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Homemade Tapioca Pudding

This Homemade Tapioca Pudding recipe made with tapioca pearls is easy to prepare and delicious!

May 15, 2022
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 50 mins
Total 60 mins



  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk, cream, sugar, and salt. Let the mixture boil slowly. Boil until you see bundles of steam rising from the surface instead of actual bubbles indicating boiling.
  2. While the mixture is hot, add the tapioca and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture itself thickens a little. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the tapioca pearls are slightly puffy and tender.
  3. Add all the eggs to a bowl and whisk well to fully combine.
  4. Add a very small amount of the hot tapioca mixture to the scrambled eggs, making sure to stir constantly as you pour. Do this a few times, making sure to mix well both as you pour and a few times.
  5. Add the tempered egg to the saucepan with the tapioca and then mix well to combine the mixture. Cook the mixture for about 5 more minutes and let it thicken a bit. At this point, it is important to remember that the tapioca pudding will thicken as it cools.
  6. When the pudding thickens a little, remove it from the heat and add the vanilla and mix.
  7. Transfer the tapioca to a serving bowl and let it cool.
  8. Serve the tapioca pudding warm or cold with a scoop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Tapioca Pudding
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.4 g15.9%
Cholesterol 131 mg43.7%
Sodium 289 mg12.6%
Protein 10.5 g21%
Potassium 169 mg3.6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use whole milk. This gives the pudding its creamy and velvety texture. Still, animal or plant dairy products can be used for this recipe.
  • Buy seed tapioca. You can also use pearl tapioca, which is often found in Asian grocery stores.
  • Cook the tapioca slowly over low heat. Keeping the temperature low throughout the cooking process will prevent the tapioca from burning.
  • Let the tapioca pudding sit in the pan for a few extra minutes. Cook for a little longer than indicated on the package. This will give the pudding a thicker consistency.
  • Temper the eggs with hot milk before adding them to the tapioca. This way, you can prevent the pudding from being cut.
  • To make a lighter and fluffier tapioca pudding, separate the yolk and white of the eggs. Cook the egg yolk with tapioca. Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl. Take the tapioca pudding pan off the heat. Fold the beaten egg whites into the pudding.
  • Replace whole milk with coconut milk, almond milk, or other plant-based milk to make the recipe vegan. Use coconut cream instead of heavy cream. Skip the egg.
  • Put homemade jam on top of the tapioca. Jam usually has a fairly loose consistency, especially homemade jam, which means it will mix well with tapioca and lead to a delicious meal. For homemade options, start with fruit and add at least half a lemon for each piece of fruit. Cooking them together with an equal amount of sugar will produce a delicious jam.
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Tapioca Pudding is a classic vanilla dessert. Featuring tapioca pearls, milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, this dessert is gluten-free. You can also make this recipe vegan.

If you like homemade pudding, try Tapioca Pudding. Serve with fresh mango, vanilla ice cream, jam or chocolate sauce.

What Is Tapioca Pudding?

Tapioca pudding is an old-fashioned dessert that has recently been revived. At its most basic level, it can be thought of as a form of oatmeal in which tapioca pearls are used instead of oats.

Tapioca pudding is a velvety vanilla custard with chewy tapioca pearls. Tapioca is commonly used as a thickening agent in both sweet and savory dishes and is a gluten-free starch. Tapioca pearls are also used in boba tea.

What Is The Difference Between Tapioca Pudding and Rice Pudding?

The difference between tapioca pudding and rice pudding is that they are made with different grains. Tapioca pearls are used in tapioca pudding, while rice grains are used in rice pudding. This means that the overall textures of the dishes are quite different from one another, though they are also similar in their general concept.

Generally, rice grains are soft when cooked in rice pudding, while tapioca pearls have quite a chewy, rubbery texture when cooked in a similar way.

How To Store Tapioca Pudding?

Storing Tapioca Pudding is very simple. After the tapioca has completely cooled, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container, covered with plastic wrap, for up to 3 days.

You can also freeze tapioca pudding. Transfer the mixture to the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat tapioca pudding after you’ve stored it, you can use the stovetop or a microwave; simply be sure to heat the pudding until it’s hot all the way through. This is especially necessary for this recipe as we’re making use of dairy products, which can grow some nasty bacteria if stored and reheated improperly.

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