Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca Pudding

My mom's old-fashioned recipe for a super easy and very delicious tapioca pudding!


about 2 quarts


9 tablespoons granulated/instant/Minute tapioca*
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten well
8 1/4 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


1. In a large stock pot, whisk together the tapioca, sugar, salt, and eggs. Whisk in milk and let mixture stand for 5-10 minutes.

2. Bring mixture to a full boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

3. Allow to cool for 20 minutes and then stir once. Cover until cool, or serve warm! Refrigerate leftover pudding in an air-tight container.

Tapioca Pudding
Additional Notes: 

*From what I understand, granulated, instant, quick-cooking and Minute (brand) taipoca are the same for use in recipes. I get my granulated tapioca at a bulk food store. It looks similar to coarse kosher salt, with some crumbs. :)

This tapioca pudding recipe was originally found many years ago on a paper of recipes titled "Bulk Food" which my mom picked up while visiting Smith's Bulk Foods, a Mennonite (or Amish?) owned store near Dalton, Ohio.

Tapioca Pudding

If you want to use pearl tapioca, the recipe is as follows:

Soak a heaping half-cup of tapioca in water overnight. Drain. Mix 2 quarts milk and 3/4 cup sugar and bring to a boil. Add the soaked tapioca. Cook and stir until tapioca is clear, at least 30 minutes.

(My mom says it takes hers much longer -- maybe about an hour -- to get fully cooked. She prefers the granulated tapioca version.)

Combine 3 beaten eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla, beating well. Add to boiling mixture. Bring to a full boil and remove from heat.

Preparation Time: 

5 minutes

Cooking Time: 

15-20 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is the tapioca pudding my mom made and still makes! My boys, especially Yehoshua, LOVE tapioca pudding and it has always been a special treat that my mom makes when they/we come over. :)

Now that we live about 2,500 miles from my mom, I decided it was time to get her recipe and make it myself!

It's amazingly EASY and oh, SO delicious!! I love it warm. Mmmmm.... :)


Another hit at our house! I made this for my husband when he wasn't feeling well and I was told that "I could make it anytime that I liked"!! He thought it was the best tapioca pudding he had ever had. I would have to agree ... I'm not a huge fan of tapioca pudding but I found this one delicious. I will be trying the quinoa pudding that you have listed next! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!!


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