20 Tangy Lime Recipes to Make Your Mouth Pucker

A Squeeze of the Fragrant Fruit Can Transform a Dish

Thai Chicken Stir-Fry

The Spruce/Diana Chistruga

Summer is the perfect time to introduce a little lime to your palate. Lime perks up every dish you add it to, from cookout-ready grilled meats, to easy sheet pan chicken dinners, Asian-style stir-fries, blended slushies, and the most delicious key lime pie. Use it to bring a fragrant, zesty flavor to all your summer desserts, drinks, and mains with this summer-ready recipe collection featuring the bright green citrus fruit.

A Word About Lime Season

Home-grown American limes, including the stronger, sweeter key limes, are at their peak in summer. Beginning in May, until the late fall, you can find locally-harvested limes at grocery stores, farmer's markets, and fruit stands. However, limes from Mexico and Central America, including key limes, are typically available throughout the year at North American supermarkets.

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    Peruvian Ceviche

    Peruvian Ceviche

    The Spruce/Ali Redmond

    Ceviche is a delicious, refreshing cold appetizer of raw seafood "cured" or "cooked" in highly acidic citrus juices. While some ceviches are mild in flavor, this classic Peruvian recipe packs a bold punch from a trio of fresh-squeezed citrus fruits, and a helping of spicy chile rocoto.

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    Mexican Chelada Beer Cocktail

    Mexican Chelada Beer Cocktail

    The Spruce/Julia Hartbeck

    Bright and bracing, the chelada is the ultimate summer drink. This classic Mexican beer cocktail is the simpler, less spicy cousin of the michelada, and needs only 3 simple ingredients — beer, lime, and salt. It's a great Father's Day tipple, and always hits the spot when you are in the mood for something cold and light on warmer days.

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    Thai Chicken Stir-Fry With Coconut, Chili, and Lime

    Thai Chicken Stir-Fry With Coconut, Chili, and Lime

    The Spruce/Diana Chistruga

    Skip delivery and whip up this 20-minute Thai stir-fry that tastes like you ordered in. Tender strips of chicken mingle with green beans, mushrooms, bell peppers, and fresh basil in a zesty, lime-spiked sweet and sour sauce. Serve it over rice or vermicelli noodles for an everyday meal that will wow your family.

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    Key Lime Pie

    Key Lime Pie

    The Spruce/Julia Hartbeck

    Tart, sweet, creamy, and incredibly easy to make, classic key lime pie is a great addition to your summer baking. The popular Florida dessert features a crunchy graham cracker crust, and a silky lime filling that is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Bake one up in just 30 minutes, for an outstanding summer treat.

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    Spiced Lime-Marinated Eye of Round Steaks

    Spiced Lime-Marinated Eye of Round Steaks

    The Spruce/Julia Estrada

    Inspired by Cuban flavors, this grilled steak recipe is sure to satisfy a carnivore craving. An easy marinade of bright lime juice, flavored with earthy cumin and coriander, brings outstanding balance to inexpensive eye of round steaks, and tenderizes the meat to allow for quick cooking on the grill.

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    Thai Crab Salad With Creamy Coconut-Lime Dressing

    Thai Crab Salad With Creamy Coconut-Lime Dressing

    The Spruce/D.Schmidt

    Fans of famed Canadian chef Susur Lee may recognize his influence on this creamy, summery Thai crab salad. It is essentially an Asian slaw, with the elegant addition of delectable crab meat, all coated in an irresistible, slightly spicy coconut-lime dressing. Garnish it with roasted peanuts for a stunning, restaurant-worthy luncheon salad.

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    Nimbu ka Achaar (Lime Pickle)

    Nimbu ka Achaar (Lime Pickle)

    The Spruce/Ahlam Raffii

    Trendy fermented foods are a restaurant secret for adding surprising twist to sandwiches, burgers, and even cocktails. Jump on the pickling trend with this popular, East Indian recipe for quick-pickled lime. Enjoy the sour and spicy pickles in the traditional way over rice, or get creative and work them into other dishes.

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    Creamy Avocado Lime Salad Dressing

    Creamy Avocado Lime Salad Dressing

    Elaine Lemm

    Fresh lime juice adds wonderful brightness to this essential avocado salad dressing. It's super creamy, but uses very little oil, thanks to the naturally rich texture of ripe avocado flesh. Ground cumin adds earthy balance, but you can leave it out for a simpler dressing.

