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Kaffir Lime Recipes: Simple Ideas for a Spirited Fruit

Kaffir Lime Recipes

When it comes to the joys of cooking with citrus, these simple kaffir lime recipes will get your tastebuds dancing in half the time. Try these recipes today!

Not only are citrus fruits and limes from the kaffir lime tree highly nutritious, the tasty zing they add to salads, meats, curries, and cakes makes them super versatile too. 

While lemons are a popular choice for cooking with citrus, kaffir limes make a great alternative for dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Kaffir lime trees are also one of the top indoor citrus trees, meaning it's easy to cultivate your own culinary supply of limes.

To get the best out of your kaffir limes, check out these delicious lime recipes, which all serve four people.

Coconut & Lime Chicken

Kaffir lime recipes with chicken like this zesty dish are always a good choice!


  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 oz desiccated coconut
  • zest and juice of two kaffir limes
  • 2 tsp medium curry powder 
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Put the chicken, curry powder, lime zest, and juice in a bowl and mix well before adding the coconut. Place the coated chicken onto a rack inside a roasting tin, drizzle with oil, and then bake for 25 minutes. Serve with rice and extra lime juice. 

Lime Syllabub with Raspberries

This refreshing dessert is easy to make for the perfect summer treat. 


  • 13.5 fl. oz double cream
  • 8 tbsp caster sugar
  • juice of six kaffir limes, plus the zest of two limes
  • raspberries

In a small saucepan, bring the cream and sugar to the boil. Stir constantly while it boils for around three minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the lime juice and most of the zest, then divide the mixture between four small pots.

Chill for at least two hours until set. When you're ready to serve, top each dessert with raspberries and some extra zest. 

Beef & Lime Tacos

Zesty and spicy, these tacos are a real taste sensation. 


  • 1 lb ground lean beef 
  • juice and zest of two limes
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • avocado, jalapenos, and sour cream for serving

Mix the beef, lime juice, garlic, and pepper flakes with a little salt. Cook the beef mixture in a large skillet until browned. Serve on the tortillas with the accompaniments and extra lime wedges. 

Ginger & Lime Loaf

You'll love the zingy lime twist on the traditional ginger cake!


  • 7 oz self-raising flour
  • 7 oz soft butter
  • 7 oz light brown sugar
  • juice and zest of two kaffir limes
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp ground ginger
  • half tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp chopped stem ginger
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350ºF then grease and line a 2 lb loaf tin. Beat the butter and light brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, add the eggs one by one and mix well.  

Slowly add the flour, ground ginger, and baking powder, then mix in the lime juice, vanilla, and 1 tbsp stem ginger. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 50-55 minutes. 

While your loaf is baking, make the syrup. Heat the dark brown sugar, half the lime zest, 2 tbsp of water, and 3 tbsp of stem ginger in a pan on a low heat until it becomes a thick syrup. When your cake has cooled, use a fork to prick holes in the top then drizzle the syrup over it, before topping with the remaining lime zest. 

Try Out These Lime Recipes Today

As these kaffir lime recipes show, there are plenty of different ways to add a zesty zing to your dishes.

And, with your own supply of kaffir limes at home, inventing your own lime recipes will be much easier!

To get started on growing your own kaffir limes, shop our range of citrus trees today, or check out our FAQs for more information.

5 Best Kaffir Lime Fruit Recipes to Try

Best Kaffir Lime Recipes

The Kaffir lime is an exotic citrus fruit that adds a punch of flavor to any food palate. Move over key limes. These kaffir lime recipes are simply delicious!

These small round citrus fruits are taking over the North American culinary scene. 

The intoxicating aroma of the Kaffir lime will have you reaching for its leaves for nearly every meal. Read below to discover our 5 best kaffir lime recipes.

5 Top Kaffir Lime Recipes

This Southeast Asian fruit is more than just a great house plant. It also has many medicinal benefits.

The following recipes use kaffir limes as the central ingredient, making it more than just a garnish for dishes.

Kaffir Lime Curd

Curds are great as jams or can be used as a base for pies and similar desserts. This recipe doesn't require many ingredients and is easy to make. This kaffir lime curd will last you up to two weeks.


  • 4 Kaffir Limes
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • Kaffir Lime Zest (1 lime)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter (shaved) 
  1. Lightly grate the zest into a heatproof bowl or double boiler.
  2. Juice 4 limes into the bowl with the zest.
  3. Add the sugar and butter to the mixture. Add water to the bottom pot and bring to a simmer. 
  4. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted.
  5. Whisk the eggs and slowly pour them into the heated mixture. 
  6. Whisk the mixture for 5-10 minutes or until it turns into a thick gel. 
  7. Transfer the curd into a clean jar. Allow it to cool before sealing.

Kaffir Lime Ice-cream

This sweet treat will have you craving ice-cream all year long.


  • 2-3 TBSP Kaffir Lime Zest
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Cups of Cream
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
  1. Using a mixer, add the sugar and egg and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the zest, milk, cream, and extract.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Churn the mixture for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
  5. For a thicker consistency, freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. 

Spicy Kaffir Lime Cashews


  • 5 Kaffir Lime Leaves (chopped)
  • 4 Cups Raw Cashews
  • 5 Red Chile Peppers (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Ancho Chile Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Spread cashews evenly on the sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before serving. 

Mini Kaffir Lime Tarts


  • 1 Kaffir Lime (juiced)
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 4 Egg Yolks 
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 6 TBSP butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Add liners to a 12-count muffin pan.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Add 1 TBSP to each liner.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese on high speed with a mixer until smooth. Add egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and lime juice.
  4. Pour filling on top of crusts.
  5. Bake for 15-16 minutes.
  6. Cool in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

Tangy Kaffir Skewers


  • 16 Kaffir Leaves
  • 16 Apricot Halves
  • 4 Chicken Thighs (cubed)
  • 3 Spring Onions
  • 2 Kaffir Limes (quartered)
  • 2 TBSP Sweet Chili Sauce
  1. Soak 8-10 bamboo skewers in cold water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Thread the chicken, kaffir leaves, apricots, lime wedges and spring onions on the skewers.
  3. Cook skewers on the grill until tender.
  4. Brush sweet chili sauce over skewers 5 minutes before removing them from the grill. 

Check out our blog for more fun recipes using Kaffir lime leaves!

Or, try growing your own fresh Kaffir limes with our fast-growing Kaffir lime trees!