Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (2024)

in Pastries and Tarts, Summer, Dessert

Jump To RecipeCantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (1)Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (2)Save to Recipe Box

This post may contain affiliate links. I make a small commission for purchases made through these links.

Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (3)

I know what you’re thinking. Seriously. Because I thought it, too. Cantaloupe pie?? That sounds weird and kinda gross. But you’re just going to have to trust me on this one. I would never share something gross and honestly? This recipe…it’s kind of amazing.

But let’s start at the beginning. You see, I got two big cantaloupes in my CSA box a few weeks ago. I knew Brandon and I wouldn’t be able to eat both within a week, especially since one of them was already well past ripe when I got it. So I set out searching for cantaloupe recipes. Something, anything to use these babies up. Unfortunately, unless I wanted some kind of fruit salad, granita or sorbet (I already had watermelon sorbet in my freezer) there just isn’t a whole lot out there. But I kept looking and finally this recipe for cantaloupe pie popped up. Like I said, my first reaction was that it was the weirdest pie I’d ever heard of but I looked at the recipe and the (all 4 or 5 star) reviews for it and when someone said it works best with a very overripe (to the point of being almost rotten) melon, well that totally sold me. I figured it was worth a try and at the very least I got to use up a whole melon.

Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (4)

This is a very simple pie. The cantaloupe is pureed and cooked with some sugar and eggs and a few other things until it’s thick and creamy like a custard or pudding. And in fact, if you don’t want to deal with the actual pie part, you can just eat the custard all by itself. The taste is sweet and fresh and you probably wouldn’t know at first that it was cantaloupe unless you were told. You might assume it was banana, actually. The custard is poured into a crust and topped with meringue and then baked until lightly browned. Please note that I misread the directions and cooked my pie for far too long, yours should NOT be as brown on top.

The only big change I made was the crust. The original recipe calls for a store bought pie crust and that’s not really my style. But I didn’t feel like making my own because my track record with pie crust is uneven. Sometimes it’s great, other times it’s awful. I didn’t want to risk it, so I decided to make a shortbread cookie crust instead. I made a cheesecake with shortbread cookie crust last year and have been wanting to use it in a pie ever since. The buttery-ness of the crust goes surprisingly well with the creamy cantaloupe custard.

Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (5)

I like this pie a lot. It’s not heavy and it’s not overly sweet. It’s a really nice pie. But the real test was my boyfriend. I had planned to hide what kind of pie it was and have him try to guess. But that was ruined when he came down to the kitchen and saw the print out of the recipe. Of course, his first reaction was “Yuck!” Uh oh. But then I made him try a piece. He hesitantly took the first bite. I asked if it was the worst thing ever and he shook his head and continued to scarf down the rest. After dinner that night, he casually asked for another piece and scarfed it down again. Success! Brandon is very picky about desserts and doesn’t like most of them so his eating two pieces in one day should tell you something. Yes, this pie sounds very strange, but give it a try anyway. You’ll be glad you did!

Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (6)

Cantaloupe Meringue Pie

Print This Recipe

adapted from All Recipes

Dessert | Servings: 1 9″ pie (8 servings)
Prep time: 1 hour | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 1 hour 10 min



  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground shortbread cookies (like Keebler Sandies)
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted


  • 1 large very ripe cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar (increase up to 1/2 cup if your cantaloupe isn’t very sweet)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 6 tbsp. sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Mix together shortbread cookie crumbs and melted butter until the crumbs hold together well (you may need to add another tablespoon of melted butter if they don’t). Press evenly into the bottom and sides of a 9″ pie plate. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust starts to lightly brown on the top and edges. Set aside to cool.
  2. Turn your oven up to 400 degrees (F). Cut your cantaloupe in half and discard the seeds. Scoop out the pulp (a cookie or ice cream scoop works great for this) and put into a large saucepan.
  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil, mashing the cantaloup as it heats to bring out all the juice. Transfer the mashed cantaloupe pulp to a food processor or blender and process for a minute or until smooth. You should have about 2 cups of cantaloupe, if you have more, set aside the rest for another use (like a granita or a sorbet). Pour the 2 cups of cantaloupe back into the saucepan.
  4. Mix together flour, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 1/2 tsp. of water. Add the flour and cornstarch mixtures to the cantaloupe and cook, stirring, until thickened.
  5. Separate your eggs, placing the yolks into a medium bowl and the whites in small bowl. Set aside the whites and let come to room temperature.
  6. Beat egg yolks until smooth. Add 2 tbsp. of water. Stir a little of the cantaloupe mixture into the egg yolks in order to heat the yolks gradually. Pour the yolk mixture into cantaloupe mixture. Continue cooking for about 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly, until the filling is thick and creamy and can coat a spoon.
  7. Remove from heat. Add in butter and vanilla and stir until the butter has fully melted. The filling should look like a custard or pudding and in fact you could transfer it to a ramekin and chill to eat it as such.
  8. Pour into the baked pie crust.
  9. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar together until frothy. Continue beating, adding 6 tablespoons sugar (feel free to use less if you prefer your desserts less sweet) gradually, until stiff peaks form. Scoop the meringue on top of the pie filling and smooth with a spatula.
  10. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until delicately brown on top. Cool completely. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Store in the fridge, covered in plastic wrap.

