This Coconut Cream Pie is a take on a favorite restaurant version that has a triple dose of coconut.

A flaky coconut crust is filled with a creamy coconut filling and a whipped cream topping. It’s all topped off with toasted coconut before serving.

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  • We love this coconut cream pie because it is packed with flavor in every bite.
  • The filling has coconut milk added for extra flavor
  • Coconut is added to every layer for extra goodness in every bite.
  • Use a store-bought crust to save time.

ingredients for coconut cream pie

Ingredients

THE CRUST: Use a store-bought crust to save time or make any single pie crust recipe. A graham cracker crust or even an oreo crust will also work well. Sprinkle coconut onto the crust and press it in before baking.

THE FILLING: This filling is easy to make with just sugar, coconut milk, eggs, and cream. The filling is thickened with cornstarch (similar to how I make homemade pudding).

Adding toasted coconut to the filling is optional. We love the extra boost of flavor it gives but of course it changes the texture. If you prefer a smoother filling you can skip this addition.

THE TOPPING: Add whipped cream and toasted coconut as a final touch to this decadent dessert recipe.

How to Toast Coconut

Stovetop (preferred method): Heat a pan over medium heat and add coconut flakes. Stir until the coconut is lightly browned and fragrant.

Oven: Spread coconut onto a parchment lined pan and bake at 325°F for 6-8 minutes. Stir after 3 minutes.

Microwave: Spread coconut on a plate and microwave in 30 second increments until lightly browned (this method is a less consistent method).

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How to Make Coconut Cream Pie

Whip up this cool dessert on a hot summer day:

  1. Bake Crust: Press coconut into the crust and bake according to directions below.
  2. Make Filling: Combine coconut milk and cream in a measuring cup (per the recipe below). Whisk with eggs, cornstarch, salt & sugar. Cook until thickened.
  3. Fill Pie Crust: Stir in toasted coconut and fill the prepared pie crust.

process showing how to make Ultimate Coconut Cream Pie

  1. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set.
  2. Top with whipped cream and additional coconut and serve.

Ultimate Coconut Cream Pie with plastic wrap over top

Tips for Perfection

  • When baking a pie crust, poke with a fork, cover with parchment paper, add the pie weights and then cook.
  • Make sure that the crust has cooled before adding the filling.
  • Don’t add the topping until the pie is set and chilled, plus ready to be served.

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How to Store

Because of the milk content in this pie, it is best to always keep it in the refrigerator. Loosely cover it and it will keep refrigerated for 5 days.

Unfortunately, these pies do not freeze well. The good news is that you may just need to eat it all within 5 days!

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Homemade Coconut Cream Pie

This simple recipe for the ultimate coconut cream pie has a creamy coconut custard filling and an easy crust! 
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients  

  • 1 single pie crust homemade or refrigerated/frozen
  • ½ cup flaked coconut
  • 1 egg white

Coconut Custard

  • 2 eggs
  • 13.5 oz coconut milk
  • 1 ⅓ cups light cream or half & half
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • teaspoon pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup flaked coconut toasted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping

  • 2 cups whipped cream or whipped topping approx. 2 cups
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut toasted

Instructions 

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Unroll pie crust (if using pastry type) into a 9" pie plate, & brush with egg white. Sprinkle ½ cup coconut onto the crust and gently press into crust. *
  • Poke the bottom of the crust 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 completely.

Coconut Custard

  • Heat a pan over medium heat and add coconut flakes. Stir until the coconut is lightly browned and fragrant.
  • Pour coconut milk into a large measuring cup and add light cream (you should have about 3 cups liquid).
  • In a large saucepan whisk together eggs, coconut milk/cream, cornstarch, white sugar & salt. Whisk over medium-low heat until thick & bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and ¾ cup coconut.
  • Immediately pour into cooled pie crust & cover with plastic wrap touching the filling. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove plastic wrap and top with whipped cream or whipped topping & remaining coconut.

Notes

If using graham crust, bake according to package directions.
Adding toasted coconut to the filling is optional. We love the extra boost of flavor it gives but of course it changes the texture. If you prefer a smoother filling you can skip this addition.
When baking a pie crust, poke with a fork, cover with parchment paper, add the pie weights and then cook.
Make sure that the crust has cooled before adding the filling.
Don’t add the topping until the pie is set and chilled, and ready to be served.
5 from 20 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 566 | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Made this coconut cream pie yesterday.
    I was a little nervous as one review said it didn’t set up and another said it was too rubbery. However I made it (minus the crust as I had some frozen already) and it turned out beautifully. On-top of that it was super easy to follow and make and so delicious.
    This will be my go to for coconut cream pie from now on.

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure but maybe another reader has tried it and can provide some insight! If you try it, I would love to hear how it turns out!

  2. Tasty delicious coconut cream pie which you can have with your children, or else with friends in a party.