15 Zingy Lime Recipes

Got lots of limes? Here are all the best lime recipes for how to use this zesty citrus, from limeade to dressing to mixed drinks.

Lime recipes

Got limes? We’ve got recipes. This mighty citrus fruit is one of the best ingredients to add to your cooking. Almost any recipe is better with a squeeze of fresh lime juice! It brightens the flavors and adds an unmistakable zingy nuance. They’re a staple in Mexican, Latin American and Southeast Asian cuisines.

If you’ve got lots of limes, the sky’s the limit! Make homemade limeade, a sweet tart tangy treat that’s positively delightful, or whip up a margarita if you love cocktails. Lime is perfect in dressings, sauces and vinaigrettes, or make it into a main dish dinner that will feed the whole family. These are some of our favorite recipes around, so…let’s get started!

And now…the best lime recipes to try!

More ways to use limes

Not sure about our top lime recipes? There are lots more ways to use this mighty citrus fruit. Here are some ideas:

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Limeade

Fresh Limeade (& More Lime Recipes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 (8 to 9 cups) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make refreshingly tangy limeade! This homemade drink uses less sugar than store-bought and gets more real, sweet tart flavor.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups lime juice (9 to 10 limes)*
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 cups water, divided
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Juice the limes.
  2. Add the sugar and 1 cup warm water to a large pitcher and stir until it is dissolved.
  3. Add 6 cups cold water and lime juice. Add ice and serve.

Notes

*To make it by the glass: Squeeze 2.5 tablespoons lime juice into a glass (1 large lime or 2 small). Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons warm water and stir until it dissolves. Add 1 cup cold water and a handful of ice. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Squeezed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lime Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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