How To Make Black Sesame Pudding At Home-Japanese Taste

How To Make Black Sesame Pudding At Home

by Ayako Kidokoro

Black Sesame Pudding Make ahead Gelatin Kid-friendly No-oven recipe Gluten-free

Are you a fan of Asian black sesame desserts? If the answer is yes, then you will love Japanese black sesame pudding.

The color of black sesame pudding is greyish, so if you don’t know that it’s black sesame pudding, you might doubt how tasty it will actually be. However, once you try it you’ll immediately realize why it’s such a beloved dessert in Japan! The flavor is nutty, mild, and it has a sweet taste. The pudding itself is smooth too, like traditional custard pudding (which we already have a recipe for.)

Black sesame seeds are rich in calcium, which helps to strengthen bones and teeth. Additionally, they contain polyphenols, which are pigments that prevent premature aging. Finally, the skin of black sesame seeds is also quite high in iron. That’s why it is recommended to regularly consume black sesame seeds. Though black sesame seeds are very healthy, consuming a lot of them at once is not easy. That’s where this black sesame pudding comes in to save the day!

Even though this recipe is called “pudding”, the process of making it and the ingredients are quite different from custard pudding. In the case of black sesame pudding, we are going to use gelatin to get the correct texture instead of baking it, for example.

Many supermarkets and convenience stores sell black sesame pudding in Japan. However, it is usually sold as a limited or seasonal flavor, so you may be only able to find it during certain times of the year.

If you’re a lover of black sesame pudding and want to eat it any time, don’t worry! In this recipe, we’re going to show you how to make it at home. The best part about this recipe is that it uses simple, readily-available ingredients, and does not take long to make.

It is the perfect dessert or afternoon snack to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. We hope you’ll try making our recipe at home, and let us know how it went in the comments below!


Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 3hrs 0mins

Total time: 3hrs 15mins

Total servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

  • 30g Black Sesame Paste (Kuro Nerigoma)
  • 300ml Whole Milk
  • 20g Sugar
  • 20g Honey
  • 6g Gelatin
  • 30g Water

Expert's Tip

How To Make Black Sesame Pudding At Home

This is the secret of the black sesame pudding! It's called nerigoma or black sesame paste. It tastes nutty and delicious. Black sesame is famous for its nutritional value. It has numerous health-benefiting vitamins and minerals. It is also full of fiber and antioxidants. It is tasty and healthy, so there are no reasons not to try it out!


1) Gathering the Ingredients

Gather all of the ingredients together.

2) Preparing the Gelatin

Place the gelatin powder in water and mix together. Set it aside until further use. 

3) Heating the Custard in a Pot

Add the whole milk, sugar, and honey into a pot. Then warm the mixture over low heat just until it starts to boil. Stir it continuously with a spatula while it is heating.

4) Adding the Gelatin Into The Custard Mixture

Stop the heat and add gelatin into a pot. Melt the gelatin using the residual heat. Make sure that it has fully dissolved into the pudding before proceeding with the next step.

5) Adding the Black Sesame Paste into the Pudding

Add the black sesame paste into the pudding mixture and mix well with a balloon whisk.

6) Straining and Cooling the Black Sesame Pudding Mixture

Prepare a cold ice bath in a large bowl. Then, set up a separate bowl with a strainer over the top, and strain the pudding into that bowl. Once the pudding has been strained, stir it vigorously over the ice bath to allow it to cool.

Tip: This step will take about 5-10 minutes, but it is necessary because it helps the pudding to cool quickly and evenly. Additionally, stirring vigorously will help achieve a smoother texture and prevent the sesame seeds from sinking to the bottom of the pudding.

7) Pouring the Black Sesame Pudding into Jars

Pour the pudding into separate jars or containers of your choice. We are using small pudding jars in this case. 

8) Enjoying the Black Sesame Pudding

Refrigerate the black sesame pudding for at least three hours. Once the texture of the pudding has become firmer, it’s ready to enjoy!

Tip: Store the pudding in the refrigerator and consume it within 2 to 3 days of making it for the best flavor.

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