Spiced Papaya Pie with Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

Halved papayas
Fresh papayas cut in half. Joff Lee/Getty Images
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings

If you like peach or apricot pie, you have to try this easy spiced papaya pie for a touch of the tropics. To me, papayas have a tropical fruit flavor with coffee undertones. This spiced papaya pie recipe calls for fresh papaya chunks and a blend of delicious spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Using both light brown sugar and white sugar also lends a richness to the pie filling.

Using a pre-made graham cracker pie crust makes this a quick and easy dessert, but do allow for cooling time before serving. This pie is good enough to serve alone, but you can always add a dollop of homemade whipped cream or a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 cups (about 1 medium papaya) fresh papaya cut into 1-inch cubes*
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust*
  • Working with fresh papaya can be tricky for beginner home cooks as it is still a bit of an exotic fruit to the average American. For tips on selecting the best fresh papaya and storing it at home, be sure to check out our Papaya Storage and Selection guide. For tips on preparing papaya for cooking, check out this how to cut and prepare papaya video.
  • Though fresh papaya is ideal for this recipe and it can generally be found year-round thanks to imports, if you cannot find ripe, fresh papaya, you can use thawed frozen papaya chunks which are typically flash frozen at the peak of their freshness. Just be sure to note that there may be more liquid and a softer texture once thawed.
  • When it comes to recipes calling for graham cracker crust, you can purchase any premade crust from the grocery store or you can opt to make your own with this graham cracker crust for pies recipe.

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Whisk together brown sugar and white sugar. Add papayas and toss to coat. Allow mixture to rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Place papayas with its juices in a heavy saucepan. Simmer 10 minutes.
  4. After first 10 minutes, stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.
  5. Continue to cook papaya and spices for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fruit is softened, but not falling apart.
  1. Remove papaya mixture from the heat and let cool until lukewarm.
  2. Once cooled, stir in beaten egg with a large fork until well combined, taking care to leave the fruit in chunks.
  3. Pour papaya filling into pie crust. Bake for about 45 minutes.
  4. Allow fresh baked papaya pie cool before serving.