The exact origins of Key Lime Pie are a little unclear, but the recipe can be attributed to the Florida Keys in the late 19th century. The first mention of this island dessert was via William Curry, Key West’s first millianaire. Traditionally, the Key Lime Pie is made from condensed milk, key limes, and eggs. But there are now thousands of variations.
As of 2006, the Key Lime Pie has been the “Official Pie of the State of Florida.” Legislation was actually passed by both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate.
As you can probably guess, pretty much every restaurant on the island serves a Key Lime Pie, and not one tastes the same. The best pie on the island in my humble opinion is from Blue Heaven. Brazalena also has a fabulous version. For whole pies, The Key West Key Lime Pie Factory has a great pie, and the owner, Jim Brush was actually featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay battling over the best Key Lime Pie recipe. And for a tangier version, Kermit’s offers whole pies as well as simply slices that you can enjoy in his courtyard.
Check out our recipe section for my own personal Key Lime Pie recipe.