Simply the Best Blueberry Pie

Simply the best blueberry pie! The filling's juicy but stable. The crust is buttery and flaky. Decorate however you'd like, but always serve with ice cream! sallysbakingaddiction.com

My dad and I have identical tastebuds. We’re pie people. And since Father’s Day is around the corner, I made homemade blueberry pie, his favorite variety. And he said it was “simply the best blueberry pie” he’s ever had. (Hi Dad I know you’re reading this and thank you for saying that and for naming this recipe and I know I’m the only person you follow on Instagram.)

Weird nerd alert fact about me: my dad’s birthday is the day after mine and when I was little, I thought it was HILARIOUS to tell people I was older than him. Like, I would talk about it throughout the year and laugh until my stomach hurt.

The things that entertain you at 11 years old before the existence of smartphones.

Want a blueberry pie recipe that stands the test of time? This one is it! Recipe and homemade pie crust on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Out of all my summer baking ideas, summery pies are at the top of my list to share on Sally’s Baking Addiction. No particular kind– just all of them. You know I love pie. You know I love baking pie. And you know I especially love eating the pie that I bake. But but but. I also love showing you how to bake pie. And encouraging you to bake pie. Summer goals, ok? *Hoping you’re a pie person too.*

There is something so soothing, satisfying, and stress-relieving getting your hands in there, making pie crust from scratch, and taking that first warm bite of your pie masterpiece. The buttery crust flakes in your mouth. All those juicy blueberries, apples, strawberries, whatever linger on your tongue. How satisfying is it all? Both the process and the taste. Makes you fall in love with food all over again because YOU MADE THIS FREAKIN PIE FROM SCRATCH.

Applause to you!

Homemade blueberry pie on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Now let’s get our hands and counters dirty.

Homemade blueberry pie on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Blueberries are showing their plump little faces in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. In fact, they’re probably on sale. Stock up! You’re going to need 6 cups of ’em for this blueberry pie.

I like to keep the filling “clean” and no that’s not the healthy clean, more like the minimal ingredients clean. (But since blueberries are a superfood, we can pretend it’s both cleans.) Other ingredients for that blueberry pie filling: sugar, cornstarch, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon. I usually use cornstarch, instead of flour, as the thickener in summery berry pies. Why? For the same amount of thickening and holding power, you usually need much more flour than cornstarch. I don’t like tossing delicate berries with a heavy amount of thickener because the pies end up just tasting gummy and gooey rather than soft and juicy. So, I usually grab cornstarch because you need less. I use around 1/4 cup cornstarch for blueberry pie. It’s just enough to slightly firm those berries up, but not too much to take away from their beautifully juicy texture.

If your blueberries aren’t super sweet, feel free to add another few Tablespoons of sugar. I find 2/3 cup is the perfect amount for sweet summer blueberries. Also: the cinnamon is optional, but I love the very slight flavor there.

OH MY STARS.

Patriotic Blueberry Stars Pie on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Patriotic Blueberry Stars Pie on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I had so much fun baking a few blueberry pies the other week and this patriotic version may have been my favorite of them all. You can top the blueberry pie however you’d like whether that’s with an intricate lattice crust, festive stars for 4th of July, or even streusel if you’ve only got 1 pie crust. The stars are super simple; just roll the 2nd pie crust out and use a cookie cutter to make stars. Place on top. Everyone always thinks it’s the coolest thing when, in reality, it’s easier than any other way to top a pie. You’re literally just placing the cut-out shapes on top. No sealing the edges, no crimping, no weaving.

Simply the best blueberry pie! The filling's juicy but stable. The crust is buttery and flaky. Decorate however you'd like, but always serve with ice cream! sallysbakingaddiction.com

When all is said and done, there is really no trick to blueberry pie. You just have to take the time to make it right. And that includes letting the pie dough chill and the baked pie rest before digging in. It sounds incredibly silly considering that time is a luxury for us all, but I promise the result is worth the wait!

And you know what? This blueberry pie is simply the best I’ve ever had too.

