5 Vegan Ramen Recipes

Ramen is super trendy right now, and it’s easier to make than you’d think! Here are some delicious, vegan ramen recipes to get you cooking.

vegan ramen recipes

Before we get into the tasty ramen recipes, though, we should talk a little bit about ramen noodles and our health. But before that, we should talk about a (very) brief history of ramen noodles, because the health and history are all tied together.

Related:Did you know instant ramen noodles were this bad for you?

Ramen noodles werea Chinese dish that made their way over to Japan around the turn of the 20thcentury. Originally, ramen noodles referred to hand-pulled noodles, and they were not an instant noodle. Instant ramen didn’t come onto the scene until 1958, when Nissin Foods introduced Chikin Ramen in Japan. Nissin debuted instant ramen in the U.S. in 1971, calling it Cup Noodles.

Choosing Healthy Ramen Noodles

When we talk about ramen noodles being unhealthy, we’re talking about those processed, salty, instant ramen noodles that hit the scene in the late 1950s. Ramen doesn’t have to be bad for you.You can make your ramen soup with fresh, homemade ramen noodles, for example. You can also findhealthier, packaged ramen noodles.

My favorite healthy ramen comes from Lotus Foods.Their noodles are rice-based and cook up quickly.I really like the Forbidden Rice Ramen that they make. The noodles are deep purple, and they turn the broth purple when you boil them. There are plenty of other companies making not-instant ramen, so check the grocery store and see what’s available. If the noodles you’re eyeing arejust-add-water, back away slowly.

There is one other option for making your ramen healthier. It’s not traditional, but you can swap in other noodles in place of ramen, in a pinch. Soba, udon, rice noodles and even noodle alternatives are all delicious in ramen recipes, though the result isn’t really authentic.

Got your healthy ramen noodles (or other noodles) at the ready? Let’s cook! Some of the recipes below are more traditional ramen recipes while others buck tradition and play with the textures and flavors. Choose whatever appeals to you!

Vegan Ramen Recipes

Gluten Free Ramen from Veganosity

1. Gluten Free Ramen Noodle Soup

Linda’s soupis a nice, basic ramen recipe that’s easy to make. It uses the Lotus Foods rice ramen I mentioned above, which are also gluten free. This recipe comes together in under half an hour, so you can have quick-and-easy ramen without harming your health.

Sesame Ramen from Go Dairy Free

2. Sesame Ramen

This noodle soup recipe uses soba or udon noodles instead of actual ramen noodles. Alisa’s noodles arealso less brothy than traditional ramen recipes. Feel free to up the broth, if you prefer a brothier soup.

Mushroom Ramen from Cilantro and Citronella

3. Mushroom Ramen

Melissa’s recipe uses homemade ramen noodles in aflavorful broth. She packs in plenty of mushrooms, andI love the addition of sweet potato in this recipe! You can leave the sweet potato out, if you prefer, butI recommend giving it a whirl as-is.

Kimchi Ramen from Contentedness Cooking4. Healthy Kimchi Ramen Salad

This salad is anything but traditional! Florian’s recipe isa mash-up of Japanese ramen noodles, Korean kimchi and Thai green curry. And it’s delicious!When you’re choosing your kimchi,check the ingredients for fish sauce and shrimp paste. There are vegan kimchis out there, you just need to keep an eye out.

Ramen Burger from Spabettie

5. Ramen Burger

Kristina ditches the bowl all together! Instead, her recipeuses ramen noodles to make the buns for a homemade, chicken-style veggie burger. Then she tops it off with sriracha-wasabi vegan mayo, pickled ginger and avocado. Excuse me, I need to wipe some drool off of mykeyboard now.

 

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102 comments

Tabot T
Tabot T7 days ago

Wow, these look amazing!

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Janis K
Janis K7 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Janis K
Janis K7 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Anne G
Anne G7 days ago

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hELEN h
hELEN h7 days ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M7 days ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M7 days ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y7 days ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y7 days ago

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Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez8 days ago

The instant ramen is so horrible that I had to think about reading the article. However, will keep an eye out for the different noodles and try some of these recipes. Thank you.

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