15 Ways With Lime

Use lime to boost flavor in these tasty dishes—perfect for a party or dinner for two.

Key Lime Margarita

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Key Lime Margarita

Tart Key limes make this cocktail delicious and authentic. Of course you can substitute the more common Persian limes you always find in stores, just be sure to use fresh juice.

Lime Caesar Salad

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Lime Caesar Salad

This zesty, and highly seasoned, Caesar dressing can also be used as a sandwich spread. Try it on toasted French bread with sliced tomatoes.

Recipe: Lime Caesar Salad

Yucatecan Chicken-and-Lime Soup

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Yucatecan Chicken-and-Lime Soup

Cooking the chicken breasts in chicken stock gives the broth extra richness and flavor.

Recipe: Yucatecan Chicken-and-Lime Soup

Tiradito of Tuna

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Tiradito of Tuna

To get paper-thin slices of tuna, place it in the freezer for a few minutes to get the fish extra cold. It won’t cut as cleanly at room temperature.

Recipe: Tiradito of Tuna

Key Lime Ice Cream Pie

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Key Lime Ice Cream Pie

The subtle hint of cinnamon really adds another dimension to the graham cracker crust. The pie is rich so you won’t need huge slices—but it’s so good that you should expect requests for seconds.

Recipe: Key Lime Ice Cream Pie

Grilled Lime Scampi

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Grilled Lime Scampi

Serve this very delicious but super-easy dish over toasted bread or hot cooked pasta for a weekend or weeknight feast.

Recipe: Grilled Lime Scampi

Key Lime Grilled Shrimp

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Key Lime Grilled Shrimp

Chances are your spice cabinet already contains what you need to prepare this dish. Make it fresh, and season lightly for the best flavor.

Recipe: Key Lime Grilled Shrimp

Ginger-Lime Marinated Shrimp Kebabs with Grilled Flank Steak and Cilantro Butter

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Ginger-Lime Marinated Shrimp Kebabs with Grilled Flank Steak and Cilantro Butter

Serve the shrimp kebabs on their own, or add flank steak for a flavorful surf-and-turf combo.

Recipe: Ginger-Lime Marinated Shrimp Kebabs with Grilled Flank Steak and Cilantro Butter

Maine Crab Cakes with Lime Aioli

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Maine Crab Cakes with Lime Aïoli

Make these miniature-size. Mini crab cakes are great for parties. You can make the crab mixture early, and then cook them just before serving.

Recipe: Maine Crab Cakes with Lime Aïoli

Lemon-Lime Tilapia

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Lemon-Lime Tilapia

Sautéing the fish in fresh citrus really adds flavor to the pan juices.

Recipe: Lemon-Lime Tilapia

Lime Shrimp Salad

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Lime Shrimp Salad

Here’s a secret: Toss the warm boiled potatoes in some of the dressing mixture so they soak up the zesty flavor.

Recipe: Lime Shrimp Salad

White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie

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White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie

This recipe might sound hard, but it’s really a great pie for beginner cooks. Experienced foodies will love it simply because it tastes great.

Recipe: White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie

Seared Tuna on Mixed Greens with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

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Seared Tuna on Mixed Greens with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

For a bit of outdoor smoky flavor, grill the tuna over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes per side for medium-rare, longer for more doneness.

Recipe: Seared Tuna on Mixed Greens with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

BT’s Ringmaster Lime Martini

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BT’s Ringmaster Lime Martini

Kaffir limes are the key ingredient in many Thai dishes. Instead of the pulp or rind of the fruit, it’s actually the double leaves that have all the flavor.

Recipe: BT’s Ringmaster Lime Martini

Fried Calamari with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aioli

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Fried Calamari with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aïoli

Adding roasted garlic and fresh lime juice to the aïoli dipping sauce really makes this dish shine. You can also use it as a spread for po’boys and other sandwiches.

Recipe: Fried Calamari with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aïoli

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