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Pineapple Buttermilk Pie

This Pineapple Buttermilk Pie is a riff on a classic with a pineapple flavor twist. It’s filled with an easy to make homemade custard filling that’s embellished with sweet crushed pineapple. After baking, serve it as is or with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and garnished with berries for a pretty presentation.

Pineapple Buttermilk Pie

Easy Pineapple Buttermilk Pie Recipe

What is Buttermilk Pie? Buttermilk pies, are essentially custard pies with a bit of a “twang” courtesy of the buttermilk in the pie filling. They are one of my go to favorite pies to make due to their iconic status of tried and true Southern sweet treats. They come in a variety of flavors and they’re so easy to prepare. Most often you’ll find a simpler version of buttermilk pie served in the South, using a small amount of lemon flavoring to give the custard a bright citrus flavor. Depending on the baker’s preference, it may be dusted with a fresh nutmeg on the top. It’s simplicity at its finest and a with Southern cooks. How to make Southern Buttermilk Pie with pineapple. (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • Pie Shell – Place pie crust on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Dry Ingredients – Use a whisk to sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
  • Wet Ingredients – In a separate bowl using an electric mixer beat together buttermilk, butter, eggs, vanilla and lemon extracts until smooth.
  • Combine – Add to the sifted dry ingredients. Whip until smooth. Mix in drained pineapple by hand.
  • Pour Filling into Pie Shell – Pour filling evenly into the pie shell and sprinkle the top with additional nutmeg.
  • Bake – Bake in a preheated 350°F oven per the recipe checking at 40 minutes and covering the edges with aluminum foil or a pie crust shield to prevent the edges from over browning.
  • Cool the pie completely on a wire rack before slicing. Store chilled.
Pineapple Buttermilk Pie

How to Make the Best Pineapple Buttermilk Pie Recipe

How do you make a buttermilk pie? From the Lone Star state of Texas to the East coast and right here in the Carolinas, you’ll find slight variations and flavor combinations as each cook puts their own spin on it. We can all agree on this one thing, that this kind of simple to make buttermilk pie is here to stay.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Pineapple Buttermilk Pie: One deep dish pie shell, crushed pineapple, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, buttermilk, large eggs, melted butter, vanilla and lemon extract.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: A deep dish pie pan, measuring cups and spoons, large rubber spatula or spoon, two medium bowls, a whisk, cooling rack and a hand mixer.
  • Is Buttermilk Pie the same as Chess pie? They’re very similar but chess pie recipes don’t typically call for buttermilk for the filling. They also differ in the binder used for the filling.
  • For this Pineapple Buttermilk Pie recipe you can begin with a quality frozen or homemade pie shell depending on how adventurous you’re feeling. If you’d like to make your own crust, checkout my recipe for Flaky Pie Crust.
  • Do I have to par bake the crust? When using a frozen pie shell, I’ve never found the need to go this extra step. If you choose to make your own crust then yes, you will need to parbake the crust.
  • How do you parbake a homemade pie crust? For this Pineapple Buttermilk Pie recipe, press a homemade pie crust into a deep dish pie pan. Dock the bottom using the tines of a fork. Cover with parchment or foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 8-10 minutes, then proceed with the recipe.
  • How long does Buttermilk Pie keep? I recommend storing this pie chilled in the refrigerator for up tp 3 days. It won’t last that long.
  • How do you serve Southern Buttermilk pie? Serve this pineapple pie as is or with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries.
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More Popular Southern Pie Recipes to Make

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Pineapple Buttermilk Pie

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Cooling Time2 hours
Course: Dessert, Pie
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: buttermilk-pie-recipe, pineapple-buttermilk-pie
Servings: 8 pieces
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 9-inch deep dish pie shell frozen or homemade
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple well drained


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place pie crust on a baking sheet. Set aside. (If frozen, there's no need to thaw.)
  • In a medium bowl use a whisk to sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
  • In a separate medium bowl using an electric mixer beat together buttermilk, butter, eggs, vanilla and lemon extracts until smooth. Add to the sifted dry ingredients. Whip on medium speed just until smooth. Mix in drained crushed pineapple by hand.
  • Pour the filling evenly into the pie shell and sprinkle the top with additional nutmeg.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until the center is set when gently shaken. Check the edges of the pie around 40 minutes and cover with aluminum foil or a pie crust shield to prevent the edges from over browning.
  • Cool the pie completely on a wire cooling rack before cutting.
  • Serve with fruit or a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Store chilled for up to 4 days.


If using pineapple packed in syrup, adjust the granulated sugar to 1 3/4 cup.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 4 stars
    I enjoyed making this clear and simple recipe. It’s just a bit sweet for my taste, even with pineapples that had been in their natural juice (no syrup). I may try this recipe again with 1.5 cups per pie.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for my family and they loved it 🙂 I used pilsbury pie dough. The instructions were super simple. Definitely a keeper!

  3. Melissa this looks delicious. I make pineapple squares in a jelly roll pan with pie dough on the bottom. Do you think it would work if I made this in a jelly roll pan?

    1. Thanks! It may work but you’d definitely have to double the recipe. I haven’t tested it so, if you try it let me know how it goes.

      1. 5 stars
        Hi Melissa! I found your recipe today and made it, and can’t rave enough of how delicious it is! The simplicity of putting it together is also great! So glad I’ve discovered the recipe, it’s a keeper! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I see many recipes calling for buttermilk’ not not low fat. I can only find low fat. Is there a way to add fat or what will be out come of using low fat buttermilk?

    1. You can use low fat it’s juat not quite as thick and rich as the whole fat. You can still use it in the same amount but, in this instance the pie may take longer to bake.

  5. That’s a terrific question. I’ve only made this pie with canned pineapple. Fresh pineapple tends to release more juice in a dish, since it hasn’t been through the canning process. I love the idea, but, can’t tell you for sure if it would work. If you try it, come back and let me know how it worked. Thanks for stopping by, Melissa

  6. Will this recipe work with Fresh Pineapple? I know fresh wont work in Jello, but canned will (the heating of the canning process denatures the bromelain enzymes in the pineapple). Will the chemical process that causes the custard not work because of the fresh, or will the heat of the oven prevent this problem?

  7. I remember eating a pineapple custard-type pie in Jacksonville, Florida many years ago that I absolutely loved. I think (and hope)that this just may be the recipe!

  8. oh my will have to make this my husband loves pie and pineapple upside down cake so this could be a great change up..thank you for a great idea….

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