Atlantic Beach Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

The Atlantic Beach Pie is a classic that has been around for a bit and was made popular by Chef Bill Smith of North Carolina. This pie is a wonderful combination of lemon and lime with saltine cracker crust. If you haven’t tried this one.. add it to your recipe list! It’s easy to make and a such a refreshing treat!

Atlantic Beach Ingredients Needed:

Saltine Crackers



Condensed Milk

Egg Yolks

Lemon Juice

Lime Juice

Such simple ingredients but this Atlantic Beach Pie is loaded with flavor. The combination of the condensed milk and the lemon and lime juice is so good. Then you add in the saltine cracker crust and you have an incredible pie. This pie is perfect for any spring or summer gathering as the flavors just go great with a warm day!

If you want to take this pie to the next level, then add a whipped cream topping. I have had it both ways and we enjoyed it with or without the topping. It’s such a unique pie but one you must try.

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Atlantic Beach Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

Atlantic Beach Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Atlantic Beach Pie

Judy Yeager
The Atlantic Beach Pie is a classic your family will love!
4.83 from 23 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 6 servings


  • Saltine Crackers about 1.5 sleeves
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 stick of butter or 1/2 a cup softened
  • 1 14 ounce can of condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Break saltine crackers in a bowl, you don't want them crushed, just broken into pieces. add the sugar, work together and then and softened butter. Work until this is combined and you can press it into a greased 9 inch pie plate. You want to create a well for the pie mixture to be poured into, so press the crackers up the side of the pie plate.
  • Place in refrigerator for about 15 minutes so the crust can set up.
  • Next place in oven for and bake until the crackers are slightly brown around the edges, about 12 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the condensed milk and egg yolks together until fully combined, then add the lemon and lime juice and mix.
  • Pour the filling into the crust (doesnt have to be completely cooled) and bake for another 15 minutes, or until pie is firm and set.
  • Do not let the pie burn, you will let it cool, then refrigerate for a few hours so it sets up even more.
  • Top with whipped topping and enjoy!
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  1. Charlotte Broze says:

    Re: Atlantic Beach Pie

    Are you sure this pie uses plain condensed milk and no sugar? Isn’t it really sour?

  2. Barb Porter says:

    OMG – this pie is the easiest and most delicious pie ever!!! I always have frozen lemon, lime and oj juice so it was a breeze. I made it for my husband’s birthday today. He is a man of few words but he said it was EXCELLENT!! Thank you for sharing with all of us.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So glad it was a HIT!! Thank you for the kind comment.

  3. Possibly my favorite pie recipe to date. Followed instructions to the T and it was a hit!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! We love this on too!

  4. Freezing and serving at a later time probably isn’t best with the crackers?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I would agree, I don’t think this pie would freeze well.

  5. Not much sugar added. Is it sweetened condensed milk we are supposed to use? Thank you.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I’ve never seen unsweetened condensed milk. All condensed milk is milk with 45% sugar. Condensed milk is referred to as both condensed milk and sweetened condensed milk; the names are synonymous.

      1. Wendy King says:

        Thank you! Sorry for my ignorant question; new to cooking! Love your recipes. So easy and always good!5 stars

      2. The Southern Lady says:

        It’s ok! It’s always good to ask if you’re unsure. We’re thrilled you’re enjoying our recipes.

  6. this pie is named after my hometown and it is excellent!5 stars