21 Ways To Upgrade Your Instant Ramen

It's just so versatile.

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1. Add peanut butter.

You can add a scoop on its own for a delicious peanutty flavour, or make a delicious sesame-peanut butter sauce! Get the recipe here.

2. Top it with chashu pork.

The most tender, melt-in-your-mouth pork ever – this is the classic pork you'll find in proper tonkotsu ramen. Make up a big batch and freeze it so you can add a few slices to your ramen whenever you feel like it! Recipe here.


3. Try your ramen without the broth.

If you want to try something different, you can make ramen yakisoba – boil your ramen for a few minutes, then drain it and fry it up with veggies and meat! FYI, you can make a really good yakisoba umami sauce with ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and Sriracha! Get the full recipe here.

4. Add a ramen egg.


5. Spice things up with Sriracha sauce.

Pro tip: A little shrimp goes great with Sriracha, so whack some prawns in there too! Recipe here.

6. Bake your noodles.

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If you fancy a bit of crunch instead of silky noodles, try baking them! You can follow the above video for ramen nests, or I've even heard of people swapping the mashed potato on their shepherd's pie for ramen too. Whatever floats your boat.

7. Throw in some veggies.

If you want to eat healthier but don't want to kick your ramen habit, just add the veggies INTO THE RAMEN. You can wilt some spinach or cabbage in at the end, fry some some broccoli, carrots or cauliflower and then cook the ramen on top of that, or add some frozen sweetcorn or peas to your hot water along with your noodles.

You can find a proper vegetable ramen recipe here.


8. Add some coconut milk.

A little coconut milk will make a wonderfully creamy soup! Or you can go the whole hog and make Thai coconut chicken ramen. Recipe here.

9. Add sesame.

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Sesame is god's gift to food. Drizzle some sesame oil on your ramen, and sprinkle sesame seeds on top to instantly make it taste 100x better.

10. Swap your flavour packet for miso paste.

The flavour packet is delicious, but quite unhealthy (you know it, I know it, we all know it), so swap it for a scoop of miso paste – which is less unhealthy but just as delicious. Or hey, fuck it, you could just have BOTH.

Miso ramen recipe here.


11. Cook your noodles separate to your broth.

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If you want to make a really good soup for your ramen, cook it separate to your noodles. Noodles cooked in the soup will add a lot of thickening starch into it, and cooking the noodles in the soup can make them go quite soggy.

Instead, fry up some meat in a pan, add boiling water, stock and veggies, then while that simmers boil your noodles separately and add them in once the soup is cooked for a perfectly clear broth and noodles with a good amount of bite!

12. Add beef.

Toss your beef in a little cornstarch before cooking: it'll thicken up your broth and make the meat extra tender! Recipe here.


13. Make faux pad thai.

Turn your instant noodles into a pad thai knock-off: It's surprisingly good. Recipe here.

14. Add some stock.

Adding a stock cube or a little demi-glace to your broth will create amazing depth of flavour. You can still add the flavour packet if you want! Get the recipe.

15. Add bacon.

Some chopped fried bacon will add salty flavour, and a crunchy texture. You can also add in some egg and cheese for "breakfast ramen." Recipe here.


16. Grate some Parmesan on top.

Cheesy goodness. Recipe here.

17. Throw in some fried tofu.

Want to beef up your ramen without, erm, adding any actual beef? Fried tofu is where it's at, my friends. Recipe here.

18. Add ginger, garlic, and spring onions.

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Chop up a little ginger and garlic and fry it in a pan before you add your hot water and noodles for extra flavour. Or you can, chuck it into the broth! A little garlic powder added at the end is also ~delicious~, and so is topping your noodles with spring onions (scallions to you American folks).


19. Simmer some chicken in your soup.

Chicken makes everything taste better. Recipe here.

20. Drop an egg in.

Egg drop soup is soup that's just had a whisked egg mixed into the broth and it's DELICIOUS. You can also apply this to ramen – just mix up an egg and "drop" it in for instantly more filling ramen. Get the full recipe here.


21. Mix in some butter.

Specifically, garlic butter. Kylie Jenner does it, so that's got to mean it's good, right? Recipe here.

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