These easy spicy Asian ramen noodles are packed with flavor and a quick meal that can be made in just 10 minutes.
What is ramen?
Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish that uses Chinese-style wheat noodles with a flavorful broth of miso, soy sauce and more.
What are spicy ramen noodles called?
The famous spicy ramen noodles are called buldak noodles. This is a popular street dish in South Korea where noodles and chicken are marinated in a spicy sauce made from chiles and then grilled. This recipe will not be as spicy as buldak noodles and contains no meat but it is made in a somewhat similar fashion where spicy sauce is sauteed and poured over cooked ramen noodles.
In this recipe we use gojuchang paste to achieve that spicy heat in our noodles. It is red chili paste that is popular in Korean cooking and can be found at most groceries. It has a mixture of spicy and sweet flavors that comes from the chiles and a glutinous rice. It is the perfect ingredient in our ramen noodles to give it the spicy flavor we love!
Regular Ramen vs. Gluten-Free Ramen
Depending on your dietary needs, you can change the noodle you are using in this recipe. Traditional ramen noodles contain gluten but there are a lot of gluten-free options if needed. Gluten-free ramen noodles are made from rice, potato, or millet and there are lots of options including Millet & Brown Rice Ramen or soba noodles (made from buckwheat).
How to Make Spicy Ramen
- Start by cooking your garlic in the sesame oil in a small pan.
- Sprinkle in your green onions and cook for another minute.
- Next add in your remaining sauce ingredients including brown sugar, soy sauce, gojuchang paste, lime juice, and peanut butter and mix.
- Finally, pour over cooked ramen noodles and enjoy!
Can I use different types of hot sauce with this ramen?
This recipe uses gojuchang paste to create the spicy flavor although you could use a different type of hot sauce or chili paste. Sriracha has a similar flavor to gojuchang but is thinner in texture. Swap 1:1 in the recipe for the gojuchang paste.
You can make your own gojuchang paste using tomato paste. Mix 1/4 cup tomato paste with 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp salt and chili powder to taste for spiciness.
Can I make this with instant ramen?
You most definitely can! Just throw away the spice packet because you will be creating your own sauce to go along with the noodles. Cook your noodles to package instructions (usually boil 2 – 2.5 minutes)
What other toppings can I add to spicy ramen?
There are lots of toppings you can add! In this recipe I already use green onion, sesame seeds, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for some more flavor.
However, you can in lots of other ingredients such as mushrooms, peas, bean sprouts, cilantro.
How do I store spicy ramen?
If you don’t eat this all in one sitting (which I usually do!), you can store in a container for 2 days. Reheat in the microwave with 1-2 tbsp of extra water to rehydrate noodles for 30 seconds, stir and microwave for another 15-30 seconds.
Why you’ll love this recipe
You will fall in love with this easy spicy ramen noodles because it is quick (10 minutes), flavorful, and satisfying. If you try this recipe please rate and leave a comment. Post a picture on Instagram and tag @naturallieplantbased with #naturallieplantbased.
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