17 Unexpected Ways to Cook With Ramen Noodles

Grown-up ways to use that Cup Noodles and instant ramen you have in your pantry
Unexpected Ways to Cook With Ramen

Brian Sheehan takes a look at some of the unexpected ways you can cook using ramen noodles.

17 Unexpected Ways to Cook With Ramen Noodles


This Teriyaki Meatballs and Ramen recipe puts a delicious Asian spin on the classic and comforting spaghetti and meatballs.

Toss out the pouch of flavored, powdered sodium for these ramen noodle upgrades that will make you realize the true versatility and deliciousness of this inexpensive, quick-cooking food. You can use your ramen noodles in soups, stir fries, omelettes, and more.

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The instant noodle lifesaver that has kept college students everywhere from starvation in their dorm rooms was invented by Momofuku Ando in 1958. Ando flash-fried the noodles to form the shelf-stable noodle bricks we know and love today. Unfortunately, the noodles had a steep price tag that labeled them as a luxury item, but by 1971 when Ando introduced Cup Noodles to the market, his instant noodles were not just affordable, his instant ramen was one of the cheapest bowl of noodles in Japan.

Today, ramen shops occupy store fronts in every major city. People all across the United States have the opportunity to experience Japanese ramen outside of the polystyrene encased cup of instant noodles. Still, we can’t help but have a bit of nostalgic love for the instant noodles from our childhood, which is why we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recipes that use instant ramen noodles in unexpected ways for maximum deliciousness.

Try baking these noodles into a pizza crust or hamburger bun. Marry American comfort food like bacon and eggs with a bowl of tasty ramen. Whatever way you choose to reinvent your ramen, you won’t be disappointed. Find inspiration in these 17 recipes that use ramen in an unexpected way.


Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos