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Simple Sago Pudding Recipe with Papaya and Pomelo

This fruity Sago recipe is a vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free dessert pudding made with sago pearls, coconut milk, papaya, pomelo, and your favorite natural sweetener. It’s quick and easy to make and so delicious!
Keyword: sago dessert, sago pudding, sago recipe
Author: Remy Park


  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sago pearls
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4-1/3 cup maple syrup or coconut sugar*
  • pinch of salt
  • to garnish optional
  • red papaya
  • red grapefruit
  • pomelo
  • golden raspberries
  • toasted coconut flakes
  • coconut condensed milk
  • mango chunks


  • In a large pot, bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add your sago pearls and cook according to package directions, stirring frequently. Pearls should become clear once fully cooked.
  • Drain and rinse your pearls in a fine mesh strainer with cold water, then return to the pot. Add coconut milk (adjust to your desired consistency, use less for a thicker pudding, use more for more of a soup), along with maple syrup or coconut sugar and salt to taste. Keep in mind the pudding will thicken up as it sits, so add more coconut milk than you think you'll need.
  • At this point, you can add mashed papaya, grapefruit, and pomelo chunks into the pot to add flavour, or you can simply serve them as toppings.
  • Finally, transfer the mixture into a large bowl and allow it to chill in the fridge. To serve, garnish with toppings of choice.


Expert Tips

  • Tapioca Substitution: If you are cooking tapioca pearls instead of sago, the same instructions apply. Keep in mind that you will want to find small tapioca pearls if using to substitute. Cooking times may need to be adjusted depending on the size of the tapioca pearls. 
  • Flavors: If you prefer a different flavor, that’s ok! There are so many flavors that work with this sago recipe very well. Because the pudding base is a standard recipe, it’s easy to transform into whichever flavor you like.
  • Variations: To make a Mango Sago recipe, simply swap the fruit topping for mango chunks. To make the actual pudding mango flavored, throw some mango cubes into a blender, blend until smooth, and add a little mango puree to the pudding along with the coconut milk and other ingredients. 

Serving Tips

  • Typically, sago pudding is served chilled. So you can make your dessert ahead of time and chill it in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
  • Serve with desired toppings, or even do a “pudding bar” where the pudding can be customized to each guest's liking with various toppings. 

Storage Tips

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Use additional coconut milk to loosen the pudding and give it a good stir. Then serve with toppings and enjoy!