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authentic key lime pie recipe australia
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5 from 3 votes

Key Lime Pie

A sweet lime pie with a zesty bite.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Australian
Keyword: key lime pie
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 323kcal


  • 1 tart tin (about 25 x 3 1/2 cm)
  • 1 microplane or fine grater



  • 250 grams Granita biscuits (or other digestive biscuits)
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  • 135 grams butter, melted


  • 395 grams condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites (leftover egg white can be used in the optional meringue topping below or freeze for use later)
  • 4-5 limes (green and a little underripe is ideal) (you'll need 1/2 cup lime juice and zest from 3 limes)

Garnish and optional meringue topping

  • 1 lime (extra for garnishing)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar



  • Pre-heat oven to moderate (170 degrees celsius, fan-forced).
  • Grease the tart tin ((about 25 x 3 1/2 cm).
  • Crush or process biscuits to fine crumbs.
  • Mix in the coconut and melted butter.
  • Press biscuit mixture into tin (coating bottom and sides as evenly as possible) using a spoon and your fingers.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool before adding filling.

Filling, garnish and optional meringue topping

  • Reduce oven to slow (150 degrees celsius, fan-forced).
  • Beat egg yolks until they thicken a little and turn a more pale colour.
  • Gradually add condensed milk, 1/2 cup lemon juice and zest from 3 limes, beating after each addition. Then beat again for one minute.
  • Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form.
  • Fold egg whites through the filling mixture until combined and then pour into the cooled tart shell.
  • If you're making the optional meringue topping, beat the egg white until soft peaks form and then gradually add sugar. Beat until glossy and thick. Dob or pipe meringue mixture around the edge of the pie.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes. The filling should be set but still a little wobbly when you remove it from the oven.
  • Allow to cool and then chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  • Cut a few slices of the extra lime and place on top of tart. Sprinkle with zest from the extra lime.
  • Serve chilled with cream or ice cream.


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg