Try our hand-picked collection of the best Sago Dessert Recipes! From fruity versions like mango and strawberry sago to decadent Nutella sago.
Learn what sago is and how to use it properly in any recipe!
What is Sago?
Sago is an edible starch extracted from the pith of palm trees and processed into small, round pearls. It's commonly used in Asian desserts.
When cooked, it takes on a chewy and gelatinous texture.
How do you prepare it?
Sago needs to be rehydrated before using. To do this, prepare a pot of boiling water, add the tapioca, and stir to prevent sticking.
Bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes until they become completely translucent.
Be cautious not to overcook, as it can make them mushy.
Mango Sago is a quick and refreshing summer dessert with juicy mango chunks and a creamy mango-coconut milk tapioca pudding!
Choose ripe, fragrant, and soft-textured mangoes for natural sweetness and a creamier final texture; my favorites are Altufo and honey.
You can serve the dessert fresh off the stove or chill it for an hour in the fridge if you prefer it cold.
Honeydew sago is a refreshing dessert that combines fresh honeydew and small tapioca pearls.
For the best results, select a ripe, small to medium-sized honeydew melon, which is sweeter.
This taro coconut dessert soup features creamy coconut, steamed taro, homemade taro and yam balls, sago pearls, and grass jelly.
Two essential tips: Steam the taro until tender but not overcooked. It should be easy to pierce them with a fork or toothpick.
Second, cook the toppings separately from the coconut milk; otherwise, they release starch into the milk, making the soup taste starchy.
This Strawberry Sago is flavored with full-fat coconut milk, condensed milk, and lychee syrup.
The freshly chopped strawberries and cubed jellies make this one of my favorite sago dessert recipes!
Allow the assembled sago to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours to cool down and let the flavors meld. Enjoy!
If you love Nutella, you have to try this rich, creamy pudding! You can customize Nutella to suit your sweetness preferences.
You can enjoy it warm or cold, but I prefer it warm as it enhances the chocolate flavor.
This is my favorite menu item at any Chinese-style dessert shop! It's the perfect chilled dessert for hot summer days.
It's made by blending ripe mangoes with evaporated milk and water to create a smooth mango puree. Then, add cooked sago, coconut milk, sugar, and pandan leaves.
This Hong Kong-style coconut sago with plums and pluots recipe is by Kristina Cho, so you know it must be good.
The dessert is garnished with pluots, a stone fruit hybrid of plum and apricot. If you can't find pluots, use any other stone fruit as a substitute.
The soup tastes best on the looser side, so keep extra coconut or regular milk on hand. If the mixture is too thick, add a little to thin it out.
This Taro Sago Soup takes just 50 minutes to make with only six ingredients. It's rich, creamy, and filled with nutty taro chunks.
Use fresh taro for the best flavor and texture.
You can experiment with different toppings like nuts, glutinous rice balls, corn, sweet potatoes, bananas, or pumpkins to make it your own!
Sago Porridge is a quick and customizable soup ready in just 20 minutes.
The pearls are boiled until translucent, sweetened with milk and sugar, and flavored with cinnamon or cardamom.
Adding crunchy toppings like dried or fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds is the best way to make it more interesting!
This coconut tapioca pudding features a creamy soup, homemade sweet rice balls, and freshly chopped fruit. It takes about an hour to make but is incredibly simple.
When creating the sweet rice balls, ensure the dough feels like Play-Doh – not too dry or wet. You can add a bit of water slowly to get it just right.
This Filipino Silken Tofu with Sago recipe is a simple snack that can be prepared in just 50 minutes.
It's a Filipino delicacy comprising silken tofu, arnibal, and sago (tapioca pearls) layered in a cup and served either warm or chilled.
12. Sabudana Kheer
Sabudana Kheer is a creamy and sweet dessert made with tapioca pearls, milk, sugar, cardamom powder, and nuts, and it takes about 50 minutes to prepare.
You can serve Sabudana Kheer, either warm or cold, garnished with saffron strands and pistachios for extra elegance.
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12 Best Sago Dessert Recipes To Try
- Taro Coconut
- Strawberry Lychee
- Mango Pomelo
- Coconut Sago With Pluots
- Sago Soup With Taro
- Sago Porridge
- Coconut Tapioca With Sweet Rice Balls
- Filipino Silken Tofu
- Sabudana Kheer
- Choose your preferred recipe from above.
- Gather all the necessary ingredients.
- Prepare your favorite sago dessert recipe!