No Bake Key Lime Pie

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No Bake Key Lime Pie is a tart and tangy recipe that's perfect for spring and summer! Cool and creamy key lime filling is topped with homemade whipped cream for an easy, no-bake dessert!

key lime pie decorated with whipped cream and limes.

Why This Pie Is Amazing

I have a confession to make. I've been making this old-fashioned pie recipe for over 50 years. It's one of the first recipes I learned to make, and still one of my favorites today! Chances are, you've made a version of No Bake Key Lime Pie too. Isn't it amazing?

I love how easy and versatile this no-bake recipe can be. Serve it at room temperature, and it tastes like a pudding. Store it in the refrigerator for a few hours, and it turns into a pie. Pop it into the freezer overnight, and you've got a frozen icebox dessert!

No matter how you slice it, make sure you take a big bite 'cause it's tart, tangy and refreshing.

Trust me, you'll want to hang on to this recipe, because it's perfect for barbecues, picnics, potlucks and parties of all shapes and sizes!

no bake key lime pie with green towel and limes.

Ingredients

You'll only need 6 ingredients for this easy key lime pie recipe!

  • cream cheese - use full fat version for best results
  • key lime juice - (ad) Nellie and Joe's brand is tangy and delicious
  • sweetened condensed milk - puts the sweetness in the pie
  • fresh limes - for zest and decoration on top of pie
  • graham cracker crumbs - makes the perfect crust
  • butter - binds the crust together
  • whipped cream - optional topping
side view of key lime pie with server beside it.

Instructions

Start by beating cream cheese with a mixer until it's softened. Add key lime juice (ad) and beat until lumps are gone. Don't worry if there are some small lumps that stick around.

Fold in the sweetened condensed milk and beat until fluffy. Zest one lime into the filling and stir well. Store filling in the refrigerator while you're making the crust.

Place graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl. Melt butter and add it to graham cracker crumbs. Mix with hands until crumbly.

Press graham cracker crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate. Take filing out of the refrigerator and pour it into the crust. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or freeze overnight for a frozen pie.

After pie has cooled, decorate with sliced limes and whipped cream as shown in the photos. This is completely optional since the pie tastes great without any toppings!

plain pie before it's decorated.

Recipe FAQS

Can I substitute lemon juice for lime?

Yes, you can substitute lemon juice but then you'll have to change the name to lemon cream pie!

How long can key lime pie stay in the refrigerator?

Key Lime Pie will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week as long as it's sealed in an airtight container.

Can key lime pie be frozen?

Absolutely! This recipe freezes great and tastes amazing as an icebox pie! Or, you can freeze this pie for up to 3 months and thaw it overnight in the fridge before serving.

pie with key limes and whipped cream on top.

Expert Tips

  • Use key lime juice or fresh lime juice for best results. Bottled regular lime juice does not have the same flavor.
  • Mix the lime juice with the cream cheese and beat on high speed until fluffy. Always do this before adding sweetened condensed milk to avoid large lumps.
  • Stir in raspberries or strawberries for a different twist. Or, try Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie which is an adaptation of the same recipe, with the addition of tequila!
slice of pie surrounded by limes and a 'choose joy' spoon.

You can never have too much lime in your life. Try these other delicious lime recipes that will rock your world!

the perfect key lime pie that's no bake and topped with limes and whipped cream.

No Bake Key Lime Pie

No Bake Key Lime Pie is a vintage recipe that's perfect for any time of year! It's tart, tangy and refreshing!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Refrigeration: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 101kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

  • 2 8 oz pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • cup key lime juice ad
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 fresh limes
  • 1 stick salted butter melted
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • whipped cream optional

Instructions

  • Beat cream cheese until softened with a mixer.
  • Add key lime juice (ad) and beat until lumps are gone. Some small lumps may remain.
  • Fold in sweetened condensed milk and beat until fluffy.
  • Zest one lime into the filling and store in refrigerator while making crust.
  • Melt butter and add it to graham cracker crumbs in a separate bowl. Mix well with hands.
  • Press graham cracker crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate.
  • Pour filling into crust. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or freeze overnight for a frozen pie.
  • After pie has cooled, decorate with sliced limes and whipped cream. (optional)

Notes

  • Use key lime juice or fresh lime juice for best results. Bottled regular lime juice does not have the same flavor.
  • Mix the lime juice with the cream cheese and beat on high speed until fluffy. Always do this before adding sweetened condensed milk to avoid large lumps.

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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5 Comments

  1. I was thrilled to finally see a no bake Key Lime Pie recipe. But sad to see cream cheese in the pie. The original pie was condensed milk and lime juice. I have made it that way for 50 plus years. Cream cheese changes the taste.

    1. Hi Alice. I've never made it without cream cheese. How do you get it to set without adding cream cheese? The condensed milk and lime juice is mostly liquid. Do you use another binder? Would love to know your recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this version! How can cream cheese instead of egg yolks be bad!!! I know this will be super creamy deliciousness!

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