This No Bake Key Lime Pie is a must try no bake dessert recipe! Creamy, smooth, sweet, & full of that tart key lime flavor inside a prepared graham cracker crust. So easy to make with some convenient ingredients like a ready to use crust, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and cream cheese. Top it off with a homemade key lime whipped cream for the best dessert.
For more key lime recipes be sure and try my Key Lime Cheesecake and these Key Lime Pie Cookies.
No Bake Key Lime Pie Recipe
This easy to make key lime pie is a no bake recipe that takes just minutes to prepare! The creamy, smooth, tart & sweet key lime filling is topped off with a key lime whipped cream, all inside a graham cracker crust.
It's a light, fluffy, smooth, cool dessert that is perfect for summertime or for any get together.
Here are the simple ingredients that you will need to make this recipe.
- Key Lime Pie
- Ready Crust Graham Cracker Crust - Make it easy and just use the store bought crust. I actually prefer the store bought crusts because they hold together better when cut, and don't crumble like homemade ones do.
- Cream Cheese - For best taste and texture use full-fat cream cheese.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Key Lime Juice - This is not the same thing as lime juice. This is a bottle of key lime juice that specifically says 'key lime juice' on the front. You can find it in the juice aisle next to the bottled lemon juice and other juices.
- Powdered Sugar - Just a little sweetener for the pie so it's not super tart.
- Key Lime Whipped Cream
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Key Lime Juice
- Powdered Sugar
- Lime Zest
How To Make an Easy No Bake Key Lime Pie
Learn how to make this easy no bake pie recipe with these easy step by step instructions. Read to the bottom of this post where there is a recipe card with the full recipe, including the ingredients, instructions, and all my tips.
- Cream Cheese + Sweetened Condensed Milk : Add the softened cream cheese and can of sweetened condensed milk into a mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until combined and smooth. Make sure no lumps of cream cheese are in the batter.
- Key Lime : Add the key lime juice and powdered sugar. Beat until combined.
- Pie : Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust. Cover with the enclosed plastic lid (from the crust) and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
- Whipped Cream : Prepare the key lime whipped cream by combining all the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer, or use a mixing bowl + hand mixer, and beat on low speed (increasing speed as needed) until stiff peaks form. Spread on top of the pie, pipe on top of the pie, or serve a dollop over each slice.
Tips For Success
Here are a few of my helpful tips so that you can have success with this recipe in your own kitchen!
- Refrigeration : This pie needs at least 8 hours, or even overnight, of fridge time so the pie can set, thicken, and the flavors can develop. Don't try to shorten the fridge time because it will affect the texture and taste of the pie.
- Key Lime Flavor : If you prefer a strong & tart key lime flavor, then omit the powdered sugar from the key lime pie mixture.
- Full-Fat Dairy Products : Use the real, full-fat cream cheese and the regular sweetened condensed milk in this recipe. The pie tastes so much better when full fat products are used instead of reduced-fat and lite products.
- Key Lime Whipped Cream Topping : Don't skip this! There are plenty of ways to serve the whipped topping. You can spread it on top of the whole pie. You can use a large piping tip + piping bag to pipe it on the edges of the pie. Or, dollop a spoonful of it over each slice of pie before serving.
No Bake Key Lime Pie FAQ's
- How Long Will Leftovers Last?
- The best thing about this key lime pie is that the leftovers get better and better! Leftovers will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. After that time, the crust will start to soften.
- I keep the leftovers inside the tin foil pie tin and cover it with the enclosed plastic lid (from the graham cracker crust).
- Can I Make It Ahead of Time?
- Yes you can! This pie needs at least 8 hours of refrigeration before serving.
- You can even make it up to 24 hours ahead of time too.
- Do not add the key lime whipped topping until right before serving.
- Can I Freeze a No Bake Pie?
- I would recommend not freezing this pie. Once thawed, the pie will separate and look curdled because of the dairy in it.
- Variation & Substitution Ideas
- Graham Cracker Crust : If you prefer homemade, then go ahead and make your own crust. Make sure it's a 9" pie size.
- Garnishes : I like that extra lime zest on top of the pie, but you can omit that if wanted. Sometimes the zest of limes and lemons can be bitter, so it's not always something that everyone likes.
More No Bake Pies You'll Love
- No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge Swirl Pie
- White Chocolate Berries & Cream Pie
- Cream Cheese Cherry Pie
- No Bake Coconut Cream Pie
- No Bake Snickers Cheesecake Pie
- Root Beer Float Pie
- Oreo Cream Pie
- No Bake Black Forest Pie
No Bake Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
- 1 (6 oz) 'ready crust' graham cracker crust
- 2 bars (8 oz each) cream cheese softened
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- ⅓ cup key lime juice
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Key Lime Whipped Cream
- 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon key lime juice
- zest of a lime optional
- In a bowl with a hand mixer, or bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until combined and no lumps remain. * To soften cream cheese : leave it on the counter prior to starting recipe. Or you can place the unwrapped cream cheese onto a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 30-45 seconds at the most. You want it soft to prevent lumps in the filling mixture, but not hot at all. So watch carefully.
- Add in the key lime juice and powdered sugar and blend until combined. Pour mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust and smooth out the top.
- Cover with the enclosed plastic lid from the crust and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
Key Lime Whipped Cream
- When ready to serve combine the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and key lime juice into a bowl. Beat together until thick and stiff peaks form. Start on low speed and increase as needed, this will avoid the cream from splashing everywhere as you beat it. Spread on top of the pie or put it inside a piping bag with a large tip, and pipe it on top of the pie. * You can either mix the lime zest into the whipped cream or zest it on top of the pie as shown in the pictures.
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I made this recipe for Father’s Day and my family all loved it!! They’ve all requested I bring it to our other summer family gatherings! Do you have any suggestions for making it in a larger quantity? Perhaps a 9x13 cake pan with homemade crust. Would I double the recipe?
Thank you so much!
Together As Family
I would just double the recipe and make two pies if you need to serve more people.
Tried this and it was delicious. I put the filling in little shortbread cups that I bought from Sam’s. Topped with a little cool whip. Very good
Easy to make and my family loved it!
Delicious! It was so refreshing for my husband after working hard outside. Thank you! The Walmart in my town does not carry key lime juice, so I juiced the key limes. In case anyone else has this problem, it took exactly 8 small key limes to make 1/3 cup of juice and I used the juice of 1 key lime to make the whipped cream. I cut them in half and used the Citrus Press from Pampered Chef to juice them, so easy, but I am sure you can use another juicer. I ran warm water over them and rolled them on the counter to make them easy to juice, for they were pretty dark. I hope this is helpful.
Sorry, forgot to rate it. 😆
Together as Family
Love your comment! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and what worked for you. So happy to hear you and your husband like it!