Avgolemono (Greek Egg and Lemon Soup)

My family came down with our first really bad cold of the season.  It started with my daughter when we were out of town, and by the time we got back home, we were all sick.  Don’t you just hate colds?  It reminded me that I need some really good soup, and there is no better soup for me, than Avgolemono.  It is a Greek soup with chicken broth, rice, lemon, and topped with a lemony egg foam.  My mom used to make it for us growing up, and it was sheer comfort in a bowl.  Imagine a layer of egg foam, with a warm soup underneath, made of lemon, rice, and egg-thickened chicken broth.  There is honestly nothing like it.  I first shared it two years ago, and decided this is the perfect time to share it again.  I hope you give it a try, the next time you are looking for a comforting and healthy soup!

Avgolemono

Serving Size: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp. lemon juice (a little more than the juice of 1/2 lemon)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Add the rice to 4 cups of chicken broth, and let it come to a boil. Add the salt, and keep covered and let the rice cook on low for about 25 minutes. When it is getting close, bring the last cup of chicken broth to a boil separately.
  • Meanwhile, beat the eggs with the lemon juice (I don't like mine super lemony, so adjust the lemon to your taste once you make it the first time). An electric mixer will give you the best results. Beat the eggs and lemon juice until you get soft peaks. With a hand mixer, this will take at least 10 minutes.
  • Once the rice is ready, temper the eggs, by slowly whisking or beating the 1 cup of broth into the eggs.
  • Add the egg mixture to the rice, by stirring constantly, but gently.
  • Immediately remove the soup from the heat. Serve with chicken and a nice crusty bread. Enjoy!
  • Note: It should have a nice thick layer of egg foam on top. That will dissipate and leftovers will not have the foam, however the soup will get thicker and creamier after being in the fridge.
  • I am excited to bring my soup to Fiesta Friday #194!  Your co-hosts this week are Petra @ Food Eat Love and Vanitha @ Curry and Vanilla.

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    66 Responses to“Avgolemono (Greek Egg and Lemon Soup)”

    1. 10/19/2017 at 8:27 am #

      Hope everyone is on the mend!

      • Zoale.com
        10/19/2017 at 9:40 am #

        Thanks Cheryl, we are getting there. It seems to be lingering more with me, unfortunately. Looking forward to getting better! Have a fantastic day!

    2. 10/19/2017 at 9:28 am #

      Ohhh, your soup sounds heavenly. I’m ill right now so I could really go for a bowl of that homemade goodness, ☺

      • Zoale.com
        10/19/2017 at 9:49 am #

        Thanks Paula, I hope you feel better soon! I wish I could send you some. 😀 I hope you have a nice weekend!

    3. Liz
      10/19/2017 at 3:05 pm #

      Very unique kind of soup. I should try it!

      • Zoale.com
        10/19/2017 at 4:09 pm #

        It really is, I hope you get a chance to try it. 😀 Have a great rest of your day Liz!

    4. 10/19/2017 at 3:16 pm #

      Ugh! I’m sorry you’re all sick with colds. I hope the soup helps you get on the mend and well soon!

      I’ve never tried this soup. It sounds very interesting. I love soup so I’d give it try. I think I’d like to try it in a restaurant before making it though.

      • Zoale.com
        10/19/2017 at 4:12 pm #

        Thanks Deborah, I’ll be glad when it’s over! The soup is definitely helping.:D It really is interesting and so tasty. Ha ha, that is a good way to try it. 😉 I hope you are having a nice week!

        • 10/19/2017 at 10:08 pm #

          There’s a Greek place I frequent when over the hill. I wonder if they have this soup? I’ll keep it mind when over there and have a hankerin for Greek food. It might be the perfect starter. 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          10/20/2017 at 11:39 am #

          I hope so, and I hope you like it! A lot of Greek places I’ve been to have it. Let me know how you like it. Have a great weekend!

        • 10/20/2017 at 12:17 pm #

          Thank you Antonia! I hope you are all feeling better by the week-end’s end, and have a nice week-end despite having colds.

        • Zoale.com
          10/20/2017 at 1:54 pm #

          I hope so too, thank you! 😀

    5. 10/19/2017 at 3:31 pm #

      Your soup sounds so unusual, Antonia. I would never think to add lemon and egg, but I can imagine how good it is, especially when under the weather. I hope you’re all feeling better. It’s that time of year. 🙂 <3

      • Zoale.com
        10/19/2017 at 4:15 pm #

        It really is different, but so good. I ate it all the time growing up, and it was one my of favorite Greek dishes my mom would make. She was so good at getting the egg foam perfect on top. Eating it while I am sick takes me back! Thank you, we are getting there! Have a beautiful weekend Diana!

