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Avgolemono - A traditional Greek soup!

Updated on May 8, 2013
Avgolemono soup!
Avgolemono soup! | Source

Avgolemono - Egg and lemon soup!

Avgolemono, or otherwise Avgolemoni, is a delicious traditional Greek soup recipe. The main ingredients are egg and lemon.

The soup’s name derives from the Greek words Avgo and Lemoni, ‘Avgo’ meaning egg and Lemoni meaning lemon. So I guess that if we translated this soup’s name in English, it would be called Egg and Lemon soup.

Thus apart from eggs and lemons you will also need rice and chicken to make this dish.

© 2013 All Rights Reserved – Chris Achilleos

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Avgolemono Soup!

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Up to 6 to 7 people, depending on portion sizes


  • 2/3 cup Long Grain White Rice
  • 2 Litres Water, Boiling hot
  • 2 Chicken Breasts, Shredded
  • 2 Eggs, large eggs
  • 3 Lemons, only use the juice from the lemons
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground White Pepper
Boiling Rice
Boiling Rice | Source
Egg and lemon mix
Egg and lemon mix | Source
Avgolemono | Source
  1. Boil 2L of water and Add in the rice and a teaspoon of salt.
  2. Leave it on the heat (Gas mark 5) until the rice is fully cooked (20min).
  3. While the rice is cooking, boil your chicken breasts in another pot (for approximately 15 minutes). When ready drain the water. Leave the chicken to cool down and then shred it.
  4. In a bowl mix your eggs with the lemon juice. Mix until a light froth is formed.
  5. Now using a soup spoon, slowly add approximately half of the water from the boiled rice into your lemon and egg mix. Note that while adding the water in the bowl you must continue stirring the mixture slightly.
  6. Then slowly add the mixture from the bowl into the pot with the rice, while stirring the soup thoroughly. It is very important that you add the water in the bowl and not just add the lemon and eggs in the rice (if you add the egg and lemon mix in the rice without following the directions above your soup will not have a smooth texture, and your eggs will more likely form pieces in the soup which will basically ruin it - So be very cautious about this)
  7. Once you have added the whole mixture in the rice stir for 2-3 minutes.
  8. While stirring the soup add in another teaspoon of salt and your shredded chicken breasts.
  9. The soup is now ready to serve!

Serving Instructions

  1. Place your required portion of soup in a bowl
  2. Sprinkle a pinch of white pepper on top.
  3. Make any shape you like using a thin lemon slice.
  4. Enjoy!

*Note: Salt and pepper measurements could be adjusted to your liking.

Served Avgolemono Soup!
Served Avgolemono Soup! | Source


There are many different ways to make Avgolemono soup. Therefore, this is my own personal recipe for this soup. It has not been copied from a cook book or any other source.

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    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      5 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      Update: Chris, I made this tonight for supper, and my boyfriend and I really enjoyed it. It's different than what I usually make, so it was a novelty! Thanks again for sharing it with us, and have a wonderful weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

    • Chris Achilleos profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Your welcome Stessily! Avgolemono is indeed a delicious soup and I am happy that you like it:)

      Your comments are truly appreciated!


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      6 years ago

      Chris, I love love love avgolemono soup! For an interesting twist, sometimes I make this soup in my steamer; the soup turns out with even smoother textures and more blended flavors.

      Thank you for sharing your excellent recipe.

      Appreciatively, Stessily

    • Chris Achilleos profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much Elia. Your comments and votes are truly appreciated.

      Take care,


    • Chris Achilleos profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Thank you breakfastpop. I hope you enjoy it :)

    • Elias Zanetti profile image

      Elias Zanetti 

      6 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Healthy, delicious and easy to make! Great recipe, Chris! Voted up&useful!



    • breakfastpop profile image


      6 years ago

      Sounds interesting. I will give it a try and I thank you.

    • Chris Achilleos profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comments Charron. Eggs could be kind of tricky when used in a soup, but if the directions are followed properly there is no need to worry :) I hope you get a chance to try this soup soon, its fantastic!

      Your support is truly appreciated,

      Have a lovely day!


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      Karen Robiscoe 

      6 years ago from California


      this looks fabooOOOoo! I am almost positive my mom used to make this for us as kids--I definitely remember a lemony soup, but maybe with grapes, too...I admire your bravery with the egg incorporation--that is a sticky business in every sense of itself.

      Brav-O!! I bequeath unto you a star of gold, sir...:)

    • Chris Achilleos profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much Kathryn. Please let me know when you try it.

      I will be looking forward to hearing from you!

      Have a lovely day,


    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      This looks delicious, and it is different than anything I have ever tried. I'm putting this on my list of things to cook next week. Thank you for sharing your own personal recipe with us!

    • Chris Achilleos profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      My pleasure Annie :) I am very happy that you like this soup and I hope you get a chance to try it soon. I will be looking forward to receiving your feedback.

      Thank you so much for the support.


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      Annie Miller 

      6 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      This is one of my favorite soups ... can not wait to try it! Thanks, Chris.

    • Chris Achilleos profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Frank, Avgolemono is my favorite soup and it is quite easy to make :) I hope you enjoy it!


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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      this looks good you you make it sound easy..gonna have to try this Chris :)


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