Easy Puerto Rican Tembleque Recipe



Tembleque is a coconut custard recipe that is typical in Puerto Rico. While it can be found year round, it is most popular during the holiday season. Super easy to make and very yummy! It takes about 20 minutes to prepare. You will need some small molds, and cooling in them advance will help.


½ cups Cornstarch

3 cups Coconut Milk

⅔ cups Sugar

½ teaspoons Salt

1 teaspoon Vanilla

Cinnamon as a garnish


In a saucepan add cornstarch a about ½ cup of the coconut milk. Once the cornstarch dissolves, add the balance of the coconut milk and the rest of the ingredients.

Bring to a boil stirring constantly until it thickens.

Once thick, start pouring into the molds. Have it cool to room temperature and then put into the refrigerator so that it firms up more.

It should be firm in a couple of hours and then remove from the mold using a knife around the edges. Garnish with cinnamon (or nutmeg) and enjoy!

Captain Tim
Captain Tim

Captain Tim is the founder of Caribbean Trading Company in Puerto Rico. Many years ago Captain Tim was a normal everyday guy who decided to do what so many people only dream about. He moved to the Caribbean. Traveling throughout the islands, he has the joy of sharing this lifestyle and its flavors with the world.

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