Microwave tapioca pudding

I love homemade tapioca pudding, but I don't like standing over the stove stirring it for twenty minutes. Since my experiments with homemade microwave pudding turned out so well, I tried making tapioca in the microwave, too.

I start out with water instead of milk, then add dry milk powder after several minutes. This keeps the mixture from bubbling out of control. If you decide to use regular milk from the beginning, you'll need to watch it much more closely and stir more often.

So many people seem to either love or hate tapioca pudding. Where do you stand?


Microwave tapioca pudding

3 tablespoons minute tapioca
2 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup instant milk powder
1 egg
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine tapioca and water in microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high power for 8 minutes.*  Whisk well. Add remaining ingredients except vanilla. Whisk well to combine. Microwave for 2 minutes, watching to see that it doesn't bubble over. Whisk well. Microwave for another two minutes; whisk well let cool for about 30 minutes.

* That's just my microwave. They're all so different; mine tends to be a bit slow, so adjust accordingly.


  1. I wasn't going to comment, so as not to seem rude, but since you ask...

    Ugh! to the tapioca pudding.

    But, that's a really really pretty clipart you have there. :)

  2. Absolutely LOVE tapioca pudding. I'm raising my children right to like the lumpy lttle treat too.

  3. I'm seconding the love for tapioca pudding. I think I'm going to try out your recipe. Thanks!