Tangy and Delicious: Fresh Lime Pie Recipe

Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever tasted a pie so delicious that it takes you on a journey to the British Virgin Islands with just one bite? Well, if you haven’t, then I’m here to tell you about an exquisite dessert that will undoubtedly transport you straight to the islands.

Fresh Lime Pie is a dessert that is synonymous with the British Virgin Islands’ exotic beauty and charm. It’s an easy-to-make recipe that uses sweetened condensed milk, limes, eggs, and butter for its creamy filling. The graham cracker crust gives it the perfect balance of texture and flavor.

This dessert has a unique tangy and sweet flavor that comes from the juicy limes used in making it. It also has a slight hint of creaminess that leaves you feeling satisfied and longing for more.

Whether you are hosting guests or having a family dinner, this dessert is sure to win everyone’s hearts over. In addition, if you love key lime pie, then this recipe will give it a strong run for its money because Fresh Lime Pie is indeed the Virgin Islands’ best-kept secret.

So let me invite you to take a trip down memory lane with this British Virgin Islands’ Fresh Lime Pie recipe. Trust me when I say it’s worth it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fresh Lime Pie (British Virgin Islands)
Fresh Lime Pie (British Virgin Islands)

Looking for a recipe that will transport you to the sunny British Virgin Islands with just one bite? Then look no further than this Fresh Lime Pie recipe! I can guarantee that you will fall in love with this zesty and absolutely delightful dessert, and here’s why:

First of all, the star ingredient of this recipe is fresh lime – giving it a tangy and intense flavor that is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the sweetened condensed milk. This combination creates a heavenly taste that will leave your taste buds tingling with pleasure.

Furthermore, this recipe is incredibly easy to make – requiring only a handful of ingredients that are easily accessible from any grocery store. And it gets even better – you won’t even need an oven to make this pie! That’s right, you can create this scrumptious dessert using just a travel stove, making it the perfect choice for those who want to whip up something delicious while on vacation, or simply those who want to save time and effort.

Let’s not forget about the versatility of this recipe – it’s perfect for serving up as a refreshing dessert during hot summer days, but can also be enjoyed all year round. You can also switch it up by adding some mango sauce or pairing it with your favorite chiffon cake recipe for an unforgettable taste sensation.

If you are hosting a dinner party or looking for an easy yet impressive dessert option, then Fresh Lime Pie has got your back. This is the best key lime pie recipe you will ever come across – and I guarantee that once you try it, you’ll be adding it to your regular dessert rotation every chance you get!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven on a plate!
A slice of heaven on a plate!

The perfect blend of tangy and sweet ingredients

To create this delicious Fresh Lime Pie, you’ll need a few key ingredients that come together for a perfect balance of tangy and sweet flavors. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sugar: You’ll need sugar for the crust and the filling, so make sure to have enough on hand.

  • Cream of tartar: A small amount of cream of tartar can be added to stabilize the egg whites when making the meringue topping.

  • Lime: Freshly-squeezed lime juice and zest are the star ingredients in this pie. Look for plump and juicy limes at your local grocery store.

  • Sweetened condensed milk: This creamy and sweet ingredient is a must-have for creating the silky-smooth texture of the filling.

  • Eggs: You’ll need both whole eggs and egg yolks. They help to thicken the filling and give it structure.

  • Butter: Melted unsalted butter goes into the crust, which adds rich flavor and helps it to hold together.

With just these few ingredients, you’ll create a tart yet sweet filling with a crunchy, buttery crust that is sure to impress.

The Recipe How-To

 This tangy delight will make your mouth water.
This tangy delight will make your mouth water.

Now, it’s time for the main event: the recipe itself. Get ready to create a delicious Fresh Lime Pie that can transport you straight to the warm beaches of British Virgin Islands.

Ingredient List:

  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 6-8 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • Optional: whipped cream and additional lime zest, for serving

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, egg yolks, lime juice, and lime zest until well combined.

  3. Pour the lime mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust and bake for 15 minutes, or until slightly set.

