Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup

If you’ve been following me and my recipes, you’ll know I’m obsessed with Chinese food by now. I’ve made SO many Chinese dishes already that I’d do my line of Jewish relatives proud.

And since I just love soup (have you tried my Hot & Sour Soup yet?!), I had to make another. It’s time to drop some eggs into a lovely, light chicken broth and make EGG DROP SOUP!

If you’ve tried my Stracciatella Soup, this is basically the Chinese version of that – ribbons of egg in a thick and soul-warming chicken broth. It also couldn’t be easier to make in the Instant Pot. I’m not even kidding, folks! This is one of the simplest things ever, takes no time at all and has a tremendously wonderful payoff!

Here’s How I Made It!:

Start off by taking a few scallions…

…and slicing ’em up.

Then let’s go to the Instant Pot and add in some chicken broth…

…ground ginger…

…garlic powder…

…white pepper…

…seasoned salt…

…and sesame oil.

Stir everything together, secure the lid and cook at high pressure.

While the soup base is cooking, take four eggs…

…and crack in a bowl using two whole eggs with whites and yolks, but just the egg whites from the other two.

Whisk together well and set aside.

Then make the cornstarch slurry by adding in equal parts cornstarch…

…and water…

…and stir together until it’s nice and smooth.

Once the soup’s done cooking, heat the pot up to bring to a bubble. While it’s heating up, add in the scallions…

…and the turmeric.

And once it bubbles, add in the cornstarch slurry…

…and stir immediately.

After it bubbles for about 1-2 minutes, turn the pot off.

The soup will have thickened once the bubbles die down, so now add in the eggs…

…and stir immediately for about a minute until ribbons have formed and all is combined nicely.

Ladle into bowls and enjoy!

I swear this Egg Drop Soup is JUST as good as any Chinese restaurant 🙂

Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup
Yield: 6

Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup

Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup is tastes as wonderful as it is simple to make. Ribbons of egg swim in this gorgeous Chinese classic and it will be as flavorful and authentic-tasting as the best of take-out joints. Add some corn kernels at the end for some sweetness.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4 cups chicken broth (I used 4 teaspoons of Chicken Better Than Bouillon + 4 cups of water)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper (if you don’t want a little zest to it, leave it out)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 strands of scallions, divided (2 for the soup, 1 for garnish) and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (this really just enhances the color)
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water, mixed together to form a slurry
  • 2 large eggs + 2 egg whites, beaten
  • Chinese noodles, for topping (optional)


  1. Add the chicken broth, ground ginger, garlic powder, white pepper, seasoned salt and sesame oil to the Instant Pot. Hit Manual or Pressure Cook at high pressure for 3 minutes. Quick release when done.
  2. Hit Keep Warm/Cancel and then Sauté and Adjust so it’s on the More or High setting. Add in the scallions and turmeric. Once the soup begins to bubble, add in the cornstarch slurry and stir for another minute until the soup has slightly thickened.
  3. Then, hit Keep Warm/Cancel again to turn off the heat. Once the bubbles die down, pour in the beaten eggs while gently stirring with a spatula so that egg ribbons form. Do this for about 1 minute until the egg is cooked through.
  4. Ladle into bowls and top with with some additional scallions and chinese noodles if you desire.

Jeffrey's Tips

Some people love this with corn added in as well. If you’d like that, just add in a half 10 oz box of frozen sweet corn kernels right before pressure cooking!

The white pepper is going to add a little zest to it (which I love). If you don’t like a little spiciness, simply leave it out!

Make it vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth or using a mock-chicken broth!

Got more people coming? Double the recipe!

Reader Interactions


  1. Katie C

    I made this tonight. It’s phenomenal! I didn’t know what ‘strands’ of green onions were, so I just chopped some up and added them. It’s so easy, and really good.

  2. Mike

    I made this tonight, and it was delicious. I put in two green onions as directed, but they didn’t cook much; the green onions we had were particularly potent, and so quite hot on the tongue. Next time I think we’ll add them with the broth before pressure cooking.

  3. Hayley

    Does this recipe freeze well? I’m looking for things to make ahead for when I have my baby in a couple weeks? Thanks!!

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