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    French Lime Sorbet

    Homemade French Lime Sorbet

    The Spruce / Dave Carlin

    For those seeking a refreshing frozen treat, try this vibrant lime sorbet. The recipe is so easy to make at home and lighter in taste than cream-based popsicles or ice cream. It's the best way to cap off a summer cookout.

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    Apricot Lime Chicken, Potato, and Broccoli Sheet Pan Dinner

    Apricot Lime Chicken, Potato, and Broccoli Sheet Pan Dinner

    The Spruce/Miri Rotkovitz

    On busy weeknights, a single sheet pan proves the ultimate time-saving, cleanup-sparing family meal hack. It takes under an hour to cook a complete chicken and vegetable dinner with this easy recipe. Sprinkle a few dried cranberries on top, and it can sub in for the typical, labor-intensive Thanksgiving or Passover dinner.

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    Vegan Udon Noodles in Cilantro Lime Peanut Sauce

    Vegan Udon Noodles in Cilantro Lime Peanut Sauce

    Jolinda Hackett

    Liven up a plant-based diet with this stunning vegan dinner that you can get on the table in 15 minutes. Chewy udon noodles are dressed in a delicious peanut sauce flavored with plenty of lime and cilantro, for a satisfying vegetarian and gluten-free meal.

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    Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

    Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

    The Spruce/Kristina Vanni & Eric Kleinberg

    Recreate the signature cilantro lime rice from Chipotle with our copycat recipe. The flavorful blend of tangy lime juice and zest, and chopped, fresh cilantro, livens up a simple pot of steamed white rice. Add it to your burritos, fold it into a bowl of beans to make a meal, or plate it with spiced meats at summer barbecues.

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    Cilantro Lime Grilled Tofu

    Cilantro lime grilled tofu recipe

    The Spruce / Andrea Livingston

    Delight vegan guests at your outdoor barbecues with our Mexican-inspired cilantro lime grilled tofu. Served on skewers or in steak-like slabs, and flavored with a spiced cilantro and lime marinade, it's a fantastic meatless main dish for summer cook-outs that may even convert some carnivores.

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    Frozen Lime Daiquiri

    Frozen Lime Daiquiri

    The Spruce/Cara Cormack

    Boozy and cooling, frozen daiquiris are a fun way for grown-ups to cool down on hot summer days. Our bright-tasting blender drink is a cinch to whir up when guests visit your porch, balcony or backyard. Give it a big flavor boost by using freshly-squeezed lime juice, and a high-quality aged rum.

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    Key Lime Pie Fudge

    Key Lime Pie Fudge

    The Spruce/Elizabeth LaBau

    Key lime pie fudge turns the iconic pie into an easy snackable treat. Using white chocolate fudge, lime zest, and fresh juice, this recipe can be made and served at a party or given as a gift.

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    Lime Rickey

    Lime Rickey

    The Spruce

    The lime rickey is a classic non-alcoholic drink perfect for outdoor parties. Just three ingredients and a lime wedge garnish make this the ideal way to quench your thirst on a hot July evening. It can easily be converted to a cocktail if you wish—gin or tequila would be a wonderful pairing.

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    Lime Coconut Bars

    Lime Coconut Bars

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    For a limey twist on the classic lemon square, try these lime coconut bars. Smooth, sweet and tart, with a buttery, coconut-flecked shortbread crust, they make a great hand-held dessert for buffets and bake sales. Feel free to boost the custardy filling with some green food coloring for extra brightness.

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    Sea Scallop Salad With Honey Lime Dressing

    Sea Scallop Salad With Honey Lime Dressing

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    Easy enough for a weeknight, yet elegant enough for company, this light dinner salad is a snap to prepare. The lime and honey dressing is an ideal complement to pan-seared sea scallops. We recommend serving it on a bed of mixed greens, such as arugula and mesclun, for a delicious summer meal.

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    Colorful Fruit Kebabs With Vanilla Lime Yogurt Dip

    Colorful Fruit Kebabs With Vanilla Lime Yogurt Dip

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    These fruit kebabs with a vanilla lime yogurt dip are both kid and adult-friendly. For the young ones, cut the fruit into cute animal shapes. For adults, leave as is and serve in an "edible arrangements"-style bouquet as a party snack as a healthy dessert alternative.

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    Lime Agave Salad Dressing

    Lime Agave Salad Dressing

    The Spruce/Emily Hawkes

    Add zest to salad greens with this light and lovely lime agave salad dressing. Dairy-free and vegan, with a sweet citrus flavor that can't be beat, it is ideal for dressing a spinach and strawberry salad, adding to buffet-style bean salads, and even steamed vegetables.