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Egg Drop Soup {GAPS, Paleo & Primal}

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Egg Drop Soup Recipe

A protein-packed, mineral rich meal in 15 minutes flat? Yes, please! The usual recipes call for thickeners like cornstarch or arrowroot that aren’t GAPS-friendly and soy sauce is a no-no,  so I hadn’t even attempted it. By happy accident [read NO FOOD in the house], I recently rediscovered egg drop soup. Yay!

Egg Drop Soup

  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos or naturally fermented soy sauce
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ -1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (optional)


  1. Add butter/ghee/coconut oil to a medium-sized pot and warm over low/med heat. Add onions and saute until soft.
  2. Add the chicken broth, optional soy sauce/coconut aminos, salt and pepperl. Bring to a boil.
  3. Stir gently while you slowly pour in the egg.
  4. Season with chives before serving.

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86 Responses to Egg Drop Soup {GAPS, Paleo & Primal}

  1. Shannon Boyer Blackwell via FB


    A mama friend brought me this after Romy was born. Insanely yummy :-)

  2. I’ve made this twice over the last two weeks- I also add chicken, carrots and zucchini (or other veggies I’ve got in the house) for extra nutrition!

  3. Amanda says:

    This looks yummy – but I’m the only one in the house who cares for asian cuisine.

    Will this reheat well if I make a batch just for me?

    • Heather says:

      Yes, it will! I’m eating some that’s leftover from yesterday right now!

    • Sarah


      Amanda, just leave the soy and sesame out. This recipe is remarkably similar to the version my grandmother made, only hers had spaetzle noodles and tons of fresh minced garlic, but didn’t have any soy or sesame oil so I know it’ll be just as yummy without.
      And for the record, it’s also quite yummy without the noodles :D

  4. Oooh, I want to make this :) I’m on GAPS, so I need as many soup recipes as possible!

  5. Shannon Boyer Blackwell – This is my favorite meals to take after a baby is born! It’s mineral rich, easily digested (mama’s body has worked hard enough!) and full of DHA. Plus, it tastes great warmed up! Your mama friend must love you :)

  6. Elissa Winkler – That sounds delish! Think I will have to give it a try.

  7. Barbara Roundtree Grant – Me, too! I’m actually eating some right now :)

  8. i’ve made your old recipe a couple times and it was good so i’m excited to try this variation! btw you called it egg flower soup!

  9. Our Nourishing Roots – It’s so easy! GAPS people always have chicken stock around, which makes this recipe so quick!

  10. Ashley


    Oh my, what a wonderful meal that was……where have i been. This is my first time cooking it and first time trying it. It will definitely be a staple in my home!!!! thanks!

  11. Emily Woodall


    So, would Tamari sauce not be ok in place of the soy sauce for Gapsters? It is wheat-free. Is there any other reason it would be off limits for those of us on GAPS?
    I love egg drop soup and can’t wait to give this a try!

  12. Amanda says:

    This is one of my “meals of desperation.” I don’t think I could live without it. :)

  13. Oh YUM! I think this will be lunch today! Thanks Heather!

  14. Lucy Miranda


    Good egg drop recipe. Here is my take: Put 2 or 3 garlic heads to boil in chicken broth. Add a pinch of black pepper. Once the chicken broth take the garlic flavor add the small noodles. Cook until tender. Beat two eggs (for two serving) and add gradually to broth. Add green onions and serve.

  15. Meghan


    This is delicious! I’ve made it a couple of times for breakfast now. We normally just have eggs over easy so this is a nice change that still gets the eggs in. The second time I used the optional celery and added mushrooms, which I liked even better because it made the texture more varied. Thanks!

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  18. Julie Charbonnet Whetstine via FB


    we aren’t GAPS but i’ve made this a few times — a big hit!

  19. Erica Hope Kassner via FB


    Oh…I wish I could eat this. Sounds AWESOME!

  20. Iris Nikki Hasty via FB


    did you know your blog does this annoying thing when you scroll down the click link button thingys follow making it hard to read the text? I thought it was just my computer but it’s doing it no matter what computer or browser I use. =(

  21. Jen Sigmon via FB


    Good idea! Made if for lunch and added some local mushrooms. Delicious!

