Simple and Best Key Lime Pie

Kermit’s Key Lime Pie: A Taste of Key West Sunshine

key lime pieFor over 30 years, Kermit’s Key Lime Shop has been delighting taste buds with its iconic key lime pies and other tangy treats. What started as a small stand in front of Papa’s Restaurant in Key West has grown into a beloved institution, thanks to the vision and dedication of Kermit Carpenter and his family. The secret to Kermit’s success lies in their commitment to quality and authenticity. They use only genuine key limes, which are smaller and more acidic than regular limes, giving their pies a distinct flavor and texture

The recipe is simple but perfect: sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, key lime juice, and a graham cracker crust

The result is a smooth, creamy filling with a bright, zesty kick that captures the essence of the Florida Keys. Kermit’s Key Lime Shop has expanded over the years, now offering a wide range of key lime-infused products, from cookies and candies to sauces and marinades

They even have key lime-scented bath and body products for a truly immersive experience

With two locations in Key West, including a prime spot on the famous Duval Street, Kermit’s has become a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a taste of the island life.But it’s not just the delicious key lime pie that keeps customers returning. Kermit’s is known for their friendly, helpful staff and charming, inviting atmosphere. The shop itself is a cute, colorful slice of Key West culture, reflecting the laid-back, sun-soaked vibe of the island. So next time you find yourself in Key West, stop by Kermit’s Key Lime Shop and treat yourself to their legendary key lime pie. It’s like sunshine on a plate, a sweet and tangy reminder of the simple joys in life. And if you can’t make it to the Keys, don’t worry – Kermit’s ships their pies and other goodies nationwide, so you can enjoy a taste of paradise wherever you are.

My Take on Kermit’s Pie

For all the best reasons, I could never get Kermit’s recipe, so I reverse-engineered my own. With a few winks from Nellie and Joe, I fabricate a simple version that I truly believe rivals Kermit’s. So, give this a try.

Simple and Best Key Lime Pie
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The simplest and best Key Lime Pie going
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Key West
Serves: 9" Pie
  • 1-9" Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • 1- 14 ounce can of Sweetened Condensed Milk - Best Quality available
  • 3, Egg Yokes, large farm raised - high end
  • ½ Cup Nelie & Joe's Key Lime Juice. (No Substitutes)
  • Lime zest
  1. Combine milk, egg yolks, and lime juice together with zest and hand whisk until it is very smooth and thick. SLOW! Pour into pie crust.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Cool and refrigerate for 24 hours. Warning: Don't be tempted to try earlier!


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