Easy Hot and Sour Soup

March 21, 2018   20 Comments

I can’t stop eating soup and this easy hot and sour soup really hits the spot right now.

Easy Hot and Sour Soup

I came down with a sinus infection (never had one before – yuck!) and my slow cooker beef and barley soup and low carb chicken vegetable soup are simply not cutting it.

I need something brothy and spicy to kick this cold out of my head.

Not only am I feeling crappy, but check this out!

Yes, we are swimming in snow. It fell all in one day and we sat inside and watched it for hours. Crazy no? Too much snow!! My kids haven’t attended school much this winter and I am starting to lose it. I can only play Monopoly about 4 times before I want to put my head down on the table.

If you make Asian themed cuisine, you probably already have many of the ingredients you need for hot and sour soup. Go ahead and buy rice vinegar, sesame oil, etc. if you don’t have them because they last forever and impart wonderful flavors.

The hardest ingredient to find is the shiitake mushrooms. These were in the produce section ALREADY SLICED (how great is that?) and ready to go at my local supermarket.

I use a tube of ginger because I am that lazy (but I mince my garlic because I use so much of it that a tube would not be cost effective).

This is easy, delicious, and low in calorie. It is also deeply comforting when the weather is bad and you have a cold. I could eat this all day every day right now.

My daughter took the leftover tofu and created a little stir-fry. She LOVES tofu but (unfortunately) her father hates it. It is very difficult to get all of my family on one page when it comes to food.

Have you made your own hot and sour soup?

Easy Hot and Sour Soup

2.0 from 27 reviews

Makes 6 servings

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4 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons corn starch
6 cups chicken broth, reduced sodium (or vegetable broth)
2 tablespoons soy sauce, reduced sodium
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
2 teaspoons Sriracha (optional)
6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 large eggs, beaten
7 ounces extra-firm tofu, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 green onions, thinly sliced


In a small bowl, mix vinegar and corn starch with a fork until corn starch is dissolved. Reserve for later use.

In a large stock pot, bring broth, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and Sriracha to a boil. Add mushrooms and simmer for 3 minutes until slightly tender. Whisk in the vinegar mixture for one minute. Add eggs in a thin stream while whisking (in one hand slowly pour eggs and in the other quickly whisk them into the broth). Add tofu, sesame oil, and onions and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

For 1 ½ cup serving = 144 calories, 5.8 g fat, 1.2 g saturated fat, 10.9 g carbohydrates, 2.3 g sugar, 11.3 g protein, 1.0 g fiber, 700 mg sodium, 1 Freestyle SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Where do you add cornstarch mixture? I have everything except shiitake mushrooms; I think they can be purchased dried.

Hope you're feeling better today!

My guess would be that you add the slurry just before whisking the eggs into the soup.

Yes, I do make hot and sour soup- yours might be a little easier? I am a hot and sour soup lover too, and I love that your recipe can be made vegetarian. My husband has had congestion that has lasted 3 weeks - maybe he needs some of your hot and sour soup.

@BarbL - you can purchase shiitake mushrooms dried and rehydrate them in boiling water. DaveS - thank you! You add the vinegar/cornstarch before the eggs. I have put that in the original recipe above.

I am getting better but I add lots of sriracha to cut through the stuffiness!

Thank you for your comments!

Think I'll skip the Sriracha & ginger, trade chicken for tofu, and use egg whites instead of whole eggs to lower the WW points - unwilling to give up 4 SP for one cup of soup (would probably have 2 cups at one meal)!!

This looks great, Lisa. Thanks. I haven't made hot and sour soup for years. I think that is going to change soon!

Delicious soup. I made it as described and it was a legit hot and sour soup but so much better with fresh mushrooms. Thanks!

This came out great! I finally made it last night; definitely going into the rotation; comes together in no time and it is delicious!

This is yummy! I made it with white mushrooms, didn't have shitakes, and used Garlic-Chile sauce, didn't have Sriracha. Absolutely wonderful, and I can eat all I want. My husband doesn't like much Asian food, lucky me, haha!

Thank you for demystifying this terrific soup! How did I miss this post before?!? For the tofu-suspicious, have you tried baking? I put enough tamari to barely cover the bottom of my glass lasagna pan, then a few drops of toasted sesame oil and mix it in with a fork. I slice the tofu into 1/3 inch think pieces and then cut them into about 2” sqares—the shape of the original block of tofu determines this—and then I turn them each over once in the soy sauce and fill the bottom of the pan. I bake at 350-425 degrees (determined by what else is sharing the oven or the time I have until dinner) until it gets sort of hard and a little dry (but no longer tasteless or slimy). Sometimes I turn it part way through. But usually not. This is good for dinner, breakfast, snacks. I bet even a recalcitrant husband will like.

I've been thinking about making a hot and sour soup with the massive amount of leftover tamarind I bought to make pad Thai, will probably replace the vinegar with it and omit the eggs. Not a fan of the texture in soup.

I use tofu a lot and do my best to use strong flavors to mask the tofuness. Last week I made tofu chilli burritos that were a hit with the family. Maybe a good dose of cayenne and cumin will help :)

Love tofu, love Hot and Sour soup in our local asian restaurant. Will be giving this a try soon. Thanks so much!

Looks super yummy. I love mushroom soup.

Amazing soup recipe!

Looks good although typically the eggs are not whisked in hot and sour soup they are stirred in so that there are nice threads of egg present. The soup should be boiling while adding the egg lastly. Stir gently. Makes a prettier soup. I like the chunks of eggs. : )

This is like a Hot and Sour I once had the recipe from. After moving several times and two kids.... Lololol. I "misplaced it". So greatful for your recipes and emails! You are the best! Hope your snow melts soon, like by Spring...... and you get the kiddies back to school. Thanks again!

Just made this and loved the flavor. I made more like a "Happy Family" soup. Corn, Rotisserie Chicken, thinly sliced Seaweed, Onion, sliced Pork.

Looks good! Although typically the eggs are not whisked in the hot and sour soup they are stirred in so that there are nice threads of egg present. Stir gently. Makes a prettier soup. I like the chunks of eggs.

I'm calling my latest version COVID-19 Soup. No tofu at the store, so I used diced chicken breast and black rice (cooked before and added to broth I'd made from the "remains" of a store-bought roasted chicken), along with lots of mushrooms, green onions and 3 eggs. I love the taste and flexibility of this soup!


I gave this four stars, but only because of whisking in the egg. I wish I had read the comments first. I added the full amount of siracha and thought something was a little lacking (I like hot and sour soup to have a kick), so I looked at some other recipes online. Some added chili paste, but I don't know how WW-friendly that would be. Some added crushed red pepper. My soup is on the warming burner right now, so I will add some red pepper flakes. Now, what to do with the 9 ounces of leftover tofu!


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