Homemade tapioca pudding recipe with fresh strawberries

Cardamom and vanilla tapioca pudding with strawberries

This vanilla bean tapioca pudding recipe is an old-fashioned tapioca pudding thickened with egg yolks and served with fresh strawberries for an elegant summer time dessert that you can make ahead!

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Tapioca pudding ingredients: fresh strawberries, tapioca pearls, cardamom pods, and vanilla bean

I’ve noticed people generally have very strong opinions about tapioca puddings and rice puddings. I’ve seen a lot of hate and disgust cross the faces of people talking about these puddings and their childhood. It makes me laugh because growing up, we hardly ever had pudding. 

What is tapioca and what kinds of tapioca are there?

Tapioca is made from the starch of the cassava plant and tapioca comes in different forms: tapioca pearls, minute tapioca, tapioca starch, among others:

  1. Tapioca starch: Tapioca starch is extracted from the cassava plant. Tapioca starch can be used as a thickener in pie fillings, but also plays an important role in gluten-free baking as an integral component of gluten-free flour mixes (find out more on this in this Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free cookbook). This blueberry rhubarb crisp is thickened with tapioca starch, as is the filling for this rhubarb pie with a lattice crust and this whiskey peach crumble pie. Tapioca starch is used as a stabilizer in this buttered popcorn ice cream. You can buy tapioca starch on Amazon.
  2. Minute tapioca: Minute tapioca is a finer grind of tapioca pearls, resembling very coarse cornmeal. Minute tapioca is used for pie fillings but you could use it for pudding. This tapioca pudding recipe is not made with minute tapioca. I used minute tapioca to thicken concord grapes when making this concord grape crisp with a peanut butter crumble and for this cherry chocolate crumble. Minute tapioca is also known as granulated tapioca or tapioca granules, and you can find it on Amazon
  3. Tapioca pearls: Tapioca pearls are balls of cassava starch which has been shaped into pearls. Contrary to popular belief, tapioca isn’t a grain like rice, for example, which is grown. Tapioca starch is extracted from the cassava plant, mixed with boiling water to form a paste that can be rolled, cut, and shaped into various shapes and sizes, like tapioca pearls. Tapioca pearls come in various sizes from very small tapioca pearls to large tapioca pearls also known as boba, used in boba tea. Actually boba are chewy tapioca pearls sweetened with brown sugar and therefore is a dark colour. Tapioca pearls also come in white or lighter colours. This tapioca pudding recipe uses white tapioca pearls (medium size). Tapioca pearls can be purchased on Amazon.

Vanilla cardamom tapioca pudding with strawberries served in mini glass jars

What type of tapioca is in tapioca pudding?

Tapioca pudding is a classic, just like butterscotch pudding and rice pudding, in my books. This tapioca pudding recipe from Ricardo is an old-fashioned tapioca pudding made with egg yolks as well as tapioca pearls for the best tapioca pudding that is as decadent as a crème anglaise and PERFECT to serve with a mound of mashed strawberries. This custardy pudding is so good that you probably won’t want to share it with anybody. I opted to add not only vanilla bean, but also crushed cardamom to the tapioca pudding because we all know that you can’t go wrong by adding a little cardamom to a custard, especially when fresh strawberries are involved. Trust me when I say that I want to eat this dessert every day until the Quebec berry season is over.

Homemade tapioca pudding with vanilla bean served in small glass jars with a layer of fresh strawberries on the bottom

Tapioca pudding with fresh strawberries recipe

This tapioca pudding is an easy tapioca dessert though it does require a little cooking. For a no-cook pudding, try this rosewater chia pudding recipe or this coconut chia pudding.

Vanilla cardamom tapioca pudding with strawberries
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Tapioca pudding with fresh strawberries

This cardamom vanilla  tapioca pudding is creamy, cool, and tastes great with fresh berries.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 554kcal
Author Janice


  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 L whole milk (3.25 % fat) 4 cups
  • 67 grams granulated sugar 1/3 cup, divided
  • 60 grams medium tapioca 1/3 cup
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 300 grams fresh strawberries trimmed


  • For the directions to this recipe, visit the recipe page on Ricardo
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Calories: 554kcal



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31 Responses to Homemade tapioca pudding recipe with fresh strawberries

  1. June @ How to Philosophize with Cake June 23, 2015 at 7:29 AM #

    I would probably want to make the caramel almond cheesecake! This pudding looks awesome, too 🙂

  2. Kait St. June 23, 2015 at 9:53 AM #

    The jam and sweet spreads look like a light, summer dessert!

