Ah, ramen. The ultimate cheap, quick meal. Many college students have thrived off of it. Taking only three minutes to cook, this meal is the ultimate lazy lunch and dinner. Despite this, ramen can get to be a very dull dinner. For many people, cooking ramen turns into an art, challenging themselves to take it further and experiment with recipes.
While at Whole Foods the other day slinging granola, I met a chef who was eager to talk about food. After telling him I didn’t know how to begin experimenting with different spices to create my own recipes, he told me the best way to start was experiment with ramen. Its basic flavor makes it the ultimate palate to test out various spices and herbs, and get accustomed to different tastes, for the novice chef to work their way up to creating their own recipes. Using this tactic, I find that I’m already much more accustomed to using spices and herbs on a whim, which I love!
After that fun experiment, I began scouring the Internet and other sources to look for tasty ramen recipes. I was surprised at what I found: almost every type of noodle recipe imaginable! Here’s three recipes from completely different ends of the spectrum that I’m the most excited about:
Asian Summer Salad
- 2 packs Chicken flavored ramen with seasoning packets
- 3 sliced green onions
- 1.5 cup shredded chicken
- 4 cups chopped green cabbage
- 3 tbsp white sugar
- 4 tbsp rice vinegar
- 3 tbsp sesame oil
Mix sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, and seasoning packets in a bowl. Then, mix all ingredients together. Cook noodles. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and let chill from a few hours to a few days. As simple as that, you have the perfect dish to bring to a potluck, grill out, or the everyday meal!
Italian Ramen Pizza
- 2 packs ramen noodles
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp italian seasonings
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded asiago cheese
- 10 pieces of pepperoni
Cook the ramen noodles by the package directions. Drain the water and toss in the parmesan and italian seasonings. Wait for the noodles to cool, then form a pizza shape with them. Then, grease a skillet and cook until the noodles are crispy (which should take about three minutes), and flip and cook the other side the same way. Preheat your oven to 375, and, removing from skillet, top the ramen with the tomato sauce, cheeses, and pepperoni. Put the pizza on a greased cooking sheet and cook for five minutes in oven, until the cheese has melted.
Spicy Breakfast Burrito
- 2 cups water
- 1 package ramen (any flavor)
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese
- Hot sauce
- Flour tortilla
Start to cook ramen. While it is cooking, slowly add the beaten egg and seasoning packet. Drain all water but 1 tbsp at the bottom. Add cheese and hot sauce, and wrap in tortilla. Fast, easy, flavorful breakfast!
Shockingly versatile, ramen is great for mixing it up, and more than it appears on first glance. While it isn’t recommended to eat ramen for every meal (because of the sodium content), it can be a great treat and a cheap way to mix it up and try new flavors. Do you have any suggestions for ramen recipes? Share them!