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Coconut Cream Pie

Creamy, sweet and delicious, this coconut cream pie will blow your minds! Make a simple coconut custard, pour it into a baked pie shell and refrigerate. Top with lots of whipped cream and enjoy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut cream pie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 520kcal


For the Coconut Filling:

  • 13.66 oz coconut milk 1 can, full fat
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract optional
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut lightly toasted, divided

For the Whipped Cream Topping:


  • Blind bake a deep pie crust or one that is large enough to hold 3 cups of filling. Lightly toast coconut and set aside.
  • In a large liquid measuring cup, pour in coconut milk. Add in enough whole milk to equal 3 cups (should be approximately 1 1/4 cups) and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk sugar, flour and salt together. Slowly add in the milk to the flour and sugar to incorporate and prevent lumps. Transfer this carefully to a pot.
    stirring flour, sugar and milk
  • Heat milk mixture over medium to medium-low heat for about 7 minutes, whisking constantly to ensure as the filling is heating up, it is not coming to a rolling boil. As it heats, after about 5 minutes, you will notice that it will start to thicken. Once it starts to thicken, cook an additional 2 minutes and remove from heat.
    Helpful hint: if mixture starts to bubble consistently once it has started to thicken, reduce the heat. If you were to NOT stir, you should see the occasional bubble. If you are continuously stirring, you shouldn't really see any bubbles. (If your whisk doesn't reach into the corners of the pot, switch every so often to a wooden spoon or rubber scraper to ensure the bottom isn't scorching around the edge of the pot.)
    whisking milk in pot
  • Whisk egg yolks in a separate bowl. Temper the egg yolks by whisking in 1/2 cup of the hot, thickened milk mixture. Then whisk the tempered egg yolks back into the pot. Replace back onto the heat and cook on medium to medium-low for 2-3 minutes more. It will continue to thicken. Remove from heat.
    pouring egg yolks back into filling
  • Stir in butter, vanilla and coconut extract (if using). Reserve 2 tablespoons of the toasted coconut and set aside. Stir in remaining coconut into the filling.
    added toasted coconut to filling
  • Immediately pour filling into baked pie crust. It should be quite full. Cover warm filling with plastic wrap directly on the filling and transfer to the fridge. Chill until filling has set, is completely cold and plastic wrap peels off clean. At least 6 hours to overnight.
    pouring filling into pie crust
  • To serve, whip cream with powdered sugar, vanilla and coconut extract, if using. Top pie with cream and reserved toasted coconut. Serve.
    adding cream to top of pie


Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 673IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3mg