Preserved Lime

November 10, 2022  Cambodia Recipe Avatar
Preserved Lime

Ancient fruit; lime is one of the most important ingredients in Khmer cuisine, fresh lime juice make great refreshment drinks and desserts. Preserved lime is excellent for cooking. In medicine, our people use preserved lime for treatments of dehydrated and upset stomach. At my house, we may run short of many items but one item we always have is a jar of preserved limes. If you ever get sick and your mouth can’t taste anything, or can’t keep anything down, try our Khmer preserved lime drink. You’ll be please with the result.


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

Directions to make Preserved Lime

  1. Put limes in a basket or colander, and put it out the sun. Sun-dried limes for 2 to 3 days.
  2. In a large pot, mix salt with 6 cups water, cook and stirs till salt dissolved, add limes in salty water, cook limes till it color turns evenly to brownish yellow. Removes boiled limes from the pot, but keep salted water in the pot and set a side till it completed cool down .
  3. Take dried limes and put it in a jar or container, pour boiled salted water over till cover limes. To keep limes stays beneath the surface, take several bamboo skewers, cut it to the length of the jar.
  4. Inserts several bamboo skewers in the jar to presses limes down.
  5. Closed the lid and continue to sun-dried the jar of limes for 6 more days before it ready to use.
  6. Preserved lime can stores in refrigerator up to six months.

Enjoy it


Related: Green Mango Relish

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 ‏698mg 30%
Sugars ‏7g 14%


30 min


1 hr




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