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Egg Drop Soup — A Paleo/Primal Recipe

Tasty Egg Drop Soup

Tasty Egg Drop Soup

It’s fast. It’s nutritious. It’s Egg Drop Soup.

My kids love it, and it’s a tasty way to get quality animal proteins into our diet without spending a fortune. We have it with lunch or dinner about once a week.

It also has the added benefit of being primal.  You know — the kind of thing our ancestors might have eaten 10,000 years ago.

And if you make it with a hearty bone broth, then it will be even more nutrient dense!

So, enough praises. Here’s the recipe.

The Players

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced  (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp butter from pastured cows
  • 8 cups of chicken broth (where to buy chicken broth)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (fresh if you have it)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (unpasteurized and unrefined)
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • salt to taste
  • 3 Tbsp arrowroot powder (or corn starch) + 3 Tbsp water
  • 6 eggs from pastured hens

The How-To

Dice onions and celery. Melt butter over medium heat.

Dice onions and celery. Melt butter over medium heat.

Saute onions & celery over low heat until they turn soft. Stir in broth.

Saute onions & celery over low heat until they turn soft. Stir in broth.

Add ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Bring to a boil. Add salt to taste.

Add ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Bring to a boil. Add salt to taste.

Mix arrowroot powder or cornstarch with water until smooth. Pour into soup and cook until thickened.

Mix arrowroot powder or cornstarch with water until smooth. Pour into soup and cook until thickened.

Whisk your eggs together and pour intermittently into soup. For beautiful, ribbony eggs be SURE to do this step AFTER the soup is already thickened!

Whisk your eggs together and pour intermittently into soup. For beautiful, ribbony eggs be SURE to do this step AFTER the soup is already thickened!

Voila! The soup is done. Enjoy!

Voila! The soup is done. Enjoy!

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44 Responses to Egg Drop Soup — A Paleo/Primal Recipe
  1. Amber
    January 16, 2009 | 1:25 pm

    Egg drop is my favorite soup and yours looks divine. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks!

  2. KristenM
    January 16, 2009 | 4:38 pm

    I’m not sure there’s anything special about mine…. Seriously, it’s just like a host of other ones out there. The most important things about Egg Drop soup are to 1)make sure it’s salty enough, and 2) add the eggs AFTER you’ve thickened it. Other than that, there’s a lot of freedom. I like using green onions & garlic, for example.

  3. Spinner
    January 17, 2009 | 7:58 am

    I used to make shortcut egg drop soup before I became scared of packaged foods. I’d use one of those dry lipton chicken noodle soup mixes, make it, add soy, pour in the egg to make more noodles, add chopped cilantro and some tobasco. I usually made this when suffering from the killer allergies I had in Nashville. The tobasco really helped to open those sinuses. I’m definitely giving your recipe a try. Thanks!


  4. KristenM
    January 17, 2009 | 10:20 am

    Spinner — That sounds tasty! Now I’m inspired to try it with fresh chopped cilantro and chipotle peppers. (I’m not a fan of tabasco sauce.)


  5. Jenny
    January 18, 2009 | 12:43 pm

    That looks delicious. I might have to make some tonight.


  6. Stacey
    January 21, 2009 | 1:15 pm

    Just like a previous commenter said, I used to only make egg drop soup from a package — before I knew better, of course! Now I only have it when going out for Chinese. I’ll have to add this to my lunch repertoire, though, since I eat eggs many times for lunch!


  7. Kelly the Kitchen Kop
    January 21, 2009 | 9:36 pm

    Hi Kristen, this looks sooooo good, and fast! I’m printing it out right now. :)

    p.s. Great pictures, too!

    Kelly the Kitchen Kop

  8. KristenM
    January 22, 2009 | 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the picture kudos, Kelly! I hope you enjoy the soup.


  9. Kelly the Kitchen Kop
    February 10, 2009 | 6:23 am

    I made a little bit lower carb egg drop soup last week (no arrowroot), but yours has more to it (more flavor, too!), so I’m adding a link to my recipe so people can see them both. Besides, your pictures are MUCH better!

    Kelly the Kitchen Kop

  10. Soup..You want soup?
    February 24, 2009 | 5:24 pm


  11. K @ Prudent and Practical
    December 30, 2009 | 9:25 pm

    Hi Kristen,
    I just wanted to stop by and say that I’ve now made this recipe twice :-) It’s cheap, delicious, nutritious, and quick! And after all the “crap” foods eaten over Thanksgiving and Christmas, it hits the spot. I make a crock pot chicken every other week and freeze the liquid from that so I don’t have to buy stock/broth. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.
    .-= K @ Prudent and Practical´s last blog post …Christmas Baking: Biscotti =-.

  12. Robe
    September 20, 2010 | 12:16 pm

    Just made this soup, delish even if I had the chicken stock and sesame oil missing… I just used water and grind some sesame seeds instead of the oil…

  13. JenE
    October 28, 2010 | 5:13 pm

    I just made this soup with my homemade chicken broth. Delicious!!! I’ll be making this soup often : ). Thanks!

  14. Kelsey Byron
    October 31, 2010 | 9:19 am

    We had this for breakfast this morning. My 4-year-old thought the egg ribbons were noodles and ate it up! I told him it was Halloween soup. ;)

  15. Amber
    December 29, 2010 | 1:32 pm

    Thank you for posting this recipe lo these many months ago. Today I just happened to have the magic combination of good leftover bone broth from Thanksgiving and surplus pastured eggs, and the recesses of my brain brought up your egg drop soup recipe. It’s so good.

  16. Joy
    January 26, 2011 | 11:56 pm

    Made this tonight! So easy and fast and healthy and most importantly delicious! Thanks!

