How to Make Easy Egg Drop Soup

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While it may seem daunting, egg drop soup is actually quite easy to prepare. With plenty of options for additions and substitutions, you can customize this recipe to your liking. For a heartier meal, add chopped chicken, ham, shrimp, or thinly sliced beef for an animal protein infusion. Or add vegetables and use vegetable broth (instead of chicken broth) for a protein-packed vegetarian meal.

How to make easy egg drop soup at home
How to make easy egg drop soup at home (Image: Julia Mueller)

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 star anise

  • 2 stalks lemongrass, halved and chopped into 3-inch pieces

  • 2-inch piece of ginger, sliced into rounds

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

  • 4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

  • 2 tablespoons miso paste

  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or to taste

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch, separated

  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped

Tip

  • If desired, add rice noodles for a ramen-style egg drop soup.

Step 1: Prepare the Broth

Add the olive oil, cinnamon sticks, anise, lemongrass, garlic, and red pepper flakes to a large saucepan or pot. Heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, until spices are very fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Saute the seasoning
Saute the seasoning (Image: Julia Mueller)

Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, and miso paste and stir well. Bring mixture to a full boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the liquid
Add the liquid (Image: Julia Mueller)

Taste the broth for flavor. Add more soy sauce or miso paste if desired. Remove the ginger rounds, cinnamon sticks, anise, and lemongrass stalks from the broth using a slotted spoon, and discard.

Remove seasoning
Remove seasoning (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2: Thicken the Broth

Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to a small bowl and pour in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the hot broth. Stir well until dissolved.

Mix small amount of broth with cornstarch
Mix small amount of broth with cornstarch (Image: Julia Mueller)

Transfer the cornstarch mixture to the pot with the broth and stir well, leaving the broth at a very gentle simmer.

Pour cornstarch mixture into broth
Pour cornstarch mixture into broth (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3: Do the Egg Drop

Add eggs to a small bowl, along with the remaining (1/2 tablespoon) cornstarch. Whisk together until well-combined.

Whisk eggs and small amount of cornstarch
Whisk eggs and small amount of cornstarch (Image: Julia Mueller)

Slowly pour the egg/starch mixture into the simmering broth through the tines of the fork. Do this a little bit at a time, whisking the broth between pours. Once all of the egg has been poured into the soup, allow broth to sit at low heat for a couple of minutes, whisking occasionally, to ensure egg cooks all the way.

Pour egg through fork tines
Pour egg through fork tines (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 4: Serve Soup Immediately and Enjoy

Serve the egg drop soup with freshly chopped green onion, and enjoy!

Serve soup with green onion
Serve soup with green onion (Image: Julia Mueller)

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