This creamy, dreamy Coconut Cream Pie recipe is a favorite dessert for entertaining! It’s a classic and a coconut lover’s dream!

Coconut Cream Pie is a classic. This creamy, dreamy coconut cream pie recipe will quickly become a family favorite! //


And this, my friends, is a Coconut Cream Pie dreams are made of. Well, at least in my book.

Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

A perfectly flaky and delicious pie crust filled with rich, creamy coconut custard layered with mile high whipped cream and topped with toasted coconut. Now, what in the world could be wrong with that?

Making this pie is really one of those times that the effort pays off ten-fold when everyone takes their first bite.

They begin with, “Oh my gosh, this is the best coconut cream pie I’ve tasted.” And then they ask, “Did you make this? Can I have your recipe?”

I love it when that happens.


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This recipe calls for using coconut milk in the coconut custard. While that definitely gives the most flavorful result, you can substitute with whole milk or half-and-half, if needed. But if you have a true coconut lover in your midst, I really suggest you try it with the coconut milk in the custard. It’s amazing!

It also calls for my homemade pie crust. Now, that recipe is as simple as… well… pie to make, but if you need to use a refrigerated pie crust instead in a pinch, it works just fine.

Other Favorite Pie Recipes

Classic Peach Pie – always a hit with those juicy peaches!

Best Pecan Pie – heirloom family recipe!

Apple Pie – what a classic!

Peanut Butter Pie – so easy and no bake!

…and so many more pies to try!

So many of my readers love this pie as much as my family does! I can’t wait for others of you to try it.

Here’s my Coconut Cream Pie recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

Coconut Cream Pie is a classic. This creamy, dreamy coconut cream pie recipe will quickly become a family favorite!
4.94 from 107 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 8
Course Dessert
Calories: 518kcal
Serving Size 1slice
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


For the Toasted Coconut Topping

  • 1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut

For the Coconut Custard

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Whipped Cream


  • Prepare pie crust according to blind-baking instructions of recipe.

For the Toasted Coconut Topping

  • Spread coconut evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Place into 350º F oven for 8-10 minutes until coconut has just begun to turn brown.
  • Set aside to cool.

For the Coconut Custard

  • Pour coconut milk and half-and-half into a liquid measuring cup. Add egg yolks and whisk together with milks. Set aside.
  • Add sugar and cornstarch to a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk egg and milk mixture together once more and then slowly begin to add to the sugar and cornstarch, whisking together constantly.
  • Bring custard mixture to a boil. Switch to a rubber spatula or wooden spoon and continue to stir constantly. Boil one minute.
  • Remove from heat and add butter, coconut, vanilla and salt.
  • Spread custard into pie crust. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Spread whipped cream on top of coconut custard. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, top with toasted coconut.


For the coconut milk in this recipe, you can use sweetened or unsweetened according to your personal preference. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3mg
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Robyn xo

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  1. This is the BEST coconut pie and pie shell recipe ever!!!! I made this for my grandma who loves coconut and has never had a homemade coconut cream pie—and let me just say this was a life changing recipe. Never again will I buy a store made coconut cream pie. If I can make this recipe, anyone can. Thank you so so so much fur this wonderful recipe! Xoxo 

  2. Hi, husband’s birthday is coming up soon. I am planning on using this recipe but I’m confused on the use of the flaked coconut. How much do you use for custard and for the topping?

    1. Hi Peggy,
      I have the recipe divided as to how much coconut goes in the custard and how much is used for the topping. So you’ll need 2 cups total, 1/2 cup for the topping and 1 1/2 cups for the custard. Enjoy! xo

  3. Made this for my husband for his birthday.  First time I have made a coconut cream pie from scratch and he was so thrilled.  He is a very picky farm boy that has been use to a lot of good cooks and he said by far the best he has ever had.  Too bad he had to wait 33 yrs for me to make it for him😊

  4. I made this for my husband of 33yrs.  His birthday was yesterday and he always says how much he loves coconut cream pie so I decided to try to make one from scratch today
    Was so happy to find your recipe.  He was so excited to try it.  Based on appearance, smell, and taste he said this was hands down the best he has ever had in his 54 yrs of life!  This is a huge compliment.  He has been spoiled with really good cooks his entire life.  Easy to make.  Thanks so much for sharing your recipes.  I used the pie crust, cream pie recipe, and whipped cream recipes.  