  17. Kelsey
    February 1, 2011 | 11:31 pm

    My bf made this for me tonight, to help me get over the flu, and boy was it delicious!!! 5 stars! Better that the restaurants!

  18. Andrea P
    March 11, 2011 | 7:05 pm

    Holy flipping cow!!! Just made this for my hubby’s who LOVES egg drop soup. I don’t like eggs and I even loved it! didn’t have the sesame seed oil so I just used peanut. I will always have this on hand at my house from now on! Super thanks!!!

  19. Joelle
    March 24, 2011 | 5:29 pm

    I just found this recipe and tried it out last night. WOW! It was sooo good! I expected it to be yummy, but it was eyes-rolling-to-the-back-of-my-head good! Delicious!! This will be a regular in my house for sure!
    Thank you so so so much!

  20. Tina
    May 17, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    My whole family loved this recipe. I have a daughter who is 12 and she wants me to make it all the time.

  21. Eleanor
    November 19, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    i had to chuckle as i read this recipe, i grew up with the same soup, except we added some some noodles and less eggs. Will def have to try this and see what our family thinks.

  22. Lisa
    January 21, 2012 | 10:29 pm

    Wow, I just made this – SO GOOD, perfect cold night food. I was short on time so I omitted the sauteed vegetables and threw in lots of green onion at the end. Definitely making this many more times, thank you!

  23. Channi
    February 7, 2012 | 7:31 pm

    Yum! I will give this a go for lunch today :) do you think coconut oil would be a good substitute for sesame oil?

  24. Tonia
    August 8, 2012 | 10:01 am

    This looks wonderful. Where do you get your soy sauce? I haven’t been able to find any locally.

  25. Ashley
    October 5, 2012 | 9:07 am

    I used to hate egg drop soup,
    but a local restaurant changed my mind, making it thicker with lots of ribbons that resembled noodles and actual food. I have never been able to get enough of it since!
    At $3 something for a quart, it’s not bad, but would get tried of going there every day to just buy it.

    I’ve tried making egg drop soup a couple of times in the past and ended up with runny broth or shredded egg strands. Seems like almost everyone likes the runny version with almost no egg in it and most recipes reflect that.

    I came to the conclusion last night that I need to thicken it first (with lots more thickening agent that most recipes recommend). Then put in egg because the viscosity of the broth and the speed it’s stirred is what forms the thick ribbons.
    While it’s possible to make ribbons with a runnier broth, it’s much easier to stir the soup too quickly and make shreds instead.

    Your blog finally confirmed this. Thanks!

  26. Elizabeth
    November 11, 2012 | 6:51 pm

    I’ve had this bookmarked for awhile, and we made it tonight. It turned out great! Thanks!

  27. warbaby
    November 26, 2012 | 8:14 pm

    I love this site. Toooo many goodies to make. Thanks for all your hard work. Happy Holidays.

  28. Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama
    December 12, 2012 | 1:07 am

    I made this last night and it turned out delish! I subbed coconut aminos for the soy sauce though, since we don’t do it anymore. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  29. Julie
    February 28, 2013 | 7:34 am

    It would be helpful if you added cooking temps. Mine would not thicken at all, I think because the temp was too high?

  30. shelly
    March 8, 2013 | 8:20 am

    I have been on this site for over an hour. What wonderful easy to follow directions. Love the pictures. Great job!

  31. Steve Allen
    April 3, 2013 | 11:57 pm

    This looks like a great recipe and I’m looking for a tasty egg drop/flower soup! Although the celery is an interesting addition, I’ll likely forego it, wanting a more traditional appearing end product to serve a wide variety of folks. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Paleo for Better Health
    September 1, 2013 | 12:02 am

    Thank you for this blog.. It was just a few weeks since I started on paleo diet. My kids love soup and this soup recipe will be a great addition to my paleo recipes. Thank you so much I will surely try this out tonight.


  33. Sue
    November 8, 2013 | 9:08 pm

    This looks wonderful! If you don’t want to use celery, you can use baby bok choy instead.

  34. Belle
    November 8, 2013 | 9:43 pm

    I’d love this more if it were printable so I didn’t have to copy and paste it line. by. line :)

  35. Maria Gladstone via Facebook
    February 6, 2014 | 12:38 pm

    I love soup and make it every week.

  36. Tara
    February 6, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    This looks so good and very easy. Can it be frozen? I fix a pot of soup on the weekends, freeze it in individual portions and then thaw and heat for my lunch at work. I wasn’t sure how the eggs would do. Thanks!

  37. RAGE Against The Vaccines via Facebook
    February 6, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    I have been wondering how to make this. :)

  38. Brandi Chatterton via Facebook
    February 6, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    You read my mind. I’m actually going to make this exact soup tonight! It is so good.

  39. Sabrina McKenney via Facebook
    February 6, 2014 | 10:51 pm

    Are the eggs being cooked when you add them? Would you compare them to scrambled cooked or like an over easy type done-ness?

  40. The Crunchy Pagan Mom via Facebook
    February 7, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    I’ve been craving egg drop soup lately. Thank you!

  41. Erin
    April 7, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    Does this re-heat ok??

  42. Taylor
    July 8, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    This is one of my favorites simply by how fast and easy it is to make… plus the protein intake. Thanks for documenting with photos :)

  43. HICaveGirl
    July 16, 2014 | 10:38 pm

    Was making chicken lettuce wraps for dinner, but knew that wouldn’t fill up my hubby, so I Googled Paleo Egg-Drop Soup and found your recipe. I have my homemade chicken broth simmering right now with the carcass from the whole chicken I cooked on Sunday. Can’t WAIT to taste this!!!!

  44. Shantel
    October 2, 2014 | 11:11 am

    To make this truly Paleo/primal,since soy is NoT Paleo, use coconut aminos! You can make your chicken broth at home:)

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