Egg Drop Soup

This restaurant-style Egg Drop Soup recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make, and it’s my absolute fave.

Growing up, my family had a tradition of eating lunch at our local little Chinese restaurant every single Saturday.  And every single Saturday — like, we’re talking nearly two decades of Saturdays here — I would order “the usual.”

Egg drop soup.  


I absolutely adore a good bowl of egg drop soup.  It was my favorite food in the whole entire world as a kid.  And today, it still remains as one of the most comforting, nostalgic, delicious soups I know.

Sadly, though, our amazing little neighborhood restaurant back in Wichita closed down back when I was in college.  And I was missing our regular Saturday visits anyway, now being away at college.  So I did what any nerdy college student would do and went to the library, checked out a few cookbooks, brought them back to our dorm’s tiny kitchen, and figured out how the heck to make homemade egg drop soup myself!  (Yep, I was definitely that girl on our floor.)

Thankfully, egg drop soup is incredibly easy to make, and also very friendly for a college student’s budget. All you need are a handful of simple ingredients, about 15 minutes (tops) in the kitchen, and a quick tip for how to drizzle those beautiful egg ribbons.  Then a delicious batch of soup can simmering on the stove and ready to be served in no time.  It works great as an easy appetizer or side dish.  Or, if you’re obsessed with egg drop soup like me, you can just serve yourself up a big bowl and happily make an entire meal out of it.  You do you.

Let’s make some egg drop soup!

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So What Is Egg Drop Soup?

In case this recipe is new to you, egg drop soup is a staple at Chinese restaurants across the United States.  It’s typically made with lightly-seasoned chicken or veggie broth, and filled with delicious egg “ribbons”, which are created by whisking raw eggs into the simmering broth.

Egg Drop Soup Ingredients:

To make this homemade egg drop soup recipe, you will need:

  • Good-quality chicken or vegetable stock: Either will do.
  • Cornstarch: To thicken the broth a bit.
  • Seasonings: Just a pinch of ground ginger, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
  • Eggs: Which we will whisk and then drizzle into the soup.
  • Sesame oil: Absolutely essential in this recipe, and also one of my favorite ingredients!
  • Green onions: Thinly sliced, to mix into the soup and also use as a garnish.
  • Whole-kernel corn: Totally optional, but I love the extra flavor and texture it adds.

How To Make Egg Drop Soup:

To make egg drop soup, simply:

  1. Prepare your stock: Whisk the stock, cornstarch, ginger and garlic powder together until combined before turning on the heat.  It’s essential that the broth is room temperature or cooler, otherwise the cornstarch will clump up and not dissolve.
  2. Bring the stock to a simmer: Stirring occasionally.  While this is heating, go ahead and whisk together your eggs in a separate measuring cup or bowl.
  3. Slowly stir in the eggs: Once your stock has come to a simmer, use a whisk or a fork to begin stirring the stock round and round to create a slow “whirlpool”.  Then gradually drizzle in the eggs as you continue to stir the stock, and they will turn into those magical little ribbons.  Remove pan from heat.
  4. Add remaining ingredients.  Stir in the sesame oil, green onions and corn (if using) until combined.  Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve warm. Garnished with extra green onions, if you’d like.

What To Serve With Egg Drop Soup:

This soup would be delicious when served with:

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Egg Drop Soup

This restaurant-style Egg Drop Soup recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make, and it’s my absolute fave.


  • 4 cups good-quality chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, plus extra for garnish
  • (optional) 1/4 cup whole-kernel corn or creamed corn
  • fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper, to taste


  1. Whisk together stock (chilled or room-temperature), cornstarch, ginger and garlic powder in a medium sauce pan until smooth. Heat over high heat until the stock comes to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and egg whites in a small measuring cup or bowl. (I find the measuring cup easier for pouring.)
  3. Once the broth reaches a simmer, use a fork or a whisk to stir the broth in a circular motion, creating a “whirlpool.” Then slowly pour the whisked eggs into the soup as you continue stirring, in order to create long egg ribbons.
  4. Remove pan from heat.  Stir in the sesame oil, green onions and corn (optional) until combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, also adding a dash or two of more sesame oil if needed.
  5. Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional green onions.
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  2. Thank you so much this is perfect and turned out very good!!!

    Rating: 5
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  4. Sounds so yummy but I have a sesame allergy :( any substitutes?!

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  7. Can I make this ahead of time and chill, then reheat later? Can leftovers be frozen?

  8. I used tapioca starch. The soup doesn’t separate. This recipe is perfect.

    Rating: 5
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