Hard to Say – Good to Eat

February 5, 2010

Today’s soup recipe is a staple of Greek cuisine – avgolemono (av-go-le-mon-o).  A lemony broth is thickened by beaten eggs, and the tender rice melts in your mouth.  You may want to add a little more pepper to taste.  Round rice works best, like Arborio (used for risotto) or a short-grain would be ok too.  It is not recommended to use long-grain rice with this dish.  Serve it with a Greek salad and some pita bread, and you’ve got a meal Zeus would zap someone with lightning for.  Enjoy!

Avgolemono Soup

(serves 4)

  • 32 oz. low sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cups of round rice

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • ½ tsp. ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon oregano

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 2 eggs

  • juice of 2 lemons

  • 1 tablespoon of water

  • (optional) ½ cup cooked chicken breast, shredded

Pour the broth into a pot, bring to a boil. Add the rice, salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil. Reduce heat, and simmer until the rice is done, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from the heat; add chicken pieces to the pot (if using). In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, water and lemon juice. Fill a measuring cup or coffee cup with hot soup broth and add slowly, beating (or whisking) continuously. If the hot liquid is added too quickly, the mixture will curdle. When the mix is fully blended, stir the soup and pour in the egg-lemon mixture slowly. Shake the pot gently to distribute. Do not stir.  Serve hot.  Eat!



  1. This recipe is wrong! I followed it, but 2 cups of rice is too much. It absorbed all of the broth during the 20 minutes of it simmering. It should be 1/2 cup of rice. So…what I did after I was left with a pot of cooked rice and no broth was to remove all but about 2 cups of the cooked rice, (saved for chicken and rice tomorrow night) I then aded another 32 ounces of chicken stock, brought it almost to a boil, and then followed the remainder of the recipe using the lemon and eggs. It turned out alright,but the rice was a bit overcooked. Please double check your recipes….thank you.

    • Susan, thank you for writing. I did discover this error a while ago, but I never got around to fixing it on the blog. Thanks for the reminder!

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