  4. Meanwhile, in another mixing bowl, whip the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add in 3/4 cup sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

  5. After the pie has baked for 15 minutes, remove it from the oven and let it cool while leaving the oven on. Spread the meringue mixture over the pie filling to the edges of the crust creating pretty swirls on top.

  6. Put back into oven and Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

  7. Cool at room temperature before refrigerating for at least 2 hours before serving

(Optional) Serve with whipped cream and additional lime zest on top.

That’s it! With just a few simple steps, you can create this scrumptious and tangy Fresh Lime Pie that will impress all your friends and family.

Substitutions and Variations

 A tropical escape in every bite!
A tropical escape in every bite!

Are you craving a delicious Fresh Lime Pie but don’t have all of the ingredients on hand? No worries, my friend, because there are several substitutions and variations that you can make to adapt this recipe to your needs and preferences.

Firstly, if you can’t find fresh limes, you can use bottled lime juice instead. However, keep in mind that fresh lime juice will give your lime pie a much better taste than the bottled one. So if possible, try to use fresh limes.

If you want to make this pie lower in sugar or dairy-free, you can replace the sweetened condensed milk with coconut condensed milk or almond condensed milk. These options will work just as well as the traditional sweetened condensed milk and may even add an extra layer of flavor.

For those who are looking for a vegan version of this recipe, you can replace the eggs with a vegan egg substitute or simply leave them out altogether. Also, using vegan butter instead of regular butter will give the recipe a vegan twist without compromising on taste.

If you want to spice things up and add some extra flavor to your Fresh Lime Pie, you can top it with a homemade mango sauce or serve it with whipped cream. Another great variation is to turn this recipe into a Lime Chiffon Cake by pouring the filling into a cake pan instead of a pie crust.

In conclusion, experiment with different substitutions and variations to make this recipe fit your unique taste preferences. Remember that cooking is an art form, so don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

 A perfect balance of sweet and tart.
A perfect balance of sweet and tart.

As any dessert lover knows, enjoying a delicious treat is just as much about the presentation and pairing as it is about the flavor. With its tart and refreshing taste, this Fresh Lime Pie (British Virgin Islands) recipe is a truly versatile dessert that can be served in multiple ways.

One of my favorite ways to serve this pie is chilled, straight out of the fridge with a dollop of whipped cream. It’s the perfect treat for a hot summer day or after a spicy meal. For an added zing, try preparing a lime curd recipe to drizzle on top of your slice.

If you’re looking to up your pairing game, there are plenty of options to explore. The citrusy notes of this pie make it an ideal partner for mango sauce, which adds a fruity sweetness that complements the lime. Alternatively, for those who crave chocolate with everything, a side dish of dark chocolate shavings or curls is the perfect addition.

This pie is also quite photogenic so feel free to get creative with your plating! Some people prefer a simple design with minimal toppings, while others opt for fancier toppings such as candied fruit or even edible flowers.

No matter how you choose to serve it, Fresh Lime Pie (British Virgin Islands) recipe is sure to please everyone’s taste buds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The zesty aroma will make your kitchen smell amazing.
The zesty aroma will make your kitchen smell amazing.

Making ahead desserts is a smart move when you want to save time in the kitchen. This Fresh Lime Pie is one such dessert that can be made ahead of time and stored for consumption in the future. Once ready, the pie can be kept in the refrigerator or freezer, depending on your preference.

To make ahead, prepare the crust and lime curd filling as directed. Instead of baking, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to one month. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before proceeding with baking and garnishing.

For storing leftovers or unbaked pie, cover tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap to keep it safe from moisture and other impurities that may affect its texture or flavor. Store it in the refrigerator for up to four days or freeze it for later use.

When reheating fresh slices of the lime pie, allow the frozen pie slice to thaw out on a counter top at room temperature for 30 minutes before heating it in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until heated all through. Alternatively, you can also warm it up using a microwave setting at low heat for 30 seconds.

