Chinese Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Enjoy the simplicity of egg drop soup with this recipe which can be tailored to your dietary needs.

From “Ladled”
December 2014

  • Egg drop soup is the perfect start to any Chinese dinner.
    Photo courtesy Victory Belt Publishing
  • Visit the past and travel around the world with Kimberly Harris and the tantalizing homemade soups in “Ladled.”
    Cover courtesy Victory Belt Publishing

Yield: 4 to 6 small servings

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I have always loved the simplicity of this soup in Chinese restaurants. It’s the perfect start to a Chinese dinner, especially if the soup and the main dish are homemade! Ginger and garlic are infused into the broth, adding a subtle backdrop. The longer you simmer it, the more pronounced the flavor will become. While Egg Drop Soup tends to be thickened a lot in restaurants, I have only lightly thickened it here for a more subtle approach. You can certainly thicken the soup to your liking or leave out the thickener entirely for a thin version.

Quick Recipe | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free
Dairy-Free | Budget-Friendly

Chinese Egg Drop Soup Recipe


• 4 cups chicken stock
• 1-inch fresh ginger, cut into 4 thin slices
• 3 green onions, sliced (plus more for garnishing, if desired)
• 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
• 1 tablespoon organic cornstarch, arrowroot powder, or tapioca starch
• 1 tablespoon water
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari (use tamari for gluten-free option)
• Unrefined salt to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon if using unsalted stock)
• White pepper to taste (black pepper can be substituted)
• 3 large eggs, whisked


1. In a small pot on high heat, bring the chicken stock to a boil and add the ginger, green onions, and garlic to the soup. If desired, you can place the garlic and ginger in a linen bag (generally used for tea) or tie them in cheesecloth for easier removal. Simmer on low, covered, for 5 to 20 minutes.

2. Remove the garlic and ginger. If they are free-floating, you can use a slotted spoon. Mix the cornstarch, arrowroot powder, or tapioca starch with 1 tablespoon of water. Add the mixture to the soup and whisk. Cook for a couple of minutes to thicken.

3. Add the soy sauce or tamari and salt and pepper to taste.

4. Bring to a simmer and then take the soup off of the heat. Whisk the broth into a small whirlpool, slowly drizzle in the eggs, and leave the soup to set for one minute.

5. Break up the eggs into ribbons with a fork. Taste, and season with salt or pepper if necessary.

More Recipes from Ladled

Roasted Vegetable Broth Recipe
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This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons by Kimberly Harris and published by Victory Belt Publishing Inc., 2012. Purchase this book from our store: Ladled.

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