. I prebaked my redi-crust and this came out great. The new #1 key lime pie for my family. Read More
(1494)
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2004
As other reviewers mentioned I used 4 egg yolks 1 cup of lime juice and 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk. This was just the right amount to fit in the premade pie shell. I then decorated it using whip cream and a pastry bag and garnished with lime wedges. Let's just say the family was impressed not only with the taste but also with the appearance. Great pie!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This was so unbelievably easy to make & produced such a delicious key lime pie! I first made it in August for my mother-in-law's visit & wasn't sure how the recipe was going to turn out. But it came out wonderfully & my mother-in-law could not stop raving about it! I had to print her a copy of this recipe before she left for the airport & I have also emailed it to my sister-in-law upon her mom's request that she try this recipe. It has the perfect amount of richness & tartness for us (a small sliver goes a long way). The whipped cream topping was a beautiful touch! I used a Keebler reduced fat graham cracker crust & altered the recipe according to another reviewer's suggestions. I used 4 egg yolks 2 (14 oz) cans of sweetened condensed milk & 1 cup of bottled key lime juice. i had to bake for 20-25 minutes instead of just 15 minutes. We found out that it also tastes best when refrigerated for at least several hours. Hope you enjoy this pie as much as my family & I did! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2008
As written a four star recipe--with the modifications I made five star. First I thought this pie deserved a homemade graham cracker crust which I baked first then cooled. Thinking this would be a little too eggy with 5 yolks I used only four--perfect. I also knew the custard could stand a little more tartness so I added 1-1/2 tsp. of grated lime zest to the filling. Perfect. I baked it at 350 degrees for 15 minutes then when cooled topped the pie with 1 cup of sweetened whipped cream. Light and refreshing citrus-y pie and the perfect complement to a spicy Mexican meal. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2007
Great recipe! It was a little more tart than I like but that can be fixed by adjusting some of your measurements. I use the following: 3/4 c. key lime juice (Nelly & Joe's brand) 2 cans sweetened condensed milk and 4 egg yolks. It comes out perfect EVERY time and people constantly ask for the recipe. Trust me... these measurements are the way to go. I've made it this way probably 20 times at least!!! You can also easily cut back on fat and calories by using lowfat sweetened condensed milk -- you will never know the difference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2003
Excellent pie. We recommend using 1 cup lime juice 4 yolks & 2 cans of condensed milk to fill the pie crust. Couldn't ask for an easier quicker tastier key lime recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2012
For those of you like me...born without common sense. Thoroughly mix the condensed milk and the lime juice. IN A SEPARATE BOWL...beat the egg yolks until smooth. Take a tbsp of the condensed milk and mix it into the eggs. When combined add another couple spoonfulls to the eggs. Now that your egg mix is no longer bright yellow add it to the big bowl of milk and lime juice...This is what people mean by tempering. If you just dump it all into a bowl together...you get really creamy filling with scrambled egg bits. Lime and egg DO NOT MIX ALONE. The citric acid will "cook" the eggs. Other than that this is a really good recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
After reading the recipe and several of the reviews I made an adjustment of my own that turned out great. Instead of the yolks I used 4 whites and two cans of fat-free cond. sweetened milk. It was light tasted great and even the health-nuts loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2003
This pie is so divinely good! I used all 5 egg yolks and about a can and a half of sweetened condensed milk. I also increased the amount of lime juice to about 2/3s of a cup - these proportions gave it the perfect amount of sweet-tart flavor for my tastes. I also added the zest of 3 key limes for extra flavor and 2 small drops of green food coloring for a very light lime color. While I usually prefer whipped cream I topped it with whipped topping because that is what my boyfriend's family prefers (I had cooked dinner for them.) and I think it works better with the rich filling than heavy cream would. Light cream would probably be just as good. Everyone loved this pie... its easy quick and delicious. What more could you want? Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/14/2003
I feel as if perhaps I have done something wrong with this recipe because my family all hated it. We are big key lime pie fans and used authentic key lime juice. The pie was extremely dense like a very dense cheesecake. All of the KLP we have had in Florida (including very recently) has been smooth creamy and sometimes even very light as if whipped cream had been added. We've had some of the best in Florida. This was a huge disappointment. Read More
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