French Coconut Pie

French Coconut Pie from Very Culinary

by Amy on April 28, 2011 · 164 comments

I’m troubled over here, people. With all sorts of heavy stuff on my mind.

Like, when I’m paying for my groceries by credit card, why do they always say “sign here” for your receipt…as if I don’t know to do this? And upon exiting Costco, why oh why do they make you show your receipt? – they never look at the detailed list, and they never look in my cart (and p.s. I think this could possibly be one of the worst jobs ever.)

Forgive me if you, in fact, work at Costco and are in charge of checking receipts – I sincerely hope you don’t go home at the end of the day and violently stab things with a fork.

Also, I found this pie over at Tasty Kitchen. And I am so beyond perplexed at one of the reviews, which was really poor. I’m confused. Dumbfounded. Saddened.

The minute I saw the picture, the ingredients, and the unbelievable easy prep, I dashed to the pantry to make sure I had coconut. An hour and 15 minutes later, this pie was sitting out, cooling. Taunting me.

It finally set enough to where I could cut into it.

Sweet and sublime. The inside is smooth with slight texture from the coconut, and the outside is buttery and crispy. It was so wonderful that I even interrupted Paul on the phone so he could take a bite…he then motioned me to leave the plate. I have no idea what’s French about this pie. And I. Don’t. Care.

That woman who left the negative review – she’s crazy.

This pie is dangerous. Marvelously dangerous.

French Coconut Pie
Serves 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

• 3 eggs, beaten
• 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
• 1 cup flaked coconut
• 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
• 1 tablespoon white vinegar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• pinch of salt
• 1 (9 inch) Pillsbury refrigerated pie shell

Mix filling ingredients well and pour into the pie shell. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Let cool and set before slicing.

(from eastmemphismama at Tasty Kitchen)

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Jean November 27, 2015 at 2:45 am

How much is one stick of butter please. Notice this in a lot of recipes. Not helpful to our jolly metric system in Australia..Sorry.


Amy @Very Culinary November 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

Hi Jean – 1 stick is equal to 1/2 cup.


Nancy November 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

I made it exactly how it is written and it is absolutely amazing!
It is my father in laws favorite pie now and I have to make him one for every special occasion. Thanks for a great recipe!


Jill November 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

Hi Amy,
I just want to tell you how happy this pie makes me. Growing up in the south my grandmother made the most amazing coconut pie. She died in 2001 and I thought I’d never have it again since no one in the family knew how she made it…..until I made this 3 years ago! It tastes just like hers! Even my mom thinks so! Thanks so much for helping me hold on to some of those wonderful memories of my grandma!


Amy @Very Culinary November 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

This makes me so happy, Jill. For many reasons. Thank you for taking the time to come here and tell me!


Meranda November 8, 2015 at 1:12 pm

How do I store this pie after baking it? Refrigerate or no? Baking it now, please reply!!!


Amy @Very Culinary November 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Hi Meranda – I don’t ride my email on the weekend, sorry! You can let it sit out for a day. After that I would definitely refrigerate it, covered. It will keep for a few more days, but will eventually dry out. Enjoy!


Christele November 8, 2015 at 7:25 am

Tasty but so sweet.
I used unsweetened coconut. Still the pie was very sweet. Next time I will reduce the sugar by half hoping it doesn’t alter the texture. I might add more coconut.
I made my own pie dough, (recipe from my French mom).
Over all a delicious dessert.
Merci beaucoup!


Ellen October 31, 2015 at 8:08 am

I saw a recipe to make a pie crust out of coconut. Could you use this instead of the regular pie crust?


Amy @Very Culinary November 1, 2015 at 7:02 am

Can’t see why not – try it!


Kat October 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

Looks like a coconut version of vinegar pie, which uses apple cider vinegar.

With fresh whipped cream it’s one of my favorite desserts!


TP September 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

The only thing bad about this pie is that you will want to make it often, which might be bad if you are trying to lose weight. It is easy,and it’s the best coconut pie ever! Thank you for sharing the recipe.


Amy @Very Culinary September 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Hahahaha, right??? Couldn’t agree more. Thanks, TP!


Marie July 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm

So I made this pie for our local pie contest, and WON! Thank you. I used a butter crust, reduced the sugar to 1 cup, and made sure it was a heaping cup of sweetened coconut flakes. And I was a little liberal with the vanilla.