    6. 10/20/2017 at 9:21 am #

      As winter closes in, quality soups support healthy immune function. Looks like a delicious “soldier” in the war on colds!

      • Zoale.com
        10/20/2017 at 11:41 am #

        Thanks Dr. Jonathan! It really is, and so comforting and healthy. Have a nice weekend!

    7. 10/20/2017 at 9:57 am #

      I have heard of this soup but never tried it before. After looking at the ingredients I would say it is just as good as good ole chicken soup when you don’t feel well. Rice is easy on your stomach, lots of broth and of course we all know the benefits of lemon. For awhile I was having a glass of water with a little lemon juice added first thing in the morning 🙂 Glad you are all feeling better – not fun for sure!

      • Zoale.com
        10/20/2017 at 12:04 pm #

        You have to try it, it is so good. I agree, it is just perfect when you have a cold. I have done that too, and also apple cider vinegar with my water. I really need to start doing that again. Thanks so much and have a great weekend Judi! 😀

    8. 10/20/2017 at 12:58 pm #

      Oh no, so sorry you got that nasty cold 🙁 Get well soon, and thank you for the recipe!

      • Zoale.com
        10/20/2017 at 1:55 pm #

        Thanks Inese! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and Friday!

        • 10/20/2017 at 2:00 pm #

          You too! Stay home and eat all great sweet stuff 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          10/20/2017 at 2:54 pm #

          Ha ha, thank you! 😀

    9. 10/20/2017 at 5:54 pm #

      I hope you all feel better. This soup is amazing!

      • Zoale.com
        10/20/2017 at 7:35 pm #

        Thanks Lynn, I am getting there. Have a wonderful weekend with that new grand baby! 😀

    10. 10/20/2017 at 6:42 pm #

      Hi Antonia!! This soup is beautiful– it almost looks like a dessert. I’ve had Lemon chicken soup at a Greek restaurant by our house– but without the fluffy topping! This does look like the best kind of comfort food! Hope you are all feeling better by now– back to your old selves. hugs hugs!

      • Zoale.com
        10/20/2017 at 7:37 pm #

        Thank you so much Rhonda! It really is and makes me feel so much better when I am eating it. I just made more tonight. 😉 Thank you, and I hope you have a nice weekend!

        • 10/23/2017 at 1:02 am #

          It does look like the best kind of cozy food. Don’t you love making food that your mom or grandmother made?? Maybe someday your kids will be making it up for their families! xox

        • Zoale.com
          10/23/2017 at 1:33 pm #

          It really is. 😀 Yes, I love making my mom and grandmother’s food, it’s the best! I hope you have a wonderful week!

        • 10/25/2017 at 6:05 pm #

          thanks Antonia– It is a great week– I’m up in San Francisco babysitting my grand-girl who just turned 1! Party on Saturday! I wish we had one of your cakes!! xox

        • Zoale.com
          10/27/2017 at 5:17 pm #

          Sounds like a fun week and weekend! Happy 1st Birthday to your granddaughter! 😀

        • 10/27/2017 at 5:18 pm #

          Thanks Antonia– it’s super fun to be with her! (she’s napping now)– almost ready to walk! Happy Halloween with your kids?? Are they dressing up? Have fun!

        • Zoale.com
          10/27/2017 at 5:33 pm #

          I bet, what a wonderful age! Have fun with her! Yes, they are super excited, and are dressing up as Batman and Poison Ivy! My daughter has finally chosen a character with red hair to dress up as, yay! 😀

        • 10/29/2017 at 12:09 am #

          Hi Antonia– Sounds like fun all around!! I’m going to go google “Poison Ivy” as a character– I guess I’m out of the kid’s costume loop!! Happy Halloween to all of you there!! hugs!

        • Zoale.com
          11/02/2017 at 9:34 pm #

          Thanks, I hope you had a great Halloween!

        • 11/03/2017 at 3:20 pm #

          We did Antonia! Love seeing all the little kids in their costumes!! Now I’m day dreaming about Thanksgiving dinner– having it at our house, first time in quite a while! hugs hugs!

