10 Unique Ramen Recipes to Try
Ramen is a quick, easy and inexpensive meal option that many people rely on to stay within their food budgets. However, most of us simply use the original recipe and don’t take any creative liberties. It’s time to shake up your Ramen noodles and try something different. Here are ten unique ramen recipes you should try.
Our first recipe is a clever combination of ramen noodles and cheeseburger sliders. The noodles act as the buns, so you need to cook them into solid, yet flexible blocks for the recipe to work. The buttery noodles pair well with the juicy beef and the other standard burger toppings (lettuce, tomato and onions). Some people also top their ramen sliders with kimchi or hot sauce for an extra kick.
Some of you may have eaten ramen for breakfast out of necessity, but this recipe stands toe-to-toe with any traditional breakfast. It’s a hearty and filling meal, with plenty of bacon and eggs mixed in with two bags of noodles.
Everyone loves bacon and eggs, but the cheddar cheese is the ingredient that brings the recipe together. The creamy texture and sharp flavor pair so well with the noodles that you might find yourself adding more than the suggested amount. Little details like the scallions and black pepper also complement the noodles.
Ramen Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken ramen is a simplified version of chicken noodle soup, but this recipe is a more creative interpretation of the classic soup we grew up on. Along with the standard noodles, shredded chicken and chicken broth, several vegetables have been added to the mix. Carrots, celery, red bell peppers and onions in varying quantities make this recipe a balanced and satisfying meal.
Crunchy Ramen Salad
We usually don’t think of ramen as the main ingredient of a healthy meal, but the crunchy ramen salad proves that assumption wrong. The noodles combine with a coleslaw mix and a variety of nuts and spices to create a low-calorie, high-quality salad that’s fit for any occasion. It can be the centerpiece of your next dinner party or a simple meal on a quiet evening. This salad has the chops to be a staple of your diet, whatever the situation.
Chili Shrimp + Kimchi Ramen
This recipe looks like it belongs in a classy Asian restaurant, but you can cook it at home any day of the week in just 20 minutes. The marinated shrimp, beansprouts vegetables and intense flavors like lime and cilantro mix perfectly with the spicy vegetable broth. Of course, the kimchi is what brings the whole recipe together. It’s spicy, savory and everything in between.
Sesame Chicken Noodles
Everything about this ramen recipe is versatile and convenient. Chicken ramen is the suggested option, but you can substitute it with leftover chicken and use regular ramen instead. The carrots, summer squash and snow peas are easy to add, and you can adjust the quantities based on preference. The sesame oil and teriyaki sauce are the perfect condiments for the chicken and noodles. Every flavor has earned its place in this meal.
Mongolian Beef Ramen
This meal has one of the more straightforward recipes on the list, but that’s what makes it so satisfying. The tender flank steak (or whichever cut of steak you prefer) tossed with buttery ramen noodles and a tangy sauce looks like a meal out of PF Changs, not a home kitchen. Nonetheless, you can create this recipe on your own in less than 30 minutes and have a gourmet meal any time you wish.
Pork and Ramen Stir Fry
If you’re looking for a ramen recipe that leans more on the spicy side, this pork and ramen stir fry is the best option for you. The pork and noodles are the main attractions, but a wide variety of sauces pack an impressive punch.
Soy sauce, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, sriracha and even honey make appearances in the list of ingredients. Throw in some standard stir fry vegetables and you’re good to go!
Garlic Parmesan Ramen
Here we have another remarkably simple recipe with only five required ingredients and one amazing meal. Just mix your favorite ramen noodles with parmesan cheese, minced garlic, chopped parsley and a whole lot of butter. Needless to say, this recipe is more salty and savory than most.
Pork Edamame Soup
We wrap up the list with the pork edamame soup – a ramen version of a traditional Asian dish. Trimmed pork, chestnuts, gingerroot and other unique ingredients will stand out when you first taste the dish, but as you continue to eat, the spicy flavors will take over. Shelled edamame leads the way in this regard, but the soy sauce, chili sauce and hoisin sauce also hold their own. It’s one of the more complicated recipes on the list, but that makes it all the more satisfying.
Spice Up Your Ramen Noodles
Regular ramen is an adequate meal on its own, but it doesn’t provide well-rounded nutritional value and has limited flavor varieties. You need to spice up your ramen noodles and try one of these unique recipes. From ramen sliders to a clever twist on a popular Asian soup, there’s something for everyone on this list. Choose your favorite and get to cooking!
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