Atlantic Beach Pie


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This Atlantic Beach Pie is a classic summer dessert. It’s made with saltine cracker crumbs, condensed milk, and citrus juice for a tart and creamy taste. Topped with creamy whipped cream, it’s sure to be a hit at your next backyard barbecue!

Slice of Atlantic Beach Pie on a plate.


One of my favorite things about this Atlantic Beach pie, is that it tastes like summer and it’s so simple to make. This tangy and refreshing dessert is great when make for holidays, pot lucks, and so much more. I would describe it similar to a lemon pie or a key lime pie.

If you love creamy pie recipes, you may also this Banana Cream Pie recipe. It’s another simple summer dessert that your friends and family will love.

Whole Atlantic Lemon Lime Pie in a pie dish.
Slice of lemon lime pie on a white plate.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This dessert tastes amazing, and only requires budget-friendly ingredients which means that you can save a little at the grocery store.
  • The saltine crackers gives the crust the perfect crunch and flavor profile.
  • And, it comes togethers without a lot of effort, which means you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen.
  • There’s a reason for Atlantic Beach Pie popularity in seafood restaurants in the south. Everyone loves it!

Ingredients for Atlantic Beach Pie

You only need a few simple ingredients to help you make this creamy and sweet pie recipe. The saltine crackers make a delicious base that pairs so well with the sweet filling make with citrus juices and sweetened condensed milk. We then top this pie with fresh whipped cream.

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Ingredients for pie
  • Saltine Crackers – This salty crackers make the perfect crust for this recipe. Pick up a package of your favorite on the cracker aisle at the store. You will only need a couple sleeves of saltine crackers.
  • Butter – You will need room temperature salted butter to make this sweet and creamy pie. If using unsalted butter, you can add a pinch of salt to the crust mixture.
  • Sugar – Granulated or pure cane sugar work best for this sweet treat.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – Make sure that you pick up condensed milk and not evaporated milk. I like to use store brand.
  • Egg Yolks – Save the leftover egg whites to make an omelet for breakfast the the next day if you want to reduce food waste.
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice has the best taste, but bottled can be used as well.
  • Lime Juice – I like to use fresh lime juice, but bottled will also work for this recipe.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – Grab this from the dairy department at your local store, heavy cream and heavy whipping cream are the same thing.

See recipe card for quantities.

How to make this Atlantic Beach Pie Recipe

Making this creamy pie is so simple, and only requires a few simple steps. Here is a quick overview of the steps, but you can find the full directions in the recipe card below.

Process how to make Atlantic Beach Pie Recipe
  1. Make the crust by crumbling the crackers into a mixing bowl. I do not recommend crushing them in a food processor.
  2. Add the butter and 1/4 cup sugar to the cracker crumbs and mix until combined.
  3. Press mixture into bottom and up the sides of a 9″ pie plate or pie pan. Then bake the pie crust, and allow it to cool.
  4. In another bowl make the pie filling by combining together the egg yolks, condensed milk, lemon and lime juices until combined.
  5. Add the mixture of the crust, and then bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Cool for one hour
  7. Mix together heavy cream, and sugar until stiff peaks form. Pipe the whipped cream on top of the pie.
  8. Chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
  9. Optionally you can add a sprinkling of sea salt or lemon zest for garnish.


Are you out of an ingredient here are a couple tried and true swaps that you can make instead. No need to worry about a trip to the store with these simple swaps.

  • Crackers – Instead of saltines you could use Ritz Crackers, graham crackers or even vanilla wafers instead.
  • Juices – If you don’t have both juices on hand, you can use all of lemon or all of lime instead.
  • Crust – If you are in a hurry, you can use a premade graham cracker crust instead.


Here are a few ways that you can change this up this sweet treat to make it your own. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about cooking is that I can get creative and adjust things to suit my taste buds.

  • Whipped Topping – Instead of making your own homemade whipped cream, you can use Cool Whip or Whipped Topping and spread it on top of the entire pie instead.
  • Toasted Coconut – For a little extra flare garnish this pie with toasted coconut around the edges.

If you love pies, then next time you may want to give this Lemonade Pie recipe a try. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and tangy to make a refreshing dessert.

Storage / Freezing

Store this pie in the fridge for up to three days. Make sure to keep it tightly covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep it fresh.

You can freeze this pie wrapped in foil for up to two months.

Whole pie with slice removed.

Top tip

I recommend that you grease your pie plate well with nonstick cooking spray, or butter so that your crust does not stick.


Where does Atlantic Beach pie come from?

This Atlantic Beach pie was invented by Bill Smith, based on a pie he ate in seafood restaurants in North Carolina growing up.

Why a saltine cracker crust?

The saltine cracker crust, just adds such a salty tang that sets this pie over the top.

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4.75 from 4 votes

Atlantic Beach Pie

By: Jen CIncyshopper
This Atlantic Beach Pie is a classic summer dessert. It’s made with saltine cracker crumbs, condensed milk, and citrus juice for a tart and creamy taste. Topped with creamy whipped cream, it’s sure to be a hit at your next backyard barbecue!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total: 2 hours
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 3/4 sleeve Saltine Crackers, about 65 crackers
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 6 tbsp Sugar, divided
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice
  • 2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream, cold


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a medium bowl, crush crackers by hand to add more texture to the crust. The finer you crush them the easier it is to form the crust, but add less texture to the finished crust.
  • Add the butter and 1/4 cup sugar to the cracker crumbs and mix until combined.
  • Press mixture into bottom and up the sides of a 9″ pie plate.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and lime juice until blended.
  • Pour mixyure into bake pie crust.
  • Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes (until filling is just set).
  • All to cool at room temperature for an hour.
  • In a chilled medium bowl, combine heavy cream and the remainng 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Beat until whipped cream holds peaks.
  • Pipe topping onto pie and garnish with lemon or lime slices (if desired).
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 531kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 25g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 212mg, Sodium: 177mg, Potassium: 271mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 1496IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 197mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. Jenny, I just made this the other night as I had the recipe from last year!
    Huge hit and super simple and delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Jen, this recipe sounds amazing!!
    Thank you for sharing your recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather party this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your Atlantic Beach Pie at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  3. Definitely pinning and trying! I’ve never heard of such so this and no one ever turns down anything lemon lime! Thanks for linking up at Farmhouse Friday. Featuring it this week. Hope you link up again. pinned

  4. Amazing looking and love the saltines used and then the lemon to balance it. Yum pinned.
    Visited you via Tuesday Turn About #197. If interested, please hop over and come and share your posts with us at Senior Salon Pit Stop. See my entries: #113+114…. and navigate to the bottom of my page for SSPS linkup, we hope to virtually meet you there.

  5. 5 stars
    I love your recipes they are wonderful for our Easter dinner it anytime, it’s a great dessert for Easter because it’s just starting to get warm and it is an amazing dessert for spring.