Cambodian Preserved Lime – Pickled Lime

January 26, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Cambodian Preserved Lime – Pickled Lime

Cambodian Preserved Lime, also known as Pickled Lime, is a simple and easily prepared condiment that can be made at home with just lemons or limes and salt. It is a valuable skill for any home cook to possess. The process requires only three basic ingredients: fresh limes, water, and salt. This versatile condiment can be stored in the refrigerator for months or even years, making it a convenient addition to your culinary repertoire.

To make Cambodian Preserved Lime, begin by washing the limes and allowing them to sun-dry for at least three days, or until they are fully dried and ready for preservation. Next, bring water to a boil, add salt, and stir until it is completely dissolved. Allow the salted water to cool before proceeding. Then, place the dried limes into a large jar and pour the salted water over them. This mixture will need a few weeks to several months to fully pickle.

Once the pickling process is complete, the preserved lime can be stored in the refrigerator for an extended period of time, ensuring it is readily available for future use. This preserved lime can be a versatile ingredient in various dishes, such as duck or chicken soup. Additionally, it can be used as a refreshing drink, especially when dealing with a cold. Mastering the art of making Cambodian Preserved Lime provides a convenient and flavorful addition to your culinary toolkit.


12 fresh limes
8 to 10 cups of water enough to cover the limes
4 tablespoon of salt

Directions to make Cambodian Preserved Lime – Pickled Lime

  1. Wash limes and let it sit under the sun for 3 days or longer, when the lime is ready
  2. Boil water add salt stir until the salt is dissolved. turn the heat off let cool
  3. In a big jar put the limes in add salt water to it.
  4. It will take few weeks or month before the lime ready to use. When it ready keep in the refrigerator for months or years.

You can use preserved lime to make duck, chicken soup or drink when you have a cold.


Related Recipe: Preserved Lime Chicken Soup

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 121

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏42g 15%
Total Fat ‏1g 1%
Saturated Fat ‏1g 5%
Dietary Fiber ‏11g 39%
Protein ‏3g 6%
Sodium ‏6984mg 304%
Sugars ‏7g 14%


15 min


15 min




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