A glass of sago pudding topped with mango slices.

Sago Pudding with Coconut & Mango

Make this sweet sago pudding dessert any night of the week with just a few ingredients. Sago pudding is super light and refreshing, the perfect ending to a delicious meal!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 369kcal
Author Wandercooks
Cost $5



  • 1 cup sago
  • 300 ml water
  • 400 ml coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tin mango slices in syrup
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 6 mint sprigs


  • In a medium saucepan, pour in your sago, coconut cream and water and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
    Pouring coconut milk into the sago pearls.
  • Place sago on medium heat and stir continuously to avoid sticking. The sago should cook through and become sticky in around 5-10 minutes.
    Cooking sago pearls in coconut milk.
  • Remove sago from the heat and add in your sugar, stirring through.
    Adding sugar to sweeten the cooked coconut sago pudding mixture.
  • Spoon mixture into dessert glasses and allow to cool.
    Adding a spoonful of mango syrup to the sago pudding bowls.
  • Top with mango, desiccated coconut and mint, then chill until ready to be served.
    Sprinkling desiccated coconut onto the finished cups of sago pudding.




  • When making the sago, the trick is to soak it in the water and coconut first for half an hour to help soften it and quicken the hands-on time it takes to stir it continuously on the stove.


  • Is sago pudding healthy? Sago is gluten free, low in fat, and prized for its carbohydrates, making it a great filler or staple food. You'll usually find it paired with other ingredients that are nutrient-dense but low in calories, where it lends its superpower as a rich source of energy. Coconut cream, meanwhile, is high in fat content. Some people avoid coconut cream for this reason, but like everything, it's fine in moderation. Coconut cream is a delicious alternative to dairy milk and its health benefits even include lowering cholesterol levels and boosting the immune system! Enjoyed in moderation, coconut sago pudding is a naturally sweet gluten-free dessert and can be a healthier alternative to European-style puddings. 
  • Is sago pudding gluten free? Yes! Sago is naturally gluten free, so it makes the perfect gluten free dessert. 
  • Can you prepare sago pudding in advance? You can prepare this dessert the day before or in the morning, to free up more time to work on your other courses or spend time with guests.
  • Can you freeze sago pudding? Yes, you can freeze sago pudding for around three to four months. It's best to store the pudding separately from any toppings so that it will be easier to reheat. 
  • How to reheat sago pudding? To reheat, simmer or steam over a low heat and keep stirring the sago pudding mixture until it is heated through and the sago pearls are soft and chewy once more. Top with fresh toppings and serve warm or cold according to preference. 


Variations & Substitutes

  • If you're concerned about using coconut cream, you can always opt for coconut milk which is thinner and lighter in fat content.
  • For a spicier version, try infusing your sago pudding with star anise and cinnamon, or pandan essence for a sweet vanilla hit.
  • For a tropical blend, try coconut, mango and lime with caramelised ginger.


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg