This egg drop soup recipe is cooked in the Instant Pot using the available ingredients in my pantry. I don’t have to run to the grocery on this quickly! The eggs, the bouillon, and all are available.
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What is Egg Drop Soup
If you are craving the comforting flavors of Chinese cuisine, this recipe is for you. This soup is ubiquitous in the USA and is renowned for its velvety texture and delicate flavors. In this article, we’ll delve into the techniques and ingredients that contribute to its signature thickness.
Whether you’re an Instant Pot novice or a seasoned pro, our easy-to-follow instructions and cooking tips will have you whipping up this homemade egg drop soup like a culinary maestro. From the mesmerizing egg drop technique to tantalizing flavor variations, your Instant Pot adventure is covered.
We’ll dive into the secrets behind its thickness, address concerns about raw eggs, explore the egg setting on the Instant Pot, troubleshoot issues with soup thickness, and even show you an easy way to make this delectable dish using the Instant Pot.
We’ll guide you through crafting a restaurant-style Chinese egg drop soup using the convenience of your Instant Pot.
Why make this Egg drop soup and follow this recipe:
- It was cooked in the Instant Pot! Use that Instant Pot that has been in the box for six months. Could you open it and use it right now?
- Very Simple Ingredients egg drop soup may have used simple ingredients, but they taste authentic. The taste is elevated by adding sesame oil towards the end, and lots of green onions are added.
- Why People Enjoy Egg Drop Soup: Egg drop soup is a popular Chinese dish appreciated for its simplicity, soothing qualities, and delicate flavors. Here are a few reasons why people enjoy it:
- Comforting and Warm: Egg drop soup is typically served hot, making it an enjoyable choice, especially during colder weather or when you’re feeling under the weather.
- Simple Ingredients: The soup requires only a few essential ingredients, such as eggs, broth, and seasonings, which makes it easy to prepare at home.
- Delicate Texture: Slowly pouring beaten eggs into hot broth creates thin, silky egg ribbons that add a pleasing texture to the soup.
- Customizable: You can customize egg drop soup by adding various ingredients, such as vegetables, tofu, or cooked meat, according to your preferences.
Ingredients You’ll Need: What’s Available in the Pantry?
I have all the ingredients in this recipe, so making a grocery run is unnecessary!
- Three large eggs
- One tablespoon of cornstarch
- Four tablespoons of water
- Two tablespoons Roasted sesame oil
- Onion garlic powder and salt to taste
- Sliced green onions and cilantro for garnish
Step-by-Step Instructions on how to make Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup:
This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Whole ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Prepare Your Instant Pot: Begin by setting the inner pot into the Instant Pot base. Pour the water and add the bouillon. Select the pressure cook button function and put the pressure on Hi. Set the timer to five minutes.
- Whisk the Eggs: Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and whisk them until the yolks and whites are well combined.
- Mix the Cornstarch Slurry: In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water to form a smooth slurry. Mixing the cornstarch with water and adding it thickens the soup.
- The Egg Drop Technique: Quickly release and push the saute’ function when the pressure is done. While gently stirring the broth with one hand, use your other hand to drizzle the whisked eggs into the pot. The eggs will form delicate ribbons as they cook in the hot broth.
- Introduce the Cornstarch Mixture: Gradually pour the cornstarch slurry into the broth while stirring continuously. Continue stirring and thicken for a couple of minutes.
- Final Touches: Turn off the sauté function. Stir in the roasted sesame oil. Season the soup and season more when needed if needed.
- Serve and Garnish: Ladle the egg drop soup. The vibrant colors and fresh flavors will enhance the overall experience. Feel free to adjust the ingredients and quantities to your liking, and don’t hesitate to add other elements, such as cooked chicken, tofu, or vegetables, for added flavor and nutrition. Enjoy your homemade egg drop soup!
The Role of Cornstarch in Thickening
- Cornstarch is A crucial ingredient for the thick consistency of Chinese egg drop soup. This everyday kitchen staple is a thickening agent when mixed with water before being added to the soup. The heat activates the starch molecules, causing the soup to thicken beautifully.
Egg Swirling in Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup
- It is swirling egg drop soup that results from ribbons of cooked Egg that swirl within the broth. This effect is achieved by slowly pouring beaten eggs into the simmering soup while gently stirring. The heat causes the Egg to cook instantly, creating those sought-after silky strands.
Exploring Flavors and Variations:
- Egg Flower Essence: To elevate the authenticity of your soup, add a touch of egg flower essence, creating a velvety texture reminiscent of Chinese restaurants.
- Asian Inspiration: For an Asian fusion twist, consider incorporating ingredients like tofu, mushrooms, or bok choy to enrich the flavors and textures.
Is There Raw Egg in Egg Drop Soup?
- A common concern about egg drop soup is the use of raw eggs. However, adding a beaten egg to the hot broth ensures that the egg cooks thoroughly upon contact. This method guarantees both safety and the distinctive texture that defines the dish.
Unveiling the Egg Setting on Instant Pot
- For those who appreciate modern kitchen gadgets, the Instant Pot offers an egg setting that can be used to create perfect egg drop soup. This setting maintains the ideal temperature for cooking eggs, simplifying the process and yielding consistent results.
Troubleshooting Soup Thickness
- Several factors might be at play if your egg drop soup needs to be thickened as desired. Insufficient cornstarch or improper mixing could be the culprits. Adjusting these elements or using the Egg swirling technique more effectively could help achieve the desired thickness.
- Can I use a different thickening agent instead of cornstarch?
While cornstarch is the traditional choice, alternatives like arrowroot or tapioca starch can also be used.
- Is egg drop soup a complete meal?
While it’s a flavorful starter, it’s often served as part of a larger meal with other dishes.
- Can I freeze homemade Egg drop soup?
Freezing can affect the soup’s texture, particularly the eggs. It’s best enjoyed fresh.
- Can I add vegetables or meat to the soup?
Absolutely! Many variations include ingredients like peas, carrots, or cooked chicken.
- What’s the key to achieving the perfect egg swirl in the soup?
Slowly pour the beaten eggs into the soup while stirring gently to create those lovely ribbons.
Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup
- 1 Instant Pot Duo Crisp Plus Air Fryer 8 quart
- ladle to swirl the broth
- 4 cups water
- 1 piece Chicken Bouillon
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tbsp Roasted Sesame Oil
- onion powder, garlic powder, salt
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 stems green onion or more
- Set the inner pot into the Instant Pot base.
- Pour the water and add the chicken bouillon. Crush the chicken bouillon with a wooden spoon.
- Cover the Instant Pot with the pressure cooker lid and set the timer to five minutes. Quickly release the pressure when done.
- Mix the cornstarch and water until there are no lumps, and set it aside until ready.
- Cancel the pressure cooker setting and push the saute' button. Set the timer to thirty minutes. Season the broth with salt, onion, and garlic powder as needed.
- Slowly pour the egg and very gently swirl the broth using a spoon to create egg ribbons.
- Add the cornstarch slurry and gently stir to thicken the soup. Add the Roasted sesame oil and green onions.
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