Dad’s Coconut Cream Pie

BEST Coconut Cream Pie EVER! This is my Dad’s favorite pie and it is truly amazing! Made with coconut milk for extra creamy, coconut flavor!  Best part? The custard. And I totally made it in the microwave.

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BEST Coconut Cream Pie EVER! Made with coconut milk for extra creamy, coconut flavor! |


My Dad is a bit predictable.  I can tell you almost exactly what he wants for his birthday each year.  And we’re talking food here :)

He frequently chooses my Nana’s To-Die-For Carrot Cake or her German Chocolate Cake (a recipe I keep meaning to share but the cake always gets eaten too quickly…).  His other favorite is Coconut Cream Pie.  On the rare occasion we go out to eat for his birthday, he likes to go to Marie Callender’s.  And it’s for one simple reason.  Their pie.  He has about a half-dozen favorites but his number one, go-to pie is their Coconut Cream Pie.

BEST Coconut Cream Pie EVER! Made with coconut milk for extra creamy, coconut flavor! |

My sister has made it for him in the past but this year it’s all me.  His birthday is tomorrow and the menu has been set.

  • BBQ Beef Ribs with my mom’s killer bbq sauce.
  • Spinach Dip
  • Dad’s Green Jell-O Salad (recipe coming next week)
  • Coconut Cream Pie

I have to say, I’m excited :) This is just what I’m bringing and I know my sister is always good for a yummy fruit salad and some additional treats.

I was feeling a bit lazy so I made the custard filling in the microwave.  For those of you that just freaked out a little, trust me, it’s totally okay.  And quick. And easy. And my preferred method :)

BEST Coconut Cream Pie EVER! Made with coconut milk for extra creamy, coconut flavor! |

The coconut cream filling is the best part, bar none.  I used coconut milk – not lite! – and half and half for an ultra-creamy and rich filling.  Coconut extract takes the filling over the top but if you don’t have any or can’t find it, vanilla extract also works beautifully.

I pulled out all the stops and made a fresh whipped cream topping but if you’re feeling exhausted from microwaving the custard filling, Cool Whip is an easy and delicious alternative.

Lightly toasted coconut sprinkled on top finishes the pie and gives the pie a delicate finish.

BEST Coconut Cream Pie EVER! Made with coconut milk for extra creamy, coconut flavor! |

I am so excited to be bringing this up to my Dad’s this weekend and I know he is going to LOVE it! I’m betting you are going to love it too! This pie is soooo easy to make and so fabulous – definitely a recipe you need to try!


Dad’s Coconut Cream Pie
BEST Coconut Cream Pie EVER! This is my Dad's favorite pie and it is truly amazing! Made with coconut milk for extra creamy, coconut flavor! Best part? The custard. And I totally made it in the microwave.
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 1½ cups half and half
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, divided
  • 1 tsp coconut extract (or vanilla)
  • 1 deep dish pie shell, baked and cooled (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbls powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or coconut extract
  1. Combine coconut milk, half and half, eggs, sugar, corn starch and salt in a large, microwave safe bowl. (I use my large Pyrex measuring cup.) Stir.
  2. Microwave on high for one minute, stir. Repeat until a thick custard has developed. 5-7 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1½ cups coconut and coconut extract.
  4. Pour coconut custard into cooled pie shell.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Keep continuous watch on the coconut - it burns easily.
  7. Whip heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add in sugar and extract and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
  8. Spread whipped cream on top of coconut custard and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
  9. Keep refrigerated.

BEST Coconut Cream Pie EVER! Made with coconut milk for extra creamy, coconut flavor! |

More of my Dad’s favorite recipes:


Lemon Meringue Cookie Cups


Coconut Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


 Raspberry Coconut Magic Bars

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  1. A microwave custard??! WHAT??! Omg what a revelation. I totally need to do this for…like every pie I ever make :) pinned!

