A bowl of delicious homemade ramen with spices

Here are 15 easy ways to make instant ramen noodles even more delicious. The list describes recipes that are quick, simple, and tasty. Each dish has a link to the full recipe so you can try it out for yourself.

15 Easy Homemade Ramen Recipes You Can Cook

Ramen is all the rage these days. Everywhere you look there is a hip new restaurant that only serves ramen dishes. This popularity is a testament to the deliciousness, flexibility, and affordability of these fun little noodles. Fortunately though, you don’t need to go out to a restaurant and pay an inflated price to enjoy these meals. Instead, there are several homemade ramen recipes you can create in your own kitchen. These all involve the instant noodles, so the pasta element is a breeze. Here are 15 of the easiest, and most delicious, do-it-yourself ramen recipes out there.

#1 Garlic Shrimp Ramen

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You’re going to love this flavorful treat. There’s something about garlic and shrimp that makes them the perfect pairing. This recipe has wonderful flavors that complement each other in a lovely way. It has just the right amount of spice to keep things interesting. This is a simple, light recipe that would be great in the summer. It involves, of course, shrimp, along with onions, bell pepper, and broccoli. A juiced lime, ginger, garlic, and Sriracha add some kick. It doesn’t take much time to get a lot of flavor with this one. Get the full recipe at Delish.

#2 Ramen Carbonara

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There’s no better comfort food than Italian. Italian the ramen way is extra-level comforting because it is so quick and easy. This recipe doesn’t have a lot of ingredients, but it packs a lot of deliciousness. Importantly, this version of carbonara has bacon, which tends to make anything taste better. This is a fabulous dish on a cold day, or anytime you find yourself yearning for a taste of Italy. The recipe is available at Delish.

#3 Ramen Burgers


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Ramen is tasty. Burgers are tasty too. The combo is fantastic. The ramen element of this burger is in the buns, which you make yourself. It turns out they are fun to make, and doing so is not as challenging as they may sound. You simply cook the noodles, mix with egg, form a bun shape, and use a skillet to brown them to a golden color. The ring from a mason jar is a good way to get perfectly round buns. There are instructions on making a yummy burger as well. This recipe has some kick to it, so be ready to endure the heat. If you’re wanting a milder flavor, you could nix the jalapeño and Sriracha. Either way, you’ll be glad you tried this unique take on the classic burger. The recipe is at Delish.  

#4 Mongolian Beef Ramen

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Ramen is perfect for Asian dishes such as this one; this meal has the steak and veggies you’ve been craving. Grab some sirloin, a couple oils, a few spices, some broccoli and carrots, and, of course, soy sauce, and you’ll have this recipe rolling. You will not be disappointed with this one, and best of all, you can skip the take-out bill. You can knock it out in about 30 minutes; you’ll consider it time well spent once you taste these flavors. Get the recipe at Delish.

#5 Traveling Noodles


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When you start feeling those hunger pangs at the office, this is your go-to lunch jar, and it’s also great for picnics. This involves making the noodles and layering an assortment of delicious ingredients on top of them in a jar. Some of the elements include shredded chicken, a vegetable bouillon cube, scallions, soy sauce, grated ginger, and, if you like heat, some hot sauce. The total time is a record speed of 12 minutes, so it’s easy to throw together the night before work, even if you’re tired. Check out Delish to get the details.

#6 Parmesan Garlic Ramen

While Asian recipes are an obvious good fit with ramen, sometimes it’s fun to get creative and look to other areas of the globe for inspiration. This is another Italian-inspired treat. There are very few ingredients in this one; ramen, cloves, butter, Parmesan, and parsley are all you need to get going and make a meal in about 20 minutes. This recipe tastes too good to be so simple, but it is. Three easy steps on Delish will have you gobbling this up in no time.

#7 Ramen Grilled Cheese


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This takes the classic grilled cheese sandwich to a fun new place. The only thing more delicious than cheese sandwiched between bread is cheese sandwiched between noodles. This recipe has a similar concept to the burger bun earlier, but the process of making the “bread” is a bit different. This is one you must try. Directions can be found at Dude Foods.  

