Homemade tapioca pudding

Homemade tapioca pudding

Homemade tapioca pudding is a delightful dessert that is relatively simple to make. Here’s a basic recipe for you to follow:


  • 1/2 cup small pearl tapioca
  • 3 cups milk (whole milk is preferable for creaminess)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: Ground cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish


  • Soak Tapioca: In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the tapioca pearls and 1 1/2 cups of milk. Let them soak for 30 minutes.
  • Combine Ingredients: After soaking, add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of milk and salt to the saucepan. Place it over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir frequently to prevent sticking and ensure the tapioca cooks evenly.
  • Beat Eggs and Sugar: While the tapioca is simmering, in a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until well combined.
  • Temper Eggs: Once the tapioca mixture reaches a simmer, slowly pour about 1/2 cup of the hot tapioca mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. This step, called tempering, helps prevent the eggs from scrambling when added to the hot liquid.
  • Combine Mixtures: Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the tapioca mixture, stirring constantly.

  • Cook until Thickened: Cook the pudding over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. This typically takes about 10-15 minutes. Be patient and continue stirring to prevent lumps and ensure the pudding cooks evenly.
  • Add Vanilla: Once the pudding has thickened to your desired consistency, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Cool and Serve: Transfer the pudding to a serving dish or individual serving bowls. Allow it to cool at room temperature for a bit, then refrigerate until chilled.
  • Garnish and Serve: Before serving, you can sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top for added flavor and presentation.
  • Enjoy: Serve the tapioca pudding chilled and enjoy its creamy texture and comforting flavor!

Feel free to adjust the sweetness level by adding more or less sugar according to your taste preferences. Additionally, you can experiment with different variations, such as adding coconut milk for a tropical twist or incorporating fruits like mango or strawberries for a fruity flavor.

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