Crazy for Crust

Apr 23

Lime Curd Pie

I can eat lemon and lime curd from the jar with a spoon, but I usually try to avoid it because it just seems…wrong.

This pie makes it okay to eat straight curd, because it has a crust. Lime lovers, rejoice. The Lime Curd Pie is here.

Lime Curd Pie - a graham cracker crust filled with homemade lime curd. Perfect for any citrus lover!

This pie has solved so many problems for me.

I used to make lemon curd and wonder if I could substitute limes and make lime curd.

Guess what? You can!

I used to make lemon curd and want to eat it straight from the jar, but I never did because it just seemed like an addicts way of doing things. Like…drinking vodka straight from a bottle or something. Or pouring Frosted Flakes into your mouth…from the box.

This pie makes it perfectly acceptable to eat lime curd. Because it’s a lime curd pie: a graham cracker crust filled with freshly homemade lime curd.

I can’t wait to try it with lemon. And orange!

Teenys Tour of Pie

This pie comes from the new cookbook Teeny’s Tour of Pie by Teeny Lamothe. It’s a gorgeous cookbook that’s right up my alley – it’s full of pie!

Teeny has always loved pie and as her love grew and her passion for pie increased, she decided she wanted to open a pie shop. She figured the best way to do that was to learn from the experts, so she traveled around the country apprenticing in pie shops to learn from the bottom up. During her year of pie baking and travel, she started a blog (Teeny Pies) and then decided to write a cookbook containing all she’d learned from her travels.

Teeny’s Tour of Pie is filled with 67 recipes including 10 no-fail crust recipes (!!!) to pair with your favorite fillings. Because she loves teeny pies more than anything else, many of the recipes include how to make 5-6 teeny pies from each traditional 9″ one. Her book is broken into sections for each season and while I wanted to make most of winter and all of fall, I decided to stick to the time of year and went with this Lime Curd Pie. It’s Teeny’s version of a Key Lime Pie…and OMG.

Best decision ever!

{Want your own copy of Teeny’s Tour of Pie? Scroll down to win a copy!}

Lime Curd Pie - a graham cracker crust filled with homemade lime curd. Perfect for any citrus lover!

I cannot tell you how much I am in love with this pie. It comes together in a snap and the flavor is out of this world. If you like lime – this is the pie for you.

A few notes about the recipe:

The crust is Teeny’s no-fail graham cracker pie crust. I used graham cracker crumbs (what can I say? I’m lazy) instead of grinding up graham crackers, but you can do either. Or, save yourself some time and buy a pre-made graham cracker pie crust.

The lime curd is super sweet and tart all at the same time. I know that limes are little and yield not much juice, but you totally need to just get the arm workout and squeeze them for fresh juice. Because this pie is ALL lime curd you want the freshest ingredients possible. (If you have access to key limes, I bet they’d be fantastic!) I used about 6 or 7 limes for the 1/2 cup of juice. Buy extra, because you never know how much juice is going to come from a lime.

Tip: when you’re squeezing fresh citrus for juice (lemons, limes, or oranges) you get the most juice out when they’re room temperature. If you’re pulling them from the refrigerator, heat them in the microwave for about 10 seconds before squeezing. And always give them a firm roll on the counter before slicing. You’ll get the most bang for your squeeze that way!

Another tip: zest the limes before juicing them. It’s way easier!

Something else I thought about after I made this pie: Cinco de Mayo. This would be the perfect pie to serve as-is at any Cinco de Mayo feast, but it would be super easy to make this into a margarita pie. This is untested, but add 1 ounce of tequila to the curd (with the lime juice) and cook as directed. It’ll add a layer of margarita flavor to the pie!

However you make this pie, just make sure you make it when company is coming over. It’s too easy to eat 3 slices and then you realize you’ve eaten the equivalent of 1/2 a jar of lime curd.

Not that I’d know or anything…

Lime Curd Pie - a graham cracker crust filled with homemade lime curd. Perfect for any citrus lover!

It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it!

Lime Curd Pie

Yield: 10 servings

A graham cracker crust filled with some of the best lime curd ever!


Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 9" pre-made crust OR make your own:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from 8-9 graham cracker sheets)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Lime Curd Filling

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 5-7 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest (about 2 limes), plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, diced
  • Whipped cream, lime zest, and/or fresh lime slices for serving


  1. Crust (if making your own; optionally you can use a 9" pre-made crust):
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Stir crumbs, sugar, and melted butter together with a fork. Press into a 9" pie plate. Bake for 5-7 minutes until slightly browned. Let cool completely before filling.
  4. Place eggs in a medium saucepan and whisk until combined. Whisk in sugar, salt, lime juice, and zest.
  5. Add the diced butter to the pan and turn on the heat to medium. Constantly whisk until the butter melts and the mixture begins to thicken, 5-10 minutes. Don't walk away, keep whisking, and make sure it doesn't boil. Once it thickens, remove it from the heat and pour it into the prepared crust. Let it cool and set completely at room temperature, at least one hour. Refrigerate uncovered until ready to serve. Garnish with lime slices and/or lime zest. Optionally, serve with whipped cream.


Want a margarita pie? Add 1 ounce of tequila to the lime curd mixture as it's cooking. (This is untested, but should work, and would give a great margarita flavor to the pie!)

Recipe reprinted with permission from Teeny's Tour of Pie by Teeny Lamothe.

Other pies I love:

Peanut Butter Chess Pie

Peanut Butter Chess Pie (4 of 5)w

All Butter Pie Crust

All Butter Pie Crust (5 of 6)w

Blueberry Crumble Pie

blueberry-crumb-pie (3 of 5)w

Sweets from friends:
Dark Chocolate Cream Pie by Chocolate, Chocolate, and More
Key Lime Pie Sugar Cookie Cups by Grandbaby Cakes
Samoas Chess Pie by Something Swanky


63 comments on “Lime Curd Pie

  1. I love this idea! It’s so perfect for this time of year, and a great switch-up from key lime. And gorgeous as well. Looks so refreshing and springlike!

