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Instant Pot Key Lime Cheesecake

A creamy and flavorful key lime cheesecake made in the Instant Pot and topped with Homemade Whipped Cream.

It is garnished with crushed graham crackers and lime zest. Key Lime Cheesecake is the perfect spring and summer dessert.

A slice of key lime cheesecake made in the Instant Pot.

Ingredients in Instant Pot Cheesecake

  • Cream cheese
  • Eggs
  • Heavy cream
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Key Lime juice, substitute limes if needed
  • Key lime zest, substitute limes if needed

Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

  • Unsalted butter
  • Graham crackers
  • Salt
  • Brown sugar

Ingredients in Homemade Whipped Cream

Preparing the Crust

I always line my Cheesecake Pan with parchment paper because, for me, it's so much easier to remove it from the pan.  It's not necessary to do this, you can instead use nonstick cooking spray.  I just prefer the parchment paper method.

I always blind bake my crusts because I prefer a crispier bite when eating cheesecake. 

You prepare the crust by melting the crushing the graham crackers, melting the butter, and mixing the ingredients together along with the salt and the brown sugar.   

You can completely forgo the blind baking if you want, but the graham cracker crust won't have as much of a crunch as it would if you were to blind bake it.

TIP: Blind baking is when you bake a crust in the oven without the filling.  It makes the crust a little more crunchy than if you were to ignore the blind baking step.

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Instant Pot Key Lime Cheesecake with homemade whipped cream, crushed graham crackers and lime zest on black plate.

Key Lime Cheesecake Filling

This cheesecake has lime juice and key lime zest.  If you don't have key limes available you can just use limes. 

The only huge difference between the two is that the key limes are smaller and seedier than limes.  The taste is very similar. 

Use a grater to remove the peel from the limes.  Be careful to only grate the green and leave the white peel.  The white peel will result in a more bitter taste.

It's very important to use room-temperature ingredients.  Always lay out the heavy cream, eggs, and cream cheese about 2 hours before you actually start making the cheesecake. 

The ingredients will incorporate easier and be more workable.  I also use a food processor because it allows short pulses (and more even blending) vs. a hand blender and helps prevent overbeating.

A seven inch Instant Pot Keylime Cheesecake topped with homemade whipped cream and lime zest.

Key Lime Cheesecake Topping

I made homemade whipped cream as the topping for this cheesecake.  You can, by all means, use already prepared whipped cream in place of homemade. 

I didn't have any on hand but did have all the ingredients needed to make it homemade.  I garnished the top of the whipped cream with crushed graham crackers and sprinkled the cheesecake with lime zest.

A slice of cheesecake on a black plate next to cheesecake on platter.

Accessories Needed To Make the Instant Pot Cheesecake

Instant Pot Key Lime Cheesecake with homemade whipped cream, crushed graham crackers and lime zest on black plate.

A Larger Cheesecake

What if you have an 8 qt. Instant Pot?  You can still make this cheesecake with the 7-inch pan or if you would prefer you can make this recipe in an 8-inch pan.  

The number of ingredients (for the 7″) will make a slightly shorter cheesecake but it will still taste the same.  If you are making the cheesecake in the 8-inch pan, you will have to adjust the time by 5 minutes.

📖 Recipe

Yield: 8 slices

Instant Pot Key Lime Cheesecake

Key Lime Cheesecake Instant Pot

A creamy and flavorful key lime cheesecake made in the Instant Pot and topped with homemade whipped cream.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Natural Release 18 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Key Lime Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • ½ cup heavy cream, room temp
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon key lime zest, substitute limes if needed

Graham Crust

  • 4 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 12 graham crackers, finely crushed
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoon brown sugar

Instant Pot

  • 1 cup water

Homemade Whipped Cream


  • 3 tablespoon crushed graham crackers
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest


  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Combine finely crushed graham crackers, ⅛ tsp salt, and brown sugar. 
  3. Melt the 4 tablespoon of butter and mix in the graham mixture.
  4. Line bottom and sides of 7" springform pan with parchment paper.
  5. Press graham cracker crust into the bottom of the pan and use the back of a spoon to gently press it up on the sides.
  6. Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, using a food processor, combine the room temperature cream cheese, and heavy cream.  Blend using short pulses.
  8. Add in the sugar, cornstarch, 2 tsp vanilla, salt, lime juice, and key lime zest.  Quick Pulses until just incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. 
  9. Add in the room temperature eggs and blend using short pulses until just combined.  This part is critical!
  10. Pour into the parchment paper-lined springform pan and allow the filling to settle.
  11. Gently pick up the springform pan and "tap" it onto the counter to pop any air pockets that may be in the filling.  Smooth out the top with a spatula.
  12. Loosely cover the top of the pan with aluminum foil.
  13. Pour 1 cup of water into the pot and put the trivet into place.
  14. Create a sling out of foil or use an Instant Pot silicone sling and place it in the Instant Pot.
  15. Gently place the cheesecake in the Instant Pot and close the lid.
  16. Set the pot to MANUAL and cook for 42 minutes.
  17. Allow the Instant Pot to Natural Release for 18 minutes before removing the lid.
  18. Carefully remove the cheesecake from the Instant Pot and carefully remove the foil (careful not to drop any liquid on the cake.).  Use a paper towel to soak up any water that may be laying on the cake.
  19. Allow the cheesecake to sit on the counter for 10 minutes before moving the cheesecake to chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  20. Once cheesecake is chilled, it is safe to remove the cheesecake from the pan.  

Homemade Whipped Cream

  1. Stir together 4 tablespoon of water and 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin and heat in microwave for 5 seconds.  It will dissolve.  Allow it to cool before adding to the heavy cream, otherwise, it will melt. 
  2. In a larger bowl, combine 1 cup of heavy cream and beat until small peaks form.
  3. Add in 4 tablespoon of confectioner's sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla. Beat.  
  4. Add in the cooled gelatin and beat until still peaks form. 
  5. Decorate top of Key Lime Cheesecake and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Saturday 10th of June 2023

Hi! How much should 12 crackers weigh? Or do you have a cup measurement? My crackers are 2.25” square and 12 doesn’t look like enough


Monday 2nd of May 2022

If you’re using the 8” pan, you need to adjust the time by five minutes… meaning pressure cook for five minutes longer?


Thursday 5th of May 2022

Hi Ashley, yes that is correct.


Monday 13th of April 2020

Great recipe! Thanks! It turned out perfectly!

Linda Key

Wednesday 20th of March 2019

I’m confused re whipped cream: ingredient list and amounts in the instructions do not agree if I am reading correctly. 4 tsp water & 4 tsp gelatin vs 4 Tablespoons water & 1 teaspoon gelatin. Please help me understand. Thank you.


Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Oops! The ingredient list is correct - 4 tbsp water and 1 tsp of gelatin! I will correct the recipe, sorry about that!

Kathy Taylor

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Your recipe is confusing in the order of when eggs are added Your first mention of eggs is step 7, when the user is told to combine the cream cheese, heavy cream, and eggs. Then in step 9, you advise to add the room temp eggs. I'm hoping this met the egg mixture produced in step 7. The mext confusion was step strp 15. There was no mention of ehat the vent stet was to be. As a new user, all other recipes so far mention that item. I set it to seal. The cheesecake rose over the edge of my springform pan. It settled in cooling on a rack. It is now chilling in the fridge! I'm excited!


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Hi Kathy!

Step 9 is correct - I have fixed the error. My apologies for the confusion!

I'm glad you are trying this recipe and I hope you enjoy it!

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