Egg Drop Soup

I’ve always thought that Egg Drop Soup was a classic Asian recipe, but then I visited a Chinese restaurant in Canada and they had absolutely no clue what Egg Drop Soup was!

So maybe it’s an American-ized Chinese dish?? I’m not really sure. All I know is that it’s a delicious soup that my kids could eat by the gallon.

Needless to say, I make this recipe a lot.

Egg Drop Soup


Egg drop soup is a thickened chicken broth that’s seasoned with ginger, garlic and scallions.

It gets it’s name because you slowly drop the beaten eggs into the soup while stirring. The egg cooks quickly, creating fine ribbons of egg all throughout the soup. It’s pretty!

Egg Drop Soup

Since my children eat this like it’s going out of style I like to bulk it up with some peas, carrots and corn. You don’t have to throw them in there, but I like the extra nutrition they bring to this simple soup.

One of our favorite Asian restaurants would start each meal out with a bowl of fried wonton strips and sweet & sour sauce for dipping. It was like a Mexican restaurant with their chips and salsa. Brilliant.

We would toss some of those lightly fried wonton strips into our egg drop soup…

Egg Drop Soup

It adds a delightful crunchy texture when eaten right away. If left to soak they almost turn into little noodles. Both ways are great, but I prefer the crunch of the wonton.

Egg Drop Soup

This Egg Drop Soup would pair perfectly with my Beef with Broccoli or Orange Chicken Cauliflower. Hello dinner!

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Egg Drop Soup

The easiest and tastiest Chinese Egg Drop Soup!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • 4 cups + 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 green onions, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup blend of frozen corn, peas and carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Garnish (optional):

  • 5 wonton wrappers, stacked and cut into 1/2 inch strips + oil for frying
  • diced green onions


  1. Combine 4 cups of broth, ginger, garlic, salt and green onion pieces in a pot and bring to a boil for a few minutes to flavor the broth. Remove the green onions with a slotted spoon and discard.
  2. Add the frozen corn, peas and carrots; return to a boil.
  3. In a separate small bowl combine the remaining 1/2 cup broth with the corn starch and stir till no more clumps. Slowly dissolve into the soup. Let cook for a few minutes until it starts to thicken.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a measuring cup then slowly stream them into the soup while slowly stirring the soup in a clockwise rotation. Season with black pepper.

For the wonton strips:

  1. Heat a small amount of oil (about 1 inch deep in a small pot) to medium high. Once hot add a few wonton strips and fry until golden brown, about 30-45 seconds. Remove from oil with slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Serve the soup with wonton strips and diced green onions. Enjoy!


recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

Keywords: egg, chicken broth, peas, carrots

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
39 Responses
  1. Cidney Tso

    Simple easy and picky grandma likes it with rice thrown in 🙂 i take care of my great grandmother and she eats a lot but doesn’t always like what she is given or gets bored with it. This seems to be a new favorite.

  2. This is a great recipe!! My hubby is so hard to cook for…totally plain food. I love egg drop soup but my recipe calls for water chestnuts and mushrooms and smaller cuts of green onion…,all of which he will not eat. This recipe he will eat!! Will also try the sesame oil at the end and the shrimp. Thank you for your recipes…I am happy to cook again. I also love how you added the onions at the beginning for the flavor but then removed them…now why couldn’t I have thought of that.

  3. Amy

    This is delicious! First time making it myself and even my picky husband ate it. I did cut the ginger back to 1/4 tsp, but that’s just a personal preference. Made it with low carb beef and broccoli. Thank you!

  4. Gadge

    I halfed this recipe then tried making this quickly before going to bed just as an evening snack. This was really tasty despite being a quickly made meal. The best I’ve made. I don’t believe in powder garlic or powdered ginger so I just substituted fresh ingredients. Alot better and you can taste the difference. Thankyou.

  5. Desiree

    Reading your recipe brings back memories of when my mom used to make this soup. The only difference is that we first put in the egg and the last thing is the cornstarch mix so that once the soup thickens, it’s done. Thanks for sharing. Time to start making this soup again.

  6. I love egg drop soup and I love making it at home! 🙂 I don’t know if it’s a chinese or an americanized chinese recipe, but here in Hungary we have similar egg soup recipes too. Your recipe looks delicious, so I’ll try this version out! Can’t wait to try something new out! – Love, Anna

  7. Denise

    What about a recipe for hot and sour?
    You know the OTHER soup typically on the menu ? My family loves both.

  8. Stephani

    When I make mine , usually when I’m sick, I just simply put 1 can chicken broth , 2 chicken boulle an and 2 beef boulle an cubes and stream my egg in while stirring with my chop stick and that’s it and it’s absolutely divine ,super easy and satisfyingly summy. Love your recipes thank you.

  9. Diana

    I made a little bit too much by accident hahaha and although it was delicious, I need advice on how to store it. I dont want anything to go to waste ):

  10. Egg drop is one of my favorites as well. Its such a nice and faster alternative to chicken noodle when I’m not feeling well. Because, let’s face it, nobody cooks for Mom when she’s sick!

  11. CTY

    At our house we called this Egg Slop Goop. When raising boys, a gross name can get the to eat things they might not try otherwise. Anyway, it worked, especially if I paired it with grilled cheese. There was however, no way they would stand for a corrupted Egg Slop Goop (vegetables added). Another favorite gross food was Asparaguts swimming Hollandaise sauce.

  12. Marilyn

    The best egg drop soup I’ve ever had is from a local restaurant, and it’s similar to yours (adding the peas, carrots & green onions or finely chopped leeks) but they also include small thinly sliced mushrooms and a few very tiny baby shrimp in each serving. It’s YUMMY!!!


        I make chicken dumpling soup, for our large family. very similar ingredients. also, use any skinless, boneless , left over chicken diced up along with white onions, celery, carrots, to extend the servings;

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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