How To Revamp Your Instant Ramen
Updated: Sep 17
Confession time: Ramen noodles are one of my absolute favorite go-to foods. It's quick, easy, and low cost at about 30 cents per packet. It's a perfect meal when you're craving soup or when you haven’t had a chance to go to the grocery store in a few weeks and it's the last thing in your pantry. Even though I don't eat it often, when I do, I like to spice things up a bit.
You could eat your ramen just like it is, but why settle? I've found that these four options will completely revamp your ramen noodles and make you feel like you just ordered take-out. You can make all of these options with your favorite pack of ramen noodles from your local grocery store. From the instant you taste these delicious upgrades, it's guaranteed to be a hit!
Garlic Ginger Sesame Soy Noodles
If you’re a fan of freshly grated ginger and garlic, try this take on your ramen. For starters, you can throw away that flavor packet because you won't need it. While there aren’t many ingredients, using fresh ginger and garlic can take this bowl of ramen to the next level. You can eat this one with the broth for added flavor or without the broth to taste more of the added ingredients. Whichever you choose, this recipe is sure to give you that take-out taste without the take-out price.
2 tablespoons fresh ginger (grated)
6 cloves garlic, finely minced
6 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons brown sugar, lightly packed
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
Optional: Parsley or green onion
Place all ingredients, except 1 teaspoon of the sesame seeds, in a small saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Whisk occasionally.
In the meantime, prepare the noodles according to the cooking instructions on the package.
Ladle the desired amount of sauce over the cooked noodles. Top with more sesame seeds, and maybe some parsley or green onion.
Kylie Jenner’s Top Ramen Recipe
While Kylie Jenner might not be known for her amazing cooking, the girl sure knows how to make some tasty ramen noodles. This is the perfect recipe for someone on a tight schedule or budget - for those on TikTok, you may have already heard about this. With only four ingredients, you'll never make your ramen noodles the same way again. This recipe is a lot less complicated than others, and the taste is out of this world having us feeling fancy.
butter (about a tablespoon)
garlic powder (a few shakes)
onion powder (a few shakes)
Place all ingredients, except the egg, into a bowl to cook with ramen.
Cook the egg however desired. Once cooked add it to the bowl and stir.
Stir Fry Ramen Noodles
Are you looking for ramen you can make with the leftovers in your fridge? This is a recipe that can take your random groceries and turn it into an exquisite bowl of ramen. By adding different vegetables, you can spice up the flavor that the regular ramen seasoning packet just can’t give you. I highly recommend adding peanuts or water chestnuts on top of the final product to give it a nice crunch and additional texture. This recipe could also be a fantastic side dish at the dinner table.
leftover protein (chicken, shrimp, etc.)
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
Optional: peanuts or water chestnuts
Discard the flavor packet and boil the noodles until slightly al dente and drain.
Stir fry cabbage and other vegetables until tender-crisp.
Toss noodles with the cooked vegetables and sauce to coat, and serve.
Top with peanuts or water chestnuts, if desired.
Beef and Broccoli Ramen
If you’re going for a traditional Chinese food take-out taste, this is the recipe for you. Beef and broccoli is a great way to add a little protein and tons of flavor. By using multiple packages of ramen noodles and also adding in these ingredients, you can turn it into a large meal that your entire family can enjoy. Topping the finished product off with some sesame seeds will also really give it that authentic taste.
3 ramen packets
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons oil divided
3 cups broccoli
1 pound flank steak or skirt steak thinly sliced against the grain
4 clove garlic minced
Optional: sesame seeds
Add steak, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar to a bowl. Marinate for 1 hour.
Add 1 tablespoon oil to a large skillet. Add in broccoli and sauté until tender but still crisp.
Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add beef. Sauté for 1-2 minutes.
Toss in the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
Add the broccoli back to the pan along with the sauce.
Toss in the noodles and stir to coat.
We hope these recipes turn you into a hopeless ramentic! If all else fails, contact your local ramen spot and act as if nothing happened.
Be sure to let us know about your revamped ramen experience in the comment below.