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Vegetarian Panna Cotta With Agar Agar

This panna cotta is made with agar agar, a vegetarian gelatin substitute made from red algae.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Stefani


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon agar agar powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 teaspoons vanilla bean paste substitute with vanilla extract; 8 teaspoons = 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons


  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium high heat and stir occasionally until the agar agar has dissolved completely, about 15 minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a rapid boil.
  • Let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes at room temperature and divide into four ramekins or silicone molds.
  • Refrigerate until the panna cotta sets, 2-3 hours.
  • Serve cold, garnished with macerated strawberries, fresh fruit, fresh mint, or fresh lavender.


While I love the look of vanilla bean specks in my dessert, vanilla extract will work perfectly well.
I made my panna cotta recipe by modifying one from Linden Tea.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 286mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1171IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 1mg