Have you tried this? Rate the Recipe!

Average rating / 5. Vote count:

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this recipe.

Published on Updated on Dec 31, 2011


pie meringue baking fruit

Related Recipes

Add a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (8)

    Kelly D. (@kellymdurk)

    Sep 6, 2011 at 11:30 am·Reply

    Oh my … RT @emiline220: {new post} A surprisingly delicious and unique pie: Cantaloupe Meringue Pie #recipe

  2. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (9)

    Jerry Ko

    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm·Reply

    Wow now this is a nice refreshing take on meringue pie. If you can do cantaloupe. I see no reason not to do a honey dew meringue pie 🙂 Thanks for sharing this post! Awesome recipe!

  3. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (10)


    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm·Reply

    I believe you that this could be good, mostly because I made a grapefruit meringue pie earlier this year and loved it, too. Who says lemon gets to have all the fun? I like the idea of the shortbread crust with it, too.

  4. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (11)

    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker

    Sep 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm·Reply

    Good grief this looks gorgeous! I adoorreee melon and would never really think about baking with it, genius! 🙂

  5. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (12)


    Sep 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm·Reply

    We’re not big fans of cantaloupe in our household but I’m curious if this will work with mango. I’ve made really delicious mango curd before and a mango meringue pie sounds like a crazy good idea! 🙂

  6. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (13)

    Tres Delicious

    Sep 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm·Reply

    Now I have a better idea to prepare a nice cantaloupe delight.

  7. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (14)

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Sep 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm·Reply

    Hi Emily, I found your blog through your comment on Cooking Whims and I’m so glad I did! You have a beautiful blog and I can’t wait to read more 🙂

    This cantaloupe meringue pie actually sounds delicious to me. When I was little I used to drink cantaloupe milkshakes (sounds weird too but it was really good) and this reminds me of that.

  8. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (15)

    Victoria Baker (@MoominMidge)

    Sep 14, 2011 at 2:50 am·Reply

    Watched #gbbo last night and then really fancied a pie, remembered this unusual combination > melon pie

  9. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (16)

    Laura @ GotChocolate

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:39 am·Reply

    Very creative and looks so good!!!

  10. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (17)

    Cookin' Canuck

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:11 am·Reply

    Cantaloupe is one of our favorite fruits and I am definitely going to believe you when you say this pie is amazing.

  11. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (18)

    Katie @ BloomEveryday

    Sep 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm·Reply

    Can’t wait to try this! Looks unique and delish!

  12. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (19)

    scatx (@scatx)

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm·Reply

    That’s rhetorical, right? There’s only 1 answer. RT @JBGorganic Cantaloupe Meringue Pie. Doesn’t this sound delicious?

  13. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (20)

    Katie Inglis (@katiekills)

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm·Reply

    Say what!? I might have to try this: @JBGorganic Cantaloupe Meringue Pie. Doesn’t this sound delicious?

  14. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (21)

    Carroll @VanillaLemonade

    Oct 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm·Reply

    That’s just Crazy Town…..

    I absolutley love cantaloupe. Eat it every day…Gotta try it..

  15. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (22)


    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm·Reply

    I just made this today and it was AMAZING!! I didn’t think it would be gross but was surprised I loved it so much. No one could figure out what type of pie it was but everyone LOVED. thank you 🙂

  16. Pingback: 100 Most Irresistible Seasonal Recipes with Summer Fruit | Sensual AppealSensual Appeal

  17. Pingback: Sweetness Made from Home: Cantaloupe Meringue Pie

  18. Pingback: 52 Ingredients: Cantaloupe

  19. Pingback: 15 Cantaloupe Recipes For Summer! - Penny Pincher Jenny

  20. Pingback: Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe · Shoemakers IGA, South Charleston, Ohio

  21. Pingback: 15 Cantaloupe Recipes For Summer! - Cook Eat Go

  22. Pingback: Cantaloupe Recipes – Asik Masak

Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (23)

Emily Carlin

I've always wanted to be a better cook and baker so I started this blog to chronicle my progress.

Wanna know more?

Get new posts in your inbox!

Browse Recipes

All Recipes

Trending Recipes

  1. Southern-Style Chicken and Dumplings
  2. Cheesecake Supreme with Oreo Cookie Crust
  3. No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
  4. Chocolate-filled Beignets with Chocolate Dipping Sauce
  5. No bake, chewy Granola Bars (just like Quaker!)
  6. Pineapple Stuff
  7. Gingerbread Mini-muffins
  8. Homemade Maple-Cinnamon Oat Pop Tarts
  9. Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Supreme
  10. Cantaloupe Meringue Pie
Cantaloupe Meringue Pie Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (2024)


Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Ms. Lucile Johns

Last Updated:

Views: 6275

Rating: 4 / 5 (61 voted)

Reviews: 92% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Ms. Lucile Johns

Birthday: 1999-11-16

Address: Suite 237 56046 Walsh Coves, West Enid, VT 46557

Phone: +59115435987187

Job: Education Supervisor

Hobby: Genealogy, Stone skipping, Skydiving, Nordic skating, Couponing, Coloring, Gardening

Introduction: My name is Ms. Lucile Johns, I am a successful, friendly, friendly, homely, adventurous, handsome, delightful person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.