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“Spiced Key Limes in Oil”

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 d
Total Time7 d 10 mins
Servings: 1 cup


  • 5 whole key limes
  • Juice of 5 key limes
  • 1/3 cup Kosher salt
  • 10-15 cloves
  • 1 2- inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • Olive oil


  • Wash the key limes well and slice in half. Toss in a bowl with key lime juice and salt.
  • Make an incision in each half with the tip of a paring knife and insert a clove into each half.
  • Pack the cinnamon stick, peppercorns, start anise, and all the contents of the bowl into a glass jar. Seal and allow the key limes to ripen at room temperature for 7 days. Shake daily to distribute the salt and flavorings.
  • After 7 days, add the olive oil to top the jar and age 3-4 weeks before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.