Homemade Blueberry Pie

Ingredients:

  • homemade pie crust (my recipe makes 2 crusts; 1 for bottom 1 for top)
  • 6 cups (890g) fresh blueberries*
  • 2/3 cup (135g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (28g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
  • optional: coarse sugar for garnish

Directions:

  1. The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
  2. Make the filling: Stir the blueberries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Set filling aside as the oven preheats.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
  4. Roll out the chilled pie dough: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of chilled dough (keep the other one in the refrigerator). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9x2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Spoon the filling into the crust, leaving any excess liquid in the bowl (you don't want that in the filling-- discard it). Dot the pieces of butter on top of the filling.
  5. Arrange the lattice: Remove the other disc of chilled pie dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough into a circle that is 12 inches diameter. Using a pastry wheel, sharp knife, or pizza cutter, cut strips 1-2 inches wide. Carefully thread the strips over and under one another, pulling back strips as necessary to weave. Press the edges of the strips into the bottom pie crust edges to seal. Use a small knife to trim off excess dough. Crimp the edges with a fork, if desired. (Alternatively, you can top with pie crust stars, as pictured above. See notes below. Or simply cover the filling with the 12-inch pie dough circle. Cut slits in the top to form steam vents. Trim and crimp the edges. Or a crumble or streusel topping would be great as well.)
  6. Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg/milk mixture. Sprinkle the top with a little coarse sugar, if desired.
  7. Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350°F (177°C) and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly.
  8. Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Make ahead tip/Freezing: This a great pie to make 1 day in advance since it is so juicy - the filling will have time to set overnight. The pie crust dough can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Baked pie freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. Prepared filling can be frozen up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

Recipe Notes:

*I strongly suggest using fresh blueberries, not frozen. The pie will be quite soupy if using frozen. If you decide to use frozen, do not thaw first. The pie will take several more minutes in the oven due to the increased liquid.

Pie crust stars: On a floured work surface, roll the 2nd crust out into a large circle about 12 inches in diameter. Use a star shaped cookie cutter (any size works) to shape into stars. Here is the cookie cutter I used. Arrange stars on top of filling and bake the pie as directed.

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Simply the best blueberry pie! The filling's juicy but stable. The crust is buttery and flaky. Decorate however you'd like, but always serve with ice cream! sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Comments

  1. Theresa on June 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    My 8yo grandson has picked this pie to make and enter in a local pie baking contest. Sadly, fresh blueberries are not on sale this week, so we bought Dole frozen blueberries. Is there anything he needs to know, change, or tweek with using frozen blueberries? I afraid they will end up being too juicy as they cook. Thank you for your help!

    • Sally on June 30, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Theresa– the pie will definitely be a little more liquid-y with frozen. Don’t thaw the berries. Keep them frozen. I do suggest fresh blueberries though. No other changes to the recipe, but make sure you increase the bake time.

      • Theresa on June 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm

        Thank you!



  2. Andrea on July 4, 2017 at 11:42 am

    How long should I increase the baking time when using frozen blueberries? Right now the pie has been in the oven for over an hour and the dough on top is still raw. Everything else looks good.

  3. Karine on July 4, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Just made this today as well. At 45 min the blueberries were not broken down so I cooked it for an additional 10 minutes and removed the tenting. This seemed to fix the problem. It looks beautiful… hope it tastes as good as it looks

    • kris on October 12, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Hi, I am confused with the break down part…why would you want the blueberries to break down? I love that they hold themselves together and create that homemade blueberry pie taste and feel. Great pie!

  4. Linn on July 5, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I made this pie yesterday and used frozen blueberries. It was very soupy and did not thicken at all it seemed. Went strictly by the recipe. Flavorful, but so sad that it flopped. Definitely needed to add cooking time but this did not help. So we are enjoying blueberry soup!

    • Sally on July 5, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Hi Linn! I suggest using fresh blueberries– not frozen. If you decide to try again, make sure they are fresh. See recipe note. Thank you for your feedback!

  5. barbara on July 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Made this for the 4th, your dad was right best blueberry pie. Made it with just picked blueberries, and served it with homemade vanilla ice cream. Will be making it a part of my menu for the 4th of July.

  6. Christen Ferguson on July 16, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I used my own pie dough recipe but followed the rest. Came out great, perfect texture! I did cook mine a few extra minutes as I had placed on the bottom rack of the oven.

  7. Katie on July 28, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    My biggest problem when making blueberry pies (and cherry for that matter) is that the fruit cooks down so much that my top crust – usually a lattice – ends up floating above a large air gap with the fruit underneath. I was thinking of pre-cooking some of the blueberries to fill in the spaces between whole berries so it doesn’t collapse so much when it bakes. Any thoughts?

    • Pieman on July 29, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Your oven is to hot. It may heat up hotter than it actually says.. take it down 15• and see if that helps.

