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Holding a clear glass bowl with lime zest in both hands

How to Zest a Lime

Learn how to zest a lime so you can get the most out of your limes to use in all your favorite lime recipes! Recipes like Mexican Street Corn, Key Lime Pie Bars, and more.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword how to use a zester, how to zest a lime, key lime recipes, limes, zester vs. grater, zesting a lime
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 bowl of lime zest
Author Isabel Laessig


  • Grater
  • Bowl


  • 1 lime


  • Hold your lime in one hand and your zester in the other.
    The tools you need for how to zest a lime: a grater, bowl, and lime, on a cutting board
  • Carefully move your lime back and forth over the zester. Do this over a bowl to catch the zest.
    How to zest a lime: running a grater along a lime to release the zest into a glass bowl over a cutting board



  • Make sure to only zest the green layer of your lime; once you've hit the white part (known as the pith), stop.
  • Check the post for instructions on how to use a peeler to zest a lime if you don't have a grater or zester!