Ramen is a cheap way to fill your tummy — any college student will tell you that. It’s a beloved option when you want something instant and can still be versatile enough to turn it into something fancy. You can add any flavor or ingredient to a ramen bowl to create creative and delicious meals.
Here’s a list of 22 most amazing and slurp-worthy ramen recipes to help you expand your food palate — and have fun while doing so. They’ll provide warm, savory, satisfying, and filling meals that are so delicious you’ll never want to eat ramen straight out of the packet again!
1. Birria Ramen
This comforting ramen dish is worth sharing! It combines the rich flavors of Birria meat and stew with cooked ramen to produce a dish that’s brimming with a combination of spicy, savory, smokey, and tangy flavors. Serve up a hot bowl with a topping of jalapenos, onions, avocado, and cilantro.
Packed with nutrients and delicious flavors, this recipe calls for cooking ramen in a soy sauce-flavored chicken broth. You can serve it topped with a classic ramen egg, your favorite toppings, and a side of lacquered chicken to round up your meal. The recipe is adaptable, so you can modify it to your tastes.
This soup is packed with veggies, shrimp, and loads of spices to give you a hearty, healthy meal that will warm you up on cold days. You can also add heat to the soup with hot sauces, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper. It’s great as-is, but you can also serve it with a salad, fresh fruit, or boiled eggs for a complete meal.
Pair ramen with some baby spinach, baked tofu, and shiitake mushrooms, along with a rich flavorsome broth, to create a ramen bowl with an incredible umami taste. It gets a depth of flavor from mirin, miso paste, aromatics, and butter, which elevates its appeal. If you want to make it even more irresistible, garnish it with scallions and a drizzle of sesame oil before serving.
This bright and colorful ramen comes together in one skillet, which minimizes cleanup, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Here, protein-rich beef and nutritious veggies are combined with ramen to produce a top-tier dish. You can serve it with soft and fluffy Asian milk bread for a satisfying meal.
If you’ve never tried cold noodles before, this recipe will turn you into a fan! It combines chewy noodles with a delicious soy sauce and vinegar-based dressing, and then adds shredded lettuce and cucumber strips for a crunch-punch. Pair it all with a thin, crepe-like savory omelet and succulent shrimp for a bowl full of deliciousness. Serve with some hot Japanese mustard, and dig in!
This classic Japanese street food is a must-try. It combines ramen and a mix of different veggies with yakisoba sauce to give it a tangy, sweet, umami-like flavor and adds sriracha sauce to pack some heat. It comes together in just 30 minutes, allowing you to enjoy the best of flavors and textures — even when you’re short on time!
Wonderfully garlicky and perfectly spicy, this comfort food fills your home with wonderful aromas as it comes together. The key to its impressive flavor profile lies in kimchi and miso, which truly transform the flavor profile of regular ramen into something otherworldly. Top it with scallions, toasted sesame seeds and oil, gochugaru, and kimchi for a lip-smacking meal.
This ramen recipe does not use ramyeon, as the author would like to remind you. Instead, it uses Japanese-style noodles, then gives it big, bold flavors with spicy Korean seasonings. That means you can expect to enjoy delish flavors without putting in the time required to highlight the nuances — super convenient for weeknights!
Got leftover roasted turkey? Use it to jazz up your ramen. To make, cook the mushrooms with butter and garlic until soft and juicy, then combine it with sauces, soft-boiled eggs, ramen noodles, and turkey. You can serve it sprinkled with sesame seeds and with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil for an authentic ramen bowl.
11. Miso Pesto Ramen
Miso pesto is the most incredible ingredient to ever exist! And this recipe pairs it with ramen to take your taste buds on a roller-coaster ride of flavors. It’s earthy, savory, tangy, smoky, and crunchy, so you can easily enjoy it on its own. You can also serve it with some shrimp for a well-balanced meal.
A bowl of these ramen noodles is all you need to turn a bad day into a good one. In it, a generous helping of cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are covered with seasonings and roasted to perfection, then combined with cooked noodles and tossed with a luscious sauce to produce an appetizing meal. The recipe also comes with information on swaps, so you can modify it to your taste.
You’re going to want to put this creamy ramen bowl on a meal rotation! This 10-minute recipe is savory, spicy, and comforting — and we have flavorful tahini, sweet chili sauce, and heat-packed Sriracha to thank for that. It also has lime juice, chili, and spices, which help balance all the flavors. Serve it topped with sesame seeds for extra crunch.
14. Spicy Miso Ramen
Healthy and nourishing, this recipe features a full-bodied broth that will elevate your ramen. The white miso adds umami flavors to the dish, while the garlic adds aroma and chili garlic sauce and ginger pack heat and provides the perfect canvas for mild-flavored shiitake mushrooms and tofu. Garnish with nori sheets and serve.
A bowl of this spicy delight will become your go-to on chilly days. The delicious noodles and tender pork belly are smothered in a soy sauce-based broth. It has spicy chili bean paste as its key ingredient, so you can easily modify the amount you use, and it also has umami-flavored doubanjiang. Add some fish cakes and soft-boiled eggs as toppings to enjoy!
This soup tastes like it’s fresh out of a restaurant. The recipe includes a creamy sauce base prepared from stock, unsweetened oat milk, and unsweetened soy milk. Once you add the noodles, top them with seasoned ground pork that’s stir-fried with spicy bean sauce to infuse every morsel with delicious flavors. Add blanched greens to the bowl, and serve.
This 10-minute tantanmen is chock full of deep flavors but is light on the body, making it perfect for lunch or brunch. It’s creamy, silky, spicy, and uber satisfying, all due to the tantalizing tare (seasoning sauce) featuring Tsuyu, a Japanese seasoning soup base, and tahini. You can top it with your favorite toppings for extra flavor and nutrition.
When you want a savory breakfast, ramen can taste pretty great with the seasoning packet that comes with it — but add some bacon, egg, and cheese to it, and you can really elevate its flavors. The creamy and flavorsome delight can be topped with a pile of bacon to make it even more appetizing. It comes together in just 15 minutes — perfect for breakfast on busy weekdays!
19. Tiktok Ramen
This saucy, spicy, umami-flavored ramen is made by stir-frying instant noodles in butter, garlic, and soy sauce to infuse it with yummy tastes, then cooking it with an egg. The super addictive ramen is filled with garlicky flavors, and you can add another layer (or two) of flavor by finishing it with a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning and some sliced scallions.
20. Tonkotsu Ramen
This ramen takes some time to cook, but the results are definitely worth the wait. In it, noodles, silky eggs, and chashu pork belly are combined in a bowl of the most amazing tare broth to produce a top-tier ramen dish. You can also make extra broth and freeze leftovers for later use.
A bowl of cold ramen dipped into a bowl of bold-flavored and insanely hot soup? This recipe is a beautiful example of why opposites go well together. You can also pair it with eggs, tofu, or your favorite toppings to take this sensational ramen to the next level. The recipe comes together in under an hour, so you can easily make it on hectic weeknights.
This easy-to-make stir-fry is heavy on veggies, although you can also add a protein source to customize it to your preferences. Just make sure to stir-fry the noodles with a soy sauce mixture before mixing it with snow peas, scallions, and bean sprouts, as that gives it a texture and flavor that will make the dish stand out like no other!