(Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime Pie

Perfect dessert for summer! (Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime Pie       So, it's not that uncommon for me to find out about a new food dish I want to try from a blog, a friend, or a recipe book, but I actually found out about this pie from the radio. What? The radio?? Yep! I was listening to a food segment on the radio during my drive home, and the story on this citrus pie sounded so good that I knew I had to try it.

Since my humble baking skills don't usually let me get too fancy, I always gravitate towards dishes that sound both delicious and easy, and let me tell you, this pie is totally both. The cool thing about it is that the crust is primarily made of Saltine crackers, so it's a much quicker way to make a homemade crust, and I love the salty and sweet combination. I added coconut to the crust of this pie for another flavor component and stuck to only lime (and more of it!) for the filling of the pie. The result is the perfect summer pie that can easily be made for any gathering or cookout.

(Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime Pie, makes one.
Adapted from Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie

1 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers (about 54 crackers)
1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter
1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
3 tablespoons of sugar

4 egg yolks
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup of fresh lime juice (about 6 limes)

Fresh whipped cream for garnish

Perfect dessert for summer! (Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime Pie    Use your hands (or a food processor on pulse mode) to crush the crackers into small pieces. Be careful not to crush the crackers to dust, so don't overcrush them. Add the sugar, butter, and coconut, and use your hands to combine the mixture until the crumbs begin to form a crumbly dough. If your dough isn't sticking together at all, add a little more butter until it does.

Perfect dessert for summer! (Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime Pie   Press the dough into a pie pan and chill the crust in the fridge for 15 minutes. Bake your crust at 350°F for 18 minutes or until the crust begins to brown. 

Perfect dessert for summer! (Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime Pie  Perfect dessert for summer! (Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime Pie While the pie crust is baking, beat the condensed milk with the egg yolks until fully combined. Add the lime juice and beat again until combined. Once the pie crust is done baking, you can pour in your filling (you don't even have to wait for the crust to cool!) and pop the pie back in the oven for another 16 minutes until the filling has set.

Perfect dessert for summer! (Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime PieAllow the pie to cool completely and then chill the pie until it's completely cold. Add your fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut (if you like), and you're ready to serve!

Perfect dessert for summer! (Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime Pie        Perfect dessert for summer! (Easiest Ever) Coconut Lime Pie      Honestly, the hardest thing about this pie is waiting for it to cool before you eat it! That's definitely a step you'll want to tough out, though, or the pie won't stay together when you cut into it. This pie definitely reminds me of a lime meringue pie, except that it's so much easier to make, and you get the addition of the salty crust with your tart, but sweet, creamy filling. And for me, nothing says summer quite like coconut and lime together. Here's to learning new recipes, no matter how they get to you! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I made this for my work- it was a big hit! Didn’t change a thing. Really good! 🙂 Thanks

  • I made this pie!!! Unfortunatly, I used different ingredients to make the dough, so it turned out to be waaaayyyy to sweet (my teeth were cracking, haha). Next time I’ll follow the recipe exactly as you said. Thank you for your inspiration!

  • I want to make this in mason jars- any ideas on how i should change the timing while it’s in the oven? Or can I just watch for it to ‘set’ and then take them out?
    Any advice would be appreciated!

  • I went straight to the store after work yesterday just to get the ingredients to make this! So easy and so delicious (and a really simple way to impress people with your baking skills even if they aren’t top-chef quality. 😉 ). And you’re right, the hardest part was waaaaaiting for the pie to cool, haha. Totally worth it, though–thanks so much for sharing, Laura!

  • Oh my goodness! I’ve had this pie at Crook’s Corner. Thanks for the memories, ladies.

  • My boyfriend loves lime pie and I love easy baking so I think this is a match made in heaven! We don’t have saltine crackers in the UK, but I’m thinking Ritz crackers might work for that sweet-salty thing!

  • WOW! This cake looks simply amazing! I will definitely try to make it:-)

  • I’ve made this before!

    A can of whole fat coconut milk also works instead of the sweetened condensed milk– obvi makes it less sweet, but that’s how I like it, and that way, I feel better about feeding it to my daughter. S

    ometimes I crumble cereal into the crust too.

    Oh, and coconut oil instead of butter! Same ratio as butter, but coconut oil. Better for you fats and slightly more coco-y flavor.

    Still just as easy and just as quick.

  • I knew this was inspired by the Atlantic Beach pie! I heard that story when it aired on NPR and I’ve been dying to try out the recipe ever since. This looks great! You did a wonderful job. 🙂

  • Mmmm! I can’t wait to make this – I love salty & sweet combos.

    Warm Regards,

  • I’ve never made a lime pie before…Is the oven still on when you put the filling back in?

  • This is SO fun! What a great combination! And I love the Saltine Cracker crust! Great idea!


  • this is interesting never heard of using saltine crackers for crust
    I love keylime pie and I really like coconut this sounds and looks delicious!

    thanks for sharing 🙂

  • that really looks delicious – I think I need to make it asap!!

  • This pie really looks inviting. I would very much enjoy it. Blessings, Catherine

  • Easy and coconut? If you put these two words together and create a cake? I’ll take it! Great pictures- as usual!


  • Ooh that looks absolutely delicious! And so easy to make 🙂 Especially since I’m not much of a fan of cooking/baking this is something I can easily whip up!


  • Need. To. Try. This.



  • I am salivating! Yum! Please link this up to Friday Favorites later this week if you get a chance! Party is live on Thursday night. If I had crackers I could make this right now! laura

  • Anything with lime and coconut is delicious in my book, so this simply HAS to be yum! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Looks amazing! I am definitely going to try this!
    Little Beauty Blog
    Elizabeth x

  • i love the idea of using saltine crackers for a crust! looks delicious 🙂

  • I love recipes with “easiest ever” in the title because it means I can actually make it! And ooo a pie? Sounds so good!


  • This looks so delicious! Perfect for the summer and I love citrus fruit!

  • heard this on NPR, too – while in drive-thru at Starbucks
    thanks for sharing!

  • This so so cool! I’ve never even thought of using saltiness as a crust, but I can imagine they’d make a very good one!

  • You sold me at lime and coconut! This sounds delicious, I’m glad it’s easy too 🙂

  • This pie looks soo amazing! Using saltines for the crust is an interesting touch. Haven’t heard of doing that, but would love to try!


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