Classic Tapioca Pudding


A classic tapioca pudding recipe that requires a lot of attention, but it's worth it. Tapioca pudding is a great comfort food and can be served warm or cold.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 3 cups whole milk

  • ½ cup quick-cooking tapioca

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix milk, tapioca, sugar, and salt together in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 5 minutes longer.

  2. Whisk 1 cup of hot milk mixture into beaten eggs, 2 tablespoons at a time, until incorporated. Stir egg mixture back into tapioca mixture until well combined. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer until pudding becomes thick enough to evenly coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

  3. Serve hot or pour into serving dishes and refrigerated for several hours until cold.

    close up view of Classic Tapioca Pudding in a glass bowl next to a whisk on a pink cutting board

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
6g Fat
33g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 147mg 11%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 198mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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