25+ Recipes to Upgrade Your Ramen Noodles

Want to transform that pack of ramen into something more spectacular? Looking for some recipes that use ramen noodles? Here’s 25+ instant upgrades to make them the star of the show!

Ramen: the instant meal savior, the late-night comfort hero, the dorm room legend. But let’s be real, that flimsy pack of noodles and flavor packet deserves better than its usual solo act. It’s time to broaden your ramen horizons, my friends, and step into a world of noodle-tastic possibilities!

Forget soggy cups and lukewarm broth. We’re talking about ramen reinvented, transformed from budget staple to culinary canvas.

Stay tuned for:

  • Quick and easy one-pot ramen wonders: Whip up meals that are ready in under 30 minutes, perfect for busy nights and lazy weekends.
  • Global ramen adventures: From Thai coconut curry to Dan Dan Noodles, we’ll explore ramen’s adaptability across cultures and cuisines.
  • Creative leftovers hacks: Don’t let food go to waste! Learn how to turn yesterday’s dinner into today’s ramen masterpiece.

The BEST Recipes that Use Ramen Noodles

Bowl of dan dan noodles topped with bok choy, green onions and a soft boiled egg.
Tantanmen Ramen (aka Tan Tan Noodles or Dan Dan Noodles) combines delicious ramen noodles and ground pork with a spicy, creamy broth that's seasoned with chili oil, peanut butter and sesame paste.
Dan Dan Noodles
This broccoli ramen salad recipe is something a little different! It’s sweet, crunchy, and has a tangy Asian-inspired dressing.
Recipe: Salt and Lavender
Broccoli Ramen Salad
This beef ramen noodles recipe is super comforting and comes together fast! You’ll love the addictive sweet and savory peanut sauce.
Recipe: Salt and Lavender
Beef Ramen Noodle Stir Fry
Using just one pot and (instant!) ramen noodles—just the noodles, toss that sodium-bomb flavor packet—makes this vegetarian coconut curry ramen a quick and easy dinner.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Coconut Curry Ramen
Take a pack of instant ramen noodles, ditch the seasoning packet, and use the noodles to whip up sesame garlic ramen noodles that taste restaurant-worthy but come together in about ten minutes.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles
30 Minute Spicy Miso Chicken Katsu Ramen: made in the instant pot or on the stove…best for when you’re craving ramen, and need it fast!
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Spicy Miso Chicken Katsu Ramen
This 20 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen is for those nights when you need a cozy, healthy dinner, and you need it fast. All made in one pot, using healthy, pantry staple, ingredients.
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen
This Birria Ramen packs a fusion of mouthwatering flavors by combining rich Mexican shredded beef and Japanese-style instant ramen noodles in a warm and comforting birria broth.
Recipe: The Forked Spoon
Birria Ramen
These healthy homemade instant noodles are an easy and delicious vegetarian lunch idea! Prep them in mason jars then just add water!
Recipe: The Girl on Bloor
Instant Noodles
This oriental Ramen Noodle Salad combines great flavors and textures of the vegetables and crunchy ramen noodles with a homemade dressing.
Recipe: Little Sunny Kitchen
Ramen Noodle Salad
Spicy noodles with black pepper spices and garlic are a homemade version of maggi noodles using ramen noodles and pantry ingredients.
Recipe: Home Cooking Collective
Maggi Noodles Recipe with Black Pepper and Garlic
This gochujang noodles recipe begins with a simple sauce made of gochujang, miso, chili, sesame, vinegar and fresh garlic, all tossed with ramen noodles and scallions. It is so so easy to come together – and you’re ready to eat in no time.
Recipe: Lindsey Eats LA
Gochujang Miso Ramen Noodles
Mouthwatering bowls of spicy beef ramen noodle soup with tender marinated steak pieces, in a rich and savoury spicy beef broth.
Recipe: Knife and Soul
Spicy Beef Ramen Noodle Soup
Homemade ramen noodle soup that is ready in 30 minutes. Made with delicious chili lime seasoned broth, shrimp and lots of ramen noodles.
Recipe: Modern Farmhouse Eats
Chili Lime Shrimp Ramen Noodles
Asian Chicken Noodle Soup – made with ramen, tender chicken, fresh mushrooms and other vegetables and a flavorful well seasoned broth.
Recipe: Cooking Classy
Asian Chicken Noodle Soup
Warm up your fall evenings with a bowl of Pho Spiced Pumpkin Ramen! Experience the perfect blend of Vietnamese pho spices and the comforting touch of pumpkin.
Recipe: Yes to Yolks
Pho Spiced Pumpkin Ramen
This kimchi ramen is a flavourful vegetarian and vegan-friendly ramen noodle soup that is packed with kimchi, tofu and ramen noodles!
Recipe: Choosing Chia
Kimchi Ramen
Kujirai Ramen. Bouncy instant ramen noodles cooked in a luscious creamy cheesy sauce with runny egg, green onions with optional garlic.
Recipe: Christie At Home
Kujirai Ramen
This Quick & Easy Vegan Ramen is a healthy homemade soup recipe that is filled with ramen noodles and comes together in less than 30 minutes!
Recipe: Choosing Chia
Vegan Ramen
Our homemade salmon recipe is ready in about 30 minutes. With three easy steps: making the broth, cooking the salmon, and preparing the veggies, we had steaming bowls of ramen on the table in no time.
Recipe: A Worthey Read
Salmon Ramen
This ramen stir fry is filled with soy curls, spinach, green onion, a sweet/savory sauce, and of course ramen! It really hits that craving for take-out in the perfect spot and it will be ready quicker than calling your local spot and getting delivery.
Recipe: Plantifully Based
Vegan Ramen Stir Fry
Pork Belly Ramen Recipe – a flavorful, easy meal that is always satisfying! The broth has so much depth and the pork belly is amazing!
Recipe: The Wooden Skillet
Pork Belly Ramen
If you love spicy ramen, you have to try this easy 20-Minute Spicy Sriracha Ramen Noodle Soup! It’s super easy and so delicious. Serve piping hot, with fresh scallions, cilantro, and a poached egg.
Recipe: Baker By Nature
Spicy Sriracha Ramen Noodle Soup
Easy teriyaki noodles with ramen and vegetables. This easy dinner idea is simple to make and includes a homemade teriyaki sauce.
Recipe: Build Your Bite
Teriyaki Ramen Noodles Recipe
A better, healthy version of the original Asian ramen salad with fresh ingredients. Ramen salad is a quick and easy favorite at any potluck!
Recipe: Well Plated
Crunchy Ramen Salad
Warm up your evenings with a bowl of Green Curry Noodles. Fragrant, earthy, and delightfully spicy, this soup features the rich flavors of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, and more.
Recipe: The Chutney Life
Green Curry Noodles

