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Kaffir Lime Leaves

Kaffir lime leaf adds an unmistakable, refereshing taste that is essential in many Thai soups & curries. The combination of lemongrass and lime leaf is a fantastic blast of flavor. The leaves have a strong fragrance and flavor that can not really be substituted. To experience the wonderful aroma, sliver the leaves with a knife or scissors and you'll begin to understand just how wonderful this plant is. A digestive aid with many known health benefits, the leaves cleanse the blood while helping maintain healthy teeth and gums. In Thailand the leaves are added to shampoo (said to prevent hair loss) and used as deodorant. Kaffir lime leaves grow in doubles. Sizes vary, but the average individual leaf is approx 2" long. Harvesting is done by hand and it's difficult because the branches have long thorns, so they tend to be expensive and not easily found in supermarkets. They freeze very well-just place in a ziplock bag & they'll retain their flavor for months. No need to defrost, just use as normal. Celebrity chef Martin Yan and cooking magazine Bon Appetit recommend buying kaffir lime leaves from ImportFood.com, so does Thomas Keller (French Laundry), Mark Bittman (New York Times). Martha Stewart's Body & Soul Magazine recommends as a spa treatment. We also offer the less-commonly used whole kaffir lime fruit.

We ship fresh kaffir lime leaves via Priority Mail, quick delivery within 2-3 days straight to your mailbox however they are sent only at the beginning of the week because they are coming from Mother Nature (sometimes harvest schedules dictate short delays as well). Please Note: if you order only lime leaves, select "$0.00" as shipping charge at checkout (because the prices below include shipping). If you order lime leaves and any other items, you must checkout with "UPS Ground" as the shipping method, and you will receive the other items separately. Any questions please feel free to call toll free 888-618-THAI. Lime leaves freeze well, so you can buy once and have enough on hand to last for months.
We also offer Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder which is quite useful, and whole kaffir limes.
Standard Pack
1.5 oz
Approx 40-45 fresh leaves
$14.95 (includes 2 day shipping)
Large Pack
3 oz
Approx 80-90 fresh leaves
$21.95 (includes 2 day shipping)
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We recommend kaffir lime leaves in the following ImportFood.com Thai recipes:
Thai Prawn Soup With lemon grass, "Tom Yum Goong", Street vendor video included
Thai Chicken Soup With Coconut Milk, "Tom Kha Gai", Street vendor video included
Panang Beef, Street vendor video included
Northern Thai Sausage "Sai Oua", Street vendor video included
Thai Pork Satay, "Moo Satay", Street vendor video included
Steamed Chicken Chiang Mai, "Gai Muang Nung Kreung Gaeng Nua"
Thai-Style Butternut Squash Soup
Thai Vegetarian Coconut Soup with Galanga and Squash
Thai Ginger Chicken Soup, "Tom Khing Gai"
Green Chicken Curry, "Gaeng Khiao Wan Gai"
Gaeng Tay Poe
Penang Chicken Curry, "Penang Gai"
Kaffir Lime Coconut Doughnuts
Red Chicken Curry, "Gaeng Phed Gai"
Turmeric Chicken Soup, 'Gai Tom Khamin'
Mock Bean Pods with Shrimp Filling and Sweet Filling, "Khanom Thua Paep"
Lemon grass Chicken, "Gai Sai Takrai"
Spicy Thai Corn Cakes, "Todman Khao Phot"
Red Curry Squash Soup
Curried Squid, "Plamuk Pat Phet"
Beef Rendang
Red Curry Chicken with Bamboo Shoot
Thai Vegetables in Coconut Milk, "Phak Tom Kati"
Thai Seafood Salad, "Yum Talay" , Street vendor video included
Thai Sticky Rice Steeped in Coconut Milk, "Khao Neeo Moon"
Pumpkin in Coconut Soup with Shrimp, Phaktong Tom Kati"
Spicy fried fish cakes, "Tod Man Pla", Street vendor video included
Tequila Infused with Kaffir Lime Leaves
Eucalyptus Herbal Vapor (spa recipe)
And a lot more from our Recipe Collection!
Here is a picture of a kaffir lime tree, it's four years old and only two feet high (and is just a hobby, not for commercial production)
Below are testimonials received from customers about our fresh kaffir lime leaves.
David and Hope, Borg ME. I just wanted to take the time to tell you we have enjoyed your products. My mother-in law sent us some Kaffir lime leaves, from your company, after we told her we were having a hard time trying to find the leaves fresh. When they arrived the leaves were in amazing condition and smelled wonderful. We use them to make Tom Yum soup....it made the soup fabulous, I just ordered more, can't wait to recieve them in the mail. Thank you for having such wonderful fresh produce!
Fred, Camano Island WA. I was amazed and delighted to receive the package of fresh galangal, Thai chiles, and Kaffir lime leaves within 24 hours of my order. This is a marvelous company, from which I have now just ordered everything to make my first grand Pad Thai, which is, I trust, only the beginning of many orders to come. Although we have many good Asian markets in the Seattle area, none offer the remarkable range of Thai products that ImportFood.com does.
Deni, Eastpointe MI. Your selections are endless. You're the only place I can find kaffir lime leaves, out of season, that are fresh & wonderful! I give out your website to many specialty stores who can otherwise not meet the supply when demanded.
Carrie, Long Beach, CA. Another satisfied customer here... in 5 days received, as promised, dozens of FRESH aromatic Kefir lime leaves, just what my curries had been missing. I have already recommended your site to my friends. Thanks!
Grace, Apopka, FL. Thanks so much for the kefir lime leaves...they arrived just as you promised.  They are fresh and wonderful.  It is such a pleasure dealing with you and your responsive company! I will be ordering again soon.
Kate, Orono, ME. I stumbled across Importfood.com in my never ending quest for the best (and proper) ingredients for the curries (red, jungle, green) that I enjoy trying to make. I will definitely advise friends and family - they have heard me raving about your site since I purchased my own kaffir leaves (and some really nice-priced lemongrass) a couple of months ago.
Mariane, Little Rock, AR. The Kaffir leaves arrived yesterday. I found them last night. They still look and smell fresh and vibrant green. Many, many thanks.
Elizabeth, New Haven, CT. I received the lime leaves in perfect condition yesterday- fresh, excellent quality, and extremely well-packed, not to mention quick shipping. Thanks! I will be back!
Alex, Ithaca, NY. Hi, I just received a shipment of Kaffir Lime leaves.  They are beautiful and smell fantastic!  I vacuum seal them and they are just as delicious the rest of they year as they are now.  Thank you so much.
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3 stalks fresh lemongrass 1 large (8 oz) fresh galangal
20 fresh kaffir lime leaves 1 Tra Chang fish sauce
3 8.5 oz all natural coconut milk 1 ground Thai chiles
3 oz fresh Thai chiles 2 fresh limes
1 Amazing Elephant Tom Kha
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4 stalks fresh lemongrass 1 Tra Chang fish sauce
20 kaffir lime leaves 4 oz fresh Thai chiles
3 8.5 oz all natural coconut milk 1 green curry paste (Hand brand)
1 chile paste prik pao 1 red curry paste (Hand brand)
1 ground Thai chiles 1 Amazing Elephant Tom Kha
Thai Cafe Kit. $30.95
Thai Cafe Kit with 5 lb Jasmine Rice. $37.95
Recommended ImportFood.com Thai Recipes using Kaffir Lime Leaves
Green Chicken Curry, 'Gaeng Khiao Wan Gai'

