Classic Lemon Pie


This is the best lemon pie ever! It is always a hit. It is a family recipe that even those who do not like lemon pie, love. A must try!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
1 9-inch pie


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup milk

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 3 large egg yolks, slightly beaten

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 (9 inch) baked pie crust

Meringue (Optional):

  • 3 large egg whites

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  1. Combine sugar, milk, butter, lemon juice, egg yolks, cornstarch, and lemon zest in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let cool, about 30 minutes.

  2. Fold in sour cream; pour into the baked pie crust. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

  3. Beat egg whites, sugar, and cornstarch together in a bowl using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue on top of filling, right up to the edge of the crust.

  4. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  5. Broil in the preheated oven until meringue is lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
19g Fat
48g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 145mg 3%

* 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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