Egg drop soup is one of the most popular recipes found in Chinese restaurants. It’s full of broth, eggs, green onions, and spices. Making egg drop soup without all of the added ingredients like cornstarch and MSG is one of the easiest soups. The best part is it is an incredibly tasty soup with minimal ingredients! You can have a main course or side dish within 5 minutes by using this delicious homemade egg drop soup recipe. Jump To Recipe
In my household we don’t like to order food from restaurants because we love to know exactly what is in our food. Anytime we crave a particular dish that we used to get from a restaurant we like to figure out healthy and creative ways to make it at home. Restaurant style egg drop soup is a staple in our house since it is so easy and delicious. The good thing is it also has so many simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. The entire family loves it too!
I also love the fact that this classic egg drop soup can be nourishing for those times of year when the common cold hits our home. I love to add things like healing bone broth, spices, herbs, pasture raised raw eggs, and green onions. Most recipes I’ve searched online contain corn starch, but we’ve perfected this recipe so you can skip out on the cornstarch if it’s not your thing. I prefer to stay away from corn as much as possible since most corn grown is GMO and highly sprayed with pesticides.
Why Egg Drop Soup
I don’t know about you but I love quick and healthy dinners during the week. This homemade egg drop soup takes a total of 5-10 minutes and is even approved by my children. If your kids are anything like mine, they are always a little skeptical of soup recipes. I’m happy to say they LOVE this soup recipe.
Different Variations of Egg Drop Soup
I love that egg drop soup can have many variations, so that you can really personalize it to what your family likes. I’ve seen some people add wonton strips to their egg drop soup, which i’m sure is delicious. Be careful though, wonton strips can have hidden ingredients that aren’t nourishing for the body. This is a great recipe I found using cassava flour and olive oil!
Another great thing that can be added is sesame oil to really give it an oriental flavor. We haven’t tried this variation but I know sesame oil does add a great nutty taste to dishes. A lot of people are against seed oils, which I agree aren’t the best but if it’s the only bad thing in a recipe every now and then I’m fine with it! I’ve used this sesame oil before.
While we use our homemade rabbit bone broth most people like to use a vegetable broth for this recipe. I’ve seen this brand which can be found at the grocery store and I like that it has clean ingredients, some vegetable broths don’t necessarily have the best ingredients. You can also use homemade chicken broth, beef broth, or any broth you have on hand.
This is a great soy sauce alternative that can be added to egg drop soup. We personally don’t like the soy taste in our soup but for those who do, coconut aminos would be a great option. If you prefer traditional soy sauce, this brand is great. That way you don’t have to worry about the soybeans being GMO and sprayed with pesticides since most are in the US.
Now I know this is sort of untraditional but I’ve seen others add mushrooms, zucchini, and bok choy to their egg drop soup. I personally like to stick to traditional recipes and keep it close to the real thing as much as possible, but that’s just me! It can be a great way to get some vegetables in for the whole family as well.
Freshly grated ginger pairs with this soup recipe perfectly! It gives it that nice zing that Chinese recipes have. I also love the anti-inflammatory benefits we get from consuming ginger! Ginger is also great for warming the body during the cold winter months. Powdered ginger can be used in place of grated ginger, that is what we use.
Tips For The Perfect Egg Drop Soup
There are a few tips when it comes to making egg drop soup. You don’t want to just throw everything in the pot and expect the best. Here are a few things we found helpful when we first made this recipe.
Don’t Whisk The Eggs In The Pot
Ask me how I know lol! When I first tried the recipe I just poured the eggs in and whisked them in the pot…wrong mistake! We ended up eating what my kids called “popcorn soup” because the eggs came out scrambled within the soup…and looked like popcorn.
After you whisk your eggs in the bowl, slowly pour and slowly stir in a circular motion. If you stir too fast you may end up with popcorn soup like mentioned before
Add Desired Liquid for Consistency
Some people like their soup thicker than others. I like mine with medium consistency. If you like a thicker soup you can try adding in an extra egg. This is usually why people add in cornstarch, to thicken the soup up. But cornstarch is not necessary for a thicker soup if you add an extra egg. If you prefer a more watery soup you can try adding more broth.
Common Ingredients You Will Need For Egg Drop Soup
- Organic Broth (vegetable stock, chicken broth, beef broth etc.)
- Pasture raised large eggs
- Green onions
- Ginger Powder or Fresh Ginger
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Celery Seed Powder
- Cajun Seasoning (we love this one, or you can just use a dash or two of cayenne, white pepper or black pepper . Omit if you don’t like spice)
- Kosher salt (we personally like Real Salt)
Let’s Get Started!
- 32 oz Organic Broth (vegetable, chicken, beef, or rabbit broth)
- 2-3 Pasture Raised Eggs
- 1/2 Green Onion
- 1/4 tsp Ginger Powder
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 Onion Powder
- A pinch of Celery Seed Powder
- Add to taste- Cajun Seasoning (we love this one, or you can just use a dash or two of cayenne. Omit if you don’t like spice)
- Kosher salt (we personally like Real Salt) add to taste.
- Put 32 oz of broth in a medium pan and bring to a simmer
- Add ginger, garlic, onion, celery seed powder, cajun seasoning and salt to broth.
- Add 2-3 pasture raised eggs to a bowl and whisk while waiting for your broth to simmer
- When the broth is has at a high simmer, add your egg mixture while stiring in a circular motion until eggs look cooked
- Add green onions and let sit for a minute
- Take off the fire, serve, and enjoy!
You can double or triple this recipe if you have a large family. I have a family of 4 and we double this recipe if we are eating it as a main dish.
You can also make a triple batch of this soup and freeze it for an easy dinner one night. It’s also great to have on hand for post surgery, for a common cold, sore throat or to share with a postpartum mom. I like to enjoy this easy soup on those cold winter days when it’s rainy, it’s the best way to set the mood! Nothing like getting cozy in your own home with a small bowl of your own egg drop soup!
Have you ever made egg drop soup? What are some things you like to add to yours? Let me know in the comments below!