Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai

March 28, 2023

This is a Keto Carnivore egg drop soup paired with pork and shrimp meatballs! If you’re looking for an Asian-inspired, hearty and comforting soup on Carnivore, you’ll love this recipe! The egg drop soup contains pork and shrimp dumplings inspired by the traditional Cantonese shui mai 燒賣 that is offered at dim sum restaurants.

Two bowls of Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai

I grew up eating egg drop soup regularly but the traditional Chinese recipe usually contains cornstarch and other soy-based ingredients. Likewise, Cantonese pork and shrimp dumplings contain a wonton wrapper and soy sauce.

Two bowls of Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai

After transitioning to a low carb diet and eating this way long-term, I have not found the extra carbs from the cornstarch or wonton wrapper to be necessary to reach the same flavours. This is a very hearty soup and reminds me of my childhood.

Two bowls of Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai

Being of Chinese descent, I always miss the Asian flavours that I grew up eating and am continuing to experiment ways to introduce those flavours back into my life that suits my low carb lifestyle.

Two bowls of Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai


✅ Asian-inspired flavours with a keto/carnivore twist

✅ Eggs are fluffy, velvety and soft, providing great texture to the warm chicken broth

✅ Hearty and comforting soup for those cold or rainy nights

✅ Only takes 20 minutes to make!

✅ Can pair as an appetizer to your main dish or be a stand-alone entree if you adjust the portion sizes accordingly!

Two bowls of Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai


Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai ingredients.

⭐️ WHOLE EGGS: Pasture-raised and/or organic is always recommended

⭐️ SHRIMP: For convenience, I recommend purchasing deveined and peeled shrimp. This will save you 5 minutes during the preparation process. Otherwise, you will need to peel and devein your shrimp before mincing it up.

⭐️ GROUND PORK: Can be substituted for ground chicken, turkey, or beef. Ground pork and shrimp is a classic combination in Cantonese cooking as they balance each other out very well.

⭐️ COCONUT AMINOS: A great soy-sauce alternative made from coconut tree nectar.

⭐️ FISH SAUCE: The brand we use is Red Star, which is a 100% clean and pure fish sauce with no added sugars. Only anchovies and sea salt, so it is carnivore friendly!

⭐️ WHITE PEPPER: Pepper is optional but helps bring out the Asian flavour and pairs well with shrimp. White pepper is lower in oxalate than black pepper so that’s something to consider if you are oxalate-sensitive.

⭐️ GROUND GINGER: Also optional, but brings out Asian flavour if your diet allows it.

⭐️ CHICKEN BROTH: Can be substituted for any type of broth, such as beef broth or bone broth.


Two bowls of Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai

STEP 1: Peel and devein your shrimp if it is not already done so.

Mincing shrimp on white chopping board.

Using a chef’s knife, mince up shrimp very finely for 2-3 minutes and turns into a paste. You cannot over mince this shrimp. The texture should be soft and velvet-y, and there shouldn’t be many visible chunks of shrimp left.

STEP 2: Marinate pork

Raw Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai ingredients in glass bowl.

STEP 3: Combine marinated pork and minced shrimp. Form meatballs with your hands

Cantonese Shui Mai meatballs.

Because we are not using any cornstarch or binding agents, the meatballs will be a little sticky. However, they do hold together very well in the soup so don’t worry about them falling apart!

STEP 4: Heat chicken broth

I am using chicken buillion paste to create my broth but you can use any store-bought broth that you can tolerate and allow in your diet. Even better would be a homemade chicken broth or bone broth, if you have some on hand!

Cantonese Shui Mai meatballs cooking in soup.

Using a slotted spoon, slowly drop the meatballs in the boiling broth and let cook for 3-4 minutes, or until pork is completely cooked through.

One trick that my grandma taught me growing up to assess done-ness is that the meatballs will start to float on the surface once they are fully cooked. Using a slotted spoon, scoop out the cooked meatballs and set aside.

STEP 5: Beat eggs and add to soup

Cooking eggs in broth.

This step may seem intimidating but I assure you it is not. Beat your eggs for 1-2 minutes before slowly adding into the water. The secret is to create a swirling motion with so that the water is “spinning” before adding in the beaten eggs.

Cooking eggs in broth.