  22. Maria Mantia via FB


    i will make this soup next time :) thank u for sharing

  23. Alicia Vaca via FB


    we love this! I have added chicken and carrots too :) Delicious!!!

  24. Sahn Lee via FB


    Been too busy lately to read blogs. But this sounds so good, I must find some time to read this post at least

  25. Ummm…yea, this was awesome and my boys have proclaimed this their favorite dish…well that and you stuffing.

  26. Thanks for letting me know, Iris Nikki Hasty! I’ll ask Daddypotamus to look into that!

  27. So glad you liked it, Jen Sigmon!

  28. Sahn Lee – It’s super quick, so make it and then use the time you usually use to make dinner reading blogs instead!

  29. Iris Nikki Hasty via FB


    yay! so glad I’m not losing my mind and it’s really something to check out LOL
    p.s. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

  30. Kristine Winniford via FB


    This looks great, I’m feeling “under the weather” and the family has been playing outside all day, I think this is EXACTLY what we need. Plus I have some random veggies and leftover rice I can throw in and use up. Thank you.

  31. Kristine Winniford via FB


    An hour later and dinner has been made, served and cleaned up. It was awesome, my 2 year old licked her bowl clean, my 4 year old is quite adverse to anything soup but picked out the eggs and veggies. Way better than the other things I was considering serving tonight! Thanks again!

  32. Awww, so glad Kristine Winniford! Hope you feel better soon <3

  33. Momof2Groks


    You can sub coconut aminos for soy sauce too.

  34. Momof2Groks


    Oh, and I also added a few teaspoons of dried seaweed to it. Going to add some mushroom to my portion after the boys eat their fill. :-)

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  37. Tammy Buck via FB


    I’ve recently found coconut aminos…tastes just like soy sauce but is made from coconuts =D

  38. Tandy Batt via FB


    This is on the menu for tomorrow ;) your recipe, too.. We love this one!

  39. Interesting, Tammy Buck! I will check that out!

  40. Ahhh, Tandy Batt, I LOVE hearing that! : -D

  41. Alexa Gumm via FB


    I made it form lunch, Heather! Hope you are loving your move. We are moving to a farmhouse in two weeks. I can’t wait to have chickens! Never thought I would say that! Blessings to you all:)

  42. Alexa Gumm via FB


    For not form

  43. NO WAY!!! Are you serious, Alexa Gumm? I have wanted to live in a barn ever since I came across an Ethan Allen catalogue featuring them as studios back in my sophomore year of high school, but a farmhouse was my second choice. So excited for you, and YAY for chickens!!!

  44. Alexa Gumm via FB


    It’s not a barn, but a darling cottage style home that has a pasture with hay bales behind it. I swear, I NEVER thought I woud type home and hay bales in the same sentence as they apply to me! haha! The girls are sublimely happy and we can’t wait to try this experiment of country living with chickens and all:) I would LOVE to see pics of your new place!

  45. Funny I had this in mind for dinner tonight ;)

  46. Funny I had this in mind for dinner tonight ;)

  47. yep- thinking we will eat this for dinner too

  48. Amy


    Can this soup be frozen?

  49. Mitzi


    I’m new to the GAPS diet and I know this recipe is for EGG drop soup, but do you have an alternative to egg since my son is allergic? That’s equally protein rich?

  50. What do **YOU** make, not “what do make” (blush!)

  51. Felicia Mogavero Johnson via FB


    Depends on leftovers in the fridge. Today I made a mexican dish with leftover tortillas, beans, corn and cheese. Oh and I added a can of Rotel. I don’t like cooking a big meal for lunch, so I try to use up leftovers.

  52. Elise Genta Sprenger via FB


    I love this recipe! So perfect and easy. :)

  53. So glad you like it, Elise Genta Sprenger!

  54. Left over soup :/ it get’s old when you can’t ever get off the intro diet BLAHHHHHHH

  55. I can relate, Julie Baldizan!

  56. Kirsti Vossler via FB


    Oh yay! I was just going to go look for this recipe today. Doing Whole30 (30 days strict paleo diet) right now, and I need some easy ideas! :)

  57. May


    Just finished eating this for dinner, oh it is SOOO good :D

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  60. eliza


    how many servings can this recipe make?

  61. Mikki


    How long will this last in the fridge?

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  64. Jennifer


    Looks good, but the directions don’t match the ingredients list.

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