17 Best Things To Add To Ramen To Make It So Much More Than A Bowl Of Noodles

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Whether it was a favorite drunk food or a go-to cheap dinner for rent week, ramen holds a special place in all our hearts. But finding the best easy ramen recipes and instant ramen recipes are difficult to do. How do you turn your ramen into a slam dunk?

With a couple of simple things to add to ramen, you can make a brick of instant ramen into a downright fancy meal. Here are 17 easy ramen noodle recipes for a slurp-worthy supper.

1. #PutAnEggOnIt

It would be rude to talk about ramen add-ins if we didn't start with the mother of them all: the soft-boiled egg. Boil for just six and a half minutes to give your ramen a creamy, dreamy boost.

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2. Spicy Sriracha Ramen

Spike your ramen with Sriracha for a spicy pick-me-up. This version is done in 20 minutes and also adds scallions for color.

3. 5-Ingredient Ramen With An Egg

This is a good beginner foray into ramen-doctoring. All you need are some frozen veggies, butter, Parmesan cheese and an egg, and it takes about the same amount of time as just making the ramen alone.

4. Creamy Miso Ramen

If you haven't tried miso paste yet, it's time. It's a salty soy bean mixture that adds umami flavor to your food, not to mention a ton of health benefits.

5. David Chang's Ramen Cacio e Pepe

This genius little recipe comes from David Chang, the famed chef of Momofuku Noodle Bar fame. You melt cheese in simmering water and then drop the ramen brick in. The ramen will absorb the cheese-water mixture and cook into an al dente cacio e pepe pasta dish in about three minutes.

6. Chrissy Teigen's Dump and Done Ramen Salad

Yes, celebs can't get enough of ramen noodle recipes either! Chrissy Teigen first had this crunchy salad at her sister's baby shower in Iowa, and calls it a "magical delight." And it really is as easy as dumping a bunch of stuff in a salad bowl.

7. One Pot Chicken Veggie Ramen

No matter how busy you are, no matter how lazy you are, I promise you can make this stir-fry. You throw the noodles in a pot with some chicken, veggies, spices, and water, and wait 20 minutes. That's it. And it's delicious.

8. Sesame Peanut Butter Noodles

Can you get Chinese takeout in under 10 minutes? Probably not, but 10 minutes is all it takes to make this version of sesame noodles.  

9. Lime Shrimp Dragon Noodles

It might seem like we're getting awfully ornate here, but this tangy version is ready in half an hour and costs under $3 a serving.

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10. Spicy Ramen Noodle Mac and Cheese

Two classic comfort foods together! It's so genius, it's kinda shocking you haven't made ramen mac and cheese already. What are you waiting for?

11. Skillet Beef & Broccoli Ramen

Another quick stir-fry. If you're the type to order lo mein instead of fried rice, this 20-minute easy ramen recipe is right up your alley.

12. Ramen Pad Thai

This isn't exactly authentic pad Thai, but here’s the thing: authentic pad Thai is hard to make. This will satisfy your craving, and you probably already have all the ingredients you need.

13. Ramen Noodle General Tso's Chicken

Okay so this recipe is actually a little extra. It involves dredging and frying chicken, but come on. How good would ramen noodles be in a spicy-sweet General Tso's sauce? You gotta go there.

14. Slow Cooker Ramen

For those dedicated to that set-it-and-forget-it life, there's a ramen for you. Get the slow cooker working on your chicken and broth, throw in the ramen noodles for the last five minutes, et voila!

15. Instant Pot Ramen

And of course, no cooking trend piece is complete without mentioning instant ramen recipes! This is restaurant-quality ramen made in 20 minutes. You're welcome.       

16. Breakfast Ramen

Ramen for breakfast! This is basically bacon, egg and cheese, made into a noodle dish. What's not to like?

17. Ramen Apple Crisp

And for the truly ramen-obsessed, here's a ramen dessert. Add the raw noodles to a traditional apple crisp recipe for a little extra crunch.

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Catherine LeFebvre is a writer and editor living in LA with her goldendoodle, Grover Cleveland. Her husband and son live with them too. She’s done time with Martha Stewart (here, not here), Food Network, and Nickelodeon. You can follow her on Instagram @discolefebvre.