15 Tangy Lime Recipes to Make Your Mouth Pucker

A Squeeze of the Fragrant Fruit Can Transform a Dish

The Spruce

Summer is the perfect time to introduce a little lime to your palate. From curries to iced sorbet, the tiny fruit can make a big difference to a broad range of dishes. Use it to add a fragrant, zesty flavor to desserts, drinks, and mains and you'll see why the versatile ingredient should become a cooking staple.

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    Homemade French Lime Sorbet

    Dave Carlin

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

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    Creamy Avocado Lime Salad Dressing

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    If you're not head over heels for lime yet, you will be with this amazing avocado lime salad dressing. Making dressing at home is simple, whether with a blender, food processor, or just a fork.

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    Key Lime Pie Fudge

    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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    Honey, Ginger, Lime, and Rum Glazed Shrimp

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    All the signature flavors of the tropics come together in this tasty shrimp dish. Marinated in a mixture of honey, ginger, lime, and rum, the shrimp can be used to top a tasty salad or served alongside beans and rice.

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    Vegan Key Lime Cheesecake

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    Even those committed to a vegan diet can delight in the tropical tastes of key lime pie thanks to this citrus-infused cheesecake. Tofutti cream cheese gives the cake its luscious texture, while a vegan pre-made pie crust means there's no baking needed.

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    Thai Lime Roast Chicken

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    A sweet lime sauce and a kick of chili make this roast chicken a surefire hit for serving crowds or just for everyday meals. Make sure there's chicken stock or water in the bottom of the pan while roasting to the meat comes out juicy and tender.

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    Lime Coconut Bars

    Elizabeth LaBau

    For a lime-y twist on the classic lemon square, try these lime coconut bars dusted lightly with powdered sugar. If possible, try to use freshly squeezed lime juice rather than the bottled kind for maximum flavor intensity.

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    Cilantro Lime Grilled Tofu

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    Here's a tasty vegetarian entrée that even meat eaters will love. Cilantro and lime are a classic culinary pairing, so add that to some mouthwatering tofu and throw it on the grill for a healthy summer meal.

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    Lemon Lime Yogurt Torte

    Lora Wiley-Lennartz

    This torte combines a graham cracker crust, lemon-lime gelatin, and a tangy yogurt filling to form one irresistible dessert. It needs to be made in advance since it requires a few hours to chill, but it's guaranteed to be a winner for any summer entertaining.

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    Thai Lime Leaf Green Curry

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    A list of lime recipes would not be complete without a classic curry dish. This green curry is a staple of Thai cooking and one that any fan of the island cuisine should master. This recipe requires Kaffir lime leaves, which can usually be purchased at many Asian food specialty stores.

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    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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    Pan Seared Mahi Mahi With Lime Marinade

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    Mahi mahi is a traditional Hawaiian seafood entree cooked outdoors on a grill or seared on the stove. Flavored with lime, garlic, dried oregano, and cumin, this version only takes 30 minutes of marinating time to give the fish a citrusy punch.

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    Sea Scallop Salad With Honey Lime Dressing

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    This recipe for a sea scallop salad is a lovely light and fresh meal for warm weather. The honey lime dressing is extremely easy to make and pairs deliciously with sweet shellfish. We recommend serving it on a bed of mixed greens — arugula and mesclun pair particularly well.

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    Colorful Fruit Kebabs With Vanilla Lime Yogurt Dip

    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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    Grilled Cumin Lime Chicken: Pollo a la Plancha

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    These delicious grilled chicken breasts are first brined in salt water for four hours in the fridge (or just overnight) to maximize on flavor. The entire 12 hour process may seem long, but you won't be disappointed by the succulent sweet-tart result.