    1. Aww, this is such a special comment to me, Kari!
      I’m thrilled to hear that you tried all these recipes (pie crust, coconut cream pie, and whipped cream) and you and your husband enjoyed the pie! Isn’t the pie crust easy to make?!
      This pie is one of our favorites too! 😉
      Please wish your husband a happy belated birthday! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! xo

  5. Made this with my student all the way in Beijing! I had to share a little homemade pie with them and this recipe was delicious and fun to make with kids. I was nervous the custard wouldn’t turn out since I had made some once before with sad, lumpy results, but this time it turned out so smooth and thick! And that was using sweet potato starch too! (Couldn’t find cornstarch anywhere, even the import stores) Thanks for the recipe! 

  6. As always, this recipe was perfect. You never let me down! The only change I made was to put it in a graham cracker/coconut crust, per the recipient’s request. Everyone raved. Thank you for posting another great recipe for me to wow my family with.

  7. This pie was amazing. I love coconut desserts and this may be the best I’ve had. Crust was perfect. Filling perfect. Whipping cream perfect. Crowd pleaser. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Happy to have found your site!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Nate! This pie is one of my favorites! And I’m so happy to have you here and glad you found my site too. I hope you find many more recipes that you enjoy. Thanks!

      1. Hi there! The taste is amazing but i followed everything step by step and it wont settle. Its still bery liquidy. I used cocunt milk from a carton not a can. Am i suppose to ket this cool for a while before putting it in the pie crust? I wanna try again but wanna know if there is something that may have made it stay so soupy?

      2. Brandon, you need to use canned coconut milk in this recipe. The water content is much higher in the carton so the custard would not thicken in this recipe like you would want. When made with the canned coconut milk, you would need to pour the custard into the pie crust as soon as you have all the ingredients mixed (step 4 of Instructions). The custard should be thickened at the end of this step. Do not cool the custard before pouring into the pie crust. Hope this helps.

  8. The best coconut cream pie ever! Using the cornstarch for thickening the custard instead of flour gives it a richer, creamier taste. Once you try this pie, you will never use any other recipe.

  9. I just made this pie for the first time for Thanksgiving dinner, as a change from pumpkin pie. We absolutely loved it!! It truly is the best coconut cream pie I’ve ever eaten. I also use the crust recipe that came with the pie and it is very good. Both the filling and the crust are easy to make. I also found a recipe online for homemade whipped cream and put that on top then added the toasted coconut. I think the coconut milk in the custard really sets it off. You will not go wrong making this pie. I’m a big fan and have added this to my pie recipe collection.

  10. I love this pie! Two exceptions – first: if you use salted butter don’t add more salt! It was super salty. I tried adding a little more sugar but it didn’t work. Second: use a large saucepan! Mine nearly cooked over. It’s super creamy and light. Other than the salt, which I just added lots of freshly whipped cream to help hide it, We loved it!

  11. This recipe is a ’10’ in my book but I have to be satisfied with giving it a 5 as that is as high as your rating goes. My guests’ comments ranged from “This pie is good enough for you to start your own bakery – it’s really delicious!’ to my favourite ‘This is the best coconut pie I have ever tasted’. I have to agree – it is the best I have ever tasted too! This recipe is now a permanent part of my collection of favorites.

  12. This is the BEST Cocounut Cream Pie recipe. The whipped cream on top and the coconut milk in the custard are the two things that make it stand out from the rest.

  13. Very easy and so delicious! I knew the leftover coconut milk would go to waste, so I just used the whole can and added half and half to make a total of 3 cups. I also added a teaspoon of coconut extract and two tablespoons of coconut rum for a little extra boost

  14. I am planning to bake this pie for Christmas, Do I use sweetened or unsweetened coconut milk? Any help appreciated. 



  15. Reading some questions about sweetened or unsweetened milk coconut milk I’m not seeing any response. I’d like to find out, I would like your recipe to be perfect.

  16. My Mom always made coconut cream pies for the holidays. It is now my turn to pass on the tradition. She never used coconut milk to cook with but I really want to change it up a bit. Sweetened or unsweetened milk?
    Merry Christmas.

