Joe’s Stone Crab Key Lime Pie (copycat)

by Alli

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. I happen to love Joe’s Stone Crab Key Lime Pie.

Joe's Stone Crab Key Lime Pie Copycat Recipe

For one hundred years, Miami natives and tourists 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 and tart. It’s creamy and 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

Joe’s Stone Crab Key Lime Pie

I actually made 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.

Joe's Stone Crab


Serving of Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie is made with fresh key lime juice. It has a creamy tart-sweet filling and topped with homemade whipped cream.


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup fresh key lime juice
  • For crust:
  • 1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar


  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 350º F.
  3. In a 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.
  6. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Whipped Cream

  1. Place a metal mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the freezer and place sugar and heavy whipping cream in the bowl. Whip until the cream reaches stiff peaks. Be careful not to over-whip.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6-8 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 413Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 167mgSodium 200mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 1gSugar 21gProtein 5g

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Helpful Hint:  You can also buy a ready made graham cracker crust or bake them in small pans like I did the last time I made this pie. I make it often!

Always Use Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Never 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, they are a specific variety of lime and more aromatic and more tart than regular limes. Read all about key limes here!

Serving of Key Lime Pie

Time to give it up!  What’s your favorite pie?

This is my family's favorite key lime pie. It's tart, sweet and creamy. It's a keeper!

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Lisa July 23, 2014 - 7:29 am

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.

Alli July 23, 2014 - 7:52 am

If you ever get the chance, go! It’s a great restaurant.

Shirley Wood July 23, 2014 - 8:27 am

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!

Alli July 23, 2014 - 9:53 am

It’s my hub’s and my son-in-law’s favorite dessert and it’s so super easy!

Rebekah July 23, 2014 - 8:30 am

They were delicious! Josh loved them. He gave me one and he ate the rest. 🙂

Alli July 23, 2014 - 9:53 am

I’m so glad Josh loved them!

Logan Cantrell July 23, 2014 - 9:58 am

These look great! I’ve never been to Miami, but if I ever do, I’ll be sure to eat there.

Alli July 23, 2014 - 10:11 am

And when you go, make sure you wear that awesome orange tunic! It’s awesome!

Louida July 23, 2014 - 10:06 am

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.

Alli July 23, 2014 - 10:10 am

And I’m loving your summer travel series!

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) July 23, 2014 - 11:17 am

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 .

Kristen from The Road to Domestication July 23, 2014 - 2:43 pm

I’ve never eaten there, but these are SO cute!!!

krystalskitsch July 23, 2014 - 2:46 pm

First off, I need to go here. Second off, I need to make this recipe. 🙂

Alli July 24, 2014 - 7:29 am

When you go, watch for celebs – sometimes they jet in just for lunch or dinner! 🙂

Madaline July 23, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Key Lime Pie is my number one fav dessert in the summer! I will def be making this at the beach!

Madaline July 23, 2014 - 3:58 pm

(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!?)

Alli July 24, 2014 - 7:29 am

Goes great with the beach!

Sarah July 24, 2014 - 7:19 pm

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!

Zan July 25, 2014 - 4:57 pm

I don’t think I have ever mad key lime pies before – but anything with lime or lemon sounds good to me!

Alli July 25, 2014 - 5:58 pm

It’s so good, Zan!


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