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Recipe: Strawberry Tapioca Pudding

Updated on July 13, 2016

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I made this version of tapioca pudding when I found my garden over-laden with strawberries one year, and it was an immediate hit.

My roommate at the time, who professed an unyielding hatred for all things tapioca, was persuaded to try a bit...and immediately asked for a whole bowl full, which she promptly devoured with gusto.

Give it a try - you're sure to enjoy it!

Cook Time

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 7 cups


  • If you use a double boiler to cook tapioca, it makes it easier to avoid burning it
  • If you don't have one, use the pan with the thickest bottom


  • 2/3 cup tapioca pearls
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ½ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Soak tapioca pearls in 1 cup milk for at least 30 minutes
  2. Place in a large pot, adding 4 ½ cups milk and ½ tsp salt. Mix in 2 egg yolks [save the whites in a bowl].
  3. In a bowl, mix together the egg whites with 1 cup sugar. Set aside.
  4. Bring the tapioca mix to a boil, over the course of 15 to 20 minutes. Stir it often to keep from scorching on the bottom.
  5. When it boils, turn the heat down immediately. Simmer, on very low heat, for 10 mins, stirring now and then.
  6. Mix in the sugar and egg white mixture, stirring it in very fast.
  7. Add 1/2 cup of strawberries, stir well.
  8. Serve hot, and spoon a heap of strawberries into the center of each bowl.

Soak Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca Pearls
Tapioca Pearls | Source
Tapioca Pearls soaking in milk
Tapioca Pearls soaking in milk | Source

Take 2/3 cup dry white tapioca pearls, and soak them in 1 cup milk for at least 30 minutes [check package instructions, some tapioca types may require longer soaking times].

Sometimes, if the strawberries I'm using have been sitting long enough to develop a lot of juice, I'll soak them in that instead of the milk, or if there's not quite enough I'll mix the juice and milk together.

Save out 1/2 cup of your strawberries, and put the rest in the fridge to chill.

Add more milk, begin cooking

Tapioca in milk
Tapioca in milk | Source

Place tapioca/milk mix in a large pot, adding another 4 ½ cups milk and ½ tsp salt. Mix in 2 egg yolks [save the whites in a separate bowl], and stir it well. Begin to slowly bring it to a boil over the course of 15 to 20 minutes, stirring regularly to make sure it doesn't scorch on the bottom. As it nears the boiling point, you'll need to stir constantly - if it burns, it will ruin the flavor.

After it boils, turn the heat down to very low immediately, and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix up the egg whites and sugar

Sugar and egg whites
Sugar and egg whites | Source

Mix together the egg whites and the sugar, beating it well so they are thoroughly combined. Add to the tapioca mix.

It's important to stir it in VERY quickly once you've added it. If you don't mix it in thoroughly right away, you may end up with chunks of cooked egg whites, which isn't very nice.

Add strawberries

Strawberry-tapioca pudding
Strawberry-tapioca pudding | Source

Add in the 1/2 cup of strawberries, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Stir well.

Delicious! | Source

Ladle hot tapioca into bowls. Fetch the rest of your strawberries from the fridge, and top each bowl with a generous spoonful or two of chilled strawberries. Serve immediately.


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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      Wabash Annie, too many strawberries are when it fills up your whole freezer and you can't possibly eat them all :) I gave away a bunch of plants, and now I actually have room for other things too, so I'm happy.

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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      Thanks, Vacation Trip! Glad you liked it.

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Too many strawberries??? We have not had many or good strawberries since I was a child on the farm. This dessert looks delicious and the pictures are great and very helpful. I love using tapioca, even the pudding made from it, and now use tapioca flour. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Another great recipe of yours. Thank you for sharing.