  2. I have had coconut cake but I have never tried coconut pie and it looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try your recipe, pinned :)
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  3. Pie pie pie…I LOVE PIE!!! That looks amazing, great recipe :)

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  4. My Grandma’s Banana Cream Pie filling is made in the microwave too! Super simple and every bit as tasty as if it was made on the stove. This Coconut Pie really does look the BEST.
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  5. Happy birthday to your dad!!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful time celebrating. :) My dad almost always asks for the same birthday desserts too — German chocolate cake or lemon-lemon bundt cake — but after I brought home a cinnamon chip cheesecake for him and my mom over the summer, he asked for THAT this year. Oops! I had no idea you could make a custard in the microwave; that’s awesome! Pinning for sure. :)
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  6. This looks absolutely divine! I would love a slice right now for breakfast! :)
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  7. Now I don’t have to make my own coconut cream pie! Yay! I have your recipe. This is fabulous!
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  8. I just laughed when I read the title of this post! My husband has been BEGGING for me to make him a coconut cream pie. At least 3 times a day. Not joking. He is somehow able to insert ‘Coconut Cream Pie’ into any conversation!
    Love the simplicity of making the custard in the microwave – quick and easy! :)
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  9. Oh, this pie is seriously drool-worthy. now.
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  10. In the microwave? Get out! That rocks! I totally am making this – my dad is constantly wanting me to make him a coconut cream pie. Thanks for the recipe Trish! :)
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  11. I like your dad’s tastes in desserts! Yum!
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  12. I love coconut. Favorite flavor of pie. Now I’m totally in the mood for pie!
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  13. Stopping by from Wake Up Wed Party and your recipe looks delish and your site is AWESOME! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  14. Coconut cream pie is one of my favorite pies ever, and yours looks divine, Trish!
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  15. Why have I never thought of using coconut milk in coconut cream pie?! Definitely giving that a try with my next pie!
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  16. So sweet and creamy.
    Nice move, making it in the microwave! I love recipes that make things easy and delicious.
    Thank you for sharing!
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  17. I love how creamy and coconut-y this pie is!! And custard in the microwave…say what? That’s all kinds of crazy awesome!!!
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  18. Hi Trish, I love the recipes.. I was wondering if you posted the recipe for your Nana’s German Chocolate cake?

  19. Whoa this looks great! My hubby loves coconut creme pie but I have never ventured to make it, now I will definitely be giving this recipe a whirl! Pinned and love it! Found it on artsy corner Thursday! :-)

  20. Can’t wait to try this one! I love all things coconut. And Happy B-Day to your Dad! :) [PinItThurs]
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  21. hi visiting from inspire us and I love your recipe will be making it soon so easy thanks for sharing following on bloglovin have a great day
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  22. Dang, girl! THis is the one time that I’m glad to not live close to you. This is my all time favorite pie, I avoid it like the plague because I can eat the whole pie alone :) It looks so good, I can actually lick the screen!
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  23. Love that this is your fathers favorite :) I’ve never had coconut pie!! And with my love of coconut right now, I have no idea how I have let this go on for SO long! Must try this! Thanks for sharing, beautiful pictures!
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  24. Your Coconut Cream Pie looks to die for! I love Coconut Cream pie:-) I fund your site by linking from another blog, glad I did!

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  25. I always order a slice of the coconut cream pie at this local restaurant and I’ve been meaning to create my own this spring. But now I don’t!! You dad’s pie looks amazing and sounds exactly like the one I love here. Can’t wait to try it.
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  26. Looks delicious! I’ve never actually tried coconut cream pie before but yours is making me wish I had a slice right now : ))
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  27. Your pie looks gorgeous Trish! I’m totally in, as long as I can leave out the actual coconut,lol ;) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. Pinned to our party board!!
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  28. The ease of this is fantastic! You’re so lucky to have a dad who really appreciates these types of sweet treats; I love my dad to the end of the world and back, but his lack of a sweet tooth can be disconcerting sometimes :) I’m really not sure how we’re related in the tastebud department…anyway, pinned!
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  29. We LOVE coconut at our house, and I’ve been searching for a really excellent coconut cream pie recipe. I can’t wait to try this one!
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  30. I made your “Dad’s” Coconut Cream Pie today. It was so easy and love not standing at the stove stirring for what seems like hours. Microwave is so much easier. It is in the refrigerator now and I hope it sets up; at least overnight. It has been in the frig for about 5 hrs. and is still “jiggling”….my hubby is in there now with a spoon to “taste test” it….already know it is yummy because I tasted before I put it in to thicken. Thanks for sharing this recipe….love your ideas….