STEP 6: Add back meatballs and serve!

Once the eggs are fully cooked through, add the meatballs back to the soup and serve!

Two bowls of Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai


TIP #1: Handle the meatballs very gently. Use a slotted spoon when moving them in and out of the soup. They will be sticky without any flour or cornstarch, but they will still stay together well without binding agents.

TIP #2: Mince your shrimp very finely. This helps improve the overall final taste and texture of the meatball.

TIP #3: Do not overstir the soup once the eggs have been added. The hot broth will cook the eggs fully through. Overstirring will cause the eggs to “break” and they will not be as dense and fluffy.



This recipe is ketovore friendly and no modifications are needed. Feel free to pair with any vegetables such as Chinese broccoli or bok choy on the side, as you desire.


This recipe is ketovore friendly and no modifications are needed. For another ketovore friendly asian recipe, check out our Cantonese-inspired pork belly in air fryer recipe.


If you are a strict carnivore, eliminate the white pepper, ground ginger, and coconut aminos. If you are a relaxed carnivore, you will not need to make any adjustments to this recipe.


👉 Do I need to add eggs to the meatballs?

I have found that it is not necessary to add an egg to the meatballs, as the texture of the minced shrimp and ground pork hold together on its own.

👉Can this carnivore egg drop soup be meal prepped?

Absolutely! This can be made in large batches and stored in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Pork Shrimp Dumplings

This is a Keto Carnivore egg drop soup paired with pork and shrimp meatballs! If you're looking for an Asian-inspired, hearty and comforting soup on Carnivore, you'll love this recipe!
4.12 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 whole eggs


  • Peel and devein shrimp, if not already done so out of the packaging.
  • Using a chef's knife, mince shrimp finely for 2-3 minutes until it turns into a paste-like, velvet texture.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, season ground pork with coconut aminos, fish sauce, white pepper, and ground pork. Combine well.
  • Add minced shrimp to pork mixture and combine well.
  • Using your hands, form meatballs with the pork and shrimp mixture, that are 3/4" to 1" in diameter.
  • On the stovetop, add chicken broth to a medium-sized soup pot. Heat on high until the broth comes to a full boil.
  • Turn down heat to a simmer and add uncooked meatballs using a slotted spoon. Drop meatballs in the water gently so they do not break. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until meatballs are fully cooked through.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove meatballs from pot and set side.
  • In a small bowl, beat eggs for 1 minute or until evenly combined.
  • On the stove top, turn the heat back onto high or until a rolling boil is reached. Using a fork or pair of chopsticks, create a circular motion in the water and slowly drop in the eggs. Continue swirling the water for 15-20 seconds and let the egg fully cook.
  • Using a slotted spoon, add the meatballs back to the soup. Stir to combine and serve.


Keyword carnivore egg drop soup, carnivore soup

15 responses to “Carnivore Egg Drop Soup with Cantonese Shui Mai”

  1. Suzanne says:

    5 stars
    This came together fast for a nice warm dinner. Easy to follow instructions and most of all tasted wonderful! These kinds of recipes are keeping me eating carnivore. Looking forward to making something else from your site!

  2. Madalyn says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been trying to find cozy food for fall that also fits into our carnivore diet and this definitely hit the spot! So good and simple to make.

  3. Kathleen D says:

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness I just made this and it is SO GOOD.

  4. Sharon says:

    Sounds absolutely delicious. How much chicken broth do you use, the recipe does not include that.

  5. Deni says:

    5 stars
    This is wonderful ❤ my mom used to make on cold winter evenings. Perfect 🥰 great memories.

  6. Bear says:

    How much chicken broth, please? And how many meatballs should you expect out of a batch, just out of curiosity?

  7. Shannon Baltzer says:

    1 star
    okay but how much chicken broth?

  8. Deborah M Hamilton says:

    How much chicken broth? It’s not even listed in the ingredients list!

  9. Deborah M Hamilton says:

    Also what step is the ginger added?

  10. Joanne laos says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and quick. Yum.

  11. Linda Sewell says:

    For all the chicken broth questions, use according to how much you like in soups. I’m going to make this for dinner tonight and have taken 1 quart of my broth from freezer, I rarely use less for soups.

  12. Deni says:

    5 stars
    Love this…so satiating!

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