Coconut Custard Pie Recipe

This old-fashioned coconut custard pie has a creamy egg custard filling, just the right amount of sweetness and is loaded with coconut. This pie is super easy to make, mixes up in just 5 minutes and only requires a whisk, a bowl, a spatula and a pie crust to create.

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Coconut custard pies are often a staple for holiday dinner desserts but it is a refreshing summer dessert also – just drizzle a little mango curd on your serving plates and over the top of the pie! Add a dash of nutmeg if creating for your holiday menu.

This pie is not too fancy and not too complicated to make – so grab your kids and have them help you create it.

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Tips for Making Pie:

Ingredients for the Egg Custard Pie with Coconut:

  • This pie is best baked in a sweet pie dough but a flaky pie dough will also work nicely. Note: this pie is also nice with a graham cracker crust. Also, the pie may be baked without a crust for a crustless coconut custard pie.
  • Bring the eggs and whole milk to room temperature before mixing the custard filling. Cold eggs and milk could cause the filling to separate. If you are in a hurry, simply warm the milk slightly in the microwave and place the eggs in a bowl of warm water for several minutes.
  • Use sweetened and shredded coconut for this pie. You don’t need to toast your coconut before mixing the pie filling. We are sprinkling coconut on top of this pie prior to baking to create a crunchy top.
shredded coconut
  • Making the Custard:
    • The ingredients for this coconut custard pie are added one after the other. Whisk gently but thoroughly after the ingredients are added. Fold in the shredded coconut.

Pie Crust

I recommend chilling your pie crust prior to baking the pie. This will reduce the chances the pie crust will shrink or burn. My Sweet Pie Dough works wonderfully with this pie as it produces a buttery soft crust and holds it’s shape well during baking. Check out the recipe below:

Sweet Pie Dough
A sweet pastry dough, also known as pate sucree, is a rich and sweet pastry with a crisp cookie-like texture. It works beautifully for decorative crust work as it maintains its shape well while baking.
Check out this recipe
pies with sweet pie crust recipe
old fashioned coconut custard pie baked


Can I freeze a coconut custard pie?

  • I advise to not freeze an egg coconut custard pie.  The custard may separate during the defrosting time.

What is a coconut custard pie vs a coconut cream pie?

  • Coconut Custard Pie is made with an egg and milk filling that sets up and thickens in the oven. Coconut Cream Pie is a custard, but it’s cooked on the stove and placed in the refrigerator until set.

How do I know when my pie is finished baking?

  • You will know that the coconut custard pie is done when the center of the pie only wiggles slightly. 

Does coconut custard pie have to be refrigerated?

  • Allow the pie to cool completely at room temperature.  This will take approximately three hours.  Once the pie is fully cooled, place in the refrigerator for storage.  Allow the pie to come to room temperature prior to serving (approximately one hour).  Note:  never put a hot pie in the refrigerator.
Coconut Custard Pie Recipe

Coconut Custard Pie

This old-fashioned coconut custard pie has a creamy egg custard filling, just the right amount of sweetness and is loaded with coconut flakes.
5 from 44 votes
Course Dessert
Servings 8


  • 1 Pie Pan 9"
  • 1 Pie Drip Catcher or
  • 1 Cookie Sheet Pan


  • 1 Pre-rolled pie crust My Sweet Dough recipe works wonderfully for this pie
  • 2 Large Eggs, room temperature
  • 4 Ounces Unsalted Butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 7 Ounces Granulated Sugar (1 Cup)
  • 2 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg (optional)
  • ¾ Cup Whole Milk, room temperature (6 fluid ounces)
  • 1 ½ Cups Sweetened Shredded Coconut (for pie filling)
  • 2 Tbsp Sweetened Shredded Coconut (for sprinkling over pie)


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Melt butter and let cool slightly.
  • Add eggs to a bowl and whisk lightly.
  • Add sugar to the bowl and whisk lightly.
  • Add melted butter to the bowl and whisk lightly.
  • Add flour to the bowl and whisk lightly.
  • Optional: add nutmeg to bowl and whisk lightly.
  • Add milk to the bowl and whisk lightly.
  • Stir in 1 ½ cups coconut flakes.
  • Pour filling into pre-rolled 9" pie crust.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons coconut flakes over top of pie.
  • Place on a cookie sheet pan or pie drip catcher. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes. Check pie after 35 minutes and cover crust with a pie shield or wrap loosely in foil if crust is turning too dark.
  • Cool for at least 2 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers – if you have any!


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  1. CanGee


    5 stars
    I love anything coconut. I added an extra cup of coconut and the pie was really good.

  2. Keri Bevan


    5 stars
    Fantastic coconut pie. Bookmarking to add this one to my Thanksgiving menu. Thank you!

  3. Alexandra


    5 stars
    I am a huge coconut lover, and this pie is just perfection. The perfect creamy texture and lovely flavour of coconut – one to make regularly!

  4. Nancy


    5 stars
    Wow. I’m addicted to this coconut custard pie. Store bought are usually to sugary for me. This was on awesome.

  5. Mary


    5 stars
    I will be trying this soon as I love coconut custard pie. I don’t have the ingredients or I would make it this moment. Looks delicious.

  6. Emily


    5 stars
    I love this nostalgic pie, it had just the right amount of sweetness with just the right amount of coconut flakes! It’s so much better than anything store-bought!

  7. Natalie


    5 stars
    Loved the flavor and how simple I made this coconut pie! I’ll be sure to make it again soon, thanks!

  8. Esmé Slabbert


    What an awesome pie – One of my many favorites and I will have to try this one as well. Thank you for joining us at Blog & Inspire FB Group. I will for sure visit you often.

  9. Debbie


    5 stars
    Love all pies! My favorite desserts and I really enjoy coconut – can’t wait to give this yummy treat a try! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Brooke


    5 stars
    This looks so delicious! I love coconut. My daughter does too and will love this recipe! Can’t wait to make this for her.

  11. Linda


    5 stars
    I so prefer this to coconut cream pie. Beautiful texture, delicious and I absolutely love how the top gets so golden!!!

  12. Giangi Townsend


    5 stars
    I love coconut and was looking for a new recipe to make. This looks so delicious and I cannot wait to make this recipe.

  13. Jill


    5 stars
    love this coconut custard pie recipe! The perfect amount of coconut flavor and so delicious!

  14. Victoria @ The Contented Reader


    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I’ll have to add it to my list of recipes to try, thanks for sharing!

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