  3. LJ Stubbs June 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM #

    This is the best time of year to try out strawberry recipes. I’d try the Strawberry pie, I think.

  4. Eva Lalonde June 23, 2015 at 1:09 PM #

    Ricardo is one of my go to recipe references. I’ve tried several recipes including tarte aux pacanes (insane).

    I LOVE TAPIOCA but I’ve never made it…guess what’s on my must do list! Will let you know how it turns out…where did you get the tapioca pearls?

    I’d also love to try Ricardo’s brownie espresso. …chocolate and espresso…oh yeah…gonna make it and post…wooohooo!!☺

  5. Madeleine June 23, 2015 at 6:07 PM #

    I’d try the maple tapioca pudding. Need to use up the maple syrup before the next trip to Quebec.

  6. Ayngelina June 24, 2015 at 12:34 PM #

    Strawberry season is one of my favourites! This looks like a great recipe to try.

  7. Julia (@Imagelicious) June 24, 2015 at 12:49 PM #

    I would make Black-Bean Brownies. I’ve always been curious about black beans in brownies and this dessert is also vegan.

  8. Danielle June 24, 2015 at 1:19 PM #

    I want to try making the potato donuts with maple syrup

  9. joy June 24, 2015 at 2:19 PM #

    Chocolate Brownie cookies!!

  10. Isabelle June 24, 2015 at 3:16 PM #

    It hard to pick only one but I think the Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta with Coffee Jelly
    Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta with Coffee Jelly would be amazing!

  11. Laureen Fox June 24, 2015 at 5:02 PM #

    I would make the GREEK YOGURT WITH HONEY AND PISTACHIOS. Quick, easy, refreshing and not too filling.

  12. Bhawya June 24, 2015 at 7:58 PM #

    Truly tempting recipe.. ll try it soon..

  13. Cindy A. June 25, 2015 at 10:33 AM #

    The Rustic Plum And Blackberry Pie looks amazing!

  14. La Cuisine d'Hélène June 25, 2015 at 10:38 AM #

    I would bake The Best-Best Chocolate Cake. Looks so good.

  15. Chloé June 25, 2015 at 11:35 AM #

    I’d love to bake the red grape and muscat cake!

  16. Barbara Mayhew June 25, 2015 at 11:52 AM #

    I would make the Caramel and Nut Fudge

  17. Brenda Penton June 26, 2015 at 7:09 AM #

    I’d like to make the Whipped Cream-Filled Doughnuts

  18. Jenny @ The Brunette Baker June 26, 2015 at 8:32 AM #

    Fun giveaway, thanks Janice!

    Oh gosh. It all looks so incredible, but I’d have a go at the Maple Pecan Crumble and Chocolate Croissant and Apple Bread pudding. Xo

  19. Madeline June 26, 2015 at 10:59 PM #

    I’d love to make the Quick Cannoli


  20. Lynn June 28, 2015 at 8:07 AM #

    My favourite Ricardo dessert recpoe is the Framboisie, so that what’s I would go with.

  21. Temi June 28, 2015 at 11:04 AM #

    I’d have to say the Tapioca! Personally I really enjoy Tapioca pudding.

  22. Christian June 28, 2015 at 11:06 AM #

    De mon côté, toute la famille adore le chocolat. Cet après-midi, nous allons tenter de créer un succulent Rocky Road Brownies pour nous rappeler notre voyage dans les Rocheuses canadiennes !!

  23. Melodie June 29, 2015 at 4:05 PM #

    Pie! Any kind of pie! Plum and blackberry pie!

  24. Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness June 29, 2015 at 4:29 PM #

    The only pudding I ate a lot of as a child was bread pudding… not really the same thing lol. I do love store bought tapioca pudding though, so I have a feeling that I would LOVE this recipe. I would also try Ricardo’s Corn Crema because it looks oddly delicious 😛


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