5 Key Lime Recipes You Need to Try

Key Lime Maracons
Photo: John Kernick

Key limes aren't just for pies — the flavor also makes for tangy, gorgeous macarons (with a surprise twist from the addition of fennel seeds). Read on for more of our favorite Key lime recipes.

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Andrew Zimmern's Key Lime Pie

Andrew Zimmern's Key Lime Pie
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If Key limes aren't available, try swapping in another tart citrus fruit, says Andrew Zimmern. "Remember that the sweetened condensed milk is very sweet," he says.

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Tangy Key Lime Pie

Tangy Key Lime Pie

Based on a recipe from the Florida Keys Cooking pamphlet, published in 1946 by Patricia's Notebook newsletter, this pie is not the ordinarily dense and cloyingly sweet version. Folding in beaten egg whites gives it a light, mousse-like texture. The pie needs to chill overnight, so plan accordingly.

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Brûléed Key Lime Tarts

Brûléed Key Lime Tarts
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When the famed Gray Kunz opened Grayz in Manhattan, he planned to pair every dish with a cocktail. What to have with this outrageous Oreo-crusted riff on Key lime pie? An elderflower martini.

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Key Lime Pie with Chocolate-Almond Crust

Key Lime Pie with Chocolate-Almond Crust
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Swap your traditional key lime pie crust with a chocolate graham cracker and ground almond version from teen blogger and dessert aficionado Elissa Bernstein, who campions grated lime zest in this recipe.

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Key Lime Macarons

Key Lime Maracons
John Kernick

These tangy, one-bite sandwiched meringues from Uyen Nguyen, the executive pastry chef who started Kirsh Baking Co. cookie delivery service. Get a surprise pop of flavor courtesy of fennel seeds.

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