Elevate your instant ramen with this easy, 6-ingredient ramen stir fry! Simply sauté veggies of your choice, add your cooked ramen, and garnish with extras. Plus, learn about ramen noodle nutrition and better-for-you options to try.
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen. All opinions are my own; I never feature a brand that I don’t love!
What is a ramen stir fry?
A ramen stir fry is a simple mixture of quick-sauteed veggies, cooked ramen noodles, and crunchy toppings. I love stir fries because they come together in a matter of minutes. This makes them perfect for weeknight lunches or dinners. Another great healthy ramen recipe is make ahead mason jar noodles!
Is ramen healthy?
Ramen often gets a bad rap, but it can actually be a part of a balanced diet. I recommend looking for options that contain simple ingredients and lower amounts of sodium. One of my new favorite finds is Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen.
As a dietitian, I also love how these ramen cups are SUPER flavorful without being overly salty. In fact, they’re much lower in sodium than most options out there. For reference, many processed ramen packs contain over 1,500mg of sodium whereas Mike’s Mighty Good ramen contains half this amount at 780mg of sodium for their Vegetarian Vegetable flavor.
What are ramen noodles made of?
Ramen noodles are made from wheat flour, so it’s important to note that they are not gluten-free.
For this stir fry recipe, I’m using Mike’s Mighty Good Ramen which uses 100% renewable energy with their own solar power system to make their ramen. This means not only can you feel good about the nutrition, you can also feel good about your purchase for the planet.
Is ramen vegan?
Ramen noodles themselves are vegan. However, certain seasonings added (chicken, beef, or pork) will not be. If you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, Mike’s Mighty Good Ramen has 4 vegan ramen options available.
How do you make this ramen stir fry recipe?
This healthy stir fry made with ramen noodles comes together in 15 minutes with just 6 ingredients.
- Start by preparing the ramen. Remove the seasoning packet and oil packet. Then, you’ll cook according to the instructions by either microwaving or adding over boiling water.
- Meanwhile, saute your veggies. While the ramen noodles are softening in hot water, quickly cook the onion and vegetables. Here, we are using all parts of the green onion by sauteing the white parts and garnishing with the green parts.
- Stir everything together and garnish. Add over the noodles along with the reserved seasoning packet, oil, and a touch of ginger paste. To help incorporate all the ingredients easier, add over a splash of the water the ramen cooked in. This will add extra flavor and help form a sauce. If you accidentally drained the ramen water, you can use a bit of regular hot water too.
- Garnish. To add a bit of crunch and extra flavor, top your cooked stir fry with the remaining sliced green onions and some sesame seeds.
How much does this healthy ramen recipe make?
This recipe as written serves one. You can easily double or quadruple the recipe ingredients if cooking for a partner or the whole family! Just be sure to use a larger skillet.
Customize it your way
Like all of my other recipes, this ramen noodle stir fry is completely customizable. You get to choose what ramen flavor and veggies you want to use. You’re also welcome to add extra cooked protein on top.
Vegetables to try
Feel free to use any veggies of your choice for this ramen stir fry. This is a great way to use up what you already have in your fridge. Stick to quick cooking vegetables (think: ones you could eat raw) since we are only sauteing them for a few minutes. Tougher vegetables to avoid for this recipe include raw sweet potatoes, potatoes, or squash.
Be sure to cut the vegetables into small 1-inch pieces before sauteing. Here are some of my favorite veggies to use:
- Snap peas
- Sliced peppers
- Broccoli florets
- Sliced zucchini
- Shredded carrots
- Sliced mushrooms
- Chopped bok choy
- Or a mixture of a few different kinds!
Ramen flavors to try
Feel free to use your favorite type of Mike’s Mighty Good Ramen–they have so many flavors to choose from. Here’s a few top picks:
- Vegetarian Vegetable Ramen – vegan friendly
- Chicken Ramen Soup – a crowd pleaser
- Spicy Beef – a great option if you like spicy ramen dishes
You can use my code “CHEERFULCHOICES” for 15% off your first order on their site!
Can you add more protein on top?
Each ramen cup contains 8 grams of protein. However, if you’re craving a bit more–you can always add extra cooked protein on top. Here are some choices to try:
- Air Fried Tofu
- Steamed Edamame
- Sliced Tempeh
- Sauteed Shrimp
- Shredded Chicken
- Pulled Pork
- Sliced Steak
- 1 - Mike’s Mighty Good Ramen Cup of your choice (I like to use the Vegetarian Vegetable Ramen Soup which is vegan friendly, but their other flavors are delicious too! Try Chicken, Spicy Beef, or their Vegetarian Miso Cups.)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 green onions, sliced (Separate the greens from whites. You will sauté the white slices and save the green slices for garnishing - see pictures above)
- 1 ½ cups quick-cooking chopped veggies of your choice (snap peas, sliced peppers, broccoli florets, sliced zucchini, shredded carrots, sliced mushrooms, chopped bok choy, or a mixture!)
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, for topping
- Cook ramen noodles according to package instructions. Set aside seasoning packet and oil packet for later.
- While ramen is cooking in water, heat oil over medium high heat in a medium skillet. Add over white parts of green onions and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
- Add veggies and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Turn heat to medium low. Use tongs to remove ramen from liquid and add to pan. Reserve water from ramen cup for later.
- To the same pan, stir in ramen seasoning packet, ramen oil packet, and ginger paste. Stir in a splash of reserved ramen water (about ¼ cup) and cook stir fry for 2-3 minutes until warmed through.
- Garnish with sliced green parts of the onions and sesame seeds.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 serving Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Saturated Fat: 1gSodium: 850mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 11g
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