        • Zoale.com
          11/03/2017 at 4:31 pm #

          Oh, that sounds wonderful Rhonda! 😀

        • 10/29/2017 at 12:12 am #

          That’s sound like fun all around Antonia!! I’m going to go google “Poison Ivy” as a character!! I guess I’m out of the loop on that! Have the best Halloween with your adorable kids! xo

        • Zoale.com
          11/02/2017 at 9:36 pm #

          Ha ha, thanks Rhonda! She is from Batman.

        • 11/03/2017 at 3:22 pm #

          So fun! xo

        • Zoale.com
          11/03/2017 at 4:32 pm #

          😀

        • 10/29/2017 at 12:07 am #

          Thanks Antonia– just back from the big birthday party in the park! xo

    11. Sandhya
      10/20/2017 at 8:22 pm #

      Hope you all are doing better Antonia. Nothing like comforting home made soup. I am sure your kids felt the same comfort you felt growing up when your mom made it for you

      • Zoale.com
        10/21/2017 at 12:20 pm #

        Thanks Sandhya, I am getting there. It is just lingering a bit. I agree, nothing beats it! They were a bit skeptical of the egg foam the first time they ever ate it, lol. They love it now though. 😀 Enjoy your day!

    12. 10/21/2017 at 4:01 am #

      This looks great and soothing! Take good rest,Antonia…

      • Zoale.com
        10/21/2017 at 12:27 pm #

        Thank you so much Swapna! I am trying to rest. ;D Enjoy your weekend!

    13. petra08
      10/23/2017 at 4:37 pm #

      I have been battling a nasty cold for days and this sounds like a wonderful bowl of comfort! I will try it tomorrow! Delicious 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday!

      • Zoale.com
        10/23/2017 at 6:51 pm #

        I’m sorry, I hope you feel better soon. I have too, and this soup is wonderful for a cold! Happy Fiesta Friday to you as well, and have a great week! 😀

        • petra08
          10/24/2017 at 1:34 pm #

          hi Antonia
          Thank you, I will absolutely make it and I can’t wait! 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          10/24/2017 at 10:29 pm #

          I hope you enjoy it Petra! Feel better soon!

        • petra08
          10/25/2017 at 6:56 am #

          Hi Antonia
          Thank you and you too! 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          10/27/2017 at 5:16 pm #

          Thank you for the kind words over at Fiesta Friday! I was so happy to be featured! I hope you are feeling better and can enjoy your weekend!

    14. curryandvanilla
      10/26/2017 at 2:07 am #

      What an unusual but lovely soup!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Fiesta Friday 🙂 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        10/27/2017 at 5:19 pm #

        Thanks Vanitha! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    15. 10/26/2017 at 10:01 pm #

      Wow, that soup! And the foam! I’ve had avgolemono several times; I’ve even posted a recipe for it on my older blog, but never without the egg foam. I have to talk to my friend about this. He’s from Greece and pretty much all my knowledge about Greek food comes from him. I hope everybody is feeling better! <3

      • Zoale.com
        10/27/2017 at 5:30 pm #

        Thank you so much Angie! This is the way they made it in my mom’s village in Greece, growing up. I know it can be made many different ways, sometimes even including chicken and veggies. My mom told me this is a very traditional recipe, and that the chicken should be added afterwards or eaten on the side. She would always whisk her eggs, but I have found great results with an electric beater. Thank you, we are! Have a fantastic weekend!

    16. 10/27/2017 at 2:07 pm #

      I loved your first pic..gorgeous..Soup sounds delicious..Happy Friday Fiesta

      • Zoale.com
        10/27/2017 at 5:30 pm #

        Thank you for the kinds words, you made my day! Have a great weekend Lathiya! 😀

    17. 10/29/2017 at 8:39 pm #

      This is exactly what I have been looking for! My kids and I have had colds this past week and I was wanting to try a new comforting soup. Thanks so much for sharing!!

      • Zoale.com
        11/02/2017 at 9:37 pm #

        I hope they feel better soon Jenny! Awesome, I hope you all enjoy it! Have a wonderful end to your week! 😀

    18. 11/02/2017 at 5:11 pm #

      Sounds quite unique, tasty and healthy as well.. Never heard of this kind of soup. Should give it a try… 🙂 Thanks for this one…

      • Zoale.com
        11/02/2017 at 9:39 pm #

        I hope you enjoy it, if you do! Thank you Maniparna!

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