Easy Tapioca Pearls Coconut Milk Dessert

Easy Tapioca Pearls Coconut Milk Dessert

Course: Dessert
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Marvellina
Soft and chewy tapioca pearls are served in creamy and sweet coconut milk is a simple yet delicious dessert and learn how to cook tapioca pearls correctly
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Coconut sauce:

  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 100 gr sugar more or less the amount to your preference
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 pandan leaves knotted


Cook the large tapioca pearls in Instant Pot pressure cooker:

  • Pour 10 cups of water into the inner pot of Instant Pot. Press saute mode and bring it to a boil. Add tapioca pearls. Turn off the saute mode. Close the lid and turn the steam release valve to “sealing”. Press “pressure cooker” and then make sure it’s on “high pressure”. Set timer to 1 hour 15 minutes
  • After 1 hour 15 minutes, release the pressure immediately. Drain off the cooking liquid and refresh the cooked tapioca pearls with clean water. Soak them in water to prevent them from sticking to each other

Cook the tapioca pearls on the stove:

  • Bring 10 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add tapioca pearls in and lower the heat to medium to let it gently simmer for the next 1 hour. You need to stir them every now and then. The pearls will turn translucent when they are cooked. There might be some that still have that very little whitish part in the middle. Don't worry about those. They should be cooked through and no longer starchy too
  • Once the tapioca pearls are cooked, strain off the cooking liquid and rinse with clean running water to stop the cooking process. Soak them in water to prevent from sticking to each other. They are ready to be used. Please read my post above on how to store the extra tapioca pearls

Make the coconut sauce (can be made ahead):

  • Place the sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Do not bring to a boil, just let it come to a gentle simmer to dissolve sugar. Remove from the heat. Store in a glass container and they can be kept in refrigerator for up to 1 week max


  • Scoop few tablespoons of the tapioca pearls onto a small serving bowl. Ladle the coconut sauce over and serve