Kaffir lime leaves are perfect for dessert, Thai dishes, and so much more. Learn what they are, how they taste, and which recipes absolutely call for it below!
Do you have a kaffir lime tree or wondering about all the amazing ways you can use the fruit or leaves to make delicious recipes?
Kaffir (Makrut) lime leaves are the perfect ingredient for exciting new recipes. Keep reading for recipes we love that use these leaves in clever ways so that you can get the most out of your kaffir lime tree or fruit.
What Are Kaffir Lime Leaves?
Kaffir lime leaves are an aromatic herb used in many Thai and Asian dishes. They can be used in cooking when fresh, frozen or dried.
The main way to identify if a lime is a kaffir is by its bumpy exterior. Used similarly to bay leaves, these leaves are used along with spices in popular dishes for an earthy and slightly citrusy flavor.
Begin With a Yummy Beverage
Let's start with something to drink, shall we? Kaffir leaves can be used to make delicious drinks, both alcoholic and not.
If your a fan of margaritas, but looking for a little twist on this classic tropical cocktail, try making a kaffir lime and coconut margarita. All you need is a few kaffir limes with leaves, tequila, coconut soda, and salt.
Juice the limes and use this juice combined with the coconut soda as your margarita mix. Top off with as much tequila and salt as you'd like and add some kaffir limes for a tasty finish. Here's another margarita recipe using kaffir lime leaves you might like to try!
Time for the Main Course
A delicious meal to go with your summertime beverage is a Thai-style fish recipe. We find this recipe works best when using snapper.
You'll need cilantro leaves, green onion, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chili and brown sugar. Juice your limes and pick off a few kaffir leaves. Mix all of the ingredients and brush your fish with this delicious sauce after you've baked or grilled it.
Accompany this dish with a few lime wedges for some extra zesting. You can't go wrong with this fish dish and a Thai twist. Check out these Thai curry recipes with kaffir lime leaves as well!
Nothing says summer like a refreshing dessert. Try Kaffir lime macaroons for a light dessert that is perfect for summertime parties.
For this recipe, you'll need shredded coconut, sugar, egg whites, and powdered sugar along with your kaffir leaves and lime juice. You will combine ingredients in a bowl, and whisk until smooth.
Use a melon baller to make small round shapes, and put the balls on an oven pan. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool, then glaze with a lime juice and powdered sugar mixture.
These will be a delicious and zesty treat that is such a fun and unique alternative to key lime pie!
Try These Tasty Recipes Today!
Get the most out of your citrus trees, and try these delicious recipes using kaffir lime leaves and citrus fruits! Impress everyone at your dinner party or next get together with these refreshing and crowd-pleasing dishes.
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