Instant Pot Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca Pudding in a glass with square cookie on side

This Tapioca Pudding is a delicious custard you can serve as dessert for your family dinners.

Tapioca Pudding in a glass with square cookie on side

Usually, sweet desserts take hours to be prepared, but this pressure cooker recipe is really quick and easy to make.

The delicate vanilla flavor will surely please your guests,  but if you want you can add chocolate to make it kid-friendly.

How to serve?

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

Tapioca pudding recipe video

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.

Should I serve it hot or cold?

This Instant Pot tapioca pudding  will be firmer when it cools, so that you can choose to serve a smooth hot custard or a firm and cold pudding.

Both ways are fine 🙂

Do I have to use a plain milk?

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

Can I keep it for later use?

Yes. You can keep it for up to 3 days in the fridge.

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How to make Tapioca Pudding

Gather your ingredients:

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, a pinch of salt, and stir slowly.

Separate the egg yolks

Add milk mixture and cream, while stirring it slowly.

Add vanilla and keep stirring, until you obtain a homogeneous texture.

Slowly pour the mixture into the Instant Pot while stirring.

Press "saute" and saute until boiling.

Add vanilla extract and stir well.

Serve and enjoy this healthy dessert.

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Tapioca Pudding in a glass with square cookie on side

Instant Pot Tapioca Pudding

An old-fashioned and classic dessert of tapioca pudding…
4.70 from 196 votes
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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
Author: Corrie


  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup tapioca pearls
  • ¼ cup suger
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Mix tapioca and water inside your Instant Pot.
  • Cook at high pressure for about 7 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural release for 10 minutes and then do a quick release.
  • Add sugar, and a pinch of salt and stir slowly.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks, heavy cream and milk.
  • Slowly pour the mixture into the Instant Pot, while stirring constantly.
  • Select “Sauté” and cook until it starts to boil. Press "cancel".
  • Add vanilla extract and stir well.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 128kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 2g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 4g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 96mg Sodium: 18mg Potassium: 36mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 299IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 37mg Iron: 1mg


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84 thoughts on “Instant Pot Tapioca Pudding

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

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