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 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 474%
  • Carbs 237g 79%
  • Saturated 192g 959%
  • Fiber 1g 4%
  • Sugars 226g
  • Protein 18g 36%
  • Cholesterol 1,141mg 380%
  • Sodium 903mg 38%
  • Calcium 571mg 57%
  • Magnesium 71mg 18%
  • Potassium 814mg 23%
  • Iron 1mg 3%
  • Zinc 2mg 14%
  • Phosphorus 538mg 77%
  • Vitamin A 12,324IU 246%
  • Vitamin C 56mg 94%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 15%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 58%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 14%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 49µg 12%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 25%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 46%
  • Vitamin K 28µg 34%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 89g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 11g
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