This easy egg drop soup is a simple dish made with beaten eggs, green onions, ginger and corn, all in a complex and savory broth. A classic dish that tastes even better than what you’d get at a restaurant!
Whenever I go to my favorite Chinese restaurant for lunch, I am offered a bowl of egg drop soup to start my meal. This soup has minimal ingredients, but they all come together to make a final product that’s full of flavor.
How do you make egg drop soup?
Start by placing chicken broth, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and seasonings in a pot. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then add a slurry of cornstarch and chicken broth to the pot. Slowly stir in eggs until ribbons form, making the “egg drops”. Add corn and green onions, and stir to combine. Garnish the soup with more green onions, then serve and enjoy.
Tips for the perfect dish
- Use a whisk to stir the soup in a circular motion as you pour in the beaten eggs. This will give you the long, lacy egg ribbons that you get at a restaurant.
- This is a very simple dish, so the quality of the ingredients really matter. I recommend using a high quality organic chicken broth, or if you have homemade chicken broth, that’s even better!
- I find that this soup is best served immediately, as it will continue to thicken as it cools. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, then reheat over low heat on the stove top.
- This recipe calls for toasted sesame oil, which can be found in the international foods aisle of most grocery stores.
Is egg drop soup healthy?
This soup is naturally low in calories and fat, which makes it a good choice for a healthy diet. To make this dish even healthier, you can use low sodium chicken broth and low sodium soy sauce to keep the salt content down. You can also add an asssortment of veggies to the soup to increase its nutritional value.
What makes egg drop soup thick?
Cornstarch is the thickening agent in this soup. It’s important to mix your cornstarch with cold broth to make the slurry, then slowly whisk it into the soup so that you don’t end up with lumps. Bring the soup to a simmer to activate the cornstarch so that the soup will thicken properly.
While this dish is delicious as-is, you can add other ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.
- Protein: Feel free to stir in some cubed tofu, or cooked meat or seafood including pork, chicken or shrimp.
- Vegetables: Add in a variety of colorful vegetables such as sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, zucchini, bok choy or spinach.
- Flavorings: Stir in additional flavor with some sriracha, minced garlic, ground white pepper, chopped cilantro or add a pinch of sugar for a sweet and savory note.
Skip the take out and make this egg drop soup at home instead. You’ll certainly be glad you did!
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Egg Drop Soup
- 4 cups chicken broth divided use
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger finely grated or minced
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1/3 cup corn kernels
- 1/4 cup green onions sliced, plus more for garnish
- Whisk together 1/4 cup of chicken broth with the cornstarch until smooth. Set aside.
- Place the rest of the broth, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
- Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, then turn the heat back down to medium.
- Use a spoon to slowly stir the soup in a circular motion, while streaming in the beaten eggs at the same time.
- Stir in the corn and green onions and cook for 1 more minute. Serve, garnished with additional green onions if desired.