  31. Alisa Roach says:

    My daughter and I made this yesterday and it didn’t turn out very well. It taste amazing! But the custard never set up in the fridge. We followed the recipe and the custard even got thick in the microwave. What did we do wrong?

  32. Oh my goodness, this looks so yummy! Along with several of the other desserts you posted. I can’t wait to try them all!
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  33. Galen H. says:

    Question: What would be the alternative cooking method for not using the microwave? Would it be best to use a double boiler or just heat it up in a big enough saucepan until it thickens up and ofr how long?

  34. Wow, this coconut cream pie looks incredible Trish! My dad and husband are crazy over coconut cream pie so I can’t wait to make this for them for Father’s Day because it really does sound perfect :) Pinning – thanks for sharing!

  35. I made this yesterday!!!! WOW
    it was easy and it is GREAT– filling is perfect texture- does not weep.

  36. Trish, this recipe sounds absolutely great BUT I don’t really trust myself using the microwave to make it. Is it possible to cook the custard over the stove? Thanks!

  37. My favorite pie too. Thanks Trish

  38. definitely didn’t set right using the microwave. I’ll try it again, but definitely using a stove top this time.

  39. I made this last night for the family and it turned out excellent!

    I was worried with the custard since it went from liquid at the 4 minute mark to what seemed like scrambled eggs at the 5 minute mark (my wife was asking if I was making bacon and toast to go with it), but all was well in the end.

  40. I love this recipe! Sharing SU and Pinterest. Can’t wait to make it this spring, is it spring yet? ;)
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  41. Janelle C. says:

    I’ve made your recipe a handful of times now and it comes out perfect every time. I’m making again today for Ease tomorrow! I even won my husband’s pie contest at work this past Christmas. It’s just so good!

  42. Wow! your recipe saved me!!! My son wanted coconut cream pie for his birthday! So EASY! And fabulous

  43. This pay is absoluty perfect for this days so, so, so hot .My husband adore the coco , then I want to do it for him, the problem is I don’t anderstand , even whith translater,”1 1/2 cup half and half ” . Cup of what?.
    Thank you very much for the answer and for shering all this fantastics recipis. Kisses
    I ‘m Spanish.

    • what does coconut half half mean please, what is 1 and a haf and half i didnt understand that either for the cream pie

  44. This was a very good pie. I’ll keep it handy for when I make coconut cream pie in the future. Easy to make and delicious!

  45. do you consider the eggs in this to be cooked? thanks!

  46. Diane Reagan says:

    Amazing !! So yummy !
    Tho, I thought I would make it a little healthier and I used coconut palm sugar…the custard tasted great , but it was beige !!
    I won’t make it that way again, but I will make this pie again, it was so easy and fast !!

  47. Truly an incredible pie! I cooked the custard in a pan on the stove as I didn’t have a large enough microwave bowl. Highly recommend this pie to anyone who LOVES coconut. My husband said this recipe is a “keeper”.

  48. Teresa Westcott says:

    I made this pie last night and it is sooo good! I kind of felt guilty making a pie that I like and the rest of my family don’t, but after I tasted it my guilt went right out the door and now I’m so glad I don’t have to share! Is that bad? LOL No, I am always making goodies for them, I take good care of their sweet tooths *teeth*? Anyway, thank you for this recipe!

  49. renise lee says:

    I’m so excited to try this Coconut Cream Pie recipe, but I’m wondering if the 1/2 cup of corn starch is correct?

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful sounding recipes!

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