Egg Drop Soup without Cornstarch (Carnivore, Keto, Gluten-free)

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Make this easy Egg Drop Soup without cornstarch for lunch or dinner. It’s a budget-friendly one pot meal made in 10 minutes from start to finish. Plus, it’s a healthy low-carb, dairy-free soup the whole family will love. 

Bone Broth Egg Drop Soup

Egg drop soup is a popular Chinese-inspired soup that can easily be recreated at home with healthy ingredients. Pick any traditional recipe, and you’ll see cornstarch added to the ingredient list as a way to thicken the broth. I find this completely unnecessary since the starch doesn’t add any flavor or nutrition. Plus, it’s not a keto-friendly ingredient.

Sans cornstarch, egg drop soup is naturally keto and low-carb. The best part is that it’s made in under 10 minutes. 

Start by infusing the broth with flavor and finish by adding a slow, steady stream of whisked eggs while stirring the broth in a circular motion. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm with optional green onion garnish. That’s all there is to it!

Bone broth is essential in this recipe, and homemade broth is superior to store-bought. If you follow a strict carnivore diet, you might prefer an ultra-simple Carnivore Diet Bone Broth Recipe instead of a Traditional Homemade Bone Broth or Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth.

The difference is not significant, but when following a strict diet of any kind, it’s essential to adhere to these limitations. Carnivore diet soup has no plant-based ingredients such as onion, garlic, celery, or carrots and is entirely animal-based. This one, in particular, is a nourishing comfort food dish that’s as satiating as it is easy to make.

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How to Make Gluten-free Egg Drop Soup

Gather three basic ingredients, and you’re halfway to making an egg drop soup recipe without cornstarch in just 10 minutes! If you are not following a strict carnivore diet and want a few keto add-ins, you may also want to grab a few more ingredients like coconut aminos and green onions. 

This carnivore diet soup recipe comes together in two simple steps with a small saucepan of bone broth and a bowl of whisked eggs. 

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Basic Ingredients

  • Bone broth – chicken bone broth or beef bone broth will both work for this soup
  • Eggs – a few large eggs wisked in a small bowl
  • Sea salt

This gut-healthy soup depends on a staple ingredient central to many healing diets: bone broth. As such, ensure that your bone broth is of superior quality and free from any thickening agents or additives. I suggest the bone broth bundle from Kettle & Fire if you don’t have a homemade or local option.

You’ll see a complete list of optional keto-friendly add-ins in the recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

Because this soup is made without cornstarch, it is naturally Whole30, Paleo, and GAPS compliant. 

Consider these simple diet modifications to make the most of this easy meal:

  • Keto diet: add keto soy sauce or coconut aminos for extra flavor; season broth with ginger powder, red chili flakes, or ground black pepper; and garnish the soup with green onions or chopped cilantro.
  • Dairy-free: this soup recipe is naturally dairy-free
  • Carnivore diet: keep this soup strict carnivore by using plain bone broth, skipping the garnish, and seasoning only with salt.
  • Low oxalate diet: the basic carnivore version contains zero oxalates. If you add the extra keto ingredients, it will be a low-oxalate soup.
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Step-By-Step Directions

Follow these simple directions, and you can’t go wrong!

As long as you have bone broth ready to go, this soup takes only a minute to whip together.

Step one: Heat broth

Bring the broth to a light simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Step two: Add ingredients

Add optional keto ingredients and salt (reserve the green onion for garnish). Mix well.

Step three: Whisk eggs

In a small bowl, whisk eggs until blended. Briskly stir broth in a circular clockwise motion. Remove the spoon and, as the broth continues to spiral, pour in whisked eggs.

Step four: Cook

Cook for about one minute until the eggs are cooked through.

Step five: Garnish and serve

Divide into bowls, garnish with green onion, if using and serve hot. 

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Egg Drop Soup Nutritional Info

There are 2 servings in this egg drop soup recipe. 

Each serving contains

  • 140 calories
  • 18 g protein
  • 7 g fat
  • 1 g total carbs

Please note that the nutritional value will change if you substitute ingredients. Use a nutrition app like My Fitness Pal to recalculate and reflect your changes.

Keto Carnivore Egg Drop Soup FAQ

Are there carbs in egg drop soup?

This egg drop soup without cornstarch has only 1 gram of net carbs per serving. It’s a great soup option for those who are following a keto, low-carb, or carnivore diet.

Is egg drop soup gluten-free?

This homemade egg drop soup does not contain gluten or any grains and is, therefore, gluten-free. If ordering egg drop soup at a restaurant, the thickening agent may contain gluten, so always ask if unsure.

How long is egg drop soup good for?

Egg drop soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, gently warm it on low heat, so the eggs don’t overcook and become rubbery.

Can you freeze egg drop soup?

Egg drop soup is not very freezer friendly as the eggs will become rubbery. But with only 1-minute of active, hands-on time, you can whip this soup up as needed. Bone broth without the eggs freezes beautifully, so make sure you are well stocked with broth to make egg drop soup whenever the craving strikes.

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More Ketovore Recipes with Bone Broth

A bowl of egg drop soup, garnished with green onions.

Carnivore Keto Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Jessica Haggard
Make this easy Egg Drop Soup without Cornstarch for lunch or dinner. It’s a budget-friendly one pot meal made in 10 minutes from start to finish. Plus, it’s a healthy low-carb, dairy-free soup the whole family will love.
4.91 from 55 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2
Calories 140 kcal


Base Soup (Strict Carnivore)

Optional Keto Add-Ins


  • Bring the broth to a light simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.
    2 cups bone broth
  • Add optional keto ingredients and salt (reserve the green onion). Mix well.
    1 teaspoon Keto Soy Sauce, ¼ teaspoon ginger powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Begin briskly stirring in a circular clockwise motion. Remove the spoon and, as the broth continues to spiral, pour in whisked eggs.
    3 large eggs
  • Cook for about 1 minute, until eggs are cooked through.
  • Divide into bowls, garnish with green onion. Serve hot.
    1 teaspoon green onion

Nutrition & Macros

Calories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 18gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 777mgFiber: 0.1gNet Carbohydrates: 1g

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More Asian Keto Recipes

Homemade keto Asian recipes are the way to go if you want to still eat all your favorite take-out dishes but avoid the carbs.

I’ll suggest some easy stir-fry recipes to get you started:

This post was originally published on September 2016 and later updated with tips and new images on December 2022.

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14 thoughts on “Egg Drop Soup without Cornstarch (Carnivore, Keto, Gluten-free)”

  1. 5 stars
    Egg drop soup is one of my childhood faves! I was so happy to find this recipe, so I tried it right away, this time without cornstarch. Loved that it’s naturally gluten-free and still so flavorful. Perfect for a hassle-free dinner!

  2. 5 stars
    This Egg Drop Soup recipe exceeded my expectations. Simple, hearty, and aligns perfectly with my dietary restrictions. Even my picky-eater son asked for a second bowl.

  3. 5 stars
    I love how this soup came together in just 10 minutes! It’s such a lifesaver for busy days and I’m definitely keeping this recipe handy!


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