Instant Pot Tapioca Pudding


A delicious custard you can serve as dessert for your family dinners. You can prepare this Instant Pot tapioca pudding in advance, and keep it up to 2 days in the fridge.

This pressure cooker tapioca pudding recipe is really quick and easy to make,  and the delicate vanilla flavor will surely please both adults and kids.

You can serve it hot, warm or cold and top it with whipped cream, ice cream or fresh fruits to taste.

The package says I should soak it in water overnight. Do I have to do it?

No! Thanks to the Instant Pot, you don’t have to soak the tapioca even for 1 minute. The Instant Pot does all the work!

Do I have to use vanilla extract?

No. This Instant Pot tapioca pudding would still be great without vanilla extract. 

Instead of vanilla, you can use orange extract or lemon juice.

Do I have to use a plain milk?

No. You can replace the milk with soy or almond milk.

If you like the recipe, try this Instant Pot rice pudding.

Instant Pot Tapioca Pudding
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: egg, tapioca, Tapioca Pudding
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 5
  • cups water
  • ½ cup tapioca pearls
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup suger
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Mix tapioca and water inside your Instant Pot.
  • Cook at high pressure for about 7 minutes.
  • Let the steam release naturally for about 10 minutes. Then release the rest of the steam and open the lid.
  • Add sugar, pinch of salt and stir slowly.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks, heavy cream and milk.
  • Slowly pour the mixture into your Instant Pot, while stirring constantly.
  • Select “Sauté” and cook until it starts to boil, then turn off you Instant Pot.
  • Add vanilla and keep stirring, until you obtain a homogeneous texture.
  • Keep in mind that your dessert will be firmer when it cools, so that you can choose to serve a smooth hot custard or a firm and cold pudding, as you prefer.


This recipe is part of our 1001 Instant Pot recipes project, a huge collection of free, easy and delicious recipes.

32 thoughts on “Instant Pot Tapioca Pudding

  1. Tried twice to do tapioca directly in my instant pot pan and got burn message before the steam built up. First time I thought,amber I didn’t stir well, but gotburn message again.

    1. I also got the burn message with my 8 quart Instant Pot. Pudding was glue-like consistency. I believe it is not enough liquid.

      1. With the 8-quart, it could be more prone to getting the burn message since there is more surface area. Try adding a few tablespoons more liquid– that should solve it!

    2. got burn message also,turn instant pot off wait about 5 min.stir stuck stuff let’s go,add sugar,egg,milk or cream stir turn on to sauté
      stir constantly till thick,delicious,saved the pudding

  2. I use a Russel Hobbs that doesn’t have burn function. Either way recipe turned out perfect, although it’s not significantly easier or faster to make this vs a stove top I thought it was a lot nicer, chewier etc.

  3. I’ve been plagued with Burn messages on Tapioca as well. My success rate has been like one out of four.

    So my trick (worked once anyway, having had to abort a previous Burn batch), is to take the 2C of water, do a 1 minute low-pressure cycle to get everything hot. Release, then pour the Tapioca in and start the full pressure cycle, That way it takes much less time to come up to pressure, giving the Tapioca less of a chance to gel-up and have the pearls start to stick to the bottom.

    My other trick is to put Orange Extract into the mix in addition to Vanilla.

  4. I made it set for 5 mins it said burn but when I opened it was perfect gel . I didnt have heavy cream made w eggs and milk and caramel flavoring and vanilla and followed the rest of the recipe…its perfect and taste is perfect was no burnt

  5. The small pearl tapioca I bought says to soak it in water overnight. I assume that by using the Instant Pot, that it eliminates that step? Thank you.

  6. It says above 11/2 cups of water; I’m sure that is a typo. Did you mean 1/2 cup of water or something else? Does not sound like there is enough fluid if it’s only 1/2 cup of water. Thanks

  7. I toohad a burn message twice on the instapot, and about a 1/4 of the pearls remain uncooked. I’ll try the remedies in the comments. Thank-you

  8. Can you double this recipe? I followed the suggestions by one of the commenters to add 2 cups water, do one minute low pressure cycle to get everything hot, release, then pour tapioca in and start IV pressure cycle. I checked after seven minutes and it was not quite done, so I added an extra four minutes and that did the trick. No burning for me. It is absolutely delicious but would like to make more at one time.

  9. I just made this. I got a burn error, too. But, it wasn’t burned and it was cooked. It did stick some, and I confess that I’m not looking forward to the clean up, but I finished the recipe and I must say… YUM! Rich and smooth , not too sweet with tapioca texture. I might share with the rest of my tappy people and I may not. They don’t know that I made it, so currently it is my secret!

    1. That can happen, it is a little thick so it’s very important to measure correctly. But I’m so glad it worked out for you and that you liked the recipe!

  10. Just made this. My third recipe in my new to me Instant-pot. I was only able to get the large pearl tapioca today so I added half a cup of water to cook and then I stirred it all after the suggested cook and release time. I then added an extra five minutes again as the pearls weren’t cooked. Followed everything else perfectly and no burn anything and only a standard pot mess to wash up. I LOVE it and will definitely make it again. I ate a bowl warm because I couldn’t wait but I am so excited to have it cold tomorrow too. SO much faster than the standard way. Great receipt. Thanks Corrie!

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