Instant Pot Milk Tea Boba

This post may contain affiliate links.  For more information, read my disclosure policy here  

No ratings yet
Milk Tea is amazing, however if you add the boba or bubbles to your drink, it is a fun and filing way to enjoy this refreshing drink. Sweet and caffeinated to get you threw that mid afternoon slump.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Mason Jar filled with Bubble Milk Tea with a white straw init, with back tapioca bubbles around it.

Milk Tea is amazing, however if you add the boba or bubbles to your drink, it is a fun and filing way to enjoy this refreshing drink. Sweet and caffeinated to get you threw that mid afternoon slump.

Mason Jar filled with Bubble Milk Tea with a white straw init, with back tapioca bubbles around it.

Pearl milk tea first came to prominence in Taiwan and quickly spread out through all of Asian and then the world. This bubble or Boba version consists of black tea, milk, ice, and chewy tapioca pearls.

Want to know the history of this fun, refreshing drink? Find out more here.

  • Quick: Can be made in less than 30 minutes.
  • Ingredients: Get everything you need easily. Including the black tapioca pearls at any supermarket.
  • Family Friendly: Yes, to a point, they are great for bigger kids but avoid for smaller children who might have a problem chewing the pearls.
  • Adaptable: Can make it in so many different flavors, you will never get bored.
Side view of a mason jar filled with bubble tea with a straw.

What You Need to Make Recipe Name

Ingredients

  • black tapioca pearls
  • brown sugar
  • tea bags
  • milk
Tea bags, black tapioca pearls and other tea ingredients.

Equipment

How to Make Milk Tea – Step by Step

Top shots of the tea being brewed with the pearls in it.
  • Pearls: First, place the boba pearls in the instant pot with 2 cups of water. Cook on high for 5 minutes and then manually release.
  • Drain: Second, drain and rinse pearls and add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Stir.
  • Tea: Third, set instant pot to sauté and add 4 cups of water and tea bags. Bring tea to a boil and remove tea bags. Add the remaining brown sugar to tea and mix in milk.
  • Finish: Lastly, in a glass, add 1/4-1/2 cups of pearls and mix the tea over ice.

LOOKING FOR MORE DRINK RECIPES? TRY THESE FAVORITES:

Looking for more?  Check out all of the Quick and Easy Recipes on It Is a Keeper.


Common Questions About Boba Milk Tea

HOW DO I DRINK BOBA TEA?

You drink the tea by sipping on the tea and chewing the bubbles or boba.

WHAT ARE BOBA OR BUBBLE MADE OF?

Boba are Tapioca pearls usually black, but can sometimes be found white or transparent or different colors depending on what they add. The black usually consist of sweet potato, brown sugar and cassava root.

RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed. Just adjust the ingredients accordingly.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes, you can make it ahead of time and allow the tea to cool before assembling. I would wait until you are ready to drink before assembling.

DOES BOBA MILK TEA KEEP WELL?

The bubbles in the boba milk tea break down over time and therefore should be consumed as soon as possible, you can still drink it, it just wont be the same consistency.

Shot of Milk Tea with a straw in it and a scattering of the tapioca pearls beside it.

Expert Tips for Making Bubble Milk Tea

  • Flavors: Currently, there are tons of different varieties of Boba to choose from. Like this three pack fruity blend.
  • What type of Milk can you use: Dairy Free? You can substitute soy, oat or almond beverage.
  • Variation tip: Use any type of tea that you like, caffeine free, flavored, or extra strong. Here are some great flavors for boba milk tea. For example: Honeydew, Lychee, mango, peach, or strawberry.
  • Alternate ingredient: Feel free to make it a little healthier with Matcha.
  • Dietary consideration tip: A low calorie of brown sugar can be used such as Swerve.

⭐⭐⭐ RATE THIS RECIPE ⭐⭐⭐

If you’ve tried this recipe, please rate it in the comment section below.

Mason Jar filled with Bubble Milk Tea with a white straw init, with back tapioca bubbles around it.

Instant Pot Boba Milk Tea

No ratings yet
Milk Tea is amazing, however if you add the boba or bubbles to your drink, it is a fun and filing way to enjoy this refreshing drink. Sweet and caffeinated to get you threw that mid afternoon slump.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wufu yuan black tapioca pearls
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Milk Tea:
  • 8 earl grey tea bags
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • Place the boba pearls in the instant pot with 2 cups of water. Close lid and pressure valve. Pressure Cook on high for 5 minutes. Release pressure manually when finished.
  • Drain and rinse pearls and add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Stir.
  • Set instant pot to sauté and add 4 cups of water and tea bags. Bring tea to a boil and remove tea bags. Add the remaining brown sugar to tea and mix in milk.
  • In a glass, add 1/4-1/2 cups of pearls and mix the tea over ice.

Expert Tips

 
  • Flavors: Currently, there are tons of different varieties of Boba to choose from. Like this three pack fruity blend.
  • What type of Milk can you use: Dairy Free? You can substitute soy, oat or almond beverage.
  • Variation tip: Use any type of tea that you like, caffeine free, flavored, or extra strong. Here are some great flavors for boba milk tea. For example: Honeydew, Lychee, mango, peach, or strawberry.
  • Alternate ingredient: Feel free to make it a little healthier with Matcha.
  • Dietary consideration tip: A low calorie of brown sugar can be used such as Swerve.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutritional information provided are estimates. To learn more about how I calculate this information go to www.itisakeeper.com/about-its-a-keeper/privacy-disclosure-policies/

PIN THIS RECIPE FOR LATER!Follow Me: @ItsAKeeperBlog or tag #itisakeeper

This recipe is my personal adaptation of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

RECIPES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Leave a Comment

Rate this Recipe