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Dalgona Coffee Recipe (original + Keto version)

Learn the quick and simple process of making Dalgona Coffee (whipped coffee)! Includes the original and keto versions.

Dalgona Coffee Recipe on a gray table

I’ll admit that I’ve only been drinking Dalgona Coffee for about a year (give or take). A friend of mine told me about it and showed me how to make it. A year later and I’ve made it countless times!

Dalgona Coffee Recipe on a gray table

Things to know before you make or try this Dalgona Coffee recipe:

  1. The “coffee” part of the drink is whipped, which is what makes this drink special. I personally think it’s almost like a dessert and I enjoy it both in the morning or as a “treat” during the day.
  2. The whipped coffee is strong. Very strong. Which I happen to like. But even if you don’t, the milk or cream portion balances it out nicely. You can always add more of one or the other to make it just how you like it.
  3. It’s incredibly simple to make. Yes, more effort than a regular cup of joe. But it’s still very easy and only takes a few minutes of whipping time.
  4. This Dalgona coffee recipe uses just 4 ingredients: instant coffee, hot water, granulated sugar, and milk or cream. All things you probably keep in the fridge and pantry already!
  5. The “recipe” is easy to remember: 2+2+2 each of instant coffee, hot water, and sugar (in tablespoons). But really, as long as you’re using equal parts of each, the recipe will work. For example, sometimes I’ll do 3+3+3 and adjust the milk or cream to how I prefer it.
  6. Try swapping brown sugar for the white – it adds a much deeper flavor that I love!
Dalgona Coffee Recipe on a gray table with a spoonful of the whipped coffee

How can I turn this Dalgona Coffee recipe into a keto version?

It’s so simple to make this recipe keto! I eat keto the vast majority of the time so that’s usually the way I drink mine. For the granulated sugar, just swap it out for Swerve (or any other granulated erythritol, monk fruit sweetener, etc.) Then use heavy cream in place of the milk. Add a little water if it’s too rich for your tastes.

What to use for whipping the coffee?

A hand mixer is the fastest but I often don’t want to pull mine out just for a quick coffee. You can use a regular whisk which also works fine, if a bit more work. What I personally use is an egg beater. Yes, they works great for eggs, but they have so many other uses! I’ve used egg beaters for everything from cake batter to dips to my Keto Chow. I’ve had one for quite a few years now and it still works great.

Dalgona Coffee Recipe on a gray table with a spoonful of the whipped coffee

If you make this Dalgona Coffee recipe at home, I’d love to see your pics! Tag me on all social channels at @thewickednoodle. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and pics!

Since you’re clearly a coffee lover, don’t miss these Olive Oil Coffee and Affogato recipes. One of my all-time favorite desserts and SO simple!

Dalgona Coffee Recipe on a gray table

Dalgona Coffee (Whipped Coffee)

Yield: 1-2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Milk or cream is topped with whipped and sweetened instant coffee for the perfect wake-up drink or an afternoon treat!


  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk or heavy cream


  1. Place the coffee, hot water, and sugar in a small dish. Using a hand mixer, egg beater or whisk, beat or whisk the mixture until it's thick and frothy.
  2. Pour the milk into a glass (with ice if you prefer). Spoon the whipped coffee mixture over the milk. Stir to blend.


Almond or soy milk, etc. will also work fine.

For Keto: Use heavy cream for the dairy. Use any granulated keto-friendly sweetener you prefer (I like Swerve).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 0gSugar: 38gProtein: 9g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix and is based on the entire recipe.

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