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17 Unexpected Ways to Cook With Ramen Noodles

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17 Unexpected Ways to Cook With Ramen Noodles

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.

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. 

Bacon and Egg Ramen

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Bacon and Egg Ramen

Bacon and eggs aren’t just for breakfast. This savory ramen soup is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. — Sidney Harrison

For the Bacon and Egg Ramen recipe, click here.

Beef and Broccoli Ramen

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Beef and Broccoli Ramen

This spin on a classic Chinese takeout is a fun family meal for busy weeknights. It’s not too labor-intensive and tastes amazing. — Sidney Harrison

For the Beef and Broccoli Ramen recipe, click here.

Ham Ramen With Kimchi and Navy beans

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Ham Ramen With Kimchi and Navy beans

This isn’t just your average bowl of ramen noodles. Here, your instant noodles are cooked in a broth flavored with ham hocks and mirin, and then topped with more ham, navy beans, kimchi, and soft-boiled egg.

For the Ham Ramen With Kimchi and Navy Beans recipe, click here.

Instant Ramen Omelette

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Instant Ramen Omelette

This omelette adds ramen noodles for a hearty meal that works for morning, noon, or night. It’s completely customizable and you can add your favorite omelette fillings. — Sidney Harrison

For the Instant Ramen Omelette recipe, click here.

Kimchi Ramen

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Kimchi Ramen

Top your instant ramen with Korean kimchi and a runny fried egg for a quick, easy, and delicious weeknight dinner idea.

For the Kimchi Ramen recipe, click here.

Lemon Chicken Ramen Soup

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Lemon Chicken Ramen Soup

Turn your instant ramen noodles into a delicious chicken noodle soup that is bright, flavorful, and comforting.

For the Lemon Chicken Ramen Soup recipe, click here.

Mini Ramen Burger Sliders

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Mini Ramen Burger Sliders

Serve these creative sliders that use ramen noodles as slider buns at your next casual cocktail party. Top your burger with the traditional lettuce, tomato, and onions or add Korean kimchi for tanginess.

For the Mini Ramen Burger Sliders recipe, click here.

Miso Broth With Ramen and Seared Tuna

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Miso Broth With Ramen and Seared Tuna

This light Japanese broth is poured over tender ramen noodles (fine, quick-cooking wheat noodles) and topped with seared tuna to make a healthy and delicious meal. — Susannah Blake

For the Miso Broth With Ramen and Seared Tuna recipe, click here.

Miso Ramen Stir Fry

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Miso Ramen Stir Fry

You can customize this stir fry to your liking using fresh vegetables like bok choy, onion, and mushrooms, as well as healthy protein options like lean, diced chicken or scramble in an egg along with the ramen noodles.

For the Miso Ramen Stir Fry recipe, click here.

Pad Thai Ramen

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Pad Thai Ramen

Make your favorite pad Thai, only with ramen noodles instead of flat rice noodles. Customize by adding whatever protein you like, such as chicken, shrimp, beef, or tofu.

For the Pad Thai Ramen recipe, click here.

Ramen Burger

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Ramen Burger

The ramen burger fuses together two comfort foods that are integral to the culinary cultures of both Japan and America. And it's easier to make at home than you think. — Victoria Barton

For the Ramen Burger recipe, click here.

Ramen Noodle Bowl With Chicken Thighs

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Ramen Noodle Bowl With Chicken Thighs

This noodle bowl is a huge upgrade from the college classic instant ramen. Top your bowl of noodles with slice chicken, mushrooms, and a soft-boiled egg for a deliciously simple dinner idea.

For the Ramen Noodle Bowl With Chicken Thighs recipe, click here.

Ramen Pizza

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Ramen Pizza

This adventurous pizza uses a ramen ‘crust.’ Top with any of your favorite pizza toppings and enjoy as a late night snack or fun family meal. — Sidney Harrison

For the Ramen Pizza recipe, click here.

Roast-Chicken-Dinner Ramen

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Roast-Chicken-Dinner Ramen

A good roast chicken is one of the best things you can put in your mouth. And ramen? It should officially replace chicken noodle soup as the most comforting food on Earth. Together, they make magic: the undeniably awesome aroma of a bird roasted with garlic, thyme, and sage infused into an umami-packed broth teeming with addictively chewy noodles. — Dale Talde

For the Roast-Chicken-Dinner Ramen recipe, click here.

Roasted Vegetable Ramen Soup

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Roasted Vegetable Ramen Soup

This meal for one is quick, easy, and nutritious. It’s 100 percent vegetarian, but roasted meat would taste great with it too. — Sidney Harrison

For the Roasted Vegetable Ramen Soup recipe, click here.

Spanglish Chicken Chile Ramen

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Spanglish Chicken Chile Ramen

Here’s a uniquely Latin take on a traditional Japanese favorite: ramen. Tomatillos and aji amarillo, a yellow pepper used often in Peruvian cooking, liven up the mix of flavors, and the addition of corn and chicken make this a complete, easy meal. — Wanda Colon

For the Spanglish Chicken Chile Ramen recipe, click here.

Teriyaki Meatballs and Ramen

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Teriyaki Meatballs and Ramen

This Asian spin on spaghetti and meatballs is great for kids and adults. Use ground turkey or chicken for a healthier option. — Sidney Harrison

For the Teriyaki Meatballs and Ramen recipe, click here.

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17 Unexpected Ways to Cook With Ramen Noodles

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