Deborah Oliver April 29, 2015 at 5:28 am

This is the most delicious pie I’ve ever eaten. If you use sweetened coconut, cut your sugar back to one cup. I can hardly wait to cook this pie again. It is wonderful!!.


Linda April 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm

this pie looks so delicious, i really like coconut, will bake this tomorrow, I’m sure it will be great!


brenda birdsall April 21, 2015 at 4:46 am

I have made this pie many, many times and love it.. I am a huge coconut fan.. However, I find if you use sweetened flaked coconut, you need to cut the granulated sugar back to 1 cup.. Great recipe.


Velma April 12, 2015 at 8:10 pm

I have not made this pie but it looks a lot like a Lemon Chess pie that I make and I doctored it up by adding coconut.


Barbara Brown Inman April 8, 2015 at 9:41 am

i readly love you’r coconut pie


Amy @Very Culinary April 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

Thanks, Barbara! It’s one of my favorite desserts!


Ann February 9, 2015 at 4:59 am

Hello! This looks delicious!! However I live in Spain where Pillsbury is non existent… do you think this could be done or modified for puff pastry? What kind of adjustments would you make? Perhaps turnover or handpie style…?


Amy @Very Culinary February 9, 2015 at 7:18 am

HI Ann – I wouldn’t make this with puff pastry, but you could make your own homemade pie crust. Not as quick and easy, but definitely worth the time!


LaFawne January 24, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Made this today. Delicious!! So easy and looks pretty too-


Monique Young January 22, 2015 at 2:11 am

I can’t wait to make this, I remember this as a kid as we are a French family :)


Barbara Henderson January 17, 2015 at 5:13 am

this recipe looks wonderful I am going to try it this week end.


Jodi December 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm

I made this pie twice during holiday season and it was met with rave reviews each time. So easy and so incredible. I cut the sugar to 3/4 cup and it didn’t seem to lose anything. Thanks, Amy, for my new standby.


Amy @Very Culinary December 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

Twice? You’re my new best friend. HA. I never get tired of this pie – so glad you loved it, too!


Cheryl December 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

This pie freezes well. I made it ahead to serve for Christmas. Of course I had to test a piece before I served it to anyone.


Amy @Very Culinary December 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Well, of course. HA! Good to know…thanks, Cheryl!


Derek January 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Great pie. And, it’s even better with a homemade butter crust ( that does increase the prep time as well as work your nerves, but it’s worth the effort). I did add a bit of almond extract as well. However, I forgot the last half cup of sugar, but the pie was still awesome.


Cheryl December 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

Can this coconut pie be frozen for future use?


Amy @Very Culinary December 18, 2014 at 10:50 am

Hm. Not sure, Cheryl. I’ve never made it ahead of time to freeze…and it never lasts long enough for left overs. Since there’s no cream, it might work. Try it!


Tina November 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

Made this yesterday. It was SO easy and SO delicious. There’s nothing left so I’m making another one today! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!!


Kathy November 6, 2014 at 6:39 am

Wow! Was that easy and delicious!!!


Amy @Very Culinary November 6, 2014 at 6:41 am

Haha! YES. It’s the best. So glad you enjoyed it!


Kathy November 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Thank you for the quick response!


Kathy November 5, 2014 at 10:31 am

I’m confused! Is it white vinegar or white wine vinegar?


Amy @Very Culinary November 5, 2014 at 11:35 am

It’s just regular white vinegar, but honestly, I’ve made it with white wine vinegar, too and I can’t tell the difference. Delicious either way!


rhonda turner October 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Can you use any type of pie shell?


Amy @Very Culinary October 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Hi Rhonda – you mean another brand, other than Pillsbury? Yes.


Lisa October 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I just made this pie. OMG is it good! Too easy to make. Should the leftovers be refrigerated?


Amy @Very Culinary October 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Right??? I LOVE this pie! So glad you did, too. Yes, keep it refrigerated :D


James August 20, 2014 at 6:06 am

Made this pie last night! It was the best coconut pie ever! Making one today to take to work tomorrow! Yummy!


Amy @Very Culinary August 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

Awesome, James!


michele August 19, 2014 at 7:13 am

Hi Amy! This recipe was so simple that I actually doubted that it was going to come out as good as it looks. I also used 1/2 c. Country Crock since I did not have a stick of butter and turned out FANTASTIC! Thank you for this recipe!


