How to Zest a Lime

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The best way to zest a lime and how to use lime zest in culinary recipes! A small amount of zest can bring a subtle element of brightness and freshness to your meals.

Also check out how to zest a lemon to use in recipes with lemon juice.

lime zest in a bowl

What is lime zest?

It’s essentially what the peel of the lime becomes once it has been shredded. It adds a tart brightness to any dish. Lime zest is great for adding a punchy tang to desserts like our key lime pie or as a garnish to cocktails with lime juice, like a Moscow mule. You can also add it to savory recipes like our yogurt tahini dip to add vibrancy in flavor and color.

zesting a lime with a Microplane

How to Zest a Lime with a Microplane

Microplane’s are the most efficient tool for lemon-zesting. To use a Microplane, follow these steps:

  1. Hold the microplane in one hand, and the lime in the other.
  2. Drag the lime across the holes of the microplane, turning the lemon as you go to avoid the bitter pith.
  3. Repeat until you’ve produced the desired amount of zest.

How to Zest a Lime with a Vegetable Peeler

Follow these steps when using a vegetable peeler:

  1. Using the peeler, carefully remove the outermost layer of yellow rind.
  2. Mince the peel into small pieces using a sharp knife.
lime zest on a Microplane
How Much Zest is in One Lime?

One lime will yield about three teaspoons of zest.

Ways to Use Lime Zest

Use zest to add fragrance, flavor and color to a dessert, savory dish or cocktails!

Infuse Sugar – Makes the most beautiful flavor!

Add it to Cocktails – Add it to any cocktails that have lime juice like our coconut margarita or our sergeant pepper cocktail.

Ganrish Cookies and Pies

Add it to Pasta

Add it to Savory Dishes – Our coconut rice is great recipe that uses it!

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lime zest in a bowl

How to Zest a Lime

If you want to make lime zest for your recipes, here's how!
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 2 tsp
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 large lime

Instructions

  • Hold the Microplane in one hand, and the lime in the other.
  • Drag the lime across the holes of the Microplane, turning the lemon as you go to avoid the bitter pith.
  • Repeat until you’ve produced the desired amount of zest.

Nutrition

Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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