Meet your new best friend: Garlic Chili Oil Ramen. This is decadent, crazy delicious, ridiculously easy to make, and - oh - 100% vegan! We tried these on our Tiktok channel and you guys were so excited about this recipe. Stop what you're doing and make this ramen right now.
Why Garlic Chili Oil Ramen will change your life
Even though traditional ramen soup is insanely delicious, it's easy to get a little burnt out on broth-based foods if you eat them too often. Luckily, this doesn't have to stop you from enjoying the goodness of a hot bowl of ramen thanks to fire recipes like Garlic Chili Oil Ramen.
By opting for an oil-based seasoning instead of the traditional broth base your traditional bowl of ramen takes on a really rich, mouthwatering quality that makes it super hard to stop eating. The chili paste and garlic give this dish a ton of dimension, with just the right amount of heat.
Garlic Chili Oil Ramen Hack.
Sometimes you want a noodle dish like delicious ramen noodles but you’re not looking for all thebroth that comes along with it. That's where crazy good recipes like this Garlic Chili Oil Ramen Hack come in really handy.
By mixing together cooked ramen noodles, seasonings, chili paste, garlic, black vinegar, and hot oil you create an insanely tasty combination that keeps you coming back bit after addictive bite.
Whatever flavor or style of ramen you choose to use, making sure to start with the best noodles, and seasonings possible will only increase the quality of the finished bowl.
Seasoning Packet or No Seasoning Packet?
When making garlic chili oil ramen, a lot of the flavor is going to come from the chili paste, seasonings, and soy sauce. While it's not necessary to use the seasoning packet included with your instant ramen, it does add a crazy amount of flavor that would be a shame to miss out on.
The seasoning packet included in every one of our craft instant ramen packages yields a hyper-refined broth base that is meant to make 1.5-22-3 cups of broth. Using the seasoning packets without the full amount of water r will result in a saltier and richer mixture, so feel free to add as much or as little of the packet as you like. Our ramen does have 40% less salt than the leading brand, so you can feel good about eating it!
Toasting the Ramen Noodles with Hot Oil!
The key to this dish is toasting the noodles and seasonings together with hot oil. The oil cooks the delicious seasonings, chili paste, and garlic to create a warm, spicy, umami bomb that is sure to destroy your palate with incredible flavor.
By heating the oil in a small saute pan and then pouring it over the cooked noodles and seasonings you can lightly infuse the chili paste into the oil and toast the garlic to take the edge off, giving it a rounder, warmer flavor. The total combination of garlic, chili, sesame, and black vinegar gives these hot oil-style noodles the perfect texture and flavor.
Make sure to not overheat the oil and burn it before pouring it over the noodles. You want to bring the oil to a gentle even heat around 300°f before pouring it over your cooked noodles. Be sure to use appropriate caution as hot oil can burn you! It should only take 1-2 minutes to heat the oil fully. If you see the oil starts to smoke you'll know it's gone too far. Turn the burner off, remove the pan from the burner, and allow it to cool before disposing of the oil.
This chili oil-style ramen dish is built for awesome toppings. Whether you want to keep it vegetarian with crispy, stir-fried tofu, or go with minced pork with garlic, adding a chopped protein cooked in the toasting oil before you add it to your noodles is always a great idea.
In terms of vegetable combinations, you can really let your palate run wild. Things like thinly sliced onions, lightly marinated cucumbers, or even grilled corn can add a crazy amount of flavor to your finished noodles.
Regardless of which toppings you choose to go with, starting with high-quality ramen is key to success when it comes to an awesome bowl. While there are a lot of options you can go with, starting with the clean flavor profile like the Vegetarian Kimchi Ramen from Mike's Crazy Good Craft Ramen is a perfect complement to this recipe. The spicy kimchi seasoning gives the noodles an extra kick of fermented chili/cabbage flavor that blends perfectly with the spicy garlic, chili paste, and sour black vinegar.
Whether you choose to go with the vegetarian kimchi or something a little more classic like savory beef, if you like spicy, mouthwatering noodle dishes, this recipe is definitely going to get some heavy rotation in your kitchen playlist.
How to make Garlic Chili Oil Ramen
1. Cook the noodles.
2. Strain the noodles and place them into a bowl.
3. Add chopped garlic, thinly sliced green onion, sesame seeds, chili paste, Chinese black vinegar, and seasonings to the noodles.
4. In a saute pan heat 1-2 tablespoons of neutral-flavored oil, like canola or sunflower.
5. Pour the hot oil over the noodles and seasonings.
6. Stir the noodles/oil/seasonings vigorously until everything is well distributed.
7. Enjoy while hot!
Garlic Chili Oil Ramen Recipe!
While this recipe is definitely a crazy take on traditional instant ramen recipes, it's a super refreshing way to utilize your ramen noodles. By opting for a more oil-based dressing as opposed to the traditional broth-based ramen you end up with an umami bomb that's absolutely addicting while also being super spicy and mouthwatering. Seriously, if you are looking for an easy way to get a sweat going, or clear out your sinuses, this Garlic Chili Oil Ramen should do the trick. Be careful with this one, the spice can be addicting and this Garlic Chili Oil Ramen has a ton of it!
- 1 Mike's Mighty Good Vegetarian Kimchi Ramen Pillow Pack
- 1 garlic clove - minced
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp green onions
- 1 tsp chili flakes
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp neutral tasting oil (used canola)
- Remove the noodles from the kimchi ramen pack and cook them until al dente.
- Strain the noodles and place them into a soup bowl.
- Add the chopped garlic, chili paste, sesame seeds, chili flakes, seasoning packet, and soy sauce to the bowl with the noodles.
- Heat the sunflower oil in a small saute pan.
- Once the oil is hot, pour it over the noodles and seasonings.
- Stir the noodles, seasonings, and oil together vigorously and eat immediately!