  8. Mariah on July 31, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Hi! I’ve made a few pies before, but never blueberry and never my own pie crust. I followed your directions really closely and even had my husband help so I could make sure not to mess up, and I know my oven is usually colder than a recipe calls for, so I turned my oven up to 415 and 365 instead of 400 and 350, plus I baked the pie for an extra five minutes. My pie turned out raw and runny and the you could still taste the corn starch. What did I do wrong?

    • Sally on August 1, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Did you use frozen berries? Make sure they’re super fresh. Did they leak a lot of juice prior to baking? Trying to figure this one out!

      • Mariah on August 1, 2017 at 11:16 am

        They were fresh, wild blueberries. They didn’t seem to leak much juice, but I put them in with a wooden spoon not a slotted spoon or anything.



  9. Jerri on August 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Hi! Wondering if I did mini pies if the recipe would change at all! Thank you! 

    • Sally on August 9, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Nope, not at all. If baking smaller pies, adjust the bake time. They won’t need as long in the oven.

  10. Nancy Evans on August 13, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Is this a 9″ or a 10″ pie? Thanks!

  11. Maya on August 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I had to give it a much longer baking time than suggested, almost a half hour more, this is because the lattice wasn’t browning and the bluberries were not breaking down, it may be because I do have a gas oven but I’m not sure

  12. Loni L. on September 6, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I just made this pie today and WOW! Talk about perfection!! I followed this recipe to a T, but extended baking time by about 25 minutes. I will be using the dough recipe and this pie recipe for the rest of my life!

  13. Patti on October 7, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Sally,

    I love all your recipes!! Just a questions, what if the blueberries were fresh, then I had frozen them? Does this still make a difference? Also my top crust will be larger. I found a pie to make for Halloween from “Dinner with Julie” and was wondering about your cooking times with less venting on the top crust.
    Thanks!!

  14. Natalie on November 21, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I just used the filling recipe and my pie smells divine! Can’t wait to taste it already 🙂 Thanks for a great recipe.

  15. Pauline on December 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    This recipe looks relish! I have about 6 cups of fresh blueberries that I have in the freezer. Should I defrost them or put them in frozen????

    • Sally on December 30, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Hi Pauline! I suggest defrosting them then draining some of the liquid. The pie may be a little liquid-y. For next time, I always suggest using fresh 🙂

  16. Pauline on December 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    oh boy!, my spell check did not like the word delish! 

  17. Jen Rando on January 2, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I wouldn’t use this recipe again. I didn’t think the filling tasted particularly good. It tasted like corn starch to me. And, when the pie was supposedly done, as listed in the instructions, none of the blueberries had busted open and I could see the sugar and cornstarch all over them. I cooked the pie for an additional 10 minutes, and still nothing. I busted the berries open myself so that the cornstarch and sugar would dissolve, and when I cut into it, the filling completely flooded the pie plate.

  18. Shari Savage on May 24, 2018 at 11:34 am

    No joke — the BEST blueberry pie I’ve ever made. I used a pre-made pie crust and frozen blueberries. I did let the blueberries sit with just the sugar for about 15 minutes to drain off the juice before adding other ingredients, but they didn’t release any juice so I just proceeded. I increased the corn starch by about a tablespoon. My lattice crust also didn’t brown but I gave it about an extra 25 minutes until it colored up a little. I let it cool all day and served it at a dinner party to absolute raves. Totally firm, just perfect. This is the only recipe I’ll ever use.

    • Sally on May 24, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      YAY! I’m thrilled that it was such a hit!

  19. Chandra on May 24, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I am allergic to milk. Can I use almond or whole coconut milk in place of the dairy milk? I already have dairy free butter too. This looks so good!

    • Sally on May 25, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      Yes, this is just getting brushed on top and not mixing with the dough so non dairy should be fine!

  20. Virginia on July 3, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Does the pie crust need to be pre baked?

  21. Jordan on July 4, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Hi, I baked this pie last night and by the next morning the filling and the lattice crust has a huge gap in-between. How can I avoid this next time?

  22. Madeline Cook on July 4, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Hey Sally! What should I do if my pie has been in the oven for about 30-40 minutes currently in the oven and not bubbling? I’m afraid my filling might be to dry when I pull it out. Are there any solutions to making it more juicy??

    • Sally on July 5, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Hi Madeline! It will begin to bubble. This blueberry pie will be plenty juicy, I promise!

