Easy Chinese Egg Drop Soup

November 10, 2021

Prepare hearty and delicious Egg Drop Soup in just 15 minutes. Here is the easy and healthy soup recipe!

Egg Drop Soup, one of the classic dishes of Chinese cuisine, is a kind of chicken broth soup. It is prepared with a few ingredients such as eggs, chicken broth and starch. Like wonton soup and hot and sour soup, this soup is served as a starter in many Asian restaurants.

There are several versions of this soup. The classic recipe can be made suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets. It can also be customized by adding protein or vegetables. If you haven't tried this great Chinese dish before, try this keto-friendly Egg Drop Soup recipe now. Bon Appetit.

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Taste Score: %75
Difficulty Easy
Servings 6 people
Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 15 mins

Tips

  • Use starch to thicken the soup. It also helps keep eggs soft.
  • Use cornstarch or potato starch as a starch. Add it to the soup by mixing it with 1/3 cup of water or stock.
  • Make sure to use room temperature or warm meat or vegetable stock. Otherwise, the starch will clump together and will not dissolve.
  • Add the eggs gradually, do not mix. In this way, the eggs do not disperse.
  • Use ginger and scallions to add flavor to the soup. Add the ginger in slices and remove it after the soup is cooked.
  • Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make the recipe vegan. Remove the egg. Add tofu as a protein.
  • Use tamari sauce or gluten-free soy sauce instead of soy sauce to make the recipe gluten-free.
  • Drizzle the soup with a few drops of sesame oil before serving. This gives the eggs a silky texture.
  • Add Sriracha sauce or paprika to spice up the soup.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix cornstarch with ½ cup of chicken stock. Stir them in a saucepan until the cornstarch dissolves.
  2. Bring the remaining chicken stock to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.
  3. Add the cornstarch slurry to the chicken stock mixture and cook over low heat.
  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Slowly add the beaten eggs to the stock mixture. While adding the eggs, stir the soup in one direction with a whisk or fork. The egg will spread out into ribbons.
  5. Then add the ginger, soy sauce, salt, white pepper and chili flakes to the pot.
  6. Turn off the stove. Take the soup in a bowl and garnish with a few chopped green onions.
  7. Serve it hot.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Egg Drop Soup
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories74
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.9 g5%
Cholesterol 112 mg37.3%
Sodium 1300 mg56.5%
Protein 4.8 g9.6%
Potassium 93 mg2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What is Egg Drop Soup?

‘Egg Drop’ is a chicken broth-based soup usually thickened with cornstarch and flavored with soy sauce, ginger and scallions. This Chinese soup is made by cooking a raw egg in a hot chicken stock.

There are many varieties of Egg Drop Soup. The classic recipe is used with chicken broth. However, it can also be prepared with vegetable broth. Chicken, shrimp or tofu can be added as protein. Corn, mushrooms, bok choy can be added as vegetables. You can use gluten-free soy sauce to make this recipe gluten-free.

How to Make the Best Egg Drop Soup?

To make this soup at home:

  1. Prepare chicken/vegetable broth. You can prepare the stock yourself at home or buy ready-made.
  2. Dissolve the starch. Mix the cornstarch and water/stock and dissolve it completely. In this step, make sure that the broth is at room temperature or colder.
  3. Bring the remaining chicken stock to a boil. Heat remaining chicken/vegetable stock, stirring occasionally.
  4. Beat the eggs. For this recipe, whisk raw eggs in a bowl.
  5. Add the eggs to the stock. When the stock comes to a boil, continue stirring the stock and gradually add the eggs. Use a whisk or fork when stirring the soup.
  6. Season the soup. Add salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper and sesame oil.
  7. Take the pot off the stove. Serve the soup hot, garnishing with green onions.

What to Serve with Egg Drop Soup?

This easy Egg Drop Soup goes well with many dishes. It can be served with delicacies from Asian cuisine in particular. You can serve it with crispy noodles, fresh scallion or bean sprouts.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Egg Drop Soup:

How to Store Egg Drop Soup?

How Long Does Egg Drop Soup Store in the Refrigerator? This soup recipe should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 3-4 days when stored this way. To store the soup in the refrigerator, let it cool at room temperature. Then place it in airtight containers.

Can Egg Drop Soup Be Frozen? No. Freezing is not recommended for this recipe because of using eggs. When eggs are frozen and reheated, their texture and flavor will deteriorate.

How to Reheat Egg Drop Soup?

In this recipe, the texture and flavor are lost when the eggs are reheated. Therefore, it is recommended to be consumed immediately. However, it can be reheated on the stove or in the microwave.

When reheating this soup, be careful not to heat it too high. Otherwise, the scrambled eggs may become rubbery. For best results, it's best to reheat your soup over low heat, stirring slowly.

When using a stovetop to heat your soup, you can reheat the eggs over medium-low heat, make sure not to overmix. While reheating in the microwave, cook in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds and keep the heat low.

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