Matcha Panna Cotta

Experience the deliciousness of my Matcha Panna Cotta recipe, a Japanese twist on the classic Italian dessert infused with the vibrant flavors of matcha! This creamy and elegant treat is not only easy to prepare but also incorporates the goodness of real matcha powder. If you’re searching for a simple yet impressive dessert that’s both delicious and healthy, look no further. Let’s dive into the world of matcha and create something truly delightful together!

Matcha panna cotta served in a glass cup topped with whipping cream and a mint leave.

Why I Love This Recipe

What makes my recipe so special to me is its delightful simplicity and the use of real matcha powder, delivering true Japanese authenticity just like in my Matcha Creme Frappuccino and Matcha Basque Burnt Cheesecake! It’s my Japanese take on the classic Italian panna cotta, resulting in a delicate and light dessert infused with the earthy goodness of matcha! Creating it is a breeze, combine the base mixture, add matcha, mix with gelatin, and let it set in the fridge for 4 hours, similar to my Japanese Coffee Jelly.

The taste? Creamy, sweet, with a gentle earthy matcha flavor, akin to my Japanese Custard Pudding but with that irresistible matcha twist. This healthy dessert is for anyone seeking an easy, delicious, and authentic Japanese treat without the need for baking. Go ahead, whip it up, and savor the matcha magic today!



  • Heavy Cream – heavy whipping cream or whipping cream will work for this recipe.
  • Milk – can also use your choice of milk or milk alternative. Coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk etc.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Gelatin – unflavored Gelatin used to make jelly. Can be found at your local supermarket.
  • Matcha Powder – green tea leaves that have been ground into a powder. Culinary grade Matcha Powder will work for this recipe but you can also use ceremonial grade premium matcha if preferred. 
  • Vanilla Extract – concentrated flavors of Vanilla found in baking section of grocery stores.

🍵 Matcha Ingredient Note

Since the color isn’t a significant factor in this recipe, use Culinary Grade Matcha, offering the same great taste at a more affordable price point compared to ceremonial matcha.

Matcha panna cotta served in a glass cup topped with whipping cream and a mint leave, side angle shot.


Step 1 Combine gelatin and water in a mixing bowl to allow to bloom.

Gelatin bloomed with water.

Step 2 Start by heating a mixture of heavy cream, milk, and your preferred sweetener in a saucepan while stirring frequently.

Heavy cream boiled in a sauce pan.

🍲 Heating Pro Tip

Avoid a Full Boil. As soon as it softly boils, remove it from the heat source.

Step 3 Add Matcha powder to the saucepan and whisk it thoroughly to dissolve.

Matcha with heavy cream in a sauce pan.

Step 4 Mix in the gelatin mixture that has been previously bloomed in water and add vanilla extract, stirring to combine.

Matcha panna cotta mix in a sauce pan.

Step 5 Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into 6 dessert cups or ramekins and refrigerate until the mixture sets, which typically takes about 4 hours.

Matcha panna cotta mix being strained.

🍮 Garnishing Pro Tip

Serve with Whipped Cream and top it with Strawberries or your choice of Fresh Berries.

Pairing Recommendations

Consider pairing this with other matcha desserts like Matcha Chocolate Macadamia Nuts. The rich matcha flavor of the nuts perfectly complements the creamy texture of the panna cotta. For a delightful beverage pairing, you can opt for a light Iced Matcha Latte or a comforting Hot Matcha Latte.

Matcha panna cotta served in a glass cup topped with whipping cream and a mint leave being scooped up with a spoon, top down shot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this matcha dessert healthy?

This matcha dessert is considered healthy because it is crafted with matcha, a vibrant green tea powder that offers numerous health benefits. Matcha is renowned for its high concentration of antioxidants, particularly catechins like EGCG, which may contribute to improved metabolism, reduced oxidative stress, and potential protection against chronic diseases. Additionally, matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and mental alertness. The combination of these healthful components makes this matcha dessert not only delicious but also a nutritious treat.

How can I prevent lumps when mixing in the matcha powder?

To avoid lumps when incorporating matcha powder, you can sift the powder in using a fine mesh strainer. This straining process effectively filters out any larger clumps of matcha.

What is the ideal serving size for this Matcha Panna Cotta?

The ideal serving size is approximately 8 ounces of the matcha mixture per serving. This portion provides a delightful balance of flavors and textures for each serving.

Storage Tips

Make sure to store cover with in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Matcha panna cotta served in a glass cup topped with whipping cream and a mint leave.

Matcha Panna Cotta

Experience the rich and creamy world of Matcha Panna Cotta, a matcha dessert masterpiece that's a true delight for your taste buds! Discover the perfect balance of flavors with this matcha treat!
5 from 8 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Japanese, Worldwide
Keyword: green tea panna cotta, matcha dessert, matcha panna cotta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Print Recipe
Calories: 305kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for matcha panna cotta.
  • In a medium sauce pan, heat heavy cream, milk and sweetener stirring frequently until boiling point. Once heavy cream reaches boiling point, remove from heat immediately.
    Heavy cream boiled in a sauce pan.
  • Meanwhile, mix the gelatin with water in a small mixing bowl until combined.
    Gelatin bloomed with water.
  • Add Matcha into the medium sauce pan and whisk to fully dissolve the powder.
    Heavy cream boiled in a sauce pan.
  • Mix in the gelatin and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
    Matcha panna cotta mix in a sauce pan.
  • Use a strainer to strain the mixture into 6 dessert cups. This ensures a smooth panna cotta without any lumps.
    Matcha panna cotta mix being strained.
  • Refrigerate until mixture hardens (about 4 hours).
    Matcha panna cotta.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. Christine Cuff

    I’m so thrilled I came across your website this morning! I’ve been missing Asian food, especially Japanese, ever since I decided to go low carb/ Keto 4 months ago.

    • LowCarbingAsian

      So glad you found us!! That’s exactly why we started this website! We never could find any keto/low carb Asian recipes, so we just decided to make our own recipes/website!! We still have plenty of recipes to get to, so make sure you check back often!!

  2. Would it be okay to use 3 cups of heavy cream instead of 2 cups heavy cream + 1 cup half and half? I’d like to cut out carbs where I can, but I’m wondering if that substitution will ruin the texture. Excited to try this one out–especially now that I finally have ground matcha powder! Thank you! 🙂

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