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25+ Ramen Noodle Upgrades

Want to transform that pack of ramen into something more spectacular? Looking for some recipes that use ramen noodles? Here's 25+ instant upgrades to make them the star of the show! Try this Tantanmen Ramen (aka Tan Tan Noodles or Dan Dan Noodles). It combines delicious ramen noodles and ground pork with a spicy, creamy broth that's seasoned with chili oil, peanut butter and sesame paste.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons grated fresh garlic (about 8 cloves)
  • 6 green onions (sliced)
  • cup black bean sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili oil (optional (omit for less heat))
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
  • ¼ cup tahini sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons chili paste (optional (omit for less heat))
  • 7 cups bone broth (or low sodium chicken stock)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 4 3-ounce packages ramen noodles (cooked (sauce packets discarded))

To garnish:

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil (for the ramen).
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger & garlic and cook until light golden, about 3 minutes. 
  • Add green onions, black bean sauce, sesame oil and chili oil, cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add broth, peanut butter, tamari, tahini and chili paste. Stir to combine, reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook the ground pork over medium-high heat until cooked through. Add ½ cup of the broth mixture to the ground pork to season.
  • Cook the noodles according to package directions and drain. Place the noodles in a bowl and top with spinach, broth and ground pork. Garnish with green onions, eggs, cilantro and radish sprouts.
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Nutrition

Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1521mg | Potassium: 617mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1285IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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