#8 Haley Dunphy’s Ramen Pizza

Four ingredients. 20 minutes. Ramen. Pizza. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain with this recipe. This is made by putting sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni slices on an uncooked block of ramen and baking the combo directly on the rack. This one is quick, unique, and, of course tasty. Get the recipe at Delish.  

#9 Shitake Mushroom and Kale Ramen

You can’t talk about ramen without talking about bowls. Here’s a scrumptious vegetarian bowl that tastes way too good to be so healthy. This meal will warm you to the bone. It has all the noodles, kale, veggie stock, and mushrooms, you need to take you to a comforting happy place. Get the recipe at Nutmeg Nanny.

#10 Spring Ramen Chicken Soup

Nothing is better for the soul than chicken soup. While traditionally thought of as a winter food, this dish is perfect for spring. Enjoy a garden of delicious spring vegetables with some Asian sesame oil, ramen noodles, and chicken, to put you in that springtime mood. It takes about 18 minutes and only has two steps on Delish.

#11 Pork Lo Mein


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If you’re wanting to save some money rather than spend it on costly Chinese take-out, this one is a must. It’s so easy, yet so delicious. It’s also makes a beautiful, colorful bowl, so it’s a good one to try if you’re wanting to impress guests. Toss together ramen noodles with pork cutlets, stir-fry veggies (frozen works), onions, and garlic in an oiled skillet and you’re off to a wonderful world of flavor. Get the instructions at Delish.  

#12 Easy Pork Ramen

This one has a little bit more prep time the others, but it’s totally worth it. The recipe recommends a pre-flavored tenderloin, but there is a spice mix if you do not have access to meat that has already been spiced. This meal is for garlic lovers, and it also has instructions for beautiful ramen-style eggs to add even more protein. Ginger, cloves, spring onions, crushed red pepper, black peppercorns, soy sauce, mushrooms, and baby bok choy make up the ingredients of this savory dish. Get the recipe at The Flavor Bender.

#13 Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Ramen

If you want something more interesting than sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving, this one is for you. Grab that leftover turkey and put it to work. The recipe calls for scallions, ginger, shiitake mushrooms, eggs, bacon, and shredded up leftover turkey along with any remaining veggies from the pan. This one takes longer than the others, but it will definitely become one of your favorites. Get the complete list of directions at The Woks of Life.

#14 Quick Homemade Ramen

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If you’re in the mood for something hearty and savory, this one is perfect. As a bonus, this is a healthy meal as well. Between the veggies, herbs, and breadcrumbs, there is a lot to love about this dish. This makes a colorful, fragrant bowl that is comforting enough for winter, but bright enough for summer. With only two steps and 20 minutes, this is a meal that can be whipped up in no time. Check out the full recipe at Pinch of Yum.  

#15 Healthy Homemade Kimchi Ramen

This one has a lot of ingredients, but it’s too good not to include on the list. The health benefits of fermented foods is catching on quickly around the country, so this one is a good way to try it out and see for yourself. Cooking this can be more or less of an endeavor depending on whether you want to make your own fermented kimchi. Despite the potentially long shopping list, depending on your cupboard, the recipe only has four steps. Unlike most ramen recipes, this one involves cooking the ramen and the other ingredients at the same time, which makes it both efficient and flavorful. Everything cooks up in eight to 10 minutes. Smoky paprika, chili flakes, and peppercorns add some beautiful sensations to this one. Find the recipe at Divine Health Food.

The best part about these homemade ramen recipes is that you can have a wonderful dish without the trendy restaurant prices. These are fun recipes that are fairly quick and easy. Most importantly, they are absolutely delicious. Whether you’re in the mood for some comforting chicken parm or grilled cheese, or you want to impress a date with some fancy shitake mushrooms and kale, the above list has you covered. Armed with the above instructions, it’s time to grab some instant noodles and take them to creative and tasty new levels.