Seaweed Egg Drop Soup

Seaweed Egg Drop Soup

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Yield: 3 to 4 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
61 Calories
3g Fat
4g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 61
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 1110mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 167mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Making egg drop soup is probably the only time you'd want to "drop" an egg in the kitchen. Popular for turning eggs into light and fluffy ribbons, this soup gets its name from a unique cooking technique. As the soup base boils, lightly-beaten eggs are poured in and cooked instantaneously, creating the smooth and silky texture you know and love.

Egg drop soup is a staple on the menu at Chinese restaurants across the country and it's surprisingly easy to replicate in your own kitchen. The quick-to-cook soup is also incredibly versatile. A perfect Chinese starter, egg drop soup can be made in many variations, including with your choice of meat or vegetables. This recipe features edible dried seaweed (or zi cai) and ginger for a boost in flavor, but once you've mastered the base recipe, it's easy to customize with add-ins such as mushrooms, tomatoes, or tofu.

Try making egg drop soup at home to save running to your local Chinese restaurant the next time you're craving this tasty appetizer.


  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 1 sheet edible dried seaweed, torn into small pieces

  • 1 slice ginger, finely chopped

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped

  • Salt. to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Sesame oil, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Seaweed Egg Drop Soup ingredients

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  2. Add the chicken broth or stock to a saucepan or wok along with the seaweed and ginger. Let it come to a boil.

    Add the chicken broth to a saucepan or wok along with the seaweed and ginger

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  3. Gently pour in the eggs and stir clockwise until they form thin ribbons and bring to a boil again. Season the soup with salt and pepper.

    Gently pour the eggs into the soup and stir clockwise until they form thin ribbons

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  4. Garnish with chopped spring onions and a drizzle of sesame oil.

    Seaweed Egg Drop Soup

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