  17. awsome spectaculer only words that will desribe this pie.oh and robyn your beautiful and you sure know how to cook.ty for recipe

  18. AMAZING!!!! This is the BEST Coconut Cream recipe I have ever made and eaten!! I did not deviate from the recipe and it came out perfect! Creamy, very creamy, perfect consistency and a wonderfully rich flavor.. I used my own Pie crust recipe but will definitely try hers next time. I’m very confident it will be as great. I will use this site for future recipes.
    Thanks so much for sharing your FABULOUS RECIPE!!! Sharon, Arizona

  19. I made this coconut cream pie for the holidays and it was so delicious and flavorful! Everyone loved it and I mentioned your website. Thank you for sharing this five star recipe, I will definitely be making this again. I am happy I chose to make your recipe because I never made this type of pie before. The instructions were easy to follow and I agree that the coconut milk did wonders. 

  20. It was delicious!! It was not too sweet, but had plenty of flavor. It really went together quickly. I have already made 2, and plan on using this recipe again.

  21. I made this pie as one of the Christmas dinner desserts. Ive made many pies in my many years as a home baker but never a coconut cream. My husband was talking to his brother one day about favorite desserts……..he said that he likes chocolate cake and brownies but his favorite is coconut cream pie. Who knew??
    As you know, there are MANY recipes out there;  I narrowed it down to two and I am sooooo glad I chose yours. The other contender did not use coconut milk. The flavor of the custard was so very delicious and the pie as a whole? Over the top!!  Thank you

  22. I never leave feedback, never ever. This time I had to. My daughter turned 20 this year and she has never been a fan of birthday cake. For years I went to a local bakery and bought her favorite pie, coconut cream. This year I decided to try and make one myself. Not that I couldn’t have gone to the bakery, I could have. I wanted it to be more than just a birthday pie. I wanted it to be special, to be made with love. I am SO GLAD I chose your receipe, out of all of the options on the internet I chose yours. She LOVED it!! I want you to know that I have kept it in a special place and every year on January 7th, we will celebrate her birthday with this pie, your pie. Thank you!!!!

    The Blair Family

    1. Oh my Lisa! I am so touched by your comment – thank you so much!
      I am happy that your daughter and your family enjoyed the pie and so honored that it was a part of your special time together as a family. Thank you!
      Robyn xo

  23. My daughter-in laws birthday was yesterday so of course her favorite pie is coconut cream. I have never made one & am known to make the best banana cream pie so thought I ca do this! Followed directions exactly except for I had bought sweetened condensed coconut milk so used a whole can of that & added enough coconut milk from a carton to equal 1&1/2 C. It was absolutely delicious!! Perfect texture, perfect sweetness, perfect taste of coconut! Only thing when toasting coconut for topping, keep a close watch! Thank you for the recipe. Will be a keeper! Ann

  24. I’m not much of a coconut fan, but I had been thinking about coconut cake when my wife asked me to make a dessert for a lunch date with her friends. I found this recipe and had to try it. When my wife returned home, she was off the ground saying, “That the best coconut cake I’ve ever eaten and everyone thinks it’s the best they’ve ever had, too.” So a sampled a slice of what little was left and I agree. This pie is outstanding. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

  25. This recipe is wonderful!  My son never had coconut cream pie and the day after we had it for a family dinner he asked me to make another one.  I just made my 3rd pie in less than a week (taking one to my friends tomorrow).  I have made it with a can of coconut milk and also a can of coconut cream (from Trader Joe’s) and while both are good, I think I like the coconut cream just a little better.

  26. One of my New Years Resolutions was to drop a few pounds. This looks so good that I will take one for the team in order to provide my feedback within the next couple of weeks.

  27. I initially made this pie for my husband who adores coconut cream pie.  Now it is my go to choice for a treat for him.  Along the way, I’ve made it to bring to get togethers with friends.  Now, it is what I’m requested to bring every time.  It’s that good.  I need to bring 2 pies to an upcoming dinner.  Can I make and cook a doubled filling recipe, or does each need to be cooked separately?  It would sure save time to double it, but I’m not sure if it will thicken properly.

    1. Hi Lorri,
      I’m so happy to hear that you and your husband – and friends – enjoy the pie! It’s one of our favorites too.
      I really don’t think I would double it as I’m not sure it will thicken as it should. I hope this helps. Thanks! xo

  28. Hi, I was looking to alter the flavour slightly by adding lime zest and some lime juice. When would be the best time to add the juice without getting the custurd to curtle? After it has finished cooking? Let me know your thoughts!

  29. I made this for our fishing club potluck and now I’ve got to this every month! Good thing I love to bake. Lol I was wondering if you might have a recipe for coconut cream pie that is sugar free?

