Kaffir Lime Custards

Kaffir Lime Custards
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Kaffir Lime Custards

Will Budiaman

Kaffir Lime Custards

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 39g 59%
  • Carbs 30g 10%
  • Saturated 24g 120%
  • Fiber 0g 1%
  • Sugars 28g
  • Monounsaturated 11g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Cholesterol 143mg 48%
  • Sodium 113mg 5%
  • Calcium 73mg 7%
  • Magnesium 9mg 2%
  • Potassium 102mg 3%
  • Iron 0mg 1%
  • Zinc 0mg 2%
  • Phosphorus 67mg 10%
  • Vitamin A 429µg 48%
  • Vitamin C 7mg 12%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 2%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 7%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 6µg 2%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 3%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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