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Savory Carrageenan Custard

Savory Carrageenan Custard

Carrageenan is a vegan gelling ingredient  known for its gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. This special recipe takes advantage of these characteristics with a savory and flavorful custard.

  Total Time: 45 Min 

  Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 500 grams milk, about 2 cups

  • 1-2 poblano peppers, roughly diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly diced
  • Salt and pepper
    5 grams iota carrageenan, 1%
  • Raspberries for garnish

How to Make It:

Step 1:


Place a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the coriander, peppercorns, cumin, and cloves and toast until fragrant, just a few minutes.

Step 2:


Pour the milk into a pot and add the spices, peppers, and garlic. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching, and bring to a boil.

Step 3:


Once it boils, blend with an immersion blender until slightly pureed. Remove from the heat and let steep for 20 to 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4:


Strain the milk, for the finest texture. Return the milk to the pot and add the iota carrageenan and blend well with an immersion blender. Bring to a boil and blend for 30 to 60 seconds.

Step 5:


Remove from the heat and pour into molds.

Step 6:

Let cool at room temperature, or in an ice bath, then place in the refrigerator to finish setting.

Step 7:

Once fully set the gel can be decorated with raspberries. The gel should last for several days covered in the refrigerator.

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