Egg Drop Soup

Get ready to savor in the comforting flavors of our healthy Egg Drop Soup recipe, a classic Chinese dish that’s both simple to make and utterly delicious! With a light and delicate chicken broth infused with silky beaten eggs, this recipe comes together in under 6 minutes using common ingredients you likely already have at home!

Chinese style egg drop soup served in a white bowl topped with green onions being scooped out with a Chinese style soup spoon.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re a fan of the delicate, light flavors of Chinese-style restaurant egg drop soup, then you’ll love this recipe! Crafted with a simple base similar to our beloved Chinese Shrimp Egg Drop Soup and using the same technique found in our Egg Drop Miso Soup to create ribbon-like eggs, this soup mirrors the authentic Chinese-style restaurant version perfectly!

What makes this soup special is its authentic delicate taste that is made with real, natural ingredients you can find anywhere. In just 6 minutes, you can enjoy a bowl of savory soup with hints of white pepper, perfect for anyone craving a quick and delicious homemade meal. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to recreate this classic dish in your own kitchen!



  • Chicken Broth – chicken stock that comes in a can or tetra pack found at grocery stores. Can also use low sodium chicken broth if preferred.
  • Eggs – beaten.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free and coconut aminos for keto.  
  • Salt  sea salt preferred.
  • White Pepper – ground White Pepper in a bottle.
  • Thickener – corn starch slurry, Xanthan Gum for low carb, or thickener of choice.
  • Green Onion – sliced green onion scallion.

🍗 Chicken Broth Ingredient Note

Preferably opt for Chinese-Style Chicken Broth, found at Chinese supermarkets. Chinese-style broth differs from Western-style broth in its preparation, offering a unique flavor profile.

Chinese style egg drop soup served in a white bowl topped with green onions being scooped out with a Chinese style soup spoon.


Step 1 Begin by combining chicken broth, soy sauce, and white pepper in a pot, bringing it to a gentle boil. Add your choice of thickener and mix well, then reduce to a simmer.


🥄 Corn Starch Pro Tip

If using Corn Starch Slurry as a thickener, prepare a mixture of 1 Tablespoon of Corn Starch and 2 Tablespoons of Water in a mixing bowl. Gradually add this mixture to your sauce until it thickens to your liking.

💡 Restaurant Flavoring Pro Tip

If you want that exact restaurant-style flavor, consider adding a light sprinkle of MSG to enhance the flavor.

Step 2 Slowly pour in beaten eggs while whisking, and finish by ladling the soup into bowls and topping it with chopped or sliced green onions.

Eggs being streamed in pot.

🧂 Seasoning Pro Tip

Adjust seasoning with additional Salt or White Pepper according to your preference for a perfectly balanced flavor profile.

Pairing Recommendations

This Egg Drop Soup pairs wonderfully with other Chinese-inspired dishes, such as Black Pepper Chicken or Kung Pao Chicken, along with a vibrant stir-fried vegetable dish like Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry.

Chinese style egg drop soup served in a white bowl topped with green onions being scooped out with a Chinese style soup spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I achieve the classic ribbon-like texture of the eggs in Egg Drop Soup?

To achieve the classic ribbon-like texture of the eggs in Egg Drop Soup, simply whisk the soup while streaming in the eggs slowly.

Can I freeze leftover Egg Drop Soup for later consumption?

Yes, you can freeze leftover Egg Drop Soup for later consumption. Simply freeze it in single-size servings, and it will maintain its quality in the freezer for 4-5 months, allowing you to enjoy this delightful soup at your convenience.

What are some recommended garnishes to enhance the presentation of the soup?

The recommended garnish is finely chopped green onions.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, use an airtight container in the fridge, where it will remain fresh for 5-7 days.

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Chinese style egg drop soup served in a white bowl topped with green onions, top down shot.

Egg Drop Soup

This healthy egg drop soup recipe delivers authentic Chinese flavors with a light and delicate broth and ribbon-like eggs. Quick and easy to make at home, it's a perfect option for a nutritious and comforting meal.
4.60 from 15 votes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: healthy egg drop soup
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2 Bowls
Print Recipe
Calories: 20kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for egg drop soup.
  • Beat eggs in a bowl.
    Beaten eggs.
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
    Sliced green onions.
  • Heat chicken broth in a large stove top pot over medium heat. Add soy sauce, salt, white pepper and xanthan gum and bring to boil.
    Egg drop soup base in pot.
  • When chicken broth reaches a boil, turn off heat and immediately stream eggs into the pot while stirring soup slowly in a circle. Ladle soup in bowls, top with green onions and serve hot!
    Eggs being streamed in pot.


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 770mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. I just made the egg drop soup, but using chicken bone broth instead (it is what I had on hand). Not really a fan so will try the chicken broth you suggest next time. Or did it need more soy sauce? I know egg drop soup should be very light in flavor. I really like the ease of this recipe and it warms the tummy which will be a plus in the coming winter months.

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Marla!

      The kind of broth you use for this soup is going to influence the taste greatly. From my understanding, chicken bone broth is just chicken, so it’s going to taste very light/flavorless. Where as chicken broth is mixed in with vegetables providing more flavors and the tastes of egg drop soup. More so, the ‘Asian’ canned chicken broth has more flavor because it’s loaded with MSG. So you can use either Asian or American chicken broth, but just make sure it’s broth.

      For extra soy sauce, I wouldn’t recommend that because the main flavors are chicken broth and white pepper, so adding more soy sauce would throw the balance off. I hope that answers your question!

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