10-Minute Saucy Ramen Noodles

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Luscious ramen noodles cooked in a rich and savory sauce with soy, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, and garlic. 🍜 Add tofu, veggies or cooked chicken or beef to these restaurant-quality noodles. Ramen is quick to make for easy weeknight dinners, or as a fun side dish to meats, fish, sushi and soups. Try it tonight!

I’m always trying to recreate our favorite takeout dishes, especially from Japanese restaurants. To say the least, we’ve had our fair share of experimenting in the kitchen with unique flavors and ingredients the past year and a half. I really enjoy mixing up meals that I didn’t realize were so easy to cook at home!

These saucy, slippery Ramen noodles are coated in a rich, tangy and slightly spicy sauce, which is simply made on your stovetop in about 5 minutes – yes, you heard that right! This ridiculously easy, restaurant quality dish cooks up in only 10 minutes. A big bowl-full is not only gorgeous with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and scallions, but absolutely scrumptious on a cozy night – and quicker than getting delivery!

These noodles are best enjoyed the same day you cook them, as the Ramen really soaks up the sauce over time. Don’t get me wrong, these still made delicious leftovers! But, you will be devouring this right out of the pot anyway.

Let me show you the easy steps to flavorful, elegant Ramen noodles at home – made quick and easy!

Ready to cook your 10-Minute Saucy Ramen Noodles?

• Unwrap ramen noodles and discard seasoning packet; set aside.

• In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and 2 Tbsp. water; set aside.

• In a small pot, whisk water, soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, and garlic together. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Stir in cornstarch-water mixture. Simmer and stir until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Mixture should coat the back of a spoon. Feel free to adjust seasonings to your preference. Remove from heat and cover; set aside.

• In a medium pot set to high heat, boil 6 cups water. Stir in ramen noodles. Cook noodles for about 2 minutes, until still chewy. They will continue cooking in the sauce once combined.

• Drain noodles and return to pot. Pour sauce over noodles and mix to coat well.

• Set pot to medium-high heat and cook noodles in sauce, until sauce is slightly absorbed and noodles are tender, about 3 minutes.

• Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions, if desired.

• Serve hot and enjoy!

Keep reading for full ingredient list + recipe, below

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Sesame Beef Ramen Stir Fry

Korean Fried Chicken Tenders

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Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodle Salad

Don’t you just want to dive your chopsticks into a bowl of Ramen?

We love how versatile these Ramen noodles are! Want a little extra protein in your bowl? Add tofu, chicken, shrimp or beef. Want a little more spice, or less spice? Toss in more chili garlic sauce or red pepper flakes – or, dial it back and add less of each. A squeeze of Sriracha or honey never hurt anyone, either!

Say “see ya!” to that seasoning packet, and let’s make REAL Ramen noodles, jam packed with punchy, rich flavors. This dish is impossibly easy and foolproof, even for new cooks, and a fun way to twist up weeknight meals. Intimidated by these ingredients? Not to worry! You can easily find rice vinegar, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce in the Ethnic/Asian aisle of most grocery stores.

I hope you try this Ramen recipe, and love it like we do! Please leave a comment and a star rating, if you give it a go.

5 from 2 votes

10-Minute Saucy Ramen Noodles

Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 (3-oz. packages) dry ramen noodles
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. water

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes or, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

For topping, optional:

  • Chopped scallions
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Unwrap ramen noodles and discard seasoning packet; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and 2 Tbsp. water; set aside.
  • In a small pot, whisk all sauce ingredients together. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Stir in cornstarch-water mixture. Simmer and stir until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Mixture should coat the back of a spoon. Feel free to adjust seasonings to your preference. Remove from heat and cover; set aside.
  • In a medium pot set to high heat, boil 6 cups water. Stir in ramen noodles. Cook noodles for about 2 minutes, until still chewy. They will continue cooking in the sauce once combined.
  • Drain noodles and return to pot. Pour sauce over noodles and mix to coat well.
  • Set pot to medium-high heat and cook noodles in sauce, until sauce is slightly absorbed and noodles are tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions, if desired.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!
Course: Main Course, Side Dish

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  1. 5 stars
    Never will make regular Ramen again! These were so tasty!

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