Tapioca Pearls for Bubble Tea

This recipe goes with Fruit Bubble Drink, Bubble Milk Tea

Yield: Makes about 2 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Recipe from Health

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 80
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 19g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 40mg
  • Calcium: 0.0mg


  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 cup tapioca pearls
  • 1/2 cup Sugar Syrup


  1. Boil water in medium saucepan. Add the tapioca; return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and boil gently 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Let tapioca sit 25 minutes in water, covered. Drain and rinse in a colander under cool running water. Pour Sugar Syrup over tapioca; use within 4 to 5 hours.
  2. Variation for make-ahead tapioca:
  3. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tapioca; return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let sit 15 minutes, covered. Drain and rinse in a colander beneath cool running water. Add Sugar Syrup; place in sealed container. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. For tea, bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil (use a 4-to-1 ratio of water to tapioca), and add tapioca (1/4 cup per serving). Boil 1 to 3 minutes, or until soft. Rinse and cover with Sugar Syrup to taste. Add tea mixture of choice (see our recipe for Bubble Milk Tea at right).
  5. Note: Precooked tapioca should be used within 3 days, or it will get mushy.
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