How To Cook Tapioca Pearls For Bubble Tea

Store bought tapioca pearls can be tricky to cook. That’s why I’ll show you how to cook tapioca pearls for homemade bubble tea. It doesn’t take long to prepare them, and they’re so much better than dried tapioca pearls found in stores.


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

How to Cook Tapioca Pearls (Boba)

  Step 1:

Add your water to a saucepan and bring to the boil.

  Step 2:

Bring the water to a rolling boil, then gently add the tapioca pearls in. Stir immediately to avoid the pearls from sticking to the bottom of the pot or to each other.

  Step 3:

Boil the tapioca pearls about 30 minutes with the cooking lid on, stirring occasionally.

  Step 4:

When the 30 minutes are up, turn off heat. Stir one last time, cover and let the pearls steep for 20-25 more minutes in the hot water.

  Step 5

Drain the pearls and rinse them with cold water, until the rinsing water runs clear and the pearls have cooled. Place the pearls into a container.

  Step 6:

Add corn syrup to completely cover and/or coat the pearls’ surface. Alternatively, honey or brown sugar can be used instead of the syrup. The sugars will prevent the pearls from sticking together.

  Step 7:

Allow a few minutes for the tapioca pearls to absorb the sweetness of the corn syrup, honey or sugar before serving. Serve within 8 hours. Do not refrigerate!

How To Cook Tapioca Pearls


Leftover tapioca pearls become starchy and gooey quickly at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Freeze unused portions flat in large resealable freezer bags for future use.

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