Egg Drop Soup is a staple at Chinese restaurants across the U.S. This restaurant-style Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup tastes even better than what you get at the restaurant, and it only takes 15-minutes to cook!
What Is Egg Drop Soup?
Egg drop soup is a creamy soup that’s a staple at many Chinese restaurants. Also known as Egg Flower Soup this Instant pot Chinese soup is typically made with seasoned chicken broth that is filled with delicious wispy egg ribbons. The ribbons are created by whisking raw eggs into the simmering broth.
Best Chinese Dish Cooked In Simmering Broth
Anyone that knows me will tell you that I love Chinese food, and egg drop soup is no different. It’s one of my favorite dishes to serve with other Chinese dishes like my Instant Pot Chinese Pork or my delicious Instant Pot Honey Chicken.
Is Egg Drop Soup Healthy?
Is egg soup good for you? Yes, egg drop soup or egg flower soup is very healthy for you. It’s packed with protein and is very low in calories. Some people like to have an egg drop soup diet when losing weight.
Calories For Egg Drop Soup
Wondering about the calories in egg drop soup? This egg drop soup recipe has only 106 calories per serving. This makes it a great choice for anyone on a low-calorie diet or watching their weight. The low calories of egg drop soup make this one of my favorite Asian soups recipes.
Is Egg Drop Soup Vegetarian?
This egg drop soup recipe is not a vegetarian recipe as it uses chicken broth, but you can easily make a vegetarian egg drop soup by substituting vegetable broth instead. You can also use tofu in place of the eggs for a vegan-friendly option.
What’s In Egg Drop Soup
The traditional ingredients for egg drop soup are chicken broth, green onions, and eggs. But this Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup recipe has a few additional ingredients to enhance the flavor like ginger, garlic, and sesame oil.
Is Egg Drop Soup Gluten Free?
Yes, this recipe for Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup is gluten-free as long as you use a gluten-free chicken broth. The recipe is not dairy free as eggs are the main ingredient in this Asian dinner.
Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup Ingredients
This egg drop soup Instant Pot recipe is made with simple ingredients that you may already have at home. Here’s what you need:
- Light Chicken broth: This is one of the main ingredients, so you’ll need at least 4 cups of broth.
- Eggs: Put your 2 eggs in a bowl of water. If they sink, they are fine to use, but if they float, throw them out.
- Soy sauce: Just a little bit is all you need, but it really livens up the soup. 1 tbsp.
- Ginger paste: It may sound fancy, but ginger paste is just fresh ginger root that has been ground up and mixed with oil to form a paste. 3 tsp is a good amount.
- Olive oil: I use olive oil but you can use vegetable oil or Sesame oil instead. 1/2 tsp
- Spices: You will also need garlic powder, salt, and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes for seasoning.
- Green onions: Slice these very thin. 4 green spring onions.
How To Make This Simple Egg Drop Soup Recipe
Made with wispy eggs, chicken broth, soy sauce, and a handful of spices, this Instant Pot egg drop soup is one of the easiest to make.
STEP 1: Add The Chinese Soup ingredients To Your Instant Pot
First, add your chicken broth, soy sauce, ginger paste, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt to your inner pot. Stir and mix well.
STEP 2: Pressure Cook The Egg Flower Soup
Place the Instant pot lid onto your pressure cooker put the sealing valve into the “sealing” position, hit the manual or pressure cook button, and set the time for 1 minute.
STEP 3: Quick Release The Pressure
After the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick release by flipping the sealing valve to the “venting” position.
STEP 4: Whisk The Eggs In A Bowl
Next, whisk together the eggs in a small bowl. Add a pinch of seasoned salt, white pepper or black pepper for taste.
STEP 5: Add Raw Eggs To The Egg Flower Soup.
Slowly stir your broth mixture in a circular motion. Pour the beaten eggs slowly into the warm broth. Watch the egg ribbons form and continue gently stirring.
(It’s important to pour the egg slowly to enable the egg ribbons to form correctly.)
Step 6: Garnish Your Healthy Egg Drop Soup
Garnish this flavorful egg drop soup ina. small bowl with green onions and serve warm.
Are The Eggs Raw In This Egg Drop Soup Recipe?
