10 Minute No Bake Lemon Pie
Looking for a quick and easy dessert that’s bursting with flavor? You’ll love this 10-Minute No Bake Lemon Pie recipe made with 4 simple ingredients. With a silky smooth texture, bright, citrusy flavor, and a ready-made crust, it’s a dreamy treat all season!
And, it’s an unbelievably delicious and easy 10-Minute dessert that’s utterly effortless and refreshing!
We have several lemon dessert recipes on the site, like Baked Lemon Pudding, or French Lemon Curd Tart… but not one you can make in 10 minutes plus chilling time. And to be honest, it probably isn’t even 10 minutes… most of the time, I can make it in 5 minutes! And this lemon pie… is pretty special.
If you’re looking for more lemon recipes, I have a whole page dedicated to this delicious fruit!
This pie is similar in method to our super popular 10 Minute No Bake Cheesecake. And if you’re a fan of that incredible recipe and love lemon, this pretty and creamy chilled dessert will be a new favorite all season!
3 Reasons to Love No Bake Lemon Pie
- 4 ingredients plus a ready-made graham crust
- Deliciously refreshing and effortless to make
- Perfect for picnics, backyard BBQs, or anytime you need to bring dessert
No Bake Lemon Pie Ingredients
The flavor of this lemon pie filling is similar to lemon curd or the filling of my lemon bars, but quicker and easier to make. Sweetened condensed milk lends this filling a sweet, soft, and creamy texture. And it’s utterly delicious!
The cream cheese acts as a stabilizer eliminating the need for adding egg yolks. And eliminating the need to bake this easy pie in the oven.
Along with cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk, you will also need lemon juice. Because this recipe calls for both lemon juice and zest, it’s delicious with fresh lemons. However, I’ve tested it both ways, using fresh lemons and bottled lemon juice, and honestly, both are delicious. I would miss the zest as it provides such amazing lemon flavor, though.
Homemade Graham Cracker Crust
While I’m using a 9-inch ready-made graham cracker crust for the ultimate convenience, you can also make your own with 3 simple ingredients.
Here’s what you need:
- 12 full sheets of graham crackers
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
To make the crust, preheat the oven to 350°F. Using a food processor is easiest, but you can also use ready-made graham cracker crumbs (about 1 1/2 cups), or crush them with a rolling pin in a large size plastic bag.
Stir the ingredients together until combined and sandy in texture. Transfer to an ungreased 9-inch pie dish and using your hand, pat the crumbs into the bottom of the dish and up the sides to compact the ingredients. You don’t need to push with much force, simply pat the mixture into place.
Bake for about 10 minutes and let completely cool to room temperature before adding the lemon pie filling.
How to Make No Bake Lemon Pie
Easy step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below, but here is a quick overview with photos:
Beat softened cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and zest; and beat until smooth.
Transfer the filling to the graham crust, smooth the top with an offset spatula, and chill for 2 to 4 hours or until set. For very sharp slices, you might want to consider freezing the pie for half an hour or so.
I love to use a star tip to pipe decorations on top. You can make your own homemade whipped cream or use whipped topping, like Cool Whip. Fresh lemon slices and zest are also a nice touch.
No Bake Lemon Pie Questions
Yes! The texture is a bit softer when using fat-free cream cheese. But the flavors remain very similar.
While I always love fresh lemon juice, bottled lemon juice works fine too. Eliminate the lemon zest in the recipe as well.
It’s best up to 2 days in advance but will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Absolutely! Wrap it well and freeze it for up to 3 months.
More No Bake Recipes
- 10 Minute No Bake Cheesecake
- No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- No Bake 3 Ingredient Chocolate Pie
- Blackberry No Bake Cheesecake
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10 Minute No Bake Lemon Pie
- 9-inch Pie Plate if making your own graham crust
- 1 9-inch graham cracker crust ready made or homemade
- 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest or the zest of 2 lemons
- dash of salt
- Place the softened cream cheese into a bowl and blend with a hand mixer (or stand mixer) until smooth. Add the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and zest; continue blending until fully combined and completely smooth.
- Transfer the filling into the graham crust, smooth the top with an offset spatula and chill until set; about 2 to 4 hours. For crisp, sharp slices, you freeze the pie for 30 minutes or so just before serving.
- Top with whipped cream or cool whip and serve chilled.
How far in advance can this recipe be made?It’s best up to 2 days ahead but will keep for up to 5 days. Cover the lemon pie and store it in the refrigerator.
Can this Lemon Pie be frozen?Absolutely. Wrap it well and freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.