Sour Cream Lemon Pie

4.84 from 6 votes

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Sour Cream Lemon Pie is a creamy, zesty, dessert perfect for holidays, summertime, anytime! It is fresh and tangy and super easy to make.

Slice of Sour Cream Lemon Pie on a plate

Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Sour cream lemon pie is an all-around winner. Freshly squeezed lemons and rich sour cream give the pie the perfect amount of tartness and creaminess. This recipe comes from our sister, Elise, who adapted this recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch. It has since become a must-have at many family gatherings including Thanksgiving, Father’s Day Dinner, Easter and so many more. It’s so easy to make, you could even surprise your family with a mid-week treat! This recipe is a tried and true favorite.

Suggestions for Sublime Sour Cream Lemon Pie

  • Using fresh lemons makes all the difference! Make sure the lemon is ripe, but not too ripe. The skin should have some give to it when pressed. Don’t choose a lemon that is rock hard or too soft. Lemons with a thinner skin will give more juice. The lemon should feel heavy for its size and have a nice fragrance. Look for lemons with bright yellow skin, not wrinkled or turning white.
  • Save some of the lemon zest for garnish. It tastes good and looks pretty, too!
  • When it comes to crust, there are several options. You can do either a traditional pie crust (click here for our favorite pie crust recipe) or a graham cracker crust (click here). You can also take the easy route (which we do often) and just get a store-bought crust.

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How to Make Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Slice of Sour Cream Lemon Pie on a plate with sliced lemons

Sour Cream Lemon Pie

4.84 from 6 votes
Sour Cream Lemon Pie is a creamy, zesty, dessert perfect for holidays, summertime, anytime! It is fresh and tangy and super easy to make.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Refrigeration time 3 hrs
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8



  • In a large saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in milk and lemon juice until well combined. 
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes thick and bubbly.
  • Reduce heat and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add a spoonful of the hot lemon mixture to the eggs and stir well. 
  • Repeat several times until the egg mixture becomes thick and creamy like the lemon mixture (you don’t want the eggs to get cooked when added to the hot mixture). Pour egg mixture into the saucepan, stirring well to combine. 
  • Bring mixture back to a simmer and cook a couple more minutes. Stir well and remove from heat.
  • Add butter and lemon zest and stir until butter is melted. Allow mixture to cool and gently stir in sour cream.
  • Add sour cream/lemon mixture to the pie shell and cool in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving.
  • In a mixing bowl combine whipping cream and 4 tablespoons sugar. 
  • Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (or desired consistency). 
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Top individual pie slices with whipped cream before serving.


Nutrition Information

Calories: 492kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 5gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 190mgPotassium: 187mgFiber: 2gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 950IUVitamin C: 22.9mgCalcium: 110mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is so quick and easy to make sour cream lemon pie recipe! Really loved how flavorful it is, highly recommended! Will have this again!

  2. 4 stars
    Made this pie last night it is delicious I licked the spoon too haha next time I will try Greek yogurt I think it would work fine and maybe cut it in half to give it a more lemony taste this one tastes exactly like key lime pie to me I made it with Meyer lemons…. Used a store bought vanilla wafer crust huge hit in my house thank you!

  3. No sour cream by me but I’ll probably use a meringue instead of it. It should also go well with this pie…

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my lemony goodness! I’ve just put this is in the fridge and then licked the spoon (still a child at heart) and I am in dessert heaven. This is just the right balance of sweet and tart and I can just imagine how good it will be in a few hours with a crunchy biscuit base (Australian, so no Graham crackers for us) and a big dollop of double cream.

    1. Haha! I love that you still lick the spoon. Never trust a cook that doesn’t. I hope the pie was a hit!