  2. I am lime lover! I wish someone would make this pie for me!

  3. I have never even heard of lime curd…but WHY NOT?! I am totally obsessed with lemon curd…and pie…so this dessert is my new favorite ever. Until your next post :) Pinned!

  4. Blueberry pie is my very favorite

  5. I’m drooling over these photos…this lime curd pie looks AMAZING! What a great flavor combination!

  6. I love love love peanut butter pie!

  7. Oh my heck this is AWESOME! I just made lemon curd last night and totally had a few spoonfuls :) I’d feel much better about it if it were in a pie too! Pinning :)

  8. I’ ve eaten my fair share of lemon curd from the jar, but I’ve never tried lime curd. I can’t think of a better way to try it than this pie! Gorgeous color! Pinned!

  9. I’m drooling just a tad. I love anything lime!

  10. My next 2 recipes are…LIME! No way :) I have gone for 5 yrs with like 1. LOL But I promise, it’s not pie. Whew :)

    This is gorgeous & pinned!

  11. Mmm, this looks delicious!!! My favorite pie has always been lemon meringue, but truth be told, I never cared much about the meringue, just the lemon custard, so I think this pie would be PERFECT for me. Can’t wait to try it!!

  12. This looks right up my street! So delicious and perfect for a Spring dessert!

  13. fresh apricot – a brief seasonal treat!

  14. Strawberry Rhubarb is my favorite type of pie!

  15. My oh my, how I love this pie! I could totally eat lemon and lime curd just with a spoon too! Love this!

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  17. When you say oven do you refer to Otg oven or microwave? Then, can you please give me an eggless version of this Pie?

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  19. key lime pie, ALL the way!

  20. If it’s perfectly acceptable to eat PB straight from the jar with a spoon (which I do multiple times a day), then why not lemon or lime curd?? Besides, you make the rules in your own kitchen, so do whatever you want to do! :) And oh my goodness… I need you to re-teach me how to make pies. I haven’t made a regular one (crust and everything) in 2 years!! (At Thanksgiving, my mom is in charge of the crusts and I make the fillings, so that doesn’t count.) I tried baking a berry pie a few weeks ago using a refrigerated pie crust, and it turned out awful. The crust was so soggy and never baked through. I’ve never had to parbake anything before! Oof. Anyway, back to this gorgeous lime pie… It looks so pretty! I love the lime slices on top — the perfect touch!

  21. Oh boy. I have never heard of lime curd and I now want some immediately. I have to make this pie as soon as possible. It looks fantastic. My favorite kind of pie is sweet .

  22. I really don’t utilize lime enough in baking but yet I whip them out every time I need to season some chicken. I love love that you used it to make curd. I need to try that!! This pie looks amazing :)

  23. Banana Cream Pie all the way!

  24. I think this will definitely be my new favorite pie!

  25. Why have I never made lime curd?!? I’m a lemon curd addict. And I fully admit to eating it straight from the jar. Lime curd sounds like it would be equally amazing! Plus it’s in a pie?! This pie sounds delicious and looks beautiful. Pinning this one for later…now I just have to remind myself when making the curd not to eat it all so I can put it in the pie…

  26. Oh my yumminess! Lime curd? Please do! This is on my weekend to-bake list. Anything to do with citrus is my favorite! If a spoonful of sugar is good enough then a spoonful of curd is even better! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  27. I have always loved lemon pie the most, but, if this pie is as good as limeade, I’m in!

  28. Well, since I eat peanut butter and fluff straight from the jar, I definitely do not have a problem eating lemon or lime curd with a spoon :-) This is an absolutely gorgeous looking pie girl!!!

  29. I am a HUGE lime addict and this sounds amazing!

  30. I am totally obsessed with lemon desserts including lemon curd so I know I would love lime curd. Haha I totally swipe a few spoonfuls of lemon curd straight from the jar but in a pie form? That sounds even better. This pie looks amazing! Pinning :)

  31. I love Key Lime pie, especially when I get the Key Limes from my in-laws tree. They are the best!

  32. Dorothy, I’m a sucker for curds of any kind (especially lime) and this pie looks like my definition of happiness! And I’m so with you with eating lemon curd straight from the jar :)

  33. I love limes. Must make this soon!

  34. Key Lime Pie :)

  35. I love any citrus pie but lemon merengue is my favorite. I go crazy over lemon and lime curd so I’m super excited to try this pie!

  36. Wait. Are you saying I can’t eat curd from the jar? I’m going to be rebel then 😉

  37. It’s my last day teaching my grade 11 enriched math class tomorrow, and I was looking for a pie to bake. (Pretend like it’s math..) This looks perfect!

  38. This is such a beautiful pie, Dorothy! I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of citrusy desserts usually, but my husband LOVES lime pie. I have to keep him happy, so I think I’ll be making this for him :) Thanks and stumbled!

  39. My mouth is watering while thinking about this pie, Dorothy! I love anything tart, especially when it’s from lemons or limes. What a lovely pie. Pinned!

  40. I love peanut butter pie with an Oreo cookie crust!

  41. Its a tie between key lime and coconut custard mmm

  42. I’ve been wondering if I could make my own lemon curd and this recipe looks like something I can handle. Thanks!

  43. This looks so amazing. Blood Orange Curd would be tasty in that. My favourite pie is Strawberry Basil

  44. I freaking love lime curd (or any variety of curd for that matter!) This looks amazing Dorothy!

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