What to Do with Extra Limes

Find yourself with some extra limes? Well, you are in luck, my friend. Bursting with bright flavor, limes can elevate your dishes from ordinary to extraordinary. Let’s zest up your meals and explore how this citrus fruit can transform your cooking.

Zesty Lime Recipes for Every Meal


Cilantro Lime Rice – Kick off your morning with a tangy twist on traditional rice; just blend lime juice and cilantro into your rice cooker and enjoy a vibrant start to your day.


Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos – Freshen up your lunch with shrimp marinated in lime juice, garlic, and cilantro, tucked into warm corn tortillas; a squeegee of lime over the top and you’re ready to go!


Lime Garlic Fish – Brighten your evening meal with a filet of your favorite fish, drizzled with a tangy lime dressing made from fresh lime juice, ginger, and a hint of garlic.

Lime-Infused Beverages to Refresh Your Day


  • Lime Salt Margarita – Quench your thirst with this classic, featuring the tartness of lime juice rimmed with homemade lime salt.
  • Key Lime Smoothie – A dairy-free delight, combining limes, coconut milk, and a touch of sweetener for a tropical treat.

Innovative Uses for Lime in Desserts

Creamy Delights:

  • Key Lime Cheesecake – Indulge in a no-bake lime mousse torte with a rich, velvety texture and the signature tang of key lime.

Tangy Twists:

  • Lime Curd Thumbprint Cookies – Satisfy your sweet tooth with these bite-sized confections, using zesty lime curd as a surprising center.

Concocting the Perfect Lime Cocktail

Limes bring a zestful twist to any cocktail, elevating the flavor profile with their fresh, tangy essence. They’re essential for classic summer drinks that promise to be the highlight of your next party.

Crafting Classic Lime Cocktails

For a refreshing Margarita, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1/2 oz Triple sec
  • Ice
  • Salt for the rim
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Shake the tequila, lime juice, and triple sec with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled, salt-rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Switch things up with a Mojito by muddling limes and mint before adding:

  • 2 oz White rum
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • Club soda
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Top off with club soda and garnish with mint leaves for a taste that feels like summer in a glass.

Exploring Lime-Based Mocktails for All

For an alcohol-free twist, the Virgin Margarita echoes the classic’s flavor:

  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Orange juice
  • 1 tsp Simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Salt for the rim

Combine the juices and syrup over ice and shake well. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass with a lime wheel for that authentic Margarita touch.

Create a no-alcohol Mojito by muddling sugar with limes and mint leaves, then adding:

  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • Ice
  • Soda water

Fill the glass with ice, top with soda water, and stir. Enjoy a mocktail that keeps the party spirit alive sans the buzz!

Preservation and Creative Uses of Extra Limes

Before your leftover limes go bad, let’s explore how to keep them fresh and employ their zesty flavor in fun ways around your house.

Preserving Limes for Future Use

Freezing: Quick and easy — slice your fresh limes, lay them on a baking sheet, and once frozen, transfer them to a bag. They’re perfect for adding a splash of citrus to cold water or drinks at any time. Juicing: Extract the juice and pour it into ice cube trays; you’ll have the perfect portion of lime juice ready for limeade, marinades, or a sweet-tart kick in recipes.

Unexpected Uses of Limes in and Around Your Home

  • Microwave Cleaner: Heat a bowl of water with slices of lime for five minutes; steam will loosen the grime while the lime refreshes.
  • Homemade Air Freshener: Combine lime juice with water and a few drops of essential oils, and spritz your way to a naturally fresh home.
  • Ant Deterrent: Sprinkle granulated sugar mixed with lime juice around entry points; ants shy away from the acidic barrier.
  • Garbage Disposal Freshener: Drop in a few lime peels, run the disposal with cold water, and enjoy the clean, crisp scent.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, we’ll tackle some common queries about making the most of those extra limes you have on hand.

How can I preserve limes for later use?

You can preserve limes by zesting and drying the rind or by pickling. Another method is to squeeze the juice into ice cube trays and freeze, ensuring you have a zesty hit for your dishes or drinks whenever needed.

Are there any savory dishes that I can make with limes?

Sure thing! Lime zest can add a refreshing twist to guacamole or salsa, and a squeeze of lime juice can brighten up seafood, tacos, or Thai dishes. Don’t forget that a lime-based marinade can tenderize and flavor meats beautifully.

Can lime juice be frozen for extended freshness?

Absolutely! Pour fresh lime juice into ice cube trays and freeze them. Once frozen, pop the lime cubes into a freezer bag to keep your juice fresh and ready to be dropped into your next culinary creation or beverage.

What are some healthy recipes involving limes?

Limes can be the star in salads with a lime vinaigrette or in ceviche, where they’re essential for the citrus curing process. You can also whip up a zesty lime-infused quinoa or a tangy, Thai-inspired lime dressing for a refreshing flavor boost.

What desserts can I make with limes as a primary ingredient?

For a treat, key lime pie is a classic choice, or you can get adventurous with lime sorbet or a lime curd tart. Lime zest also makes for a fantastic addition to sugar cookies or tropical lime and coconut cake.

How do I utilize limes after they’ve been juiced?

Don’t toss those lime halves! Grate the peels to create lime zest for recipes or clean sinks and cutting boards with the antibacterial properties of the remaining pith and rind. Composting juiced halves is another eco-friendly option.

Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.