Pat-In-Pan Pie Crust

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This pat-in-pan pie crust is a flaky and lightly sweet homemade pie crust. Mixed in the pan, it’s quick, easy, and makes a perfect pie crust every time.

Pat in Pan Pie Crust

This is one of my basic homemade recipes that has come in handy for me on countless occasions. Let’s list all the boxes it ticks:

  • It’s not the least bit fussy. In fact, you mix the ingredients in the pie dish so you don’t even dirty up a bowl.
  • It’s a very quick and easy homemade pie crust recipe. It will take you less than 10 minutes to mix the ingredients together in the pie dish. Because really, that’s all there is to it. You mix together the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients, and form the pie dough. Then it’s just a matter of doing exactly what the title suggests: patting the pie crust out into the pan. That’s it! There’s no rolling needed.
  • The ingredients to make your pat-in-pan pie crust are kitchen essentials: flour, sugar, salt, vegetable oil, and milk. I know, no butter, it’s shocking! Anyway, I bet you already have all of these ingredients in your kitchen right now.
  • The flaky and slightly sweet homemade pie shell works well for endless recipes. I’ve included lots of suggestions below to get you started, but it’s the perfect accompaniment for all of those wonderful old fashioned pies.

Are you ready to make my quick and easy pat-in-pan pie crust recipe? Let’s go! 

Here are a few pie recipes that you can make with this easy pat-in-pan pie crust recipe: Perfect Pecan Pie Recipe, Apple Pie, Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe From Scratch, German Chocolate Pie, Buttermilk Pie Recipe, Peanut Butter Pie (Made the Old-Fashioned Way), Southern Sweet Potato Pie, and Japanese Fruit Pie

Ingredients for Pat in Pan Pie Crust

Recipe Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Milk

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How to Make Pat in Pan Pie Crust

Place salt, sugar, and flour into pie plate.

Place salt, sugar, and flour into pie plate.

Stir dry ingredients together.

Stir them together.

Add oil and milk.

Now add your oil and milk.

Stir together until it forms a dough ball.

Stir the pie dough together until it kind of forms a ball or “wad”. I guess “forms a ball” sounds better thoughGREAT JOB! (Can you tell I’m a mother?).

Pat dough out in pan to form pie crust.

Now just pat that pie dough ball out, first to fit the bottom of your pan, then keep on patting until it goes up the sides.

Note: To make a thick crust like this with plenty of dough to flute the edges, double the recipe.

Pat in Pan Pie Crust

 VOILA! There you have your pat-in-pan pie crust!

All ya gotta do now is prick the pastry with a fork and bake it at 350 for about 10 minutes. Then you’re ready to fill it with your pie filling (no pie weights needed).

However, if your recipe requires an unbaked pie crust, then you’re good to go right now.

Now you didn’t think I was going to give you a pie crust and not give you something good to put in it, did ya? Puleeeeeze! You know me better than that! Keep scrolling for lots of options.

If you’re not baking the pie straight away, you can freeze the unbaked pie crust for up to 2 months. Just form it into a ball, double-wrap it, or store it in an airtight container, and freeze it. Then let it thaw at room temperature or in the fridge before you pat it out into your pie dish.

Recipe Notes

  • For a richer pie crust, substitute the milk for heavy cream.
  • For a savory pie crust, simply omit the sugar.
  • This recipe is for a traditional 9-inch pie shell. But as mentioned, you can easily double the recipe if you want to make a larger pie or have a thicker crust. 

Recipe FAQs

Should I sprinkle the pie pan before laying in the crust?

No, there’s no need to sprinkle your pie dish with flour or grease it before adding this crust. Because we mix the dough in the pan, which includes oil, it will already be greased enough.

Can I make my homemade pie crust with whole wheat flour?

I haven’t tried this particular recipe with whole wheat flour, but I think it should work out just fine.

Is this pie crust recipe vegan?

To make it vegan, use your favorite dairy-free milk alternative.

How do I make this pie crust recipe gluten-free?

Once again, I haven’t personally tried it, but I don’t see why substituting the all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour shouldn’t yield the same results.

Pie Recipes

Here ya go, just a few pie recipes to make with our pat-in-pan pie crust:

Pat-in-Pan Pie Crust

This pat-in-pan pie crust is a flaky and lightly sweet homemade pie crust. Mixed in the pan, it's quick, easy, and perfect every time.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pie
Servings: 4
Calories: 527kcal


  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp milk


  • Mix together flour, salt, and sugar in a pie pan.
    1.5 cups all-purpose flour, 1.5 tsp granulated sugar, 1 tsp salt
  • Stir in milk and slowly add oil. Keep stirring until a good dough forms (you may not need all of the oil).
    1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 tbsp milk
  • Mix well with a fork and pat the pie dough out to fit the pan.
  • Bake at 350 until brown (usually about 10 minutes). If the recipe calls for an unbaked shell, skip this step.


Calories: 527kcal
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  1. That looks so easy and one dirty dish you gotta love it. Is that a cast iron pie plate???? holy guacamole i would love one of those. I love my cast iron skillet i use it for cornbred, casseroles and pineapple upside down cake. Thanks for the easy recipe.

    1. I know this was posted originally in September but I had not been graced with finding this site yet so I am asking a question now. I hope its not to late but can I get a recipe for a pineapple upside down cake baked in the cast iron skillet. I know this has to be amazing.

      1. Hey Martha!!!
        Its so great to have you here!!

        I have a recipe for pineapple upside down cake on here but will put it on my list to modify it a bit and try to get it up here for a cast iron skillet.

        Also, check out my apple skillet cake if you get a chance. It was from my husband’s Granny Jordan and is just to DIE for!!

        Welcome to Southern Plate!!!

  2. Cool for the new cast iron skillet. I have mamas two iron skillets and pot. I rarely cook in anything else.

    When I was about 7 or 8 I saw those dirty old skillets and decided I would clean them both real good with SOS pads. My mama would be so proud that I got off all that old black stuff and make-em shiny. I took them outside and used the garden hose since I didn’t wanna make a mess inside.

    I proudly took them to her when I was finished and proclaimed my good deed.

    I heard a gasp.

    She calmly said..”Why thank you honey.. but.. uhh..”

    I don’t know why I remember it.. maybe it was that horrified gasp that burned it into my memory.

  3. Hey April…..
    ~lowers her voice and leans in to whisper~
    “rolling pins are great and all…but I bought myself a new cast iron skillet today!”
    You know cast iron skillets are actually counted as heirlooms? I was thinking I’d get two new ones and use them really well, which gets them good and seasoned, and give one to each child when they grow up.
    Because…southerners are weird that way.

  4. Rah, rah, rah pie crust quick and easy in a pan! We are a fan!

    Lame, I know, but the pom poms got me all excited!!

    I’ve never made a pie crust and I think it’s partly due to laziness and partly due to not having a rolling pin. Every wife should have one though, right? How else do we keep the husband in line… LOL

  5. Oh, and honestly, I think a chess pie is just about one of the easiest pies to make. The hardest part is separating the eggs, that’s it!

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