Mini Matcha (Green Tea) Panna Cotta

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This easy matcha panna cotta recipe is simple and doesn’t involve hours in the kitchen — it’s super tasty, and you only need a few ingredients. 

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Matcha Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made with just basically milk and gelatin. That’s it.

I never realized before this recipe that panna cotta was so easy to make. (Almost to the point that I don’t like to order it at restaurants now since it seems so basic.)

With this easy base to work off of, it’s a matter of what you add in that takes it from plain to yum.

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Here’s What Was Used to Make This Matcha Panna Cotta

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How to Make Matcha Panna Cotta

The milk, sugar and salt goes into the saucepan and bring that to a low simmer, stirring occasionally.

While that’s heating up, in a bowl, sift matcha. Set aside.

In another bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.

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Once milk has warmed up, add 2-3 tablespoons into the sifted milk and mix well. We’re making a bit of a matcha concentrate before putting it back into the pot of milk.

Take the matcha concentrate and pour it into the saucepan with the milk, using a strainer to prevent any matcha clumps. Stir to make matcha milk.

Add gelatin into the matcha milk and stir or whisk until completely melted and all matcha clumps are gone.

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Pour matcha milk mixture into tiny jars and let cool for a few minutes before moving them to the refrigerator to set. They’ll be ready to eat in 4-5 hours.

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Serve with fresh berries if you wish, but these mini matcha panna cottas are just as delicious as they are.

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Mini Matcha (Green Tea) Panna Cotta

By: Queenie Fok for Oh, How Civilized
Simple and tasty panna cotta made with matcha green tea.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Yield: 6 servings



  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon matcha
  • 1.5 teaspoons gelatin, unflavored
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch salt


  • Sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons water, set aside.
  • Pour milk, sugar, and salt into a small pot and bring to a low simmer.
  • In a bowl, sift matcha with a strainer then add 2–3 tablespoons of the warm milk and mix well. Place the strainer on the pot with the warm milk and pour the matcha milk mixture back into the pot.
  • Add gelatin into the matcha milk and stir until completely melted.
  • Pour the mixture into six mini jars. Let cool to room temperature before moving them to the fridge. It'll take 4–5 hours to set.
  • Optional: Serve with fresh berries.


Calories: 93Carbohydrates: 12gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 37mgPotassium: 107mgSugar: 12gVitamin A: 257IUCalcium: 92mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. How could one modify in order to use seaweed gelatin (agar) ? I cannot digest animal gelatin.
    Also, do you think almond milk would work?
    Great idea! I love panna cotta, and will try this lovely looking one very soon…

    1. Hi Rebecca, I’ve never used agar so I’m not sure I can help you with the modification. I worry about the almond milk separating but I would suggest you give it a try.

  2. I love the color that the matcha brings to these! It really pops next to the berries. I may try making this, perhaps kicking up the matcha for more an even more intense green.

    1. Hi Bhiravi, feel free to add in more matcha as you see fit. Adding more will definitely create a much brighter green color — but be careful not to add too much since it can be a caffeine overload.