Steamed Limes

Lisa: Is it really worth risking your lives just for some sugar?
Marge: Dessert’s on! I steamed some limes.
Lisa: Godspeed.
– Sweets and Sour Marge (The Simpsons Season 13 – Episode 8)

Steamed Limes Screenshot

If you’re coming to this blog for any type of nutritional advice, you have definitely come to the wrong place. With that being said, sugar is not good for you – even GOOP agrees and that place is full of properly researched scientific advice!

In this episode Marge goes on a crusade against sugar and gets it banned from Springfield to try and make everyone healthier. That plot makes sense, Marge is always trying to improve people. But her dessert of choice once sugar is banned are limes? Limes are a fruit, why can’t everyone just have some orange slices for dessert instead? Or what about purple? Purple is a fruit. I know that fruits also contain sugar, but at least it also contains vitamins and fiber.

Anyway, I steamed a slice of lime to see if that would somehow improve the flavor, the results will shock you!


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Steamed Limes Ingredients


Bring water to a rolling boil, steam limes for several minutes until “done”.

Steamed Limes

Did I say the results will shock you? I meant not surprise you even a little bit because this tasted exactly like a warmed up lime slice. The consistency was softer, the taste was just as sour as I expected. If this is what’s available for dessert at the Simpsons household, I would suggest planning a trip to San Glucose as soon as possible.

Cromulence: 2 Erin Choco-snitchs out of 10

Steamed Limes Recipe From: Sweets and Sour Marge (The Simpsons Season 13 – Episode 8)

  1. I hate to be that guy (or maybe it’s what I love most in this life), but we steam all kinds of stuff in my house and it usually takes way longer than “several minutes.” Garlic can take up to 45.
    Most steamed lime recipes call for at least 10 minutes (
    Google “lime pickle.” It will blow your mind (if your mind is easily blown).

    1. Never be afraid to be “that guy”! This recipe does look good, but it’s also called “sweet and spicy” and includes sugar. I thought the whole purpose of Marge’s crusade was to eliminate sugar? However, your point about the steaming is well taken, perhaps I should have steamed that lime longer.

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