Egg Drop Soup


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Homemade egg drop soup is deliciously comforting and ready in just 15 minutes! It’s an easy dish with restaurant-quality flavors and perfectly bloomed “egg flowers” in every bite.

egg drop soup.

My family LOVES Chinese takeout, but it’s not something I let them enjoy regularly. Instead, I make their favorites, including Szechuan chicken, Hunan chicken, and my father’s famous egg drop soup recipe.

Growing up, Dad made it ALL the time because he spent much of his teen years in a Chinese restaurant and I love making it at home because it tastes exactly like what you’d find at any Chinese restaurant.

Table of Contents
  1. What is egg drop soup?
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make egg drop soup
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently asked questions 
  7. More copycat takeout recipes
  8. Egg Drop Soup (Recipe Card)

What is egg drop soup?

We grew up calling it egg flower soup, but this soup is a traditional Chinese appetizer or side dish that features a simple mix of broth, seasonings, and whisked eggs. The eggs are ‘dropped’ into the stock to create those epic ribbons.

Here are some reasons why you’ll love this recipe:

  • It’s easy, hearty, and delicious. It’s a no-frills soup with close-to-authentic flavors. Best of all, it’s easy to make with a short list of budget-friendly ingredients!
  • It’s good for you! Egg drop soup is an inherently low-calorie, high-protein, and keto-friendly dish. Plus, with chicken stock as the soup base, you reap the benefits of all that collagen.
  • A 15-minute recipe. Like hot and sour soup, this recipe results in restaurant-quality egg drop soup in less time than it would take to order takeout! 
egg flower soup.

Ingredients needed

There aren’t many places to hide here, which is why using the freshest ingredients is key. This is what you need:

  • Chicken stock. If I have leftover chicken stock (made from roast chicken leftovers!), I prefer to use that as the flavor is unmatched, but any good store-bought low sodium broth works well. No chicken broth? Vegetable or beef broth are both fantastic options.
  • Sesame oil. This adds a distinctively rich and nutty flavor.
  • Soy sauce. It adds a hint of umami flavor. You can use tamari instead of soy sauce if you would prefer to make gluten-free egg drop soup.
  • Salt and white pepper. To season the soup.
  • Cornstarch. Combining corn starch with water creates a slurry that thickens the soup as it simmers. 
  • Eggs. Use the freshest eggs that you can get your hands on.
  • Scallions. To finish the dish with a fresh pop of flavor.
  • More garnish ideas. Green onions, chives, sliced ginger, and sesame seeds.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

How to make egg drop soup

What I love about this recipe is how deceptively easy it is. It may look impressive, but don’t be fooled!

Step 1 – Simmer and season the broth. Start by heating the chicken stock in a pot over medium-high heat until it boils. Reduce to low and mix in sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. 

broth simmering on stovetop.

Step 2 – Thicken with a cornstarch slurry. Whisk the cornstarch with some water in a small bowl while you wait. Once the seasoned stock starts boiling, stir in the slurry. 

cornstarch slurry in soup.

Step 3 – Drop in the eggs. Swirl the soup in a circular motion with a ladle to make a vortex (the same method you’d use if you were poaching an egg). Slowly pour the beaten eggs into the middle of the vortex while you continue to stir. This is how you end up with wisps of eggs.

adding beaten eggs to pot.

Step 4 – Simmer, then serve. Let the soup continue to cook until the eggs are set. Take the pot off of the heat, then ladle the soup into bowls and top with scallions. Enjoy!

whisked eggs in broth.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Don’t rush the stock once you add the seasonings. Letting everything bubble together before adding the cornstarch will leave you with deeper layers of flavor. 
  • The speed at which you stir will determine the size of the egg wisps (AKA the beautiful egg ribbons). The faster you stir, the smaller the wisps. Stir slowly, and you’ll end up with larger pieces of egg. 
  • Only slightly beat the eggs. You can stir the whites and yolks together, but you should still be able to see stains of the whites.
  • Use different seasonings, like garlic powder, ground ginger, or red pepper flakes.
  • Authentic egg drop soup is known to have a distinct, vibrant yellow color. If yours isn’t as yellow as you’d like, stir in ½ teaspoon of turmeric to replicate that same gorgeous color.
  • Add some sliced grape tomatoes for a tomato egg drop soup.
  • Make this soup heartier by adding in some non-traditional ingredients like broccoli, mushrooms, rice, tofu, or bok choy.

Storage instructions

To store. Let the leftovers cool before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

To reheat. Gently reheat the leftover soup in a saucepan over medium-low heat to avoid overcooking the eggs. You can also reheat it in the microwave in 15-second increments, stirring in between. 

eggdrop soup.

Frequently asked questions 

Why is my egg drop soup so thick?

If prepared properly, egg drop soup should be thick with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. It shouldn’t, however, be so thick that it’s practically gelatinous. A soup that’s too thick likely means you used too much cornstarch or the swirl-and-pour technique was done incorrectly. 

Can you make egg drop soup with just egg whites?

Yes, you can make egg drop soup with egg whites instead of whole eggs. Separate the yolks from the whites and put them to use in my chocolate creme brulee recipes instead.

Can you substitute flour for cornstarch?

Technically, yes, but I wouldn’t recommend it. You’ll have to use twice as much flour to achieve the same thickening effect and it tends to make the soup cloudy and less visually appetizing. If you don’t want to use cornstarch, use arrowroot powder.

More copycat takeout recipes

egg drop soup recipe.

Egg Drop Soup

5 from 29 votes
This homemade egg drop soup is a Chinese restaurant copycat recipe that is so easy to make at home! It's ready in just 15 minutes and makes a fabulous appetizer.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 16 minutes



  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 small scallion


  • Add the chicken broth to a large pot and place over medium heat. Bring it to a simmer.
    broth simmering on stovetop.
  • Stir in the sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, and pepper and mix well.
  • Combine cornstarch with the water and stir well. Once the soup starts boiling, pour in the cornstarch slurry and stir the soup.
    cornstarch slurry in soup.
  • Lightly beat the eggs and before adding them to the soup, swirl the soup with a ladle in a circular motion. Slowly pour the eggs into it.
    adding beaten eggs to pot.
  • Cook the soup for a couple of minutes and serve with some freshly sliced scallions.
    whisked eggs in broth.


TO STORE: Let the leftovers cool before storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
TO REHEAT: Gently reheat the leftover soup in a saucepan over medium-low heat to avoid overcooking the eggs. You can also reheat it in the microwave in 15-second increments, stirring in between. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 7gFat: 5gSodium: 1469mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 0.2gVitamin A: 221IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 7g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Author: Arman Liew
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Recipe originally published March 2023 but updated to include new information, new photos, and a recipe video for your benefit.

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yum I love this soup. A nice alternative to our regular miso. I made as per recipe except added about 1 1/2 cups of small chopped broccoli. This soup tastes like wonton soup but without the wontons. Comforting and savoury!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this chinise soup; is simple and very reconforting .Try adding chopped or sliced fresh ​​tomato when you sauté the garlic and chives with sesame oil . It’s a twist that I recommend.Best regard from Dubai but I’m Spanish