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green pandan juice in a glass jar.

How to Make Pandan Juice and Extract

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  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Pandan is a special ingredient loved by many. Learn how to make pandan juice and pandan extract and how to use them in Thai and Asian cooking in just a few simple steps and using only 2 ingredients! 


  • 1 cup 4-5 fresh or frozen pandan leaves. Find these at Asian grocery stores  in the produce or frozen section
  • 1 1/2 cups water. Use room temperature water.


  • Wash fresh or frozen pandan leaves thoroughly. Cut the leaves into small pieces.
  • Blend the pandan leaves with water at high speed to create a semi-smooth pandan mixture. Semi-smooth because pandans are fibrous and will not turn completely smooth.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine strainer or cheesecloth to extract the juice.
  • Press down on the pandan pulp a bit, as there's a lot of green water log in the pandan fibers.
  • Pour the juice into a glass jar and use it right away for a recipe. Store the juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later use.

Making Pandan Extract

  • Follow the same steps for preparing pandan leaves as for making juice.
  • Blend the pandan leaves in a food processor with a little water until smooth.
  • Strain the liquid, then transfer the pandan water into a glass jar.
  • Let the liquid sit, covered, in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  • You'll see the 2 layers of greens; the top is light green, and the bottom thin layer is the extract! Carefully pour the top layer into another container until you are left with the dark green deposit. That is your homemade extract! The concentrated pandan paste-like liquid.
  • Store the pandan extract in a covered container in the refrigerator.


  • The more mature pandan leaves are tougher to blitz through if fresh pandan leaves are used. The old pandan leaves are more fibrous and tough to work with. Cut them into smaller pieces before blending them in the food processor. You'll run into this situation only if you use fresh pandan, not frozen ones from the store.
  • If your pandan water or extract taste is too strong, add a small amount to help dilute it.
  • Fresh pandan leaves can be hard to come by. If you are able to find some at your local Asian grocery store, buy a few, wash them well, and freeze some for later use. You can cut the long pandan leaves into small sizes or fold them into shorter pieces to fit into ziplock bags to freeze.  
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: none
  • Category: easy
  • Method: food processor
  • Cuisine: Thai