  23. Kate on July 5, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I made this pie yesterday for July 4th. The flavor was great – the pie was gobbled up. Even someone a Keto diet had a piece! However, the thing fell apart completely when I went to serve it. And before that, when I was trying to get it to the party from home, it was sooo juicy that the juice came out of the pie dish and carrying tray and ran all over the place in the car on the way there. Any idea what I did wrong? I baked it yesterday morning and let it sit at room temp for about 6 hours before the party. I used fresh berries, and there was not really any excess liquid in the mix before I added it to the crust. I use your recipes all the time to great success, but this one was a total mess (physically, a home run taste-wise). Thoughts? Thanks so much for giving me confidence to try pie making!

    • Sally on July 9, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Kate, Was it the filling that didn’t set up or was the crust also falling apart? If both you might just not have baked it long enough.

      • Kate on July 11, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        The crust was mostly done, but a tad soggy (Thinking back, I think it had a soggy bottom as they say on British Bake Off). Thanks for the feedback! I’ll try a longer bake next time.



  24. Debbie on July 16, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Sally, I picked over 5lbs of blueberries out of my backyard and I found your recipe. I just ate breakfast and last my last two eggs. Do you have a recommendation without using eggs?

    • Sally on July 17, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Hi Debbie! Use a couple Tablespoons of milk to brush on the pie dough instead. Enjoy!

  25. Jen Grossman on July 17, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Hi Sally,
    I apologize if you have already answered this question. I typically use frozen berries for pies. Can you comment on cooking berry fillings vs using frozen berries directly in the pie (as you have in this recipe)? In looking on the web it seems like both are done and I’m not sure how it changes the finished product. So far I’ve used frozen berries directly but have found there is too much liquid. Would cooking first solve that problem?

    • Sally on July 17, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Hi Jen! Frozen berries release too much liquid, though you could try cooking them down before using in the filling. I’ve never tried the pie that way, but let me know how it goes. I prefer fresh blueberries for a sturdier filling.

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  1. Chandra on May 24, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I am allergic to milk. Can I use almond or whole coconut milk in place of the dairy milk? I already have dairy free butter too. This looks so good!

    • Sally on May 25, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      Yes, this is just getting brushed on top and not mixing with the dough so non dairy should be fine!

  2. Virginia on July 3, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Does the pie crust need to be pre baked?

  3. Jordan on July 4, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Hi, I baked this pie last night and by the next morning the filling and the lattice crust has a huge gap in-between. How can I avoid this next time?

  4. Madeline Cook on July 4, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Hey Sally! What should I do if my pie has been in the oven for about 30-40 minutes currently in the oven and not bubbling? I’m afraid my filling might be to dry when I pull it out. Are there any solutions to making it more juicy??

    • Sally on July 5, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Hi Madeline! It will begin to bubble. This blueberry pie will be plenty juicy, I promise!

  5. Kate on July 5, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I made this pie yesterday for July 4th. The flavor was great – the pie was gobbled up. Even someone a Keto diet had a piece! However, the thing fell apart completely when I went to serve it. And before that, when I was trying to get it to the party from home, it was sooo juicy that the juice came out of the pie dish and carrying tray and ran all over the place in the car on the way there. Any idea what I did wrong? I baked it yesterday morning and let it sit at room temp for about 6 hours before the party. I used fresh berries, and there was not really any excess liquid in the mix before I added it to the crust. I use your recipes all the time to great success, but this one was a total mess (physically, a home run taste-wise). Thoughts? Thanks so much for giving me confidence to try pie making!

    • Sally on July 9, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Kate, Was it the filling that didn’t set up or was the crust also falling apart? If both you might just not have baked it long enough.

      • Kate on July 11, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        The crust was mostly done, but a tad soggy (Thinking back, I think it had a soggy bottom as they say on British Bake Off). Thanks for the feedback! I’ll try a longer bake next time.



  6. Debbie on July 16, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Sally, I picked over 5lbs of blueberries out of my backyard and I found your recipe. I just ate breakfast and last my last two eggs. Do you have a recommendation without using eggs?

    • Sally on July 17, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Hi Debbie! Use a couple Tablespoons of milk to brush on the pie dough instead. Enjoy!

  7. Jen Grossman on July 17, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Hi Sally,
    I apologize if you have already answered this question. I typically use frozen berries for pies. Can you comment on cooking berry fillings vs using frozen berries directly in the pie (as you have in this recipe)? In looking on the web it seems like both are done and I’m not sure how it changes the finished product. So far I’ve used frozen berries directly but have found there is too much liquid. Would cooking first solve that problem?

    • Sally on July 17, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Hi Jen! Frozen berries release too much liquid, though you could try cooking them down before using in the filling. I’ve never tried the pie that way, but let me know how it goes. I prefer fresh blueberries for a sturdier filling.

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