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Tomato Egg Drop Soup using Canned Tomatoes

Chinese Tomato Egg Drop Soup is made using canned tomatoes for a quick and easy recipe that will warm you on a chilly day. Made with pantry staples, it is ready in under 15 minutes.

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white bowl with Asian tomato egg soup.

Chilly season calls for a warm, cozy, comforting soup for light dinner or main course!

It is one of the easiest soups. All you need to make this easy egg drop soup recipe is about 15 minutes in your kitchen, pantry ingredients, and a quick drizzle of beautiful egg ribbons.

What is egg drop soup?

The name “Egg Drop” comes from how the soup is made—dropping raw egg into hot soup. A staple at Chinese restaurants, it is typically made with lightly seasoned broth, filled with delicious egg ribbons, which are created by whisking raw eggs into the simmering broth and flavored with Asian seasonings.

Dan Hua Tang, in translation is called “egg flower soup” because the egg creates large and small swirls in the soup in a flower-like pattern.

A popular variation of this soup is made with tomatoes during summer time when tomatoes are in season. So, we love this version that is made with canned tomatoes instead —> Perfect soup recipe when craving strikes any time of the year.

Chinese Tomato Egg Drop Soup:

  • Made in under 15 minutes
  • Uses canned tomatoes
  • Without cornstarch
  • Gluten free / Dairy free
  • Healthier than take out
  • Pantry ingredients


Egg – We use one whole egg and one egg yolk

Tomato – Canned whole peeled tomatoes

Stock – We used 33% reduced sodium chicken stock

Flavorings – Soy sauce, Black pepper, salt and sugar.

Vegetables – Onion, Scallion and Garlic

ingredients needed.

How to make?

Crush tomatoes – Empty contents from a can of whole peeled tomatoes into a bowl and crush using your hands or a potato masher.

Whisk eggs – Whisk egg and yolk in a small measuring cup.

Make soup – Saute chopped onion and garlic in some vegetable oil, until translucent. Add crushed tomatoes along with liquid, stock, salt, pepper, sugar and soy sauce.

Bring to a boil for about 1 minute. Gently drizzle in whisked egg and cook for a few seconds. Stir in scallions.

stirring in tomatoes with chicken stock.
tomato soup boiling in a saucepan.

Expert tips

Chicken stock – We used 33% canned chicken stock. If using regular or no sodium stock then adjust salt accordingly.

How to make egg flowers? We suggest pouring in the beaten egg when the soup is gently boiling after swirling the soup constantly in the same direction.

Salt – We used regular soy sauce, 33% reduced sodium chicken stock and 3/4 teaspoon salt.

Do I need to use cornstarch? This soup is light with a slight thickness achieved from the eggs and canned tomatoes. So, it is delicious without cornstarch.

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Serving suggestions

It is typically eaten as a side dish or appetizer to other Chinese dishes. I like to serve it as a first course to

lifting tomato soup with a spoon from a saucepan.

How to store and reheat leftovers

How to store leftovers?

Leftover soup can be refrigerated in a sealed container.

How to reheat?

Microwave until warm in 15 second intervals (so that it does not overcook the eggs) or re heat in a stove top over low heat.

Can you freeze?

We recommend not freezing this soup.


  1. Usually made meatless, you can add shrimp, rotisserie chicken or tofu to make it a healthier meal.
  2. Use fresh grated ginger or ginger powder.
  3. Add some red pepper flakes to give a spicy kick.
  4. Stir in some baby spinach before adding eggs.

Is this healthy?

Yes! Egg drop soup is perfect for a first course or even the main course as a low-calorie, high protein dish.

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What to serve with this soup?

Chinese tomato egg drop soup in a saucepan.

Tomato Egg Drop Soup using Canned Tomatoes

Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Chinese Tomato Egg Drop Soup is made using canned tomatoes for a quick and easy recipe that will warm you on a chilly day. Made with pantry staples, it is ready in under 15 minutes.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced



  • 1 whole egg plus 1 yolk
  • 1 scallion, chopped


(Empty contents of canned tomato along with juice, into a bowl and crush tomatoes using hands or a potato masher)

1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When hot, saute onion and garlic for about 1 minute or begins to get translucent.

2. Add all group-1 ingredients (including crushed tomatoes along with liquid), increase heat to high and give a good stir.

3. After it comes to a boil, reduce heat and let it cook for about 1 minute.

4. In the meantime add egg and yolk into a small measuring cup or a small bowl and whisk using a fork, until well combined.

5. Stir the soup in a circular motion, creating a “whirlpool.” Then slowly pour the whisked eggs into the soup, in order to create long egg ribbons.

6. Let cook for about 30 seconds, stir in scallions and take off heat.

Serve hot.


Chicken stock – We used 33% canned chicken stock. If using regular or no sodium stock then adjust salt accordingly.

Salt – We used regular soy sauce, 33% reduced sodium chicken stock and 3/4 teaspoon salt.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 883mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 9g

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Friday 13th of May 2022

Delicious soup :)

Though if you wanna make it Gluten Free, you gotta drop the Soy, it is always mixed with Wheat.

Maria Doss

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Hi Ole, Thank you so much hun, Maria

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