Dehydrated Lime Slices

Step up your bar tending game with super simple garnishes lime dehydrated lime slices! This quick and easy recipe makes a versatile garnish that can go on top of tons of your favorite cocktails.

Sliced and dried citrus fruit arranged on a white surface.

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Dehydrated Lime Slices

Dehydrated citrus slices are probably one of my favorite garnishes because they are extremely versatile! But I love making some dried limes because they are truly the perfect addition to cocktails like my blue margarita and a Hemingway daiquiri.

I specifically love this method of dehydrating though. It’s great because you don’t have to haul out a big dehydrator and worry whether or not you have enough dehydrator trays. Instead, you can just grab basic kitchen tools and turn on your oven.

Not only can you capture the lovely flavor of lime slices in this simple dehydrated form, but you can also make such a pretty topping for drinks, desserts, and tons of other fun foods. In fact, you could even use these as a garnish for savory dishes too!

I use this super simple method to make dehydrated lemon slices and dehydrated orange slices too. It’s the easiest garnish and they actually can even be used as decor — thing strands of orange slices on a Christmas tree!

But these limes are a great addition to your springtime and summer plans! Whip up a batch and store them for later until you need a great garnish on your delicious cocktails.

More cocktail garnishes: Candied Orange SlicesSugared CranberriesLemon Twist

Slices of dried citrus fruit arranged on a white background.

Why you’ll love this recipe

What’s not to love about these cute and easy little citrus wheels! They’re so fun to make and have tons of different uses:

  • This is a wonderful make-ahead garnish that can be stored for a long while until needed. You won’t have to wonder what to add to the top of your drink!
  • No special skills are needed to make dehydrated lime slices. Just a sharp knife, a baking sheet and a little bit of patience.
  • Dried limes are super affordable. No need to buy super expensive and fancy garnishes, these are perfect!

Tools and Equipment

Grab one of your cookie sheets and some parchment paper. And you’ll need a really sharp knife or a mandoline to evenly slice the limes. But that’s all you need! It really is that simple.

Sliced lemons and limes arranged on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Ingredients

All you need for this quick and easy recipe is one ingredient — limes! I like to grab fresh limes that are at the height of ripeness so that they have the best aroma after being dried

There are a variety of different types of limes that you can use! Persian limes are the most common type of lime that you’ll find in grocery stores. But you could even use key limes if you wanted to.

This method of dehydrating can be used to make other dried citrus too. Slice up some lemons, grapefruit or even blood oranges and kumquats. There are so many different possibilities!

How dehydrate lime slices

Follow these simple instructions to make the perfect dehydrated lime slices:

Begin by preheating your oven to the lowest temperature it can go, mine was 170°F (77°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it to the side.

Sliced lemons and limes arranged in rows on a surface.

Using a sharp knife, slice your limes into ⅛-inch pieces and arrange them on the previously prepared baking sheet. They can touch a bit if needed, but they cannot overlap.

Bake the limes for 3 to 4 hours. Keep in mind that the time will vary based on your oven, so check every hour and rotate the pan as needed. If any of the slices begin to curl, flip them over to encourage them to flatten out.

Slices of citrus fruits arranged on parchment paper for drying or baking.

Once the lime slices are dry, remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely overnight. You can place them on a cooling rack if you want.

Dried lemon slices in a clear plastic zippered bag.

The next day, transfer your limes to an air-tight container or a jar and store in a cool dry place. Properly stored, the slices will keep for up to two year. You can also store them in vacuum sealing bags or mason jars to help preserve them.

Tips & tricks

Check out these simple tips and tricks to have the best dried lime slices every single time:

  • It is important to slice the limes into even slices. Use a sharp knife, or even a mandolin, to slice the limes with even thickness so that they dry evenly and finish at the same time.
  • The fresher your limes are, the better the results will be. Try to grab limes that don’t have a lot of blemishes on the peel.
  • Spread the lime slices out into a single layer on the baking sheet so that they all dry evenly and don’t stick together.

How to use them

Garnish cocktails like prosecco punch, an Oaxaca old fashioned or a mezcal margarita with these fun little lime slices.

They are a great addition to cocktail infusion kits, too, which are a super fun gift to give to friends and family.

Any of your favorite recipes that use fresh lime juice, like classic margaritas or Texas margaritas — they totally need a fun lime slice! Dried key limes can be a fun decoration on top of a slice of key lime cheesecake too.

An assortment of dried citrus slices spread out on a white background.

FAQ

Are dehydrated limes edible?

Technically yes, but at your own risk. Keep in mind that they’ll still be tart and sometimes the peel can be a little bitter, not to mention once they are dehydrated, they are hard on the teeth.

Do dehydrated limes go bad?

Like all other food, dehydrated lime slices do eventually spoil. However, their shelf life is pretty long! If stored well, the lime slices will last for quite a few months, up to a year.

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Dehydrated Lime Slices

Yield: 48 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Learn how to make dehydrated lime slices and add them as a garnish to all your favorite cocktails and desserts!
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ingredients

  • 4 medium limes sliced thinly

instructions

  • Preheat oven to the lowest temperature your oven can go — mine was 170°F (77°C).
  • Line a baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper.
  • Slice limes into ⅛-inch pieces. Arrange slices on the parchment lined sheet. They can touch but it's ideal not to overlap them a lot. A little overlap is okay as the slices will shrink in the oven.
  • Bake in the oven for 3 to 4 hours — the time will vary based on your oven, the temperature and how thin they are sliced. Check every hour and rotate the pan. If any of the slices begin to curl, flip them to encourage them to flatten.
  • When the lime slices are completely dried, remove them from the oven and let cool completely overnight.
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. If stored properly, dehydrated lime slices will keep for up to two years.

notes

Lime slices turn brown or black the longer you cook them in the oven. To achieve a lighter, lime green color, monitor the cooking time and check them every 15 minutes beginning during hour two.
You can use any kind of lime, like key limes, and other citrus too. Depending on the size of the slices, you may need to adjust the cooking times. Big orange slices will take a smidge longer than smaller lime slices. 

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nutrition information

Yield: 48 slices

amount per serving:

Serving: 1slice Calories: 2kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 0.04g Fat: 0.01g Saturated Fat: 0.001g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.003g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g Sodium: 0.1mg Potassium: 6mg Fiber: 0.2g Sugar: 0.1g Vitamin A: 3IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 2mg Iron: 0.03mg
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