Food52’s Atlantic Beach Pie

// Food52’s Atlantic Beach Pie

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

7-8 mins

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Food52 says it best: “A sweet-salty twist on a classic North Carolina lemon pie that's as lazy and beachy as summer should be.” And yes, it can be made in the microwave! This recipe was adapted from Food52’s Atlantic Beach Pie by Bill Smith.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

Atlantic Beach, Bill Smith, Desserts, Cracker Crust, Vegetarian, Food52, Lemon, Lime, Microwave Pie, Pie, Deep Dish, Shallow Dish, Saltine Crackers, Whipped Cream Desserts

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Shallow Dish

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The Medium Shallow Dish


  • ¼ cup (60g) unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces saltine crackers (about 30 crackers), crushed 
  • tablespoons sugar
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (about ½ cup + 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup (60ml) lemon or lime juice
  • Fresh whipped cream, for serving
  • Coarse sea salt, for garnish
  • Lemon or lime slices, for garnish


  1. Place the butter in the Anyday dish and microwave until fully melted, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the crumbs and sugar and mix well. Make the crust by pressing the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of the dish.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the condensed milk, egg yolks, and lemon or lime juice until smooth. Pour the mixture into the dish over the crust.
  4. Cook uncovered in the microwave at Power Level 5tooltip for 7-8 minutes. The pie will look shiny and slightly jiggly. Don’t worry if it has a few cracks!
  5. Cool completely in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight. Top with whipped cream, salt, and extra citrus for garnish.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Serve with fresh fruit like strawberries, peaches, or other berries.
  • Enjoy with ice cream for a summer treat.
  • Use your favorite cookies for the crust if saltines aren’t available.

Recipe notes

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