    1. So happy to hear that you and your friends enjoy the pie, Amy! It’s one of my favorites too!
      I love that you’re in charge of baking this every month for your monthly potlucks! 🙂
      I don’t have a recipe for a sugar free coconut cream pie.
      Thanks so much for sharing this with me – I’m happy to have you here! xo

  30. I’m not a fan of coconut cream pie, but this is my friends favorite. So I made this for her birthday. It was so delicious! I have now made 3 of them. I cant believe I’m a coconut cream pie lover now.

  31. This is one of the BEST PIES I have ever made! It was delicious. I made it exactly as the recipe states with the exception of using Dream Whip on top rather than making my own whipped cream. Fabulous recipe!!

  32. My husbands favourite is coconut cream pie. I just finished making this pie for Easter dinner tomorrow. Although I haven’t tasted the pie as a whole with crust and whipped cream the filling is divine!!! I didn’t have time to make a pie shell from scratch I used a frozen one as such I had filling left over. Delicious just in a bowl. 
    Will be making this from now on. 

  33. Best coconut cream pie! Great recipe and simple to make. The only thing I did differently was to use unsweetened shredded coconut rather than sweetened. I also made the pie crust and whipped cream referenced in the recipe. Other coconut pies I have made in the past have been too sweet. This one was just right. The custard was soooo good!! I made it for Easter and everyone loved it!

  34. Made it and turned out great. I accidentally mixed in the toasted coconut in with the custard while cooking the custard, and guess what, it turned out fabulous.

    I also made the whipped cream, covered the custard with the cream, toasted more coconut flakes and garnished the top of the pie. Wish I would had been able to post photos so you could see my work of art.

    Thanks so very much for this wonderful recipe.


  35. My now husband and I just got back from Hawaii on our honeymoon and we had coconut everything while we were there. The day we got back I looked for recipe’s to match some of my favorites. I just made this, am half way through the pie all by myself and it is AMAZING! Even better then what I had there! YAY!

    1. Hi Ann,
      You can make this pie ahead. After step 5 when the pie has cooled in the refrigerator until set, wrap securely in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days. When ready to serve, spread the whipped cream on top of the custard and top with the toasted coconut. Hope you enjoy the pie!

  36. How much whipped cream should I make?  Will 1 recipe be enough, ie 1 c whipping cream, which will be 2 cups.  I can’t seem to visualize.   Thanks!

  37. Hi there, I really want to make this pie. I’m in Australia and I hear about coconut cream pies in the movies all the time and I’m busting to try one. 

    Just a bit confused about the half and half? Can I substitute that for 1 1/2 Cups of coconut milk (so I’ll be adding 3 Cups in total?



    1. Hi Damaris,
      Half and half is a mixture of half whole milk and half heavy cream. You would use 1 1/2 cups of half and half and 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk for a total of 3 cups. Hope this helps!

  38. I made this amazing pie for a family dinner to celebrate my husband and my 30th Wedding Anniversary! I didn’t take a picture because we ate it so fast! She claims that people will say it is the best coconut cream pie they have ever had, and that is exactly what happened!

    1. Hi Michele,
      Happy 30th Anniversary to you and your husband! I’m so happy you both enjoyed the coconut cream pie as your special dessert on this special occasion. Thanks! xo

  39. I made this last Friday for a farewell party for a girlfriend who is moving across Canada. She had said the previous weekend that she loved homemade coconut cream pie. I’ve never even tried coconut cream pie but since the party was in her honour, I had to make it.

    OMG – I am now a lover of coconut cream pie and am making another one this weekend when I have guests over for dinner!

    1. Hi Karen,
      I’m so glad your friend loves coconut cream pie so that now you have a new favorite dessert, too. Hope your dinner guests love it as much as you do. Thanks. xo

  40. Loved your pie!!

    I have some friends requesting it for a cottage weekend. Would it work if I made the custard and the whipping cream the day before and put it in the shell the next day?


    1. Hi Stephanie,
      I’m so glad you and your friends love this pie. This is how I would make this ahead. After step 5 when the pie has cooled in the refrigerator until set, wrap it securely in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. To make the whipped cream ahead, you need to add cream of tartar to stabilize it. For each cup of heavy whipping cream, add 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar along with the confectioner’s sugar when whipping. Once the whipped cream is at the right consistency, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, spread the whipped cream on top of the custard and top with the toasted coconut. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Louanne,
      I’m so happy you loved this pie. There are a couple of reasons the pie didn’t set up as it should. The custard might not have cooked long enough or the pie might not have chilled enough. Thanks. xo

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