Cardamom Pumpkin Pie

Cardamom pumpkin pie recipe

The Spruce / Nita West

  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings

Cardamom gives this twist on classic homemade pumpkin pie a unique and sophisticated note. For the best flavor, buy cardamom pods, shell them, and grind the black seeds in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder. Jarred ground cardamom works, too.

Feel free to use a can of unsweetened pumpkin puree, but you may prefer to roast a sugar pie pumpkin or, even better, a red kuri pumpkin or kabocha squash. Scoop out the cooked pumpkin, let it drain a bit, and use that to make this pie.



  • 2 cups roasted pumpkin flesh
  • 1 (9-inch) pie crust (store-bought or homemade)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cardamom pumpkin pie
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  2. Set the roasted pumpkin flesh in a sieve or strainer over a bowl to drain any excess water out of it. Let sit for at least an hour and up to overnight (cover and chill if letting sit overnight).

    Sieve pumpkin
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  3. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  4. If you've made your own crust, roll it out and place it in a pie pan. Oil or butter the shiny side of a piece of foil and place it, oiled side down, on the pie crust. Fill with pie weights or dry beans. Bake 15 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and bake another 5 minutes. Let cool a bit.

    Roll out pie crust
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  5. While the crust bakes, whirl the strained pumpkin, sugar, cream, eggs, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a blender until smooth.

    Whirl pie filling
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  6. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the crust.

    Pour pumpkin mixture in crust
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  7. Bake until pumpkin mixture is set and barely jiggles in the center when lightly shaken, about 45 minutes.

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  8. Let cool to room temperature until set, at least 2 hours.

  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve and enjoy
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