16 best instant ramen hacks
Instant ramen is a kitchen staple whether you’re on a budget or just don’t have time to cook an elaborate meal. After all, it’s cheap, easy to make, and tastes incredibly satisfying. Also, let’s be real: it probably makes you nostalgic for your dorm days, am I right?
We’ll admit that eating the same thing over and over can get boring, though. Fortunately, there are moments ramen hacks which can take your basic noodle bowl to the next level. Think: butter sauce, spicy kimchi and garlic shrimp.
Without further ado, we’ve rounded up 16 of our favorite instant ramen hacks from TikTok to inspire you. Get ready to suck and enjoy!
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Best instant ramen hacks
1. Create an Easy Butter and Cheese Sauce
instant ramen encounter cacio and pepe in this ridiculously simple recipe. All you have to do is melt the butter in a saucepan and add the seasoning packet, a cup of milk, and black pepper to create the sauce. Add your cooked ramen noodles and garnish with chives, a slice of American cheese and a runny egg.
2. Use Kewpie Mayo
The ingredient you didn’t know your instant ramen was missing? Mayo Kewpie! Create a sauce by mixing an egg, a generous drizzle of Kewpie mayonnaise, minced garlic and a packet of seasoning. Add your cooked noodles and a splash of hot water for a creamy, garlicky delight.
3. Stock up on peanut butter
Peanut butter on ramen noodles? You bet! Mix soy sauce, chili oil, peanut butter and a little hot water to make a creamy nutty sauce for your ramen. We think these noodles would also taste amazing cold. Leftovers, anyone?
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4. Spice things up with kimchi
Kimchi and ramen go together perfectly. Add cooked kimchi to your noodles for a spicy punch, period. Really. You can add even more spice with a drizzle (or two!) of Sriracha.
5. Try Kylie Jenner’s Viral Ramen Recipe
When it comes to ramen, Kylie Jenner knows what is good. She recently shared an instant ramen hack that has gone viral: it involves adding two eggs, butter, a packet of seasoning and a healthy dose of garlic powder. Yum!
6. Brush noodles with hot oil
Grab a packet of Shin Ramyun for this instant ramen hack. Combine the seasoning packet, sesame seeds, fresh ground pepper and minced garlic, then add the hot oil and enjoy the tantalizing aroma. Finally, lay in your cooked noodles and toppings like green onions and a fried egg.
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7. Make carbonara sauce
Bacon makes everything better, including instant ramen noodles. Chop and brown two slices of bacon, add your cooked noodles and a little cooking liquid, then mix in your egg and Parmesan. Finish with black pepper and marvel at your cooking skills.
8. Put your prawns in garlic
Creamy, spicy, garlicky… is there a more delicious flavor combination? This hack involves mixing minced garlic, hoisin sauce, gochujang, sriracha, heavy cream, and parmesan into a sauce, then adding grilled shrimp marinated in a Korean barbecue mix on your noodles .
9. Crack an egg on your noodles
The easiest way to create restaurant-quality ramen at home, with minimal effort? Crack an egg on your ramen. Prepare the instant ramen of your choice with soy sauce and seasonings. When ready, crack an egg and stir until the egg is set for a major dose of richness.
10. Enjoy breakfast in a bowl
We think breakfast is good any time of the day. So fry up bits of Spam and add them to your ramen for an inspired morning treat. Don’t forget to top your bowl with a fried egg and sprinkle with the seasoning packet for an extra burst of umami.
11. Celebrate Taco Tuesday
Yes, you can combine Japanese and Mexican cuisines. Now Taco Tuesday will never be the same. Add leftover chopped taco to your instant ramen, along with shredded lettuce, tomato, cheese, and tortilla chips for an inventive take on a burrito bowl.
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12. Roll your ramen
You don’t have to eat your noodles from a bowl, you can roll them in rice paper like a spring roll. Chop and add vegetables like cabbage, cucumber and carrot for a satisfying crunch.
13. Ditch the seasoning packet
We know that sounds like blasphemy, but you can get tons of flavor without using the seasonal packet that comes with your instant ramen noodles. Start by cooking your noodles in chicken broth, then stir in the butter, parmesan and parsley for a fancy finish. You won’t know the seasoning packet is gone!
14. Add the sliced pork belly
ICYMI: Trader Joe’s sells pre-sliced pork belly, which is pretty much the best ramen topping ever. Just sear the meat and top your ramen noodles with the pork, egg, corn and scallions for an inexpensive and super quick noodle dish.
15. Add American Cheese
Yes really. American Cheese: It’s not just for sandwiches anymore. You won’t taste the American cheese in this instant ramen recipe, but you’ll notice how rich the flavor is when you let it melt into your bowl of hot noodles.
16. Cook your ramen
No boiling required for this one! Place your instant ramen noodles and desired toppings, such as chicken, mushrooms, eggs, in a baking dish, cover with water, and cook for 20 minutes. And be sure to drizzle with sriracha sauce before eating if you like spice. We love how customizable this one is!
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