One of the great things about ramen noodles is how versatile they are. They can be a light snack, with just some noodles and broth. They can be a full meal, with all kinds of veggies and protein. They can be salty or sweet, savory or spicy. Today, we’re going to focus on the spicier recipes.
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Here are 10 spicy noodle recipes that are sure to knock your socks off.
Top 10 Spicy Noodle Recipes
1. Creamy Spicy Miso Ramen
Creamy Spicy Miso Ramen is a marriage of spicy ramen and a miso broth. The foundation is a Mike’s Mighty Good miso ramen pack, and the heat comes from gochujang sauce. If you’re not familiar with gochujang sauce, it’s a Korean chili paste that you can find in most global food sections. Additional spice comes from red pepper flakes, which add a bit of texture as well as heat.
We added a soft-boiled egg for protein and sliced cremini mushrooms both for their savory taste and their unique texture. The broth contains some soy milk, which makes it rich and creamy, as well as absorbing a little bit of the heat. Whatever you do, though, make sure you’re using unsweetened soy milk. Sweetened soy milk will make the broth cloyingly sweet, and you won’t enjoy the results.
2. Garlic Chili Oil Ramen
Garlic Chili Oil Ramen is a simple, delicious recipe that’s both spicy and flavorful. Along with garlic and chili oil, we added some Chinese black vinegar to add some bite. There are sesame seeds for texture, and green onions add their own unique, flavorful note.
This recipe is particularly good if you’re suffering a winter cold. It’s not too heavy, but it still has enough heat to clear out your sinuses. As an added bonus, it’s also vegan!
3. Coconut Curry Ramen
Coconut Curry Ramen is a unique combination of sweet and spicy that’s sure to become one of your favorites. It includes a little bit of ground chicken, which provides flavor, texture, and protein. Coconut milk provides a sweet, mild flavor, while curry paste and curry powder add heat, along with the distinctive taste of curry. Soy sauce and some vinegar round out the flavor profile.
4. Spicy Cheesy Ramen
Spicy Cheesy Ramen is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tasty bowl of cheesy ramen noodles, with plenty of spicy kick. The broth has milk added to make it creamy, while the hot sauce and sriracha sauce add heat. Garlic provides a spicy, savory note, and you melt some slices of American cheese (trust us here) over the bowl. Sprinkle red pepper to taste, and you’re all ready to go.
The thing we like most about this recipe is that it’s simple, and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. It’s also easy to customize. If it’s too spicy – or not spicy enough – adjusting the amount of hot sauce and sriracha is trivial.
5. Vegan Spicy Cheesy Ramen
Vegan Spicy Cheesy Ramen is similar to the spicy cheesy ramen in most respects. It even uses most of the same ingredients, but you substitute unsweetened soy milk and vegan cheese for the milk and cheese. Standard sriracha sauce also is not vegan, so you’ll have to buy a bottle of vegan sriracha. Other than that, it’s the same creamy, spicy recipe.
6. Rabokki Ramen
Rabokki Ramen combines spicy Japanese kimchi ramen and Korean rice cakes. The intent is to imitate tteokbokki, a popular Korean street food consisting of rice cakes, broth, gochujang paste, and fish cakes. We used gochujang sauce, soy sauce, and some scallions for their fishy flavor. We also added an egg, which makes the recipe more filling.
7. No-Cook Vegan Chili Black Bean Noodles
No-Cook Vegan Chili Black Bean Noodles are a bit of a misnomer. You still have to boil water to cook your noodles. But while that’s going on, you don’t have to have other burners running. Everything else just gets added to the dish.
When the noodles are done, you add a bit of black bean sauce, along with a small sprinkle of chili flakes and a splash of chili oil. Garlic adds savor, while vinegar provides bit, and soy sauce makes the broth richer. Toss some sliced green onions on top, and you’ve got a complete meal.
8. Korean Fire Noodles
Korean Fire Noodles are a little bit different than everything else on our list. There aren’t a ton of other ingredients, so they’re often used as a base for other recipes.
Starting with a Mike’s Mighty Good kimchi ramen pillow pack, prepare your ramen, and add gochujang sauce and chili oil to make it spicy. Mix in some seaweed, which adds texture and salty flavor, and absorbs some of the spice. That’s all there is to it!
9. Peanut Chili Ramen
Peanut Chili Ramen simulates the experience of eating Pad Thai, everyone’s favorite spicy peanut dish. We used a Mike’s Mighty Good chicken garlic pillow pack and added some peanut butter, soy sauce, and garlic. Combine that with some chili oil for heat, and a few other spices, and you’re ready to go.
10. Kung Pao Ramen
Ramen doesn’t just have to mean a primarily noodle-based dish. It can also contribute to a larger stir fry, which is what we did with our Kung Pao Ramen recipe. Along with the ramen, we added onions, red and yellow bell peppers, garlic, green onions, chili flakes, and tofu. For the sauce, we combined soy sauce with sugar, Chinese vinegar, sweetened soy sauce, corn starch, and a generous amount of chicken stock.
Ingredients for Spicy Ramen
If you want to make your own spicy ramen, you’ll have near-infinite options. But no matter what you’re doing, you’ll need some source of heat. Chili powder is a go-to choice here since it doesn’t have a very distinctive flavor. You can introduce pure heat to your recipe without changing the rest of the flavor profile. The same goes for chili oil, which is often easier to mix into the broth. Gochujang sauce is essentially chili paste, so it’s better for thicker, more heavily-textured recipes.
But what if you want to add flavor as well as heat? Curry is a popular choice, with its distinctive sweet and savory notes. Be aware that most curry powder sold in the US is not authentic, and is a poor substitute for the real thing. If at all possible, you’ll get better results by using curry paste. Sriracha sauce is another popular spicy ingredient. It has a unique tangy and bitter edge that goes far beyond just being spicy.
If you want to add a little less heat, there are plenty of options. Red pepper is a great choice since it’s easy to add after the fact. If your bowl ends up not being spicy enough for your tastes, you can just sprinkle some on top. Garlic also goes well in many spicy recipes. Not only does it add a little heat of its own, but the garlic flavor and aroma will make the entire dish more robust.
As for other ingredients, the sky is the limit. Soy sauce is a very common ingredient, and it’s easy to understand why. Not only is it a staple of Asian cuisine, but its savory flavor goes well with most spicy ramen bowls. Cheese is another common ingredient because the milkfat can mitigate the heat, and you’re also adding a savory flavor. Peanuts and peanut butter can be reminiscent of Pad Thai, but they go well in pretty much any spicy recipe.
The last thing we should address is protein. You can use just about any meat in a spicy recipe, although pork tends to do better in savory recipes. Eggs are a popular choice, especially if the yolk is still runny. Tofu can also be particularly delicious in spicy recipes. With a lot of recipes, the main challenge is flavoring the tofu enough to contribute to the dish. With a spicy recipe, the blander flavor of tofu can be a major asset, since it can absorb a lot of the heat.
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