Making instant pot egg drop soup is super quick and easy! This is the BEST egg drop soup you'll ever taste and it'll become a new favorite Chinese soup to make at home.
With only a 1 minute cooking time under pressure, you won't believe how quick and simple the pressure cooker egg drop soup is.
If you love your pressure cooker like we do, be sure to check out our other popular instant pot soups like instant pot broccoli cheese soup, taco soup, and instant pot Cuban chicken stew.
You might also be interested in our stovetop low carb egg drop soup too! It's very similar but takes out all traces of gluten. If you've ever wondered is egg drop soup healthy, when you make it yourself at home, it definitely is!
Egg Drop Soup in Instant Pot
This authentic egg drop soup recipe is so tasty and easy, you might not ever order it from a restaurant again! Seriously! And with no recipe adaptions, it also works perfectly for many of today's dietary preferences and diets like low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, Whole 30, and vegetarian.
This low carb egg drop soup version is so simple and savory, making a yummy first course or accompaniment to other Asian dishes you're making with dinner. To make the soup recipe the main course you can make it even heartier by adding cooked chicken, tofu, corn, or noodles.
Why You'll Love This Recipe!
- The instant pot egg drop soup cooks in less than 15 minutes
- It's the best most flavorful egg drop soup you'll ever have
- The soup works for most health/diets including paleo, low carb, gluten-free, and dairy-free
- It's easy to double if you want to eat it for a few days
Pressure Cooker Egg Drop Soup
- 32 oz chicken broth (4 cups)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 3 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- ½ teaspoon Sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 1-2 green onions
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional- red pepper flakes, sriracha sauce
- optional thickener-corn starch
Instead of grating our own ginger, we love to buy frozen grated ginger cubes to pop into recipes. It saves so much time and keeps for quite a while in the freezer!
To make the soup gluten-free replace the soy sauce with coconut aminos or wheat-free tamari. If you're looking for an instant pot egg drop soup keto version, replace the soy sauce with the coconut aminos or tamari, AND do not add the corn starch to thicken the soup. We don't thicken the soup, but many restaurants do.
To make this a vegetarian recipe, simply replace the chicken broth for your favorite vegetable stock.
How to Make Egg Drop Soup (Instant Pot)
Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, grated ginger, sesame oil, and garlic salt to your pressure cooker.
NOTE: Do NOT leave out the sesame oil in this recipe! It's a critical ingredient and a tiny bit goes a long way.
Heat on Manual (or Pressure Cook depending on your model) High for 1 minute.
It'll probably take most pressure cookers 10-12 minutes to come to pressure.
In the meantime, whisk the eggs in a small bowl.
Once the instant pot is done cooking, do a quick release to fully release the pressure in the pot.
While constantly stirring the broth mixture, slowly stir in the eggs in one direction to create the egg “ribbons.”
MAKING EGG RIBBONS TIP: Quickly stirring in the egg makes large ribbons, if you add the egg slowly it'll make small little egg bits instead of pretty ribbons. The soup will taste amazing either way, but how quickly you drizzle your eggs in determines the end result of how they'll appear in the bowl. That being said, don't just dump the egg in or you won't have ribbons at all haha!
Add the sliced green onion to the pot, season with salt and pepper if desired. Divide the soup between 2-4 soup bowls.
Yummy garnishes include red pepper flakes, sriracha sauce to add a little quick, or even a few "tiny" drops of sesame oil.
Add a little spice- add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes or sriracha sauce.
To thicken the egg drop soup- If you want to make a thicker egg drop soup, you'll want to thicken it after the instant pot soup is done cooking but BEFORE you add the eggs. Simply scoop out ¼ cup-½ cup of the warm broth, add up to 2 tablespoon of corn starch, and whisk it until smooth to keep the corn starch from clumping. Once you have no lumps remaining, whisk the corn starch/warm broth slowly into the pressure cooker. Continue with the recipe by whisking in the eggs next.
Tasty additions- Corn egg drop soup is a common variation some people love. Just add defrosted and drained corn to taste when you put the broth and seasoning into the pot. It could take the instant pot a little longer to come to pressure.
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I'm interested in this recipe, keto version. do you think can than gum would work as a thickener? I've seen it in other keto recipes but never used it so not familiar with replacement ratio.
Hi April, you could use a little xanthan gum as a thickener, perhaps 1/8 tsp-1/4 tsp. I don't personally think it's need thickener and it's great without it, but if you love the thickness of Chinese restaurant egg drop soup you can definitely mix a thickener in!
what brand of chicken broth do you recommend?
I often prefer Swanson's for soups, it has great flavor compared to many other broths on the market.
Thought that it was absolutely lovely- thank you for the recipe…,how long do you think it could keep for in the fridge or is it fresh only?
Katy Labriola says
If I want to add Tofu, would I add that in before of after cooking the soup?
The recipe recommends corn starch for a thicker soup, which works great! I added 2 tbs, and I might add 2.5 next time for my desired soupy thickness. If you know you want thicker than water consistency, I recommend adding any thickener to cold liquid since heat will activate it and it may be clumpy and difficult if you add to warm. I reserved about 1/4 c broth and added that to the finished product, a little bit of boiling on the saute function and it was perfect!
Melissa Beaird says
Can you use ground ginger instead since I don’t have any fresh on hand and how much would you use?
I'm sure you could sub ground but I haven't tried it. I'd try 1/4 tsp dried for a Tbsp of fresh, but that's just an estimate! Taste after cooking and add more if needed. 🙂
How many cubes of ginger did you use? TIA
if you were to add chicken, why do you suggest.
It would work best with precooked chicken since raw chicken couldn't cook that fast. It's a great soup to add grocery store rotisserie chicken with too!
1-22 green onions?
Oh oops! Thanks for catching that, it’s supposed to be 1-2
Delicious! I think it tasted just as good as what you’d get at a restaurant! Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you so much for the feedback Christie! I'm so glad you liked the egg drop soup! <3
Hi! Is there a difference if you use chicken broth and chicken stock? Thanks! Tina
There is not! Both will work 🙂
Michael Maurer says
I've just completed this Recipe , doubling it !
It is GREAT , and have enough for a coupkebof days. I have added corn to it .
Thanks... Mike Maurer
Great idea to add corn!