How to Make Egg Drop Soup at Home

Making egg drop soup at home is a breeze with this simple and efficient recipe. In just 15 minutes, you can whip up a bowl of this delectable, light, and nutritious soup that’s brimming with flavor. 


The process is straightforward, making it accessible even for novice cooks. With basic kitchen ingredients, you’ll have a comforting and satisfying dish that rivals any restaurant version. The delicate ribbons of beaten egg swimming in a savory broth create a texture that’s both silky and satisfying.

This recipe showcases how homemade meals can be both quick and incredibly flavorful, offering a delightful culinary experience that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just starting your culinary journey, this egg drop soup is a must-try, promising a taste of authentic, homemade comfort.

Now, there are varying levels of fame with all things. But this homemade egg drop soup recipe is up in the higher tier in my little world. I have received countless recipe requests for it over the years. It is the one recipe I keep promising myself I will put on my website if only to be able to pass on a link when folks ask for it! And here it is.

Ingredients Needed To Make Egg Drop Soup

  • Cornstarch
  • Chicken broth
  • Ground ginger
  • Garlic salt
  • Beaten eggs
  • White vinegar
  • Dark sesame oil
  • Mushrooms
  • Green onion

How to Make Egg Drop Soup at Home

In a large saucepan, stir together cornstarch, broth, ginger, and garlic salt.

Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.

Reduce heat to medium-low.

Slowly pour the beaten egg into the boiling broth, stirring with a fork, until the eggs are cooked (approximately 1 minute).

Stir in vinegar and sesame oil.

Top with mushrooms and green onion.

How To Store Egg Drop Soup

  • This is a dish best served immediately. However, when stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the leftover soup will last for about 4 days. Reheat it on low heat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • I don’t recommend freezing the soup as it just ruins the texture

Commonly Asked Questions

The main ingredients in egg drop soup are eggs, chicken broth, cornstarch, seasonings, and sliced green onions on top.

What is egg drop soup?

Egg drop soup is a healthy Chinese soup recipe that includes beaten eggs cooked in chicken broth. It’s usually paired with sliced green onion on top.

Is egg drop soup healthy?

Yes, egg drop soup is considered a healthy recipe. It’s low-calorie but packed full of protein and flavor.

Egg drop makes you feel better when you’re sick for 2 main reasons. Firstly, your stuffy sinuses will love the steamy broth. Secondly, the egg gives you the perfect boost of protein without weighing you down, compared to a heavy meat dish.

Why is Chinese egg drop soup so thick?

The chicken stock and cornstarch combine to make a thick soup broth.

What country is egg drop soup from?

It’s a traditional Chinese soup recipe.

How do you make tomato egg drop soup?

You’ll need 1 large or 2 small tomatoes, cut into chunks. Saute them in the pot for about 5 minutes until soft. Then continue with the recipe as instructed.

How do you make wonton soup?

First, prep the broth as instructed. But before you add the eggs, stir in about 10 ounces of frozen wontons (a.k.a Chinese dumplings). Let them cook for about 5 to 6 minutes, then continue with the recipe. Alternatively, top your soup with fried wonton strips.

How do you serve the soup?

The soup is the perfect main dish. But you can also serve it as a side dish with another Asian-inspired meal. Some options include:

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Egg Drop Soup

Learn how to make egg drop soup with this quick and easy recipe. It takes just 15 minutes to make this light and healthy soup from scratch.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: egg, soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 84.3kcal


  • 1.5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion


  • In a large saucepan, stir together cornstarch, broth, ginger, and garlic salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low.
    1.5 tablespoons cornstarch, 4 cups chicken broth, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Slowly pour eggs into the broth mixture, stirring with a fork, until the eggs are cooked (approximately 1 minute).
    2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • Stir in vinegar and sesame oil.
    1 teaspoon white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • Top with mushrooms and green onion.
    1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms, 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion


Calories: 84.3kcal
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  1. This was really good. Will make again. I’ll leave out the cornstarch next time. Didn’t really do anything for the broth but make it cloudy. Not sure what the 1/4 cup of vegetable oil was for either. I used a couple of tablespoons instead along with sesame oil for browning chicken then cooking onions. Added veggies then rice then eggs per directions. Great recipie

  2. I beat my eggs then pour them into a quart size (whatever size you have they will fit in) ziplock bag, slightly cut the corner off and squeeze the egg mixture into the boiling broth– works great and doesn’t make a mess

  3. Something I learned to get those fine ribbons in the soup, is to hold a fork over the bowl edge as you pour the eggs in. As your pour slowly the eggs trickle off the tines of the fork.

  4. I love egg drop soup and am now looking forward to having it very soon. Just have to buy sesame oil and mushrooms. Thanks so much for your wonderful recipes.

  5. Christy, I, like you, am following a low-carb diet these days. I also LOVE egg drop soup and would really like to try this. Do you by chance have the carb count for The Famous Egg Drop Soup per serving? I’m wondering if the cornstarch, mushrooms and onions are going to bust the ceiling? Thanks!

    1. Mushrooms and onions are both on the low carb vegetable list, although mushrooms are technically not a vegetable.

    2. Someone earlier suggested using Glucomannan in place of the corn starch, just about 1/4 a teaspoon is all you’ll need – or you can just leave it out entirely. It won’t be as thick but that is no big deal. If you have never used gluc as a thickener you are in for an amazing treat! I use it in smoothies, soups, etc. I don’t have the carb count but whenever I need it I just go to and there is a place where you can build a recipe. For recipes like this where I know the carb count is pretty low and the carbs present are “good carbs” I don’t worry about it. I really don’t have to count carbs closely, I just know what foods to avoid and what to stick with. Here is a link to the Gluc that I use. It comes in a fine powder. Oh! It is excellent in gravies and custards, too! Just remember to go light because it packs a huge thickening punch.

  6. Have you ever tried cauliflower fried rice? You actually used cauliflower crumbles instead of rice. Some people might think it sounds weird, but it is very good! I think I would make it with this soup recipe.

    1. there is also rice starch and tapioca starch. I find the tapioca starch makes for a less coulldy broth.

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