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Citrus Ginger Pie Recipe

Citrus Ginger Pie is so luscious, so creamy, so rich, and so over-the-top delicious!  Serve this at a festive occasion, for an afternoon pick-me-up, or a dessert after a casual dinner.

Please note that in addition to the prep time and cooking time, the pie should chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours after it has cooled to room temperature, and before it's served.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword citrus pies and tarts, desserts for a crowd
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Refrigeration 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8 to 10
Author Valentina K. Wein


For the crust

  • dozen Ginger Snaps (regular or gluten-free)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice (Key limes are a lovely choice)
  • ½ cup fresh Ruby grapefruit juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger pulp
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup crème fraîche
  • 2 large eggs
  • about 1 tablespoon fresh lime zest


  1. Adjust a rack to the center of the oven and preheat it to 375°F.

For the crust

  1. Add the the Ginger Snaps to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Blend until you have very fine crumbs. Pour this into a mixing bowl and stir in the melted butter.
  2. Firmly press crumb mixture into the bottom and along the sides of a 9-inch pie dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated 375°F oven until it's just beginning to brown a bit, about 10 minutes.

  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F, and let the crust cool completely at room temperature.

For the filling

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the lime juice, grapefruit juice and ginger together. Then whisk in the sweetened condensed milk and crème fraîche. Once that's smooth, add the eggs and continue to whisk until the mixture is completely smooth.
  2. Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust and place it in the preheated 325°F oven.

  3. Bake for 30 minutes. (It should still be able to jiggle -- mostly in the center, and the edges will have solidified a bit more.)
  4. Let the pie cool completely, and then place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

Gluten-free Ginger Snaps are showing up all over the place in the last few months. At the moment you can find them at Trader Joe's and Gelson's Markets for sure. If you're not close to one of those stores, you can order them here.