Basic is best, especially with all natural coconut milk.

This is a simple basic green curry we pepare with chicken and a bit of fresh green beans. Nice flavors that a Thai purist would enjoy.


1 lb chicken, boneless, cut into thin strips
17 oz all natural coconut milk
5 fresh Thai chile peppers
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup fresh green beans (or seasonal green of your choice such as broccoli)
5-6 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons palm sugar
1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil for cooking
1 cup Thai basil leaves
2 tablespoons Hand Brand green curry paste


In a mortar and pestle, pound fresh Thai chile peppers and garlic. In a wok, over medium/high heat, add vegetable oil then fry the fresh chile/garlic for 30 seconds or so. Then add curry paste and blend together. Stir constantly until it gets fragrant.

Add coconut milk slowly, bring to a high boil then reduce heat while constantly stirring. Be patient and keep it on a high simmer / low boil for about 5 minutes. Keep stirring it while cooking. Add chicken, and continue to stir while cooking until a thin film of oil apppears on the surface. Continue cooking over low heat until the chicken is cooked through

Adjust the flavors to suit yourself, by adding fish sauce and palm sugar. Our suggested quantities of 2 tablespoons each, should work well. Add fresh green beans. Transfer to a serving dish, top with a few leaves of fresh basil, and serve with jasmine rice.

Serve in our elegant, hand-painted Thai ceramic bowl with lid. Makes two large servings. Link to printable version of this recipe.

See what Thomas Keller, Oprah, celebrity chef Martin Yan , Martha Stewart, and Bon Appetit
say about kaffir lime leaves from ImportFood.com.