Ringing in at only 20 ¢ or so per package, ramen noodles are a staple for kids, college students and adults alike. This extremely versatile food can be boiled, baked, fried or eaten dry in some normal and not-so-normal ways. These tried and tested recipes are both peculiar and well-liked. So, gather your change and get cooking!
- Ramen Frittata
Ramen for breakfast anyone? This odd frittata dish get high marks for creativity and versatility, but have your napkins on-hand because this one can get messy.
Fill a medium-sized saucepan with water and bring to boil. Place 2 packages of chicken flavored ramen noodles in boiling water and set aside the seasoning packet. Cook for a few minutes until tender and drain. In a separate bowl, whisk 6 eggs and 2 seasoning packets and mix in noodles. Then, melt 2 teaspoons butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add noodle mixture, cook at medium-low heat for 5 to 8 minutes, browning both sides. Sprinkle ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese over top and serve hot.
- Ramen Greek Salad
More like a pasta salad than a Greek salad, this dish provides a whacky way to incorporate your daily veggies and get your ramen fix.
Boil 2 cups of water and cook 2 packages of any flavor ramen noodles, drain and set aside to cool. For the dressing, mix ½ cup canola oil, ¼ cup citrus juice and a dash of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Finely chop 1 cup red bell peppers, ½ cup onions, ½ cup black olives, ½ cup green olives, ½ cup tomatoes and cube 1 cup of feta cheese. Mix veggies and cheese with noodles, add salad dressing and toss.
- Tuna-n-Cheesy Ramen Noodles
What makes this meal more unusual than a tuna and macaroni and cheese dish, is that this one is done in the microwave and with slices of cheese. It’s perfect for college students living in the dorms and when you’re seriously strapped for cash.
Microwave 1 cup water in microwave-safe container for 2 minutes on high or until very hot. Add 1 package of any flavor ramen noodles and microwave 2 more minutes to cook. Drain water and stir in seasoning packet, 1 can water-packed tuna, drained and 2 slices American cheese. Place back in microwave and cook another 2 minutes until hot. Stir and serve.
- Ramen Cakes
Didn’t think ramen could be eaten for dessert – think again. Whether it’s the drizzled chocolate or the salty, slippery taste of the noodles, these chocolate cakes are a favorite among unusual ramen dishes.
Take 1 package of any flavor ramen noodles and begin crushing into small pieces, while still in the package. Heat ⅓ cup vegetable oil in pan and add noodles, being careful not to burn them by constantly shaking the pan. Once noodles are lightly browned, remove and place in bowl. Put 3 small dessert cakes on a serving plate, scoop 1 cup maraschino cherries noodles and place on top of cakes, then drizzle 1 cup chocolate dessert fondue over everything.
- Ramen Party Mix
Your friends will be both impressed and perplexed at this ramen-inspired trail mix.
Break 1 package of any flavor noodles into small pieces while still in package. Heat ⅓ cup vegetable oil in pan and add noodles, being careful not to burn them by constantly shaking the pan. Once noodles are lightly browned, remove and place in large serving bowl. Chop or serve whole ½ cup dried cranberries, ¼ cup sliced almonds and ¼ cup dried apricot. Combine with noodles, toss and serve.
- Spam and Ramen Surprise
If you love spam-a lot, then you might want to add this whacky dish to your list.
Boil 2 cups water, add 1 package of any flavor ramen noodles, 1 lightly smashed clove of garlic and place 1 head of chopped broccoli into boiling mixture. Remove when noodles and broccoli are tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil until very hot and crack in 1 egg. Lower temperature and cook until yolk sets but is not hard. Remove egg and sauté 4 slices spam in remaining oil. Put noodles and broccoli in serving bow and top with egg.
- Ramen Nachos
From the Doritos presentation to the odd combinations, kids may be the fan favorites of ramen nachos.
Boil 2 cups water, add 1 package of any flavor ramen noodles, and cook until tender and drain water. In a separate skillet, brown ½ pound ground beef and place in a large bowl. Add ramen noodles and 1 package of taco seasoning and mix evenly. Place Doritos chips around the bowl and sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese on top.
- Jell-O Ramen
Get ready to see some squeamish faces when you serve these not-so-typical Jell-O jigglers.
Break 1 package of any flavor noodles into small pieces while still in package. Heat ⅓ cup vegetable oil in pan and add noodles, being careful not to burn them by constantly shaking the pan. Once noodles are lightly browned, remove and place in large serving bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, combine 1 packet of any flavor Jell-O powder with 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until powder is completely dissolved. Add 1 cup cold water, add noodles, stir and place bowl in fridge for a couple hours to set. When solid, cut Jell-O into pieces and serve.
- Ramen and Fried Spam
This may look like a traditional Chinese-style noodle dish, but fried spam doesn’t fool everyone.
Boil 2 cups water in pan, add 2 packages of ramen noodles and cook for 3 minutes. Using a strainer, drain the water. In a skillet, lightly brown 1 can of cubed spam in 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Add 1 teaspoon garlic powder and some dry herb seasoning. In a large serving bowl, combine noodles, spam and ½ cup cooked green peas and ½ cup sliced green onions. Toss and serve.
- Grilled Ramen
Get your steak knives ready to cut into this juicy, marinated cut of ramen? Yes, grilled ramen is on the menu.
