10 Ramen Recipes to Kick the Instant Stuff Up a Notch
Listen, we've got nothing against eating instant ramen directly out of the paper cup it came in. But if you want to kick your favorite college staple up a notch, we've got you covered from breakfast (yes, we've got a Breakfast Ramen recipe!) to dinner—Ramen Casserole or Ramen Carbonara, anyone? These delicous and easy ramen recipes will make you feel like the sophisticated adult you are.
If you love ramen, you’ll love this casserole. It’s got that rich, comfort-food vibe, all while feeling like an upgraded college microwaveable ramen. The smoke from the pork and nori, combined with rich hits of mushrooms, egg, and bamboo add a lot of depths to instant noodles.
Teriyaki Cheesesteak Ramen
A good carbonara is a thing of beauty: a tangle of noodles slicked with a creamy cheese-forward sauce, little nuggets of salty pork cheeks. The sauce itself is a miracle of pasta cooking water, cheese, and an egg cooked only by the residual heat of the pasta.
Ramen for breakfast? Yeah, we went there—and yeah, it's delicious. Use quick-cooking packaged ramen noodles (ditching the seasoning packet) as a base for creamy eggs, cheese, bacon, sweet peppers, and tomatoes to make a hearty and super-satisfying breakfast bowl in no time.
Cheesy Spinach Ramen
Use quick-cooking packaged ramen noodles (ditching the seasoning packet) as a base for this easy and cheesy noodle bowl. This Cheesy Spinach Ramen is the perfect go-to for a crazy comforting last-minute meal. Feel free to toss in any other veggies or proteins, like leftover rotisserie chicken, you might have hanging out in your fridge.
Shrimp and Ramen Stir-Fry
The college student's standby gets a serious upgrade in this tasty stir-fry supper. Using quick-cooking, packaged ramen noodles (minus the seasoning packet) as a base, simply bulk them up with frozen shrimp, veggies, and a quick and flavorful homemade sauce to create a weeknight-friendly dinner. Added bonus: The leftovers make for an excellent next-day packed lunch.
Sweet Potato Zoodle Ramen
For a healthier take on ramen, substitute sweet potato zoodles for the traditional wheat noodles. The shortcut broth has loads of flavor without taking hours to cook.
Slow Cooker Ramen Bowls
Any ramen lover will tell you--it's all about the broth. We build layers of rich umami flavor with the help of mushroom stems, fresh ginger, kombu (a type of edible kelp), sesame oil, and, of course, low and slow heat.
Edamame and Ramen Avocado Salad
This fresh avocado salad is way better (and way healthier!) than the instant ramen you ate in college. Top with orange slices for extra brightness.
Crispy Ramen-Crusted Chicken with Asian Salad
Buttermilk battered fried chicken might be a Southern classic (and deservedly so!), but it’s always fun to switch things up. Try this Asian-inspired dish that swaps classic batter for crushed ramen noodle pieces, which give these chicken cutlets a satisfying crunch.