The eggs are raw when you drop them into the seasoned broth; however, they are fully cooked after just a few minutes of being dropped in the boiling liquid.
Once the eggs get the ribbon texture, this means they are fully cooked and safe to consume.
Do I Have To Use Chicken Broth?
No, you can use vegetable broth as well. But chicken broth will give the soup a richer flavor.
Can I Use Fresh Ginger Instead Of Ginger Paste?
Yes, if you have fresh ginger on hand, you can definitely use that instead of the ginger paste.
Simply grate about 1 tablespoon of your own ginger into the broth mixture. You can also use ground ginger if this is all you have.
Can I Add Other Vegetables To This Egg Drop Soup?
Yes, feel free to add in some diced carrots or baby corn for added texture and flavor. You can also add in some cooked chicken or tofu for protein.
Adding cooked chicken will really transform this soup into a full meal.
Just make sure to add in any additional ingredients after the eggs have been cooked, as they will need less time to cook than meats or vegetables.
Be sure to cook any raw chicken thoroughly before adding it to the soup. The options are endless with this versatile soup!
- 32 oz chicken broth (4 cups)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tsp ginger paste
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 green onions (more or less if desired), sliced thinly
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- Add to your instant pot chicken broth, soy sauce, ginger paste, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt. Mix well.
- Add your instant pot on and twist until sealed. Close the sealing valve.
- Set your instant pot to high pressure for one minute.
- Once your instant pot is done, do a quick release by bringing the ceiling valve toward you to release pressure.
- Whisk together your two eggs in a small bowl.
- While slowly stirring your broth mixture in a circular motion, slowly pour in your whisk eggs. This will create the ribbon affect for your eggs in the egg drop soup.
- Stir in your green onions.
- Serve warm with a side of your favorite dish, or as is! Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 196mgSodium: 2946mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g
How Do I Thicken Up Egg Drop Soup?
If you prefer a thicker egg drop soup recipe, try stirring in a cornstarch slurry into the broth while it’s hot.
This will help make a thicker soup without altering the flavor too much. To make a cornstarch slurry, add 1 tablespoon of corn starch and equal parts cold water together.
Another option is to add some diced potatoes, as they will absorb some of the liquid.
Can I Make This Egg Drop Soup Ahead Of Time?
Yes, you can definitely make this Instant Pot egg drop soup ahead of time. Simply store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving. The soup may thicken as it sits, so you may need to add a bit more broth when reheating.
Can I Make This Egg Drop Soup On The Stovetop?
Yes, you can make this soup recipe on the stovetop by following all of the steps except for pressure cooking in your Instant Pot.
Just bring the broth to a boil, then reduce the heat and follow all of the other steps as listed. It may take a little longer for the eggs to fully cook, but the end result will be just as delicious.
Can This Egg Drop Soup Be Made In The Slow Cooker?
Yes, if you do not have an Instant Pot, you can easily make this egg drop soup in the slow cooker.
Simply follow all of the steps above and cook for about 2-3 hours on the low setting, or until the eggs are fully cooked. Stir occasionally during cooking to ensure the even cooking of the eggs. This recipe works well in the slow cooker if you prefer to use that appliance.
Can I Freeze This Egg Drop Soup?
Unfortunately, due to the eggs in the soup, it is not recommended to freeze this egg flower soup.
The texture and taste may not be quite right after thawing and reheating. But don’t worry, this Instant Pot egg drop soup is so easy to make that you can whip it up in no time at all!
Enjoy This Instant Pot Chinese Soup
Overall, this Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup is a delicious and healthy dish to serve as a starter or side. It’s easy to make and can be customized to your liking. Give it a try for your next Asian-inspired meal!
Is Egg Drop Soup A Sour Soup?
No, this is not a sour soup. This egg drop soup does not have any sour flavors added to it. If you prefer a sour taste, try adding some rice vinegar or lemon juice to the broth before cooking.
You can also add in some diced tomatoes for a different twist on traditional egg drop soup. Just be sure to adjust the seasonings to your taste before serving. Happy cooking!
Best Sides To Serve With Egg Drop Soup?
This delicious Instant Pot egg drop soup is the perfect comfort soup on its own, but it also pairs as an appetizer to other delicious Chinese dishes. Here are some of my favorites:
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