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.
- 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
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Egg drop is my favorite soup and yours looks divine. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks!
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.
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!
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.)
That looks delicious. I might have to make some tonight.
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!
Kelly the Kitchen Kop says
Hi Kristen, this looks sooooo good, and fast! I’m printing it out right now. 🙂
p.s. Great pictures, too!
Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Thanks for the picture kudos, Kelly! I hope you enjoy the soup.
Kelly the Kitchen Kop says
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
K @ Prudent and Practical says
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 =-.
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…
I just made this soup with my homemade chicken broth. Delicious!!! I’ll be making this soup often : ). Thanks!
Kelsey Byron says
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. 😉
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.
Made this tonight! So easy and fast and healthy and most importantly delicious! Thanks!
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!
Andrea P says
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!!!
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!
My whole family loved this recipe. I have a daughter who is 12 and she wants me to make it all the time.
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.
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!
Yum! I will give this a go for lunch today 🙂 do you think coconut oil would be a good substitute for sesame oil?
This looks wonderful. Where do you get your soy sauce? I haven’t been able to find any locally.
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!
I’ve had this bookmarked for awhile, and we made it tonight. It turned out great! Thanks!
I love this site. Toooo many goodies to make. Thanks for all your hard work. Happy Holidays.
Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama says
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!
It would be helpful if you added cooking temps. Mine would not thicken at all, I think because the temp was too high?
I have been on this site for over an hour. What wonderful easy to follow directions. Love the pictures. Great job!
Steve Allen says
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!
Paleo for Better Health says
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.
This looks wonderful! If you don’t want to use celery, you can use baby bok choy instead.
I’d love this more if it were printable so I didn’t have to copy and paste it line. by. line 🙂
Maria Gladstone via Facebook says
I love soup and make it every week.
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!
RAGE Against The Vaccines via Facebook says
I have been wondering how to make this. 🙂
Brandi Chatterton via Facebook says
You read my mind. I’m actually going to make this exact soup tonight! It is so good.
Sabrina McKenney via Facebook says
Are the eggs being cooked when you add them? Would you compare them to scrambled cooked or like an over easy type done-ness?
The Crunchy Pagan Mom via Facebook says
I’ve been craving egg drop soup lately. Thank you!
Does this re-heat ok??
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 🙂
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!!!!
To make this truly Paleo/primal,since soy is NoT Paleo, use coconut aminos! You can make your chicken broth at home:)
Christin Claffey Tombolini via Facebook says
Susanna Martin via Facebook says
My siblings and I were practically raise on egg drop soup. My mom always made it with potatoes, homemade pasta, and butter added.
Nicole Bessent via Facebook says
Erica Mills via Facebook says
This is my favorite breakfast!
Jessie Clarke via Facebook says
Josie sounds good
Jessie Clarke via Facebook says
Josie sounds good
MaryAnn Davis via Facebook says
EGG DROP SOUP Recipe.
Robin Weddell via Facebook says
Just made this the other day, love it!
Tony Cotroneo via Facebook says
Just wanted to say thank you for all the great recipes.. Between you and nourishing traditions I have about 30 saved links!!!
Patricia Emery says
Am I missing the PRINT button?
Brenda W. says
What Soy Sauce do you use? And would you recommend coconut aminos?