Homemade Tapioca Pudding

One of my favorite types of pudding, when I was growing up, was Tapioca pudding. It was simple to make, tasted wonderful, and you could put it together in no time.

Homemade Tapioca pudding from CopyKat.com

I have been working my way my Learn to Cook Series of videos, where I was cooking my way through my old Junior High School cookbook. While this recipe wasn’t in that book, it was one that had made when I in junior high school. I love this pudding, it is so easy to make. This pudding is also gluten-free, and it tastes so much better than any pudding cup. Some puddings are a bit more difficult to make, but this recipe is so simple, you will wonder why you didn’t make this at home before.

You may be asking yourself what is tapioca pudding? Tapioca pudding is a lot like rice pudding. It is vanilla pudding with small pearl tapioca instead of rice. This makes for a creamy pudding that is gluten-free.

Did you know that tapioca is a starch that is extracted from the cassava root, so it really ground underground? The plant was carried by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to most of the West Indies, and continents of Africa and Asia, including the Philippines and Taiwan. It is now grown worldwide. I think now in daily life we see it mostly in bubble teas. When I was growing up, we made this simple tapioca pudding. I used the Kraft brand Minute Tapioca, my grocery store sells it in the baking section near the boxed puddings. You can use Reese brand, or Granulated Minute Tapioca, Bulk 2 Lb. Bag is a good value, and you use it like the Minute Tapioca.

This pudding makes about 4 servings, but I promise it won’t last too long. You may want to make a double batch.

Homemade Tapioca pudding from CopyKat.com

Homemade Tapioca Pudding

Homemade Tapioca pudding is can be made in minutes.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tapioca Pudding
Servings: 4
Calories: 220kcal


  • 2 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons Minute Tapioca
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Mix milk, sugar, tapioca and egg in medium saucepan. Let stand for 5 minutes. 
  • Cook on medium heat until mixture comes to full boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool 20 minutes; stir. 
  • Serve warm or chilled. The pudding will thicken as it cools.


Recipe Tips for the Cook

I love to serve this with a sprinkle of cinnamon, or nutmeg, or even a small dollop of whipped cream.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 236mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. bastisraul

    I love tapioca. I purchased a big bag not long ago at Big Lots and made some. My wife just could not get over the texture in her mouth. Reminded her of A BIZZARE FOODS episode, she said. Will try again with some chocolate mixed in but I think I’m still on a slippery slope with her.

  2. APennyFilledPantry

    I’ve never had tapioca pudding but you’re making it sound so delicious! I’ll have to try it, especially with cinnamon… yum!

  3. TheNewClassy

    I can’t say that I have ever tried Tapioca pudding. I have often wondered what it tastes like. Now that I know how to make it, I might try it.

  4. Censie 'Mumby' Sawyer

    Thanks for this recipe. My grandma would make this every Sunday for dinner for Us. So many memories.

  5. Laura Funk

    My husband adores Tapioca pudding. For me it is not my favorite but I will keep this recipe to make it for him.

  6. Lorane Rhoden

    Interesting Recipe … I’ve never had this type of Pudding but it’s always great to try new things

  7. Brionna G

    I enjoy learning how to make things from scratch because it allows me to fix it up to my liking. This would make a great summer night treat.

  8. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    I haven’t ever had tapioca pudding before. My husband really enjoys it, so I’m sure he’d appreciate if I made him some!

  9. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I’ve never made tapioca pudding before and have only had it once or twice. I just can’t resist cooked chocolate pudding and I made it weekly. We eat it while it’s hot and it taste amazing. I bet the tapioca pudding would as well. I’ll have to give this a try one day. Thanks for sharing.

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