Lemon Kudzu pudding in a ceramic bowl, topped with lemon zest

Lemon Kudzu Pudding

Lemon kudzu pudding is a luscious dessert that harmoniously blends the tangy essence of lemons with the velvety texture of kudzu starch, creating a delightful and refreshing treat.

Lemon Kudzu Pudding is a Delightful Fusion of Flavors and Textures.

As an avid food enthusiast and an adventurous cook, I am always on the lookout for unique ingredients and flavors to incorporate into my culinary experiments. After a recent trip to Nara, Japan, I stumbled upon a special ingredient called kudzu starch. Intrigued by its reputation as a versatile and healthy thickener, I couldn’t resist bringing back a small bag of kudzu powder to try in my kitchen.

Kudzu, a climbing vine native to East Asia, has been used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine for centuries. However, it was its culinary potential that caught my attention. Kudzu starch, derived from the roots of the plant, is known for its ability to create smooth and silky textures in various dishes.

Eager to put this newfound ingredient to the test, I decided to create a dessert that would showcase the delicate flavors of kudzu while complementing them with a burst of tangy freshness. Thus, my own version  of Lemon Kudzu Pudding was born. I experimented with various ratios of kudzu, lemon, sugar and water until I came up with this recipe.  I knew I had a winder when I poured it into individual serving bowls and allowed it to cool. The pudding set beautifully, forming a velvety, jiggly texture that promised to deliver a delightful dining experience.

When it was finally time to taste this creation, I was pleasantly surprised. The lemon flavor was bright and invigorating, perfectly balanced with a subtle sweetness. The kudzu starch had worked its magic, lending the pudding a unique silky smoothness that was truly delightful.

Lemon Kudzu Pudding has become a staple dessert in my kitchen, and I find myself reaching for that bag of kudzu powder more often than I expected. Its natural thickening properties and neutral taste make it a versatile ingredient that can elevate a variety of dishes, from soups and sauces to desserts like this one.

If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance and novelty to your culinary repertoire, I highly recommend trying Lemon Kudzu Pudding. Its refreshing flavors and silky textures will undoubtedly leave your taste buds craving more.

Lemon Kudzu Pudding

Lemon Kudzu Pudding is a luscious and refreshing dessert that combines the vibrant flavors of lemon with the silky smoothness of kudzu powder. This velvety treat tantalizes the taste buds with its tangy citrus notes, while the kudzu powder adds a unique and delightful texture that melts in your mouth. With its perfect balance of sweetness and tang, Lemon Kudzu Pudding is a dessert that will leave you craving for more, making it a true delight for those seeking a taste of culinary bliss.

2-3 hours 20 mins Serves 4
PREP 2-3 hours
COOKING 20 mins
YIELD Serves 4
Lemon Kudzu pudding in a ceramic bowl, topped with lemon zest


  • 1/4 cup kudzu powder
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter

Lemon Kudzu Pudding Ingredients lined up on a table


  • In a small bowl, combine the kudzu powder and 1/4 cup of the whole milk. Stir until the kudzu powder is dissolved and set aside.

Kudzu powder dissolved in milk

  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the remaining whole milk, sugar, and salt. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
  • Slowly pour the kudzu mixture into the saucepan, stirring continuously. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens to a pudding-like consistency. If it spatters while boiling, lower the heat a bit.  This should take about 5-7 minutes.

Adding dissolved kudzu powder to milk mixture

  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, lemon juice and butter until the butter is melted and fully incorporated.

Stirring butter and flavoring into the pudding

  • Pour the pudding into individual serving bowls or a large serving dish. Allow the pudding to cool for a few minutes at room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until chilled and set.

Pudding cooling in a serving bowl

  • Serve the lemon kudzu pudding chilled.  Top off with Lemon Zest if desired.

A bowl of Lemon Kudzu pudding halfway eaten. A spoon is buried in the pudding scooping up more.


Kudzu powder can be found in natural food stores or online. Make sure to follow the package instructions for the specific brand you are using, as the ratio of kudzu powder to liquid may vary slightly.

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