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Last Day of Ice Cream Week: Frozen Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

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Yes, I’ve saved the best for last…This frozen Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Recipe is for all the key lime pie lovers out there. It’s decadent. Rich. Creamy. Sweet yet tart; exactly what you would expect from an amazing key lime pie except in ice cream form!

Enjoy and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine at the bottom of the post.

Key lime pie ice cream

Welcome to Day 5 of Ice Cream Week! (THE LAST DAY!)

I’m sharing a new ice cream recipe every day this week and giving away a brand new ice cream maker to one lucky reader! Make sure to check out yesterday’s recipe, Coconut Sorbet!  (giveaway form at the bottom of the post.)

Delicious Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Do you have a key lime pie lover in the house? Maybe somebody who’s been working hard in the yard in 100゚weather and deserves a special treat?

Or maybe it’s just the middle of the week and everyone needs a little pick me up to help make it to the weekend. If so, you’ve got to make this frozen key lime pie ice cream! It’s absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like key lime pie but in ice cream form.

And who says that your ice cream shouldn’t taste like pie or vice-versa?!

key lime pie ice cream

I just want you all to know that I saved the best ice cream recipe from Ice Cream Week for last. (At least, my hubby and I think so!) 

This frozen key lime pie ice cream recipe is a rich and dense ice cream and tastes just like a frozen version of key lime pie. 

This Key Lime Pie Ice Cream is almost too good to be true. It’s like combining the taste of summer with sweet and having a truly tasty celebration inside your mouth. And with only 4 ingredients, this is yet another homemade ice cream dish that is certain to wow your family and friends. 


key lime pie ice cream

How to Make Key Lime Ice Cream in the Ice Cream Maker

This is where this recipe is so simple. All you do is combine the ingredients and add them to your ice cream maker (I use this one) and follow the directions according to your ice cream maker. 

This recipe does contain eggs so you will need to heat the ice cream base first and then chill before processing.

That’s it, you’ll have some amazing key lime ice cream in no time!

Frozen key lime pie

Can I Make Key Lime Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker?

You definitely can, but the recipe is slightly different.  The reason this particular ice cream recipe is so good is that it tastes EXACTLY like Key lime pie!  (Note the 6 egg yolks, part of why it is so good.) 

To make this homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker. You will:

  • Eliminate the eggs and increase the cream to 2 cups
  • Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.  Set aside in the fridge
  • Combine the sweetened condensed milk with the lime juice. Gently fold and heavy cream into the condensed milk mixture until completely combined
  • Sprinkle in the graham crackers, add the mixture to the pan and freeze until firm. (about 6 to 10 hours)

How Long Will Homemade Ice Cream Last?

Since homemade ice cream does not have any stabilizers or preservatives added, it doesn’t hold up that long in the freezer.  Maybe 2 weeks in a regular container and up to two months in an airtight container like this one. (I do have and like this container, however homemade ice cream never lasts more than a day or two at our house.)

key lime ice cream

Lime Ice Cream Variations:

Lime Daiquiri: Add 1/2 cup rum to the mixture before freezing.

Margarita ice cream: add 1/4 cup tequila and 1/4 cup grand mariner (or other orange liqueur) to the mixture before freezing.

Lime coconut: Replace cream with coconut milk.

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key lime pie ice cream

Frozen Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 50 + freezer time
  • Yield: 1.5 quart 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: ice cream maker


This frozen Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Recipe is for all the key lime pie lovers out there. It’s decadent. Rich. Creamy. Sweet yet tart; exactly what you would expect from an amazing key lime pie except in ice cream form!


  • 1.5 cups heavy cream
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 to 15 oz
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 1 cup crumbled Graham Crackers


  1. Heat the cream in a saucepan to a simmer.
  2. Slowly beat the hot cream into the egg yolks.
  3. Pour the mixture back into the sauce pan and continue cooking, stirring constantly until the custard thickens and will coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat.
  4. Optional: If you spot any lump in your mixture, you can strain it through a fine mesh sieve.  (I did not have any egg lumps so I skipped this step.)
  5. Stir Sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice into the custard mixture/ key lime base.
  6. Chill mixture in fridge until completely cool.
  7. Process according to ice cream makers directions.  At the end of the processing time add in a 1/2 cup (or more) of crumbled graham crackers.
  8. Serve immediately or place in the freezer for a few hours to firm up


Ice cream will be dense, so process in the ice maker as long as you can to allow for more air to be incorporated.

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  1. This came out so good! like the best ice cream I’ve ever made!

  2. Currently making recipe for second or third time. It’s a winner. There’s an ice cream chain that makes same flavor. They put in nice chunks of sweet graham cracker crust. So for just a little more effort I first made graham crust, froze it broke it into chunks and then added it into my ice cream maker for the final 30 seconds or so. This time I actually bought a pre made graham pie crust, put it into freezer and followed same procedure.

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      That sounds amazing!!!

  3. We made this!! Literally so easy and would make again! we used regular lime juice and not key lime (because there is no difference in flavor and we already had lime juice on hand). we also crumbled a whole sleeve of graham crackers really fine (probably about 2 cups) and we loved having that throughout the ice cream. This tastes like real nice ice cream that you would buy at an ice cream shop. the texture is phenomenal. this is probably our best achievement with homemade ice cream.

  4. Just made this recipe last night and OMG!!!!!! Incredible…and it’s almost all gone. This was the first time I attempted an ice cream recipe with eggs and I regret not doing so earlier. What a difference!

  5. I just want to clarify something. The recipe says, egg yolks. So, not the whole egg, correct?

  6. Can you use the lime juice that comes in the lime container or does it have to be fresh lime juice?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Container is fine.

  7. If Making without eggs, do you still have to heat the cream?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      no you don’t. Also if you are not afraid of eating raw eggs, you don’t have to heat the mixture. (the purpose of heating the eggs is to kill of any potential bacteria from the raw eggs.) One thing to note, the recipe will not taste as rich and delicious without the eggs.

  8. I love key lime anything and want to make this recipe. Since I don’t make homemade ice cream often, I am confused as to when to add the sweetened condensed milk and lime juice for the ice cream maker version. Before or after the eggs are added?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Add the the sweetened condensed milk and lime juice at the end. Then chill and process according to your machined instructions.

  9. That looks delicious! Homemade ice cream wouldn’t last long in our house either!