Quick: What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions Key limes? Key lime pie, most likely.

Smaller, rounder, less acidic more fragrant than their more traditional relative and with a thin, leathery skin, the Persian/Tahitian lime, the Key Lime is used in many tropical cuisines throughout the world.

It’s also known as the Mexican or West Indian lime—although it originated in the Indo-Malayan region of southern Asia.

Key lime juice can be used in place of regular lime juice in anything, from cocktails to salad dressings (including fruit salad, where just a squeeze will suffice), on chicken and fish/seafood, in marinades, sauces and soups.

It’s Key lime season: June through August (although National Key Lime Pie Day is September 26th). So check out the recipes below, along with these articles on Key limes.

Key limes didn’t originate in the Florida Keys, but they were brought there by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the early part of the 16th century;.

> The history of Key limes.

> The history of Key Lime Pie.

> What are Key limes?

> The different types of limes.

> How to store lemons, limes and other citrus fruits.
 
 
KEY LIME RECIPES
 
Savory Recipes
A squeeze of juice will enhance the flavor of many dishes including:

  • Chicken and seafood
  • Green salads
  • Marinades, sauces
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    Check out:

  • Cilantro-Key Lime Chicken Soup
  • Grilled Key Lime Chicken
  • Grilled Swordfish With Key Lime Salsa
  • Key Lime Chicken Taco Skewers
  • Key Lime Vinaigrette
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    Sweet Recipes

    From fruit salads to fudge and lemon curd, we love Key lime juice in:

  • Classic Key Lime Pie
  • Deconstructed Key Lime Pie
  • Ice Cream & Grilled Fruit With Key Lime
  • Key Lime Bars
  • Key Lime Cheesecake Pancakes
  • Key Lime Donuts
  • Key Lime Meringue Pie
  • Key Lime Pie Recipe
  • Key Lime Pot de Creme Recipe
  • Yogurt Key Lime & Honey Pie With A Pretzel Crust
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    Plus many more dessert recipes: cookies, cupcakes, frozen yogurt, ice cream and truffles.

    Drinks

    Use Key limes in any lime-accented cocktail: Caipirinha, Daiquiri, Dark and Stormy, Gimlet, Lime Rickey, Margarita, Mojito, Moscow Mule, Pisco Sour.

    Squeeze it into sparkling water or a soft drink.

    Don’t forget iced tea (especially herbal iced tea).

    And certainly, don’t forget limeade:

  • Key Lime Limeade
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    [1] Just-picked key limes and their leaves (photo © Lena Kulybaba | Unsplash).

    Key Lime Vs Persian Lime
    [2] Persian/Tahitian limes and the smaller, rounder Key limes. These Key limes have a yellowish peel because they ripened on the tree longer (photo Evan Dempsey | © The Nibble).


    [3] Key Lime Pie (photo © Morton’s The Steakhouse).


    [4] Key Lime Bars—better than lemon bars! (photo © My Baking Addiction).

     

      

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