Ultimate Coconut Cream Pie

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Coconut Cream Pie is a deliciously fluffy pie loaded with coconut through and through!

This is the ultimate coconut cream pie because it has coconut in the crust, the filling and the topping making sure every single bite has the most delicious coconutty flavor!

Similar to Chocolate Silk Pie, the filling to this Coconut Cream Pie doesn’t require baking (although the crust does) but it does require chilling time so I prefer to make make it the day before.

Coconut cream pie in a pie plate

I love coconut in all desserts from Coconut Cupcakes to Almond Coconut Macaroons! Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie is a classic dessert that has been around for ever and for good reason!

It starts with a flaky crust brushed with a bit of egg white and sprinkled wit coconut.  It’s baked until golden.

Next a very simple coconut cream pie filling is created from scratch! It’s fairly simple to make a homemade custard, just keep your heat low and continuously stir with a whisk.  Once thickened and bubbly, add in your coconut!

Finally a topping of freshly whipped cream and of course more toasted coconut crowns this beautiful coconut pie!

Coconut cream pie on a plate

When adding coconut to any recipe, toasting the coconut definitely makes a big difference in flavor.  It’s simple to do an takes just a few minutes of time (I do it while the crust is baking). Toasted coconut can be stored for a while so I always do a little bit extra for adding onto desserts.

To make toasted coconut, place it in a non-stick pan over medium-low heat.  Stir every few minutes until the coconut becomes lightly toasted.  Remove and let cool. The only coconut that needs to be toasted is the coconut for the topping but it’s great within the pie too.

To pipe the whipped cream, I placed it in a freezer bag and snipped the corner off.  I just squeezed large spots all over the top until it was covered.

Just like that, a simple from scratch recipe for coconut cream pie! While there are a few steps but it’s honestly “easy as pie” to make!

Coconut cream pie on a plate
4.75 from 8 votes
Review Recipe

Ulitmate Coconut Cream Pie

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This is an easy, made from scratch recipe for Coconut Cream Pie! 


Coconut Custard
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can coconut milk (approx. 14 oz)
  • half & half or light cream
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup flaked coconut toasted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whipped cream or whipped topping (approx. 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut toasted

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  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Unroll pie crust and brush with egg white. Sprinkle ½ cup coconut onto the crust and gently press to stick.
  • Place in 9" pie pan and poke the bottom with a fork. Cover with parchment paper and fill it with beans or pie weights. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Remove parchment and weights and bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool completley.
  • Pour coconut milk into a large measuring cup and top to 3 cups with cream.
  • In a large saucepan whisk together eggs, coconut milk/cream, cornstarch, white sugar and salt. Whisk over medium low heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and ¾ cup coconut.
  • Immediately pour into cooled pie crust and cover with plastic wrap touching the filling. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove plastic wrap and top with whipped cream or whipped topping and remaining coconut.

Recipe Notes

To toast coconut, place it in a non-stick pan over medium low heat.  Stir until fragrant and lightly browned.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 450, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 157mg, Potassium: 257mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 160IU, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 1.9mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword coconut cream pie
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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