How to microwave ramen
How many of us have had a late-night craving for ramen noodles, but didn’t want to pay the high cost of ordering out? Ramen is one of those foods that we eat regularly and don’t really think about how to make it. But what if we told you there’s an easier way? In this blog post we’ll go over how you can make microwave ramen at home with just four ingredients: water, dry noodles, seasoning packet and oil. You won’t believe how easy it is!
Below is what we have gone over how you can cook ramen noodles in the microwave, which is a quick and easy meal solution. Ramen can also be made on a stove top depending on what’s available to you at the time of cooking, so don’t worry if you’re missing some of these ingredients for this recipe as it isn’t the only way to prepare them. Ramen noodles are enjoyed all around the world and with different toppings that depend on culture, but whatever way you choose to make ramen or whatever flavor of noodle works best for you – there’s no wrong way to make them!
Steps to microwave ramen:
- Put 1/2 cup of water into a microwave-safe bowl (make sure the level is low enough to not touch the top of the ramen noodles).
- Add your seasoning packet (except oil) and break up any clumps that might be in it using your fork or fingers.
- Break your ramen noodles into small pieces over the bowl, being careful not to crush them into dust with this step as they will expand when they cook.
- Add 1 tablespoon of oil on top of your ramen mixture and stir it briefly so that all ingredients are covered by oil, but don’t let the noodles sit in oil for too long as this could cause them to stick together or become mushy from the oil.
- Microwave your ramen mixture on high for 2 minutes and 15 seconds (~2:30). Start with the lesser time if you’re not sure how your microwave cooks and then add more time in small increments if needed, stirring after each addition to break up clumps and ensure even cooking of all ingredients.
- Let it cool for a few minutes before digging in! It will be very hot so carefully remove from oven using oven mitts or gloves – do not use a fork or spoon as they could get lodged into the noodles and burn you when you touch them later.
- Add toppings such as scallions, jalapenos, hard boiled eggs, etc., but remember that these will not get cooked in the microwave, so be sure to heat them up before consuming.
- Enjoy your delicious, microwaved ramen!
To prepare your ramen noodles, start by pouring water in a microwave safe bowl. For each serving of ramen you want to make, use one quarter cup (about 60ml) of water. Keep in mind that the ramen will continue to absorb liquid when it cooks, so add just enough water for the amount you’ll eat right away and adjust the amounts only if needed when preparing future servings. Next add your dry seasonings, stirring them into the water until they’re fully dissolved. Remember that the seasoning is what gives the ramen its flavor and aroma, so be sure not to skimp out on this step! Once you’ve added all your seasonings and stirred them in, add your oil and mix everything together thoroughly until you get a yellowish opaque broth.
Now it’s time to add the noodles. If you’re preparing one serving, simply place enough noodles for that amount into your bowl and give them a gentle stir so they don’t stick together. If you want to prepare more than one serving at once, feel free to cook all of your noodles in separate batches first before combining them afterward! The main thing is just not to let the dry seasonings sit too long on top of or underneath wet noodles so that you can enjoy your ramen as soon as possible after cooking it.
Once your noodles are done cooking the broth will be boiling hot so be especially careful when removing it from the microwave! But have no fear, this is where another great tip comes in handy! For the next step, transfer your ramen broth to a large soup/hot beverage cup so you have better control while eating. From here it’s just adding the noodles and slurping away!
Now that you know how to make microwave ramen noodles, why not go out and buy some other flavor packets or even try making your own homemade seasonings? The possibilities are endless when it comes to this simple but tasty meal! And since it’s packaged in an easy-to-handle take-out style carton, it makes for a great lunchtime meal at work or even school (if you’re allowed to eat in class). So what are you waiting for? Get cooking today!
Ramen is typically made with boiled water and noodles. Some ramen recipes, such as Miso Ramen, also contain broth and additional flavoring (such as soy sauce). Ingredients vary depending on location and the manufacturer, but most include wheat flour, salt, water and kansui, an alkaline salt often made from potassium carbonate.
Ramen is categorized by its two main regional styles: “shio” (salt) ramen and “tonkotsu” (pork bone) ramen. It was originally created in the early 20th century in Yokohama as a Japanese modification of Chinese lamian noodle soup by adding ingredients such as Chūka soba or Chūka Soba. Ramen has become extremely popular in Japan, and the country boasts many regional varieties, such as Kyūshū’s tonkotsu ramen and Sapporo’s miso ramen. Some shops even specialize based on their region of origin, such as Sapporo Ramen Koika amongst others.
Now that you know how to make ramen at home, what are you waiting for? Get cooking today so you can say goodbye to those everlasting packets! We promise this homemade version tastes better than the store-bought stuff any day of the week. And if you decide to use packaged noodles instead of making your own, just remember there’s no shame in using instant noodles as a quick fix occasionally. They’re not an everyday kind of thing but they do have their place on our list of great Japanese snacks!