These Easy Ramen Bowls are a 15-minute meal with a savory broth made with sesame oil and low sodium soy sauce and topped with soft boiled eggs. With 5 core ingredients, there are plenty of options to further customize this dinner for two.
Easy Ramen Bowls in 15 Minutes!
Hi Everyone, I’m Sara Maniez from Life’s Little Sweets. Do you ever crave something that you would get at a restaurant when you are at home, but think you don’t have the right ingredients or enough time? These Easy Ramen Bowls are the perfect cure for this dilemma because you can use some simple pantry ingredients to create them and further customize them to your tastes.
There are 5 core ingredients to this basic recipe: chicken or vegetable broth, sesame oil, low sodium soy sauce, Ramen noodles, and soft boiled eggs. Feel free to adjust the sesame oil and soy sauce ingredients for your tastes. It’s important to get that soup broth right to start and then everything else you chose (or not) to top with is up to you.
Let’s talk herbs: If you are not a fan of cilantro (I know there are some of you out there!), you can try some Italian parsley which is a similar and versatile green herb to top these ramen bowls with. The green onions, also called scallions, are amazing with this soup and I recommend adding them to the broth when cooking, as well as topping the bowls with fresh, chopped ones to garnish.
You can also add freshly minced ginger to the broth to get a bright and so-delicious soup broth.
Optionally, you can sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on there too. It adds a little texture, a pretty garnish, and goes well with the sesame oil in the broth.
If you like spicy food, you can add red pepper flakes, hot sauce, Sriracha sauce, or sliced hot peppers (like jalapeños).
Craving more protein than the soft boiled egg?
For protein, in addition to the soft boiled egg, you can add shredded chicken, beef, or pork slices – even seafood like cooked shrimp or your favorite fish – to the broth.
Get creative with your favorite proteins and the recipe can be customized to your tastes!
You can also leave the recipe vegetarian and try adding another vegetable. I would try thin sliced baby Bok Choy for something more authentic, but you can also do spinach or even baby kale. Add your favorite green leafy vegetable to further customize your Ramen bowls and get all those wonderful nutrients that come along with them!
I customized the bowls in these photos with baby watercress (packaged, found in the produce section of the grocery store) because of all the healthy vitamins and minerals it has. Watercress also has a slightly bitter taste which goes nicely with the other ingredients in the soup.
I know you will love this easy and approachable Ramen Bowl recipe! How would you customize this recipe? Let me know in the comments below!
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1-2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 3-oz packages of Ramen noodles
- 2 soft boiled eggs
- Watercress or your favorite leafy green, amount to taste
- Toasted sesame seeds, for topping
- 1/4 cup (about 1 bunch) green onion (scallions), chopped
- 1 tsp fresh minced ginger, amount to taste (add to the broth when cooking)
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro or amount to taste
- Red pepper flakes, your favorite hot sauce, Sriracha sauce, or sliced hot peppers
- Make the Soft Boiled Eggs: Bring salted water to a boil, add eggs, turn off heat, and set timer to 7 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and put into a bowl of ice water. Allow to cool completely, peel the eggs, and cut in half.
- On the stove top, bring 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Add the 2 packages of Ramen noodles (discard the seasoning packet it comes with).
- Add 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce and 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil to the broth and stir. You can further customize the broth and add fresh minced ginger at this point, if you wish.
- Cook for 3 minutes, until noodles are tender, turn off heat.
- If you are customizing with a leafy green vegetable, put that in the bottom of the bowl (the heat of the broth and noodles will wilt and cook the greens), serve the noodles and ladle the broth on top.
- Top with halved soft boiled eggs, add any additional toppings if you wish, and serve!
Home Chef Tips: 1. Keep pantry staples like sesame oil, soy sauce, and Ramen noodles on hand to easily whip up these Ramen bowls. 2.) If you are adding optional chopped scallions, add the light green part to the broth and garnish with the dark green part. 3.) Not a fan of optional cilantro? Swap it out for Italian parsley for a similar looking green herb to garnish with.
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