Kaffir Lime Custards

Kaffir Lime Custards
Will Budiaman


  • 3 1/2 Cups  heavy cream
  • 1 Cup  sugar
  • kaffir lime leaves*
  • 1/2 Cup  plus 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Teaspoons  finely grated lime zest
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  salt
  •   Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish
  •   Lychees, quartered, for garnish
  •   Mint, chopped, for garnish
  •   Sea salt, for garnish

This dreamy custard is super silky and astonishingly simple to make. The secret: It firms up in a couple of hours with lime juice instead of the usual eggs or gelatin.

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In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the cream with the sugar and kaffir lime leaves and bring to a simmer. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the cream is slightly reduced, about 15 minutes.

Whisk the lime juice into the hot cream. Set a fine-meshed sieve over a measuring cup and strain the cream. Stir in the lime zest and salt. Pour the cream into eight 6-ounce glasses and refrigerate until chilled and set, at least 2 hours. Garnish the custards with whipped cream, lychees, mint, and sea salt and serve right away.


Note: The custards can be refrigerated overnight. Garnish just before serving.

*Note: Kaffir lime leaves, popular in Indonesian, Thai, and other Southeast Asian cuisines, are available at specialty food stores and online.


Calories per serving:

461 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 308g 475%
  • Carbs 238g 79%
  • Saturated 192g 959%
  • Fiber 1g 5%
  • Sugars 226g
  • Monounsaturated 89g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 18g 36%
  • Cholesterol 1,141mg 380%
  • Sodium 903mg 38%
  • Calcium 580mg 58%
  • Magnesium 72mg 18%
  • Potassium 819mg 23%
  • Iron 1mg 6%
  • Zinc 2mg 14%
  • Phosphorus 540mg 77%
  • Vitamin A 3,430µg 381%
  • Vitamin C 56mg 94%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 15%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 58%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 15%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 51µg 13%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 25%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 46%
  • Vitamin K 28µg 34%
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