10 Easy Instant Ramen Recipes That Aren’t Soup

Ramen Noodles with Vegetables and Chicken


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Ramen Noodles with Vegetables and Chicken

The Range of Ramen

There is so much to love about instant ramen, but one of the most under-appreciated things is its utility. Aside from a classic bowl of ramen, it feels like there are an infinite amount of dishes you can make with these versatile noodles.

You already know about recipes that use ramen noodles for soup. You already know that adding an egg and a few veggies can change the game, and you may even know that peanut butter goes really well in ramen soup, too.

Turns out, there is more to instant ramen than soup. Just ask these Redditors, who shared their favorite quirky ways of using ramen noodles. Intrigued? Here are 10 unconventional, easy recipes with ramen noodles.

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1. Chow Mein and Stir Fry

This is one of the easiest instant ramen noodle recipes you’re likely to find. All you really need are your noodles, the seasoning packet, and any veggies you’ve got in the fridge. Eggs, soy sauce, and an additional protein can help take things to the next level.

Recipe: Andy Ricker

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Homemade Italian Gnocchi.

3. Instant Ramen Gnocchi

Thank celebrity chef David Chang for this recipe, which takes average instant ramen and transforms it into Parisian-style gnocchi. It’s actually pretty easy to pull off, too, as long as you’ve got a decent blender.

Recipe: David Chang

uncooked instant ramen noodles
uncooked instant ramen noodles by Takeaway (CC BY-SA)

4. Crunch it Raw

The easiest way possible? Don’t cook it at all. One Redditor says that they knew a guy who would crush the noodles inside the package, pour in the seasoning packet, and “eat it like a small bag of chips.”

I myself used to pour the seasoning packet over the top and crunch down like a rice cake. Great stuff.

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ramen burger by ManEatManila (CC BY)
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ramen and cheese by Rachel Patterson (CC BY-NC-SA)

8. Ramen and Cheese

One of the most common responses in the thread was the defense of ramen and melted cheese. “It’s amazing comfort food,” one user says. “I pair it with roasted veggies.” I’m fully on board. It’s basically just spaghetti at that point.

Recipe: Spoons of Flavor

Okonomiyaki by jpellgen (CC BY-NC-ND)

9. Okonomiyaki

Have you ever had this classic Japanese street dish? It’s a winner, and you can absolutely make it with instant ramen noodles. Bonus points if you’ve got good seafood on hand, especially octopus, calamari, or shrimp.

Recipe: Emmy Cho

Cheese and Pepper Ramen
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10. Don’t Eat It at All

Do you not even like ramen? That’s fine, there’s another use for it. 

Just fix stuff with it, like this guy.


Ideas for Ramen Noodle Seasoning Packets

Wondering what to with just the seasoning packet? Here are a few ideas.

  • Add it to popcorn.

  • Season a pot of rice with it.

  • Mix it into canned tuna.

  • Sprinkle it over home fries.