Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca Pudding

This is pudding from my childhood and I still love it today. Be sure to shake the box of tapioca before measuring. For a chocolate swirl, you can gently stir in a small piece or two of a sweetened dark chocolate bar just before pouring into your serving cups but just barely stir as it melts quickly. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Tapioca Pudding


  • 2 cups milk (whole milk or low fat)
  • 1/4 cup Minute Tapioca (shake or stir before measuring)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, tapioca, 3 T sugar, and egg yolk. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meantime, in a small bowl using an electric hand mixer, beat the egg white with 2 Tbsp of sugar until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla and set aside.
  3. Cook the milk mixture over medium-high heat, stirring regularly, until it comes to a full boil.
  4. Cook and stir for one minute, reducing heat if needed.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in beaten egg white mixture - use a spatula or the electric hand mixer on low speed. (the mixer works best)
  6. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. Stir again and pour into serving cups. Serve warm or refrigerate.
  7. To make a chocolate swirl, after the final stir, break 1/2 ounce of dark sweetened chocolate into pieces and drop it into the pudding. Stir it around briefly by hand for the swirl as it melts quickly.

Notes:  To see a picture of my chocolate swirl version in my blog click here.

31 Comments on "Tapioca Pudding"

  1. anna

    I tryed it and it was delicious.

  2. suz vdbrink

    I am going to try your Tapioca recipe. I have the old fashioned not quick so know it will take longer but it should result in the same kind of comforting deliciousness! I will let you know how it turns out, making it today. Stay safe and well during this time of self-quarantine??

  3. Irene

    Is it possible to use the micro for your tapioca pudding?
    Also I’m disappointed that I can’t watch your video without a payment like it used to be………..I doubt you had anything to say about it.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      All of my videos are free to watch either on youtube or here on my website; however, I did not make a video for tapioca pudding.

  4. Susy

    I have cooked tapioca for many years the same way as you describe. Just recently I have been experimenting with different flavors: while still hot, I like to pour the mixture into 4 bowls, mixing in coconut flakes in one, dark chocolate chips, stirring until they melt in another, vanilla in a third and cinnamon & brown sugar in a fourth (cinnamon does cause the pudding to “sweat” a little when it cools). Cover with clear wrap directly on the pudding to prevent yucky skin. Chill thoroughly (overnight is best). For serving, carefully spoon out “dumplings” from each flavor on to a dessert plate, garnish with a mint leaf or some berries. Beautiful dessert for company and it works every time. I’m still experimenting with citrus flavors, and I am planning to try caramel next.

    I love to watch your videos and have passed links on to many (young) cooks.
    Please share more recipes whenever you can!

    • Jenny

      What great ideas! Thanks for sharing this with everyone.

  5. Alma

    Love love your recipes!!

  6. A. Casler

    When I try to print your recipes the image comes up blank. no recipe. Help?

  7. Patricia

    You made my day! This old recipe is no longer on the box. It is sooo good. Low sugar too. Thank you!

  8. Wickenburg joey

    Thanks again for making wonderful updated recepies available. Can’t wait to try this one.

  9. Jeanne

    Happiness is seeing a new recipe from Jenny. Can’t wait to make the tapioca. Thank you soooo much! Don’t ever lose YOUR sparkle!

  10. vivian gerard

    i tried to print off your recipes but it doesnt work

    • Syl

      Put your courser to the left of the 1st word you want to print keep holding courser down to high light down to where you want to print. Right click and see where a instruction opens, it says print click on it and walla you should be able to print. Hope that works for you.
      PS thanks Jenny for those fantastic recipes

    • Jenny

      This is addressed in the “Questions” link at the top. Please look there.

  11. Donna

    Will follow your new recipe today. I have some delicious fresh peaches from local orchard and will put the tapioca over them when serving. Loooove tapioca!! Thank you for your recipes and truly great videos.

  12. Moira C

    Hello Jenny, Thankyou for all your great recipes and for being so kind to share them with us. Love Tapioca, one of my favourite puddings. I make it for myself all the time as my husband won’t eat it. He says it reminds him of frog spawn. (going back to school dinners in England). Never thought about putting chocolate chips in, sounds delicious. Thank you so much. So glad I found your website, I used to watch all your shows and missed them when they finished.

  13. Stephanie

    Dear Jenny, I love tapioca puddingf all I really enjoy your videos.
    I love it when you link a recipe to a video… it makes it so easy to learn what to do!

    • Stephanie

      Ah proofreading…
      I meant to say that I love tapioca pudding and would enjoy to watch you preparing it according to your recipe…any chance?

  14. Gisela

    what is Tapioca never hear of it may i know an other word for it
    i am a born German Australien
    thank you

  15. Linda M

    How could you make it chocolate. Used to make it from a package, but they disappeared. Would like to try this.

    • Jenny

      For a swirl effect I just add a few chocolate chips during the final stir. See my blog post about that. For all chocolate I add 1 Tbsp of powdered cocoa with the sugar and increase the sugar by about 2 teaspoons.

      • jeannine

        thank you for this good dessert I add straberry jamm swirling at the end yummy I’ french so please excuse the mistakes,,

  16. Jeanne

    I did leave a comment on the blog, but don’t see it here, maybe to quick after my comment…. We should all remember the “old time” recipes and things” that we cherished. Basic and not messed with. Some times you just need to remember and enjoy what was a favorite a long time ago. Now, it’s more diverse and people do all kinds of things to old recipes, which is good, but doesn’t give the younger folks the chance to try the original before “changing” it.

    To Vera, above, tapioca can be made into a wonderful, simple pudding with just the additional flavoring of vanilla. It is also used as a thickening agent. Look it up on the internet for more info.

    • Jeanne

      May I add that my mom didn’t have minute tapioca? Gosh, it use to take a lot longer to make the old version, but know what? It was worth every minute!!

      • Karol

        I do love tapioca pudding. when I was youngster at home, it seemed like I had to stir it forever but If I remember right it took 20 min. of cooking. I haven’t made it in a lot of years. May have to try it again with the instant.

    • Jenny

      Comments are always moderated to prevent spam so they will not always appear instantly.

  17. Lauren

    Hi Jenny,

    Love your recipes! This one is so good. Easy to make and goes fast in our house. Been making it for my husband to years. Thank you!

  18. Vera

    This your pudding look interest. I need ask what is Tapioca ? Dekuji

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