Green Tea & Tangerine Tapioca Pudding

2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup small pearl tapioca (not instant)
1 teaspoon matcha powder*
zest and juice from 1/2 tangerine
1 egg

Set the slow cooker on low. Pour the milk, tapioca, matcha and sugar in, whisk until the sugar dissolves. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until the tapioca is soft and translucent. Stir in the egg, zests and juice. Cook an additional 1/2 hour. Serve warm.

*If you don’t have matcha powder, seep 2 green tea bags in the milk for 1/2 hour before cooking, discarding the bags.

Yield: about 4 servings

Note: for more traditional tapioca pudding made in the slow cooker, eliminate the green tea/matcha and juice/zest and sub about a tablespoon of vanilla.

My thoughts:

I’ve always wanted to come up with a dessert recipe to make in the slow cooker (if for no other reason than to say I did) and long cooking tapioca pudding seemed like the perfect choice. It isn’t a faster method, but it eliminates all that carpal tunnel inducing stirring that even so-called “instant” tapioca requires. Plain, ordinary tapioca pudding sounded sort of boring though. I was stuck thinking of a good twist when I spied a bag of jumbo sized pearls for making boba tea and since the only real difference between the pearls in tapioca pudding and in boba tea is the size, I thought I’d make a boba-inspired pudding. I was nervous about doing it in the slow cooker but I shouldn’t have been. The end result was the best tapioca pudding ever. Creamy and cooked to perfection. I am never making tapioca pudding any other way ever again.


  1. Oooh! Slow cooker tapioca pudding! That sounds perfect for a cold night. Yummmy!

  2. I absolutely love tapioca pudding! What a great idea making it in a slow cooker!ht

  3. Oh wow, I’ve had rice pudding before, but never tapioca. Can you believe it! This looks really good though, I’m itching to try. Maybe it’d be nice with a side of sweet adzuki beans.

  4. oh yeah thats what i’m talking about. so clever i can just tell its delicious!

  5. IS it supposed to be 1/4 a cup of the tapioca?

  6. Yup, 1/4 cup. It really expands.