Amy @Very Culinary August 19, 2014 at 8:30 am

Oh, I know! I keep this one in my arsenal at all times. It’s so good and easy. So glad you enjoyed it!


Jan June 29, 2014 at 7:32 am

My mom made this for years. We always called it toasted coconut pie. Very yummy. Still one of my favorites.


Lorna June 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Hi, just wondering what type of sugar you mean, caster or granulated – I live in Ireland. Do you mean plain vinegar you put on chips (fries) or white wine vinegar?


Amy @Very Culinary June 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Hi Lorna – granulated sugar and white wine vinegar. Enjoy!


Kyra November 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm

In another reply you stated plain whit vinegar. Here you are stating white wine vinegar. ????


Amy @Very Culinary November 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm

You can use either. I always have white wine vinegar on hand, so that’s what I use.


Debbie May 22, 2014 at 9:24 am

I’m curious if you have to use sweetened coconut or not. I don’t like buying that “processed” coconut off the shelf. I buy shredded coconut in the produce department.


Amy @Very Culinary May 22, 2014 at 9:28 am

HI Debbie – you can use either, actually. The sweetened will just make it…more sweet :) However, I use the unsweetened. Enjoy!


Janie March 20, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I think you forgot the milk. I use ether the vinegar and milk or 1/4 cup of buttermilk


Amy @Very Culinary March 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Nope, didn’t forget anything. I’ve made this pie a hundred times…always comes out fabulous :)


Deborah March 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

I’m not a creative cook. Follow a recipe to the T (not sure where that phrase comes from). So, most everything I make turns out pretty good, so says my hubby and sons-in-law. Going to make this pie today for my daughter who just gave birth to my first grandson. Need to know if the pie crust needs to thaw before filling it.


Amy @Very Culinary March 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

Hi Deborah – no, you do not need to thaw it first. And congratulations!


Deborah March 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

Thanks! I’m not good at baking, but I will give it a try and let you know the results.


Amy @Very Culinary March 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

It truly doesn’t get an easier than this pie, I promise. Enjoy!


Deborah March 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Well, it was a hit! I even took pictures and posted them on FB so my friends could see that there is still hope for me. Thanks for the recipe, will be making it again, and again and again!

Karen February 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Forgive me please, but why vinegar?

Do you think that could be replaced with fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice?


Amy @Very Culinary February 17, 2014 at 8:23 am

Honestly, I have no idea! I know that acid is included in baking a lot of times to react with baking soda to produce carbon dioxide and give those batters a lift as they bake. But this recipe doesn’t even have baking soda. You can’t even taste the vinegar – I’ve made this pie more times than I can count and I never deviate from it, so I would just stick with the it.


Rebecca February 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm

This pie is AMAZING!!!! My mother used to make a coconut custard pie that was to die for, but I have to say this one is so much better.


cindy p. January 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

this was awesome! not a crumb left. and way too easy…i might make it too often. lol. thanks for a fantastic recipe!


Kerry Batt January 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm

You should apologize for that comment about greeters. I know people from Sams club whom have that job and work it each day with pride. Trying for funny? Missed the mark. But I did pin your coconut pie recipe. Thanks


cindy p. January 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm

for real, kerry? um, it’s called a joke. maybe you should get a sense of humor. pffft.


Dawn January 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

The negative review lady IS crazy. Best damn coconut pie I’ver ever tasted.


Amy @Very Culinary January 19, 2014 at 9:44 am

Haha! Right? So glad you liked it as much as I do!


Camille J June 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Yeah she high or somin…lmao. Cuz this pie is almost the exact same as another I’ve been making for years and I know its good…you can look at this pie and tell its delicious. I don’t even have to make this to know its a winner!


Wendy Hampton January 13, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Ohhhh this is the best coconut pie EVER! Thanks so much for sharing it! I’m going to take it to our annual Academy Awards party. Those people are going to go bonkers over it!


Amy @Very Culinary January 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Awesome!! It’s one of my favorites – so happy you loved it, too :D


Zoe December 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Not sure what is French about this either, but I am making it for some French friends, hopefully it lives up to their standards :) It was easy to make and looks scrumptious!


Amy @Very Culinary December 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Oh, I’m curious what they say! Enjoy!


Joan S November 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Thank you for disagreeing with the negative comment. I will be trying this recipe and get so tired of people being negative. This looks like a keeper!


betty campbell November 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

This pie looks so good. I think I will make one for Thanksgiving.


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