The warm, comforting flavors of egg drop soup created to be keto friendly.

Egg Drop Soup – Keto Friendly Version


The warm, comforting flavors of egg drop soup created to be keto friendly.


Homemade egg drop soup is an excellent comfort food any day of the year.

One of my favorite indulgences at any Chinese restaurant is egg drop soup.

The only problem with restaurant egg drop soup is the cornstarch. It’s what gives the soup that glossy sheen, as well as that slightly thickened consistency. The dark yellow, obviously artificially colored yellow I can do without, but the thickness is part of the charm of egg drop soup. It has to stay.

My remedy for cornstarch in the egg drop soup is easy. Replace it with xanthan gum. Although, I don’t make my soup quite as thick as they do in some restaurants. Just thick enough to add a little extra body to the broth to help suspend the egg.

Another quick note on flavor. Sesame oil can be quite strong. The longer this soup simmers, the more that flavor blends into the other flavors of the soup. I prefer the sesame oil to be less pronounced, but at the same time I don’t think the soup has the right flavor without it. This is one ingredient you can play around with to get it to your liking.

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Egg Drop Soup

An excellent broth based soup for when you're feeling under the weather or as a starter for any meal.

Course Soup
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 128 kcal



  1. Bring broth just to a boil, not a rolling boil.

  2. Add soy sauce, sesame oil and sea salt. 

  3. Add xanthan gum by gradually adding the powder while stirring to avoid clumps.

  4. Scramble the uncooked eggs and slowly pour them into the broth while slowly stirring.

  5. Serve soup and garnish with chives or green onion, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Egg Drop Soup
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 197mg66%
Sodium 413mg18%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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