Keep in mind that during storage and reheating, some loss of texture may occur but the flavors of this dessert will still remain intact leaving you in no doubt that this recipe stands out among key lime pie recipes.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Just one slice of this pie will transport you to the Caribbean.
Just one slice of this pie will transport you to the Caribbean.

If you want to make a perfect fresh lime pie, there are some essential tips that you need to follow. Making a perfect fresh lime pie requires precision, patience, and attention to detail. Here are some tips that will help you make the best possible pie.

1. Always use fresh ingredients

The key to making a delicious fresh lime pie is to use fresh ingredients. Fresh limes are a must for this recipe, and it’s always best to use freshly squeezed lime juice. Sweetened condensed milk can also be used in this recipe, which should be new and unopened. When using eggs, make sure they are not expired and haven’t been sitting in your fridge for too long.

2. Use cream of tartar to stabilize whipped egg whites

Whipped egg whites provide the fluffiness of the pie’s topping, but they can quickly become floppy if not stabilized correctly. The secret is to add a small amount of cream of tartar (around 1/8 teaspoon per egg white) before whisking to stabilizing the eggs.

3. Beat egg whites at room temperature

When beating egg whites for your pie, make sure they’re at room temperature. This helps them reach their full volume when whipped and will create beautiful stiff peaks when you’re ready to fold them into the rest of the mixture.

4. Preheat your oven

It’s essential to preheat your oven as directed in the recipe instructions to ensure that your fresh lime pie cooks evenly without burning on the edges or undercooking in the middle. After baking, let it cool completely before placing it in the refrigerator.

5. Use unsalted butter melted for your crust

When making your crust, make sure you use unsalted butter melted slowly over low heat as this ensures it doesn’t brown, which may impact the overall color and taste profile of your pie.

By following these tips precisely, you’ll be sure to make a perfect fresh lime pie every time!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this fresh lime pie recipe is an excellent choice for anyone who loves tangy and refreshing desserts. The combination of the crispy crust, creamy filling, and zesty lime flavor will leave you in heaven with every bite.

Not only is this pie recipe flavorful and delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. The ingredients are simple, and the steps are straightforward, making it a great option for novice bakers or experienced ones.

Moreover, this fresh lime pie recipe is versatile and customizable. You can adjust the amount of sugar or lime juice to your liking, add toppings like whipped cream or mango sauce, or even experiment with key limes instead of regular ones.

Overall, if you’re looking for a dessert that’s bursting with tropical flavors and embodies the laid-back vibe of the British Virgin Islands, look no further than this fresh lime pie recipe. It’s sure to impress your friends and family and transport everyone to a sunny Caribbean beach in just one bite!

Fresh Lime Pie (British Virgin Islands)

Fresh Lime Pie (British Virgin Islands) Recipe

This recipe was featured on week 37 of my food blog, "Travel by Stove." I am attempting to cook one meal from every nation on Earth, and the British Virgin Islands is my 37th stop. Unless otherwise noted, my Travel by Stove recipes are taken from authentic or traditional sources, and this recipe has been posted without any alternations or additions to the ingredients. This recipe originally appeared in The Sugar Mill Caribbean Cookbook, but I have altered it to use the crust from a different Sugar Mill pie recipe (coconut cloud tart). The original recipe simply called for a refrigerated pie crust.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Caribbean, Citrus, Dessert, Fruit, Lime, Pie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 468.2kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • lime zest from 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the wafer crumbs with the butter and sugar and press down into the bottom of a pie pan. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the crust is just starting to brown. Let cool.
  • Put the eggs into a small mixing bowl and beat until they are thick and pale yellow. Stir the eggs into the condensed milk.
  • Add the lime juice and rind and pour over the crust. Set aside.
  • Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until the whites begin to thicken. Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until you get stiff peaks.
  • Spread the egg whites gently over the lime filling.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 to 25 minutes, or until the meringue begins to brown.

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Serving: 131g | Calories: 468.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 64.7g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20.7g | Saturated Fat: 9.9g | Cholesterol: 106.9mg | Sodium: 266.2mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 38.3g

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