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Coconut Custard Pie


We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

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  • Servings: 10
coconut custard pie

Photography: John Kernick

Source: Everyday Food, November 2008


  • 1 recipe Basic Pie Crust, rolled and fitted into a 9-inch pie plate
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Press a sheet of aluminum foil onto crust, draping over rim of pie plate. To blind-bake: Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Remove beans and foil; let crust cool completely, and set aside.

  2. While crust is baking, place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl; set aside. In a medium saucepan (off heat), whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in whole milk, making sure to dissolve cornstarch. Whisk in coconut milk and egg yolks.

  3. Whisking constantly, cook over medium heat until the first large bubble sputters, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove pan from heat; immediately pour custard through sieve into bowl.

  4. Pour custard from bowl into cooled crust; smooth top with a rubber spatula. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours (or loosely covered, up to 1 day). To serve, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, then sprinkle with coconut.

Cook's Notes

To toast the coconut, spread it on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes. Lining unbaked crust with aluminum foil and filling it with dried beans or pie weights prevents the crust from puffing up as it bakes. Store the beans, and use them again the next time you bake a pie.

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  • MS10063231
    16 NOV, 2016
    Made this and did not like it at all. And neither did my husband, and my son. Try something else.
  • Ohitschristine
    31 DEC, 2014
    Love this pie! I add coconut into the custard before pouring into the pie crust. I also use a frozen crust and bake it before filling. Never had any problems with the pie not firming up and the flavor has always been on point. I think adding the coconut makes a big difference!
  • Tobey1
    14 NOV, 2014
    I was pretty happy to find a recipe for a custard pie that did not need to be cooked in the oven. Have to say, I am a little disappointed in the flavor of the custard. It is very bland. Can't say I will make this again. :-(
  • halbert11
    30 NOV, 2012
    I was in the mood for coconut custard pie, so I made this recipe. It was very good. No trouble thickening, just took about 10 minutes. I strained the custard, but it really wasn't necessary. After chilling in the fridge overnight and cutting a slice for breakfast, I found the pie to be more like coconut cream than coconut custard. Next time, I'll try one of the baked coconut custard pie recipes I've seen elsewhere. Still, a very nice pie. Love the coconut milk flavor.
  • kitchencucina
    16 JUL, 2012
    Except for the sieve part, I followed the recipe exactly, and the pie came out very good. I had no issues with the custard thickening. But in past experience when making other custards, I've found that if it cooks too quickly or too slowly, it can cause issues with how the cornstarch reacts...and your custard could be soupy. All in all, leave out the sieve part and be patient when cooking the custard. (Note: I added a dash of vanilla flavoring to my custard, for extra flavor!)
  • MS10573364
    22 DEC, 2011
    made this recipe twice on different days thinking i did something wrong. it never thickened for me. turned out soupy. ruined my day TWICE ! don't use this recipe ! wait. just read BonoBabe's comment. i poured the filling out of the shell into a pot and reheated it. she's right ! i cooked it for 10 minutes and it finally thickened up. poured it back into the shell and it's in the frig. we'll see what happens. i was wondering when it said to smooth the filling with a spoon. it was too thin befor
  • BonoBabe
    28 NOV, 2011
    Some of you mentioned this to be soupy. i had made this twice. The first tiem I added more starch to thickien it. THe 2nd time I followed the directions exactly however it was more like 10 minutes (not 5min as mentioned) of stirring before it magically turned into a custard. So be patient and constantly stir. Family loved it at Thanksgiving this year and I was happy to have figured it out much better than the first time.
  • EllisSeligman
    26 NOV, 2010
    I made this for Thanksgiving. Also found custard to be bland, but you can help this by adding very small amount of salt to boost
  • heavensangel8252003
    25 DEC, 2009
    I am with you on this one MBR62, very disappointed. Mine came out soupy as well and I followed the recipe exactly. Only mine I did the day before Christmas and I have nothing else for a back-up. Very upset.
  • Julie0
    25 JAN, 2009
    Baking the pie shell for 45 minutes at 400 doesn't seem right to me. I checked Joy of Cooking which recommends 12 minutes at 450 and that worked perfectly. Perhaps 14-15 minutes at 400 is what was meant? Filling thickened nicely and had a rich texture, but I found it blander than other recipes, even with extra coconut. I didn't see the need to strain the custard. I recommend cooking custards in the microwave - works perfectly every time. Crocus