Homemade Classic Tapioca Pudding – Instantpot

Homemade Classic Tapioca pudding is fabulously creamy custard like dessert with the perfect texture and sweetness. With just 5 ingredients and easy instructions you will want to make this old time favorite dessert over and over!

Tapioca pearls are starch rich so they soak up great amount of liquid. This eggless recipe makes velvety creamy pudding without heavy calories. So enjoy the guilt free dessert.

This recipe uses very minimal ingredients, minimal supervision yet you get satisfying and delicious dessert! So it’s a win win!!

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Homemade classic tapioca pudding on a spoon with blueberry and raspberry. This creamy and vegan dessert is profusioncurry recipe.

You will love this Eggless and Dairy Free Tapioca Pudding because

  • It’s vegan and gluten free
  • It is easy to make.
  • Only natural ingredients are used.
  • You can make a large batch and use multiple times.
  • Better tasting than store brought and cost friendly too.

We love Kozy Shack’s Tapioca Pudding that’s sold in supermarkets and grocery stores. Every now and then, I would buy it for occasions and late night snacking.

However, added preservatives and extra filler ingredients were always a turn off. So I was looking to make a clean dessert recipe.

And few trials later, perfectly consistent quality Tapioca Pudding Recipe was born in our kitchen. Indulgent, creamy yet low calorie.

There is a small Thai joint near our house and they make some unbelievable Mango Tapioca Pudding. That unbelievable taste is still lingering in my mind as I write this recipe.

Classic eggless tapioca pudding served in individual serving glasses and garnished with fresh berries and maple syrup. This vegan tapioca pudding is easily made in Instantpot.


This also is an Instant Pot Dump and Start recipe if you want to make it in electric pressure cooker, which I highly recommend.

To make Instant Pot Tapioca Pudding, you toss all of the ingredients into the pot and start it up. After it’s done cooking, simply stir it. Let it cool down and then enjoy !!

The stove top method needs bit more active monitoring and constant stirring. Rest assured, whichever method you choose, it produces heavenly delicious pudding.

showing texture of scooped Tapioca Pudding made in Instantpot. This easy Profusioncurry recipe is vegan and gluten free.


Tapioca pearls : I love using medium sized pearls. You can get tapioca pearls in most grocery stores, Asian or Indian grocery stores or on Amazon.

Milk : I am using plant based Almond milk. You can use regular milk, any other nut milk or coconut milk.

Sweetener: Just 1/4 cup of sugar adds perfect sweet taste to this pudding. You can use sweetener of your choice like maple syrup or date syrup or agave nectar. Stevia also works.

Salt : A pinch of salt balances the flavors. I add it after the pudding is cooked so the milk doesn’t curdle.

Vanilla Extract : I add a good quality vanilla extract for flavoring. Makes it perfectly flavorful and further enhances the custard feel.

Additional optional toppings: We prefer to top it off with fresh fruit like raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. Drizzle some maple syrup on top for extra charm. Chopped nuts, mango puree, lemon curd , coconut flakes or chocolate shavings are all good options.

Tapioca pudding will thicken up substantially more as it cools, so stir in a little more milk just before serving to loosen it up some. Garnish it with your favorite toppings and enjoy this unforgettable dessert.

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Classic custard like Tapioca pudding served in two bowls with maple and cinnamon drizzle and fresh berries. This profusioncurry recipe is vegan and gluten free and eggless.

Homemade Classic Tapioca Pudding - Instantpot

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy homemade recipe to make delicious and eggless Tapioca Pudding. Instantpot and stove top instructions to make 5 ingredients classic low calorie dessert.



Lightly spray the oil spray at the base of steel inner pot. Add Tapioca pearls, milk, water and sugar in the inner pot. Give it a quick stir. 

Close the lid of the Instantpot and move the valve to SEALING. Choose MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK on Hi for 5 minutes. 

When Instantpot beeps after it's done cooking, Cancel the keep warm setting. Let the pressure release naturally. NPR. Once the silver pin drops, open the lid. 

Add vanilla and salt and give the pudding mixture a good stir. Your delicious Tapioca Pudding is ready. Garnish it with your favorite toppings and serve at room temperature or chilled.


Heat a heavy bottom sauce pan over medium heat. Lightly spray the base with cooking oil. ( optional but highly recommended ) Add water and milk to the pan and let it come to boil.

Add Tapioca pearls and sugar to the mix and give it a good stir. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes on medium heat stirring occasionally. Milk will start reducing and tapioca pearls will be doubled in size and start looking translucent. 

Keep stirring intermittently so that the pudding doesn't burn at the bottom. Once it reaches yogurt like consistency, remove it off the heat. Stir in salt and vanilla extract and mix well. Let the pudding chill till it reaches room temperature. Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve chilled or at room temperature. 


Tapioca pearls soak a whole lot of milk and water while and after cooking while releasing the glue like starch. If you notice there is more liquid after cooking, let it stay for couple hours and it will be get to desired  thick consistency. You might have to add more milk or water to loosen the pudding when serving.

Tapioca pearls double in size in can be easily mashed if pressed between the fingers when they are fully cooked. They become translucent too.

Do not use quick minute cook tapioca pearls for this recipe. 

To avoid milk scorching and burn messages, I lightly spray the base with cooking oil. I highly recommend you do this step.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Classic Tapioca Pudding – Instantpot”

  1. I tried to make the instant pot tapioca pudding recipe but before it even got to pressure, my instant pot informed me that the food was burning, and I had to cancel it. Any advice would be appreciated so much.

    • Hi Kajira, burn message typically comes when something is stuck at the base. Please make sure to deglaze the pot and use oil spray to start off the recipe. Hope this helps.

  2. Halved recipe in my 3-quart Instant Pot (since I’m the only one in our household who likes tapioca pudding). Used whole milk (what I had on hand), otherwise following recipe as written, including spraying the pot lightly. It came out just fine — no burn notice and good consistency. Will definitely make again, perhaps with coconut milk.


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