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How to Cook Ramen Noodles

Updated on February 28, 2013
5 stars from 1 rating of How to Cook Ramen Noodles - Basic Ramen Noodles Recipe

Its easy to learn how to cook ramen noodles and there are many different recipe variations on the methods one can use. In this article, I'll not only explain how to cook ramen noodles the old fashioned way, but also give some of the many recipe variations S. and I love to cook and enjoy on regular occasions. You'll see that there's really nothing to cooking with ramen noodles and I'm pretty sure you can come up with some recipe variations you'd enjoy as well.

How to Cook Ramen Noodles - Yum!
How to Cook Ramen Noodles - Yum! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 4 min
Yields: Serves one or two people


  • 2 pkgs Ramen Noodles, broken up, opened and with the seasoning packet removed
  • 3 cups Water
  1. Start by adding the water and the broken-up ramen noodles to a medium or heavy saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for 3 minutes. Stirring is optional, but do observe that cooking the noodles usually creates a lot of foam that may attempt to boil over and out of the pan as you're cooking. I've found that standing over the pot and, as the foam rises to the rim of the pan, lightly blowing on the foam helps to dissipitate it and help prevent it from flowing out and creating a mess on your stove!
  4. When the noodles are done, you have two options - Some like it soupy, some like it dry - feel free to drain the left over water to your desired preference, add and stir in your seasoning packets, serve and enjoy! Leftovers can be chilled for about a week and warmed up after about a minute and a half, with a stir in between, in the microwave.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 43 g
Calories 188
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 27 g9%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 861 mg36%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Recipe Variations

There are tons of ways on how to cook ramen noodles and add variety and here are just a few!

First off, you can add your choice of the following to the Basic Ramen Noodles Recipe above -

  • 1 tsp Salt or 1 tbsp Butter for added flavor.
  • 1/2 can of prepared Mixed Veggies.
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Cheese.
  • 1 - 2 tbsp(s) of your favorite Condiment or other seasoning.
  • 1/3 cup Bacon Bits

Here are some other dinner ideas that you can add the Ramen Noodles to in order to create a more filling meal -

  • Add to your favorite spaghetti recipe.
  • Add to one prepared can of Beef Stew.
  • Add to 2 cups of prepared rice.
  • Add to a prepared Hamburger Dinner Meal.
  • Add to 2 prepared cans of Corned Beef Hash.

Even with all of these options, there are still tons more, like for instance, many people enjoy a crunch in their salad without the extra sodium content - simply crush up a single pack of Ramen Noodles, open and remove the seasoning packet, and dump the crushed noodles into your salad for a Thiamine rich crunch without the sodium! You can save the seasoning packet to add flavor to just about any meal outside of the Ramen Noodles, too. The possibilities are endless!

Well, this has been a great and tasty adventure for both S. and I and we were glad to share it with you. I think we might go cook up some Ramens right, this is Chris and S. saying good luck using your noodle! Bye!

- Chris and S.


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    • Christopher Dapo profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Dapo and S. 

      5 years ago from Havelock, NC

      We're glad you enjoyed the variety, BlossomSB, and thank you for the comment! - Chris and S.

    • Christopher Dapo profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Dapo and S. 

      5 years ago from Havelock, NC

      There are tons of other ways to cook ramen noodles up into different dishes, always exploring, and we're glad you took the time to check out our suggestions here. As you can see, S. and I love them alot, too! Thanks for the comment and the vote up. - Chris and S.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Some great ideas here, especially with the many ways in which the dish can be varied. Thank you.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love ramen noodles, they taste homemade. Thank's for the different ways to prepare. Voted up...

    • Christopher Dapo profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Dapo and S. 

      5 years ago from Havelock, NC

      Yet another great variation, thanks kaiyan717! - Chris and S.

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      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Ever tried making it in to tuna casserole- add peas and tuna, actually pretty good!


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