Vegan Ramen and Rotel

This will likely re-ignite the debate as to whether ramen is vegan or vegetarian, my answer is that I don’t really know and that it probably depends on the brand. Let the arguing begin! PS - Did you know that Rotel is a brand of AV equipment in addition to the yummy spicy tomatoes?

Submitted By: everettattebury

Submitted From: Sarasota, FL


  • 3oz package Nissin Top Ramen (any flavor)
  • 10oz can Rotel Mild or Original
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast (aka brewer's yeast)
  • 2 Tbs margarine
  • water

This is my favorite food right now, and it's so easy. Crumble the ramen noodles in the package, then pour in a bowl. Recycle the flavor packet for something else. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast over the crumbled noodles. Open a can of Rotel and pour over the noodles, then add about 1/4 can of water. Cook in microwave on high for 6 minutes, then stir in margarine. The nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor, if you're not vegan, you could use some cheese instead.

Cooking Ramen without Excess Water

If you’ve ever wanted to cook ramen in the microwave without getting “soup” out as a result, you may want to try this method which ends up evaporating absorbing the excess water. Take note, this is for 1/2 brick, I’m not sure whether doubling this would work or not, so someone let me know if you try it. Also take note of the prep time here, you need to plan ahead a bit.

Submitted By: Dave Carnell

Submitted From: Wilmington, NC


  • Half pack of noodles (single serving)
  • 1/4 cup liquid (water, wine, broth, etc.)

Put the noodles in a bowl large enough so they lie flat. Add the chosen liquid and seasoning. Allow to soak until the liquid is absorbed, turning the cake over once. This takes about an hour. Microwave 1 minute at high followed by 3 minutes at 30% power (1100W microwave). You can also have added shrimp, tuna, cooked chicken, whatever. Turn out onto plate-cooked with no excess liquid. Enjoy!

Hamberger Alfredo Ramen

I’ve never had Johnny’s Salt before, but I think any mixed seasoning will do. My wife came home from Savannah, GA with some Paula Deen Silly Salt. It’s pretty good.

Submitted By: Mikey Hall

Submitted From:
Kennewick, Washington


  • 1 fried cut up hamburger patty
  • 2 packs chicken Ramen and flavor pack
  • 1 table spoon of Johnny\'s Salt
  • 1 teaspoon A-1 sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcester sauces
  • 2 slices American cheese

Fry hamburger and add Johnnys Salt, A-1 Sauce, and Worcester sauce. Cut pre-cooked hamburger into 1/4 inch pieces. set aside. Boil ramen, drain, and put back into pan. Add cheese, hamburger, and flavor packs. Pull through ramen with fork to ensure cheese and seasoning is spread evenly through out. After the cheese is fully melted and stirred in.. Enjoy!

Creamy Curry Ramen

There are probably infinitely many types of curry powder, so if anyone tries this, be sure to comment on which kind you use.

Submitted By: Reid Barnett

Submitted From: Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee


  • Chicken Ramen
  • 1 tbs Cream Cheese
  • 1-2 tbs Milk (to get consistency right)
  • Curry powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper

Microwave noodles in water with contents of spice packet for 6-7 minutes. Next, drain the broth from noodles. While noodles are warm, add cubed cream cheese, milk, and spices, then stir to combine. Microwave for another 30 seconds to finish melting the cheese. Stir. Enjoy.

Hollywood Peanut Ramen

It’s called Hollywood Peanut Ramen because it was submitted from Hollywood. Can anyone make a Bollywood version?

Submitted By: Mike Callahan

Submitted From:


  • Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Ramen (any flavor)

Cook the noodles as directed on the package, and while cooking, prepare the sauce as follows.
Take a handful of pre-shelled dry roasted peanuts and crush them into pieces that are around the size of a chocolate chip. Next, you add 3-4 tablespoons of Hoisin Sauce. Then mix-in you add 4-5 tablespoons of Soy Sauce. Drain the noodles and apply the crunchy peanut sauce.

Buttermilk Ramen

I hesitated before posting this recipe, okay, I hesitated 16 months before posting this. The main reason is that “buttermilk” to me means pancakes or maybe biscuits. I’ve never had buttermilk unless it was mixed in with a bunch of other stuff and then cooked for awhile so I don't know what kind of flavor this would give. Anyway, if buttermilk is your thing, give this a try.

Submitted By:
Melanie Teegarden

Submitted From: Tennessee, USA


  • 1 package beef or chicken ramen
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional or brewers yeast (find at the health food store)
  • 1/4 c. buttermilk

Heat your ramen cooking water to boiling, add ramen noodles and cook just until they start to be separable with a spoon. Remove from heat and drain the cooking water. Lower the burner to medium, and return noodles to burner. Drop in the butter and allow to melt; toss noodles to coat, stirring or tossing continuously to avoid the noodles scorching. Next, add half of the flavor packet, the nutritional yeast (which has a roasted parmesan cheese sort of flavor) and the buttermilk. Heat through while stirring and serve. This is really very good. The buttermilk and yeast form a creamy, richly cheesy flavor.

Lime and Pepper Beef Noodles

A very simple recipe, but one that I like to make myself sometimes. I also like this with shrimp noodles and even as a soup.

Submitted By: Janie G.
Submitted From: Texas


  • 1 package of beef ramen
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • green onion (optional)

Cook the noodles and drain them. Add seasoning packet, lime juice, pepper flakes, and pepper and stir. Green onion can be used for an optional garnish on top if you like.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp/Lime Ramen

I just finished off a batch of Lime/Shrimp ramen that I bought a few weeks ago. As it turns out, I find the lime flavor a bit too sharp, but I think this recipe would still be good.

Submitted By: Danielle

Submitted From: Fort Hood, Texas, USA


  • 1 pkg. Lime Shrimp Ramen w/flavor packet
  • 1 tsp. Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Pour water into microwave safe bowl. Place the water in microwave for 2-3 minutes or until water is very hot. Take bowl out of microwave and add the Ramen noodles to the bowl. (You can crush them if you like, I prefer to leave them long.) Add the flavor packet, hot sauce and brown sugar. Stir and let sit for three minutes or until the noodles are done to your liking.

Spicy Egg Ramen

I’m a sucker for anything with Sriracha sauce in it.

Submitted By: Max Ramsay

Submitted From: Portland, OR


  • 1 Pack of Creamy Chicken Ramen (chicken will also work)
  • 1 tsp of sriracha hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp of maggi sauce (brown liquid with yellow label)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • finely chopped spring onions

Bring a pot with 1 1/2 cups of water to the boil, add the ramen and cook until almost ready. When the ramen is almost done, add the sriracha, sweet chili sauce, maggi sauce, and spring onions (as well as flavor packet if desired). Stir until mixed together. Add the beaten egg slowly, while stirring, as not to create egg clumps. Once the egg is stirred into the ramen and cooked, serve. Serves 1.

Cao Boi’s Hiking Ramen

Personally, I think the carbs in this one might kill you, unless you are hiking 20 miles a day over hills with a full pack like the submitter was doing. This one definitely goes in the “I’m not gonna eat it” category.

Submitted By: Cao Boi

Submitted From: Wherever I lay my head is home


  • one packet of any flavor Ramen noodles
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of instant mash potato powder (use the flavored kind for variety)

Cook the Ramen as usual but do not drain. After noodles are soft, add flavor packet and add mash potato powder. Stir and let sit a bit (it holds heat and will burn your mouth if you don't wait) to thicken and cool. Add more or less instant mash potato powder for desired thickness and consistency. I like to use savory herbs or cheesy garlic instant mash potato. Great hiking food created on the Appalachian Trail!