Fried Lemon Pies

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Fried Lemon Pies-just like you remember from childhood!

Fried Lemon Pies-just like you remember from childhood!

As a kid, I wouldn’t touch fruit in a dessert. I had a strict policy on fruit and sugary goodness going together. They just didn’t in my book. Lemon was the exception. I never considered lemons a real fruit. You make lemonade with it after all. I’ve always loved Lemon Meringue Pie and Lemon Squares. Lemon was the “good” fruit.

Who remembers the Tastykake Pies? I know, I know, I’m dating myself. They used to (and probably still do) make fruit pies. Apple, cherry…and Lemon! I loved those lemon pies. I’d take one of those lemon pies over a slice of chocolate cake any day of the week.

Shopping before Christmas, I spotted Comstock Lemon Pie filling. I picked up a can and put it in the pantry where, honestly, I forgot about it. Until the other day. I had already taken a pie crust out of the freezer for another project. And I remembered my friend Kelli had written a post on fried pies. I just couldn’t stand it. I had to make lemon pies, and fast. It almost killed me waiting for the pie crust to thaw.

These pies were so good. Better than the ones I remember from Tastykake. And it only took minutes to make once the pie crust was thawed. The crust was so light and flaky and the filling…oh the filling!

Fried Lemon Pies-just like you remember from childhood!

Fried Lemon Pies

Fried Lemon Pies


  • Canned Lemon Pie Filling
  • 2 9 inch pie crusts (I used the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts)
  • Oil for frying
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting


  1. Place 1 inch of oil in a heavy pan, heat over medium heat until hot (about 350 degrees if using a thermometer.)
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll out pie crust, making sure any cracks are sealed. Cut into sixths. Place 2 tablespoons of filling on 3 of your pie crust sections. Place the the remaining pie crusts on top of the filled sections and seal well with a fork. Carefully place pies in hot oil using a slotted spoon. Fry for one minute then turn over for another 30-45 seconds. Remove from oil to drain on racks or a paper towel covered plate. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before eating. Dust with sugar and enjoy.
  3. Repeat with remaining pie crust.


Do not over-stuff pies, they will fall apart when you try to flip them in the hot oil.

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Fried Lemon Pies-just like you remember from childhood!
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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Yum! I didn’t know there was a place Duncan-Hines had canned lemon filling. Mr. Picky Eater LOVES Hostess Lemon Pies and since we don’t have Hostess anymore – I must make these soon!!

  2. These look Wonderful and my husband is a big fan of anything lemon.
    These I’m sure would be great with any kind of canned pie filling.
    I don’t have any canned lemon filling in my pantry but I do have cherry. :} Just might make me up some fried cherry pies today or just might wait and make them up for Valentines day and make them heart shaped. :}
    Thanks for the great recipe

  3. I do remember those lemon and chocolate pies! It has been years since I have had one. Although I’m thinking your easy home version looks way better!!!

  4. You are speaking my language Joan! LOVE these! I never would have thought of lemon in fried pies, but I can see how these would be absolutely divine!

  5. These would be great with Meyer Lemon Curd (!

    Have a Joyful Day :~D

  6. While I definitely will NOT take lemon pie over chocolate, I find the idea of frying them really intriguing! What a fun idea!

  7. Yes, please Joan! I want me some of these. Badly!

  8. WOW!!! I remember these well and can’t wait to try them!!!

  9. So quick AND so delicious-looking. Joan, these pies are about to break all of my New Year’s Resolutions. But gosh-darned won’t it be fun watching them crumble as I bite into fried lemon pie!!!

  10. Thanks for linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s! Oh I am drooling over the lemon! With all the sweets over the holidays I need some citrus! Thank for sharing!

  11. WOW! They look great!

  12. OK, I resisted coming over here as long as I could. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard as I stare at that gooey lemon filling dripping off of that fried dough. I’ve never seen canned lemon filling in my market…which is a probably a very good thing for me. And I do remember those little fried apple pies that I ate as a kid. So unbelievably good. So now I’m going to go try on my smallest pair of jeans (approx. size: Barbie). Since it would take divine intervention to get them over my hips I’m assuming the trauma will erase the memory of these pies. Either that or I’ll end up throwing away those jeans. 🙂

  13. Whaaaa?! Oh my… I need these in my life! Like right away!

  14. great

  15. Is it wrong for me to want to lick my screen? These pies are simply drool-worthy. LOVE that lemon oozing out of the sides!

  16. Hubby loves lemon and hubby would LOVE it if I made these. I’m thinking Valentine’s Day 🙂 Pinned! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  17. Good cow, these look amazing!! – Claire

  18. I’ll give you funnel cakes if you give me these lemon pies ~ deal?? 😉
    Wanted to stop by & let you know that you are one of my features this week at Mom’s Test Meal Mondays!!
    Hope you had a great weekend!

  19. Very creative! I can’t wait to try these. The fillings are endless…Thanks!

  20. I have been craving lemon lately! This sounds like it would be right up my alley! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I look forward to seeing what you share this week 🙂

  21. Can I just tell you how darned tasty these look!

  22. I just made these. YUM!!! I used my biscuit cutter and got 15 pies out of the 2 pie crusts. Thank you!

  23. Paul Lackey says:

    I used wonton wrappers and made mini lemon bites. Almost cried when they were all gone. Those wrappers make it so fast and easy. Thanks for the original inspiration that I embellished upon. You are the cats meow in my book.

  24. Now these look fantastic..I am from Baltimore Md. and grew up with the Tasty Cake pies, lemon being my favorite..Some of their products are now in Ga,they are based in Philadelphia but do not see too many of their pies… this is exciting and i thank you .

  25. I LOVE fried pies, any flavor, but apple is my fav! These look so so good!

  26. I live in Australia so we dont have canned lemon filling… Would I be able to use lemon curd or lemon butter for this… it has a thick consistency

  27. Just wondered how many pies this makes per can of filling? Also, could you make your own homemade lemon pie filling to make these. I am on a homemade or not made at all kick. They look absolutely divine. Got to make some for the hubby, he loves his lemon pie. Maybe make some meringues to go with. LOL. Thanks for sharing this great idea.


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