Chef John's Pumpkin Pie


This best pumpkin pie recipe came about after many years of experimentation. I've finally perfected what I think is the ideal formula for a rich pumpkin pie that's much less likely to crack on top. Serve garnished with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 9-inch pie


  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon fine salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder

  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust (see footnote for recipe link)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Whisk together pumpkin, egg yolks, and egg in a large bowl until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and Chinese 5-spice powder; whisk until thoroughly combined.

  3. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie crust; crimp edges.

  4. Pour filling into crust; lightly tap on the counter to release air bubbles.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

  6. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until just set in the middle, 30 to 40 more minutes. A paring knife inserted into the filling, 1 inch from the edge, should come out clean. Allow to cool completely before serving.

    Chef John's Pumpkin Pie topped with whipped cream and pie crust leaves

Chef's Note:

Get the recipe for Chef John's Easy Homemade Pie Crust. If desired, substitute 1 pinch each of ground star anise, ground cloves, and ground white pepper for five-spice powder.

Editor's Note:

Wondering if pumpkin pie needs to be refrigerated after baking? Learn how to store your pumpkin pie and why all pumpkin pie needs to be refrigerated.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

320 Calories
14g Fat
42g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 320
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 465mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 170mg 13%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 324mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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