Joe’s Stone Crab Key Lime Pie (copycat)

One of my favorite restaurants is Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami (not to be confused with Joe’s Crab Shack). Will Smith once said that Joe’s was his favorite place to eat.  For one hundred years, Miami natives and tourists alike have dined alongside celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali and Jennifer Lopez.  Joe’s has been a south beach institution since 1913 and it’s one of the top 10 must-visit restaurants in Florida!

My husband loves the stone crabs and the key lime pie.  I love the key lime pie! Joe’s is really famous for their key lime pie and I finally perfected it (as close as it can be). Next time you’re in SoBe, be sure and find time to visit Joe’s and try the Key Lime Pie.  It’s cold.  It’s tart. It’s creamy.  It’s delicious.  (Or, just stay home and make mine!)  Joe’s has limited summer hours, so check before you go.  Here’s the address:

11 Washington Ave 
Miami BeachFlorida 33139

I actually made these mini key lime pies as an early birthday surprise for my son-in-law because I knew I would be out of the country on his birthday.  He simply loves these!  And I’m up for the mother-in-law of the year award because I take my own advice.  You can read it here!

Key Lime Pie

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Joes' Stone Crab Key Lime Pie (copycat)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅔ cup fresh key lime juice
  • For crust:
  • 1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  1. To make crust, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter together and press firmly to bottom and sides of pie plate. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. In mixer with wire whisk, beat egg yolks and lime zest on high speed until very fluffy (about 5 minutes).
  4. Gradually add the condensed milk and beat 3-4 minutes longer. Lower speed and gradually add the lime juice until combined.
  5. Pour into crust and bake 10 minutes. Cool and then refrigerate until well chilled.

Helpful Hint:  You can also buy a ready made graham cracker crust or bake them in small pans like I did so that everyone gets their own!  I tried to find the tiny tart pans with the removable bottoms, but couldn’t.

Also, never, ever use bottled lemon or lime juice when making a pie.  It will give it an artificial, yucky taste. And if you don’t have key limes on hand, go ahead and use the juice from regular limes.  It’s not quite the same, but really close.

Key limes are not just limes grown in the keys.  Actually, it’s a specific variety of  lime.  Read all about key limes here! Time to give it up!  What’s your favorite pie?

Joe's Stone Crab

Joe's Stone Crab is one of the top 10 restaurants in Florida and their key lime pie is the best I've ever tasted. I recreated it at home and nailed it!

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About Alli

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  1. These sound so good! I’ve never been to Miami, but if I ever make it I’d love to try this place. My husband loves sea food.
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  2. You certainly are up for the Mother-in-law of the year award! Those look super duper good! Pinning so I can make these for my hubs who loves anything Key Lime!
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  3. They were delicious! Josh loved them. He gave me one and he ate the rest. 🙂

  4. These look great! I’ve never been to Miami, but if I ever do, I’ll be sure to eat there.
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  5. Alli I love key pie and you’re killing me softly looking at these delicious pies! Your son-in-law is one lucky guy!

    I never been to Miami before, but it is on my bucket list of places to visit.
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  6. This sounds so yummy! I’ve never been to Miami but if I do I am going to Joe’s Stone Crab. I’ve pinned .
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  7. I’ve never eaten there, but these are SO cute!!!
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  8. First off, I need to go here. Second off, I need to make this recipe. 🙂
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  9. Key Lime Pie is my number one fav dessert in the summer! I will def be making this at the beach!
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  10. (I don’t know if my last comment save?!) Key Lime Pie is my number one fav dessert in the summer! I will def be making this while I’m down at the beach! (Doesn’t the beach go just great with Key Lime pie!?)
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  11. These look delicious I pinned them so I wont forget the recipe! I have never tried any citrus pie, I think it’s time to step out of my comfort zone!
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  12. I don’t think I have ever mad key lime pies before – but anything with lime or lemon sounds good to me!
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