For the marinade, whisk together 1 seasoning packet from ramen package, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or favorite hot sauce, ½ teaspoons rice vinegar, ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil, ½ teaspoon sugar, ¼ cup hot water and sprinkle sesame seeds. Marinate dry ramen square in sauce for 20 minutes, flipping to make sure it is absorbed throughout. Once tender, place ramen square on medium flame charcoal or gas grill. Lift corner every minute to see char marks and watch for a little smoke, which means it can be flipped. Cook for about 3 minutes and remove from grill as a whole. Serve plain or with chives, grilled veggies or scallions on top.
- Ramen Pizza
For the ultra cheap or ultra daring, try this noodle-corn chip pizza that has some, well, unusual pizza ingredients.
Place 3 to 4 packages of dry beef-flavored ramen into a large resealable bag, add a couple handfuls of corn chips, close bag and crush mix thoroughly while adding ramen seasoning packets. Boil enough water to barely cover the noodles and pour in noodle mix. While noodles cook, chop up 2 or more jalapenos and slice summer sausage or pepperoni. Once noodles are done and have absorbed most of the water, pour into resealable bag and begin kneading the dough. Lay bag out and flatten down evenly to make dough and crust. There should not be much water running out, but if there is add more crushed ships to thicken dough. Place dough on round baking sheet. Meanwhile, heat 1 can chili (no beans) and scoop mixture on dough, top chili with 1 layer of squeeze cheese, add sausage or pepperonis and jalapenos. Cook in oven or eat as is.
- Coca-Cola Ramen
Love Coca-Cola? Love ramen? Then, love them together in this peculiar salty and sweet dish.
Boil 2 cups water and add 1 pack of Texas beef ramen or regular beef flavor noodles for 3 minutes or until tender. Strain the water and add one ramen seasoning packet and ½ or ¾ can of Coke and stir. Sprinkle ⅔ cup of crushed, salted peanuts on top of noodles. For additional flavor, slice 1 beef stick or summer sausage and add more Coke.
- Pork and Beans Ramen
Stand out at the camp fire with this twist on a classic pork and beans dish.
Cook 1 package of any flavor ramen noodles in ½ cup chicken stock. Stir until noodles are tender. Meanwhile, heat 1 can of pork and beans in a saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped onion to beans. Drain ramen and mix noodles with beans. Pour in serving bowl and top with grated cheddar cheese.
- Barbeque Ramen
You won’t find this dish at your local barbeque joint, but go ahead, give it a whirl.
Brown ½ pound ground beef in medium frying pan. In a separate pan, boil 2 cups water and add 1 package of beef flavored ramen noodles. Drain water and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of your favorite barbeque sauce to beef, add noodles and toss well. Top noodles with crumbled barbeque chips.
- Jellied Ramen
This ramen dish is so sweet and slimy you’ll think you were eating gummy worms.
Boil 2 cups water and add 1 package of any flavor ramen noodles. Drain water and set noodle aside. Combine 1 tablespoon apricot jam, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and a small dollop of butter in a microwave-safe container and microwave for 20 seconds. Add jelly mix to noodles and toss well. Top with slivered almonds.
- Ramen Ice Cream
Ice cream lovers may have met their match or their limit with this unusual ice cream-ramen combo.
Break 1 package of any flavor noodles into small pieces while still in package. Heat ⅓ cup vegetable oil in pan and add noodles, being careful not to burn them by continually shaking the pan. Once noodles are lightly browned, remove and set aside. In a small serving bowl, scoop 2 cups of caramel ice cream or any other flavor and add the hot fried ramen on top.
- Ramen Pudding
Get your toppings and sweets ready, because this is not your typical bread pudding.
Boil 2 cups water and add 1 package of any flavor ramen noodles. Drain water, then place noodles in a blender and add 1 cup milk. Add nuts, chocolate chips or candy and blend until the mix becomes thick like pudding. Pour mixture into serving bowl and add brown sugar, chocolate syrup, fruit or whatever sounds good on top and enjoy.
- Ramen Poutine
With the cheesy French fries and gravy, this dish sounds like something you’d find at the ballpark, except for the whole ramen part.
Begin by baking 20 to 30 frozen French fries in the oven. Then, boil 2 cups water and add 1 package of any flavor ramen noodles. After 2 to 3 minutes of cooking, remove from stove and drain water. In another saucepan, heat 1 can of gravy. Place noodles in a serving bowl and top with 1 cup cheddar cheese curds, French fries and drizzle the gravy over everything.
- Ramen Breakfast Burrito
Expect a mouthful of noodles when eating this unique breakfast burrito.
Boil 2 cups water and add 1 package of any flavor ramen noodles. In a separate bowl, beat 1 egg and slowly pour beaten egg into the boiling saucepan. Stir and cook both ramen and egg for 3 minutes. Drain most of the water, but leave 1 tablespoon. Stir in seasoning packet, ¼ cup shredded cheese and a couple drops of hot sauce. Scoop noodle mixture into warm flour tortillas, roll up and serve.
- Ramen Beef Pie
Ramen takes the place of mashed potatoes in this French Canadian Pâté Chinois-inspired dish.
Boil 2 cups water and add 2 package of beef flavored ramen noodles. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and strain water. In a large skillet, heat ⅓ cup vegetable oil and add ½ cup chopped onions. Add 1 pound ground beef and cook until browned. Stir and combine meat mixture into a baking pan or pot. On top of the beef, add 1 can sweet corn drained, then add ramen noodles. Put pan into oven and cook for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove and serve.