Ultimate Cooking Guide: How to Cook Tapioca Pearls (Boba) Like A Pro

Ultimate Cooking Guide: How to Cook Tapioca Pearls (Boba) Like A Pro

The insider tips to teach you how to cook chewy and delicious Tapioca Pearls (Boba Pearls).
One 6.6lb bag of Fanale Tapioca Pearls (Boba) makes about 80 x 2oz servings.

Five General Steps:
  1. Cook in boiling water
  2. Simmer with low/no heat
  3. Wash/rinse excess starch
  4. Marinate in simple syrup
  5. Serve with any beverage as an inclusion or as a topping/garnish for desserts

1. Cooking
  • Boil water in a large pot. The water to Tapioca Pearls (Boba) ratio should be at least 8 parts water to 1 part Tapioca Pearls (Boba).
    • More water is ok, too little water will cause Boba to stick easily to the pot.
    • Never fill more than 2/3 of a pot with water as Boba expands when cooking.
  • Add Tapioca Pearls (Boba) to boiling water
    • Stir slowly as Boba is being added to prevent sticking and clumping.
  • Place a lid on the pot and set time for 30-35 minutes once the water begins to boil again.
    • If the pot boils over, you can partially cover the pot.
    • Cooking time can be adjusted to suit your preferred texture.
    • Check periodically to ensure that the Boba is cooking evenly, stir if an excess amount of Boba remains at the top of the pot.
2. Simmering
  • Turn off or lower the heat source and let the Tapioca Pearls (Boba) simmer for an additional 20-25 minutes.
    • Stir every 5 minutes to prevent Tapioca Pearls (Boba) from sticking to the pot or clumping.
3. Washing/Rinsing
  • Strain the Tapioca Pearls (Boba) in a large strainer/colander and rinse with water until the desired texture is achieved.
    • Stir Boba as you are rinsing to ensure product uniformity.
    • Rinse with hot/warm water for a softer texture.
    • Rinse with cold water for a chewier texture.
      • Do not rinse with cold water for more than 5 minutes as Boba can become hard and rubbery.
4. Marinating
5. Serving/Holding
  • Cooked Tapioca Pearls (Boba) will remain consistent for up to 5 hours once cooked at room temperature.
  • Keeping Tapioca Pearls (Boba) at a cold temperature will make the Boba chewier and eventually hard.
  • Keeping Tapioca Pearls (Boba) at warm temperatures will make Boba softer and break down sooner.
  • Check periodically to ensure that simple syrup is covering the Tapioca Pearls (Boba). Add simple syrup as needed.
  • Check periodically to ensure that Tapioca Pearls (Boba) is not clumping. Stir/mix to separate clumps.

Things To Keep In Mind 
  • Cooking and Simmering times can be adjusted to suit your preferred texture.
    • Increasing time = softer Boba, shorter shelf life
    • Decreasing time = chewier Boba, longer shelf life
  • Check to make sure that Tapioca Pearls (Boba) is thoroughly cooked after it has marinated in sugar/syrup.
  • Overcooking Tapioca Pearls (Boba) may reduce the size of the finished product.
  • Label what time the Tapioca Pearls (Boba) was made and what time the Boba will need to be discarded.
  • Tapioca Pearls (Boba) will get softer in hot drinks, and harder/chewier in cold drinks.
  • Plan ahead, it takes over 1 hour to cook a new batch!
  • If you are not sure how much water to add, use more water.



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