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Old-Fashioned Tapioca

My family loves old-fashioned tapioca, but I don’t always have time to make it. Instead, I came up with this simple recipe that lets us enjoy one of our favorites without all the hands-on time. —Ruth Peters, Bel Air, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 8 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup pearl tapioca
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Sliced fresh strawberries and whipped cream, optional


  • In a 4- to 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the milk, tapioca, sugar and salt. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs; stir in a small amount of hot tapioca mixture. Return all to the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160°. Stir in vanilla.
  • Serve with strawberries and whipped cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 149 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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  • kitchenade
    Apr 23, 2020

    LOVED this slow cooker tapioca recipe. I cooked the pudding for 4 hours, then for 30 minutes after adding in the tempered egg mixture. Use the best vanilla you can afford! A keeper of a recipe for one of the best comfort foods on the planet!

  • BakingBobbie
    Mar 10, 2019

    This was the best recipe for pearl tapioca that I've found. Delicious! I didn't stir quite as often as I should have so my pearl tapioca stuck together but that was my fault. This is a great recipe. Thank you,Ruth, for sharing it.

  • Bette
    Sep 27, 2018

    We love tapioca pudding, but I don't like standing, stirring and watching it like a traditional recipe calls for. And then sometimes it just does not turn out. This recipe is terrific! Easier than easy, great consistency and so tasty! Thank you, Ruth!