What Is Tapioca, And How Do You Use It?

Tapioca starch, instant flakes, and little or large pearls are made from the long, thick, tuberous cassava plant (yuca).

What Is Tapioca?

Tapioca comes in several varieties with varied purposes.

Where to Buy Tapioca

Online and at several large supermarkets in the baking department, tapioca pearls range in diameter from 1 milliliter (used in tapioca pudding) to 8 milliliter (used in boba tea).

Tapioca pearls

it's consistent” and available at most grocery shops and online. This helps thicken sweet and savory dishes.

Quick-cooking/instant tapioca

We use Bob's Red Mill Tapioca Flour to thicken dishes and is a Test Kitchen staple.

Tapioca starch/flour

Keep tapioca starch and instant tapioca in an airtight container at room temperature, away from heat and light.

How to Store Tapioca

Quick-cooking tapioca and starch can be used directly in recipes, while pearled tapioca must be steeped to soften.

How to Use Tapioca