My Mom's Lemon Meringue Pie


This is my mother's lemon meringue pie recipe and it is one of my all time favorite desserts. You can add a bit more lemon zest if you want it to be more tart! Don't let pie cool before putting on meringue.

close up view of a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie on a paper plate, and a Lemon Meringue Pie in a pie pan
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
8 servings


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 3 eggs, separated

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ cup white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Press pie crust into a pie plate.

  2. Mix sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice, and lemon zest together in a bowl; pour into pie crust.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

  4. Five minutes before pie is done, beat egg whites and cream of tartar together in a bowl using an electric mixer on high speed until foamy. Slowly add sugar to egg white mixture and continue beating until meringue forms stiff peaks, about 5 minutes.

  5. Remove pie from oven and increase temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread meringue onto warm pie, making sure meringue goes all the way to the edges creating a seal. Using the back of a spoon, dab the meringue and pull up, creating peaks across the pie.

  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature for 1 hour and store in the refrigerator.

Cook's Note:

Make sure bowl, beaters, and all utensils that will be used for the meringue are super clean, no grease!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
14g Fat
51g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 40g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 257mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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