Copycat Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Recipe

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If you happen to crave for some key lime pie, you’d be directed to the state of Florida Keys. It was even declared as an important symbol during the mid-’90s. Though the humble beginnings of key lime pie are still up for debate, it didn’t stop the locals from making their own version of the dish. Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Pie became a town favorite for their mouth-watering pies. So, for this recipe, we’ll be teaching you how to make a Copycat Kermit’s Key Lime Pie recipe.

Key lime juice mixed with creamy condensed milk results in a sweet and tangy flavor. The graham cracker crust holds it all together with dollops of whipped cream on top. When making key lime pie, we highly recommend buying key lime juice. Juicing the fruits on your own might take up too much time and effort.

And yes, don’t mistake key limes for regular limes! They’re way smaller in size but have a bold, floral aroma. They appear slightly yellow and contain more seeds. Taste-wise, key limes are bitter and tarter than the common Persian lime. Key lime’s refreshing acidic punch and aromatic fragrance make it the ideal choice of lime for desserts. 

Of course, this mouthwatering dessert wouldn’t be complete without an array of drinks. Check out our Raspberry Lemonade Floats recipe for a family-friendly drink. Both these recipes are a creative touch to any citrus fruit you might have lying around your kitchen. So, grab your limes, and let’s start baking!

How To Make Copycat Kermit’s Key Lime Pie

  • 1 (9-inch) Graham Cracker Piecrust
  • 2 14-oz cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 cup Kermit’s Key Lime Juice

For Whipped Cream:

  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  1. Begin this recipe for Kermit’s famous key lime pie by preheating your oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Use your electric mixer to combine the milk and egg yolks on low speed until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour in Kermit’s key lime juice and continue beating until well combined. Pour this fabulous mixture into the piecrust.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Let cool unrefrigerated for 20 minutes before setting in the refrigerator to set.
  5. While your pie is chilling, go ahead and make the whipped topping. Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Once chilled sufficiently, pour the sugar into the mixing bowl along with the cream. Whisk this mixture until the cream turns into stiff peaks.
  7. Serve chilled with whipped topping and candied limes.

How To Make Copycat Kermit's Key Lime Pie

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A timeless pie from Florida, this decadent Copycat Kermit’s Key Lime Pie is bursting with flavor from filling to crust. You can whip it up in a jiff and it’s so easy to make!

Preparation Time: 40 mins
Chill Time 3 hrs
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
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For the Pie:

  • 1 graham cracker piecrust (9-inch)
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk 2 cans
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ½ cup Kermit’s key lime juice

For Whipped Cream:

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to use when making the whipped cream.

  2. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.

  3. Use an electric mixer to combine the milk and egg yolks at low speed until the mixture is smooth.

  4. Pour in Kermit’s key lime juice and continue beating until well combined. Pour the mixture into the pie crust.

  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

  6. Let it cool for 20 minutes and place it in the refrigerator to set for 3 hours.

  7. In the chilled mixing bowl, pour the sugar along with the cream and whisk until the cream turns into stiff peaks

  8. Scoop the whipped cream in a piping bag and pipe the frosting on the surface of the pie.

  9. Top it off with candied lime and serve it chilled. Indulge in this decadent Kermit’s Key Lime Pie!

Recipe Notes

  • By the time you’re making the frosting, it’s important to chill the bowl and whisk. This keeps the cream cold and traps the air to maintain a light and fluffy consistency. Plus, we want this dessert served chilled all the way.

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  • Calcium: 178mg
  • Calories: 331kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Cholesterol: 204mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 221mg
  • Protein: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Sodium: 105mg
  • Sugar: 31g
  • Vitamin A: 764IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

How do I make candied lime?

Prep your limes by slicing them into thin rounds. In a saucepan, combine ¾ cups of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Dissolve the sugar in medium heat and toss in your limes. Let it simmer for 15 minutes and place it on a non-stick baking sheet. Pour extra syrup in each slice and store them in an airtight container. Place them in the freezer and you can easily grab the slices when you’re ready to use them.

Can I substitute Kermit’s key lime juice with regular key lime juice?

Yes! However, remember that we’re making a copycat recipe. It wouldn’t be Kermit’s key lime pie without their specialty juice. Using a regular key lime juice would just make it a classic key lime pie.

Copycat Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Recipe


This Kermit’s Key Lime Pie is a burst of refreshing flavors and contrasting textures. You’d taste that tart and sweet filling with a creamy custard texture, with an added crunch from the graham cracker crust. Top it off with some whipped cream and candied lime and you got yourself a decadent dessert for the summer.

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