Skip your typical pre-packaged noodles and create a healthy meal everyone will love with this easy vegetarian ramen recipe! It’s full of nutrients and loaded with flavor for comfort food you can feel good about serving. The best part is it’s ready in less than 30 minutes and perfect for feeding a crowd!
What Is Ramen?
Ramen is a noodle dish that originates from Japan. There are thousands of variations. However, a traditional ramen bowl recipe consists of wheat noodles served in a meat-based broth that has been flavored with miso or soy sauce. Typically, the dish contains additional toppings and ingredients such as sliced pork, nori, menma, and more.
For our version, we stuck with basic wheat noodles and a soy sauce broth but gave it a twist with the addition of colorful vegetables!
Ingredients for a Vegetarian Ramen Recipe
What we love about this ramen recipe is that it can be customized to fit your needs. The broth base is crucial to achieving a great taste, but the ingredients and toppings can be added to and replaced as you please. Here’s what we used!
- Organic Ramen Noodles – We love Hakubaku for more of an authentic taste and texture, but any ramen noodles you can find will work!
- Veggies – We included red peppers, carrots, snap peas, white onion, and bok choy for lots of color, vitamins, nutrients, taste, and texture. However, feel free to include whatever veggies you like best. It’s a great way to use up leftovers, too!
- Minced Garlic – Containing anti-inflammatory properties, minced garlic helps elevate the flavor of this ramen by infusing the broth with a garlicky taste.
- Sesame Oil – When it comes to sesame oil, a little goes a long way, but it adds a wonderful nutty taste to the flavor of your broth. It also provides a good source of fats to make this bowl more satiating!
- Grated Ginger – Not only is ginger extremely good for you, but it also helps create a bit of a tangy or slightly spicy flavor that will leave you coming back for seconds.
- Light Brown Sugar – Adding a touch of sweetness helps cut through the heavy oils and spice to even out this dish.
- Soy Sauce – Soy sauce is crucial to creating the base of your ramen recipe and adds a salty taste that enhances the other ingredients. If you prefer, miso can be used instead.
- Chili Paste – We love to add just a dash of chili paste to help add heat and peppery flavor. Find it in the Asian section at your local grocery store!
- Fish Sauce – Containing a slightly sweet and salty flavor, fish sauce helps contribute to the umami taste of vegetarian ramen, making it even more satisfying.
- Sriracha – Use more or less sriracha to really boost the spiciness of this dish!
- Vegetable Broth – Unlike traditional ramen recipes that use meat-based broths, we included vegetable broth to make our dish vegetarian-friendly. However, feel free to use whatever you have on hand!
We love to include crushed peanuts and cilantro for toppings, but the options are endless! For example, you could also include:
- Green onions
- Bean sprouts
- Poached eggs
*If you’re not vegetarian, sliced pork, shrimp, beef, and chicken all work great, too!
How to Make a Quick & Easy Ramen Bowl Recipe
- Add all of the ingredients to a deep dutch oven, and stir well.
- Bring the ingredients to a boil.
- Cover the dutch oven, and let the ingredients simmer for 12-14 minutes.
- Remove the lid, and stir to ensure all of the ingredients are well combined.
- Add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
The longer ramen is leftover, the more it loses the intensity of its flavor. Therefore, it’s best served right away. However, if you want to make it ahead of time, there are some tips and tricks to make it last longer and taste better!
For the best results, we recommend separating all of the ingredients and storing them in individual containers. This helps preserve the flavor! Keep the ingredients in the fridge for 2-3 days. Then, when you’re ready to eat, assemble your ramen bowl recipe once again, and warm it on the stovetop or in the microwave.
If you want to keep your ramen longer, we recommend storing it in the freezer. To do so, you’ll want to separate the broth, noodles, and veggies into separate sealable bags. Then, freeze them for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to eat, let the ingredients thaw in the fridge overnight, and reheat as normal.
More Noodle-Filled Recipes You’ll Love
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- The flavors of our One Pot Greek
Spaghettiwill transport you right to the streets of Greece, and you’ll only have one dish to clean up when you get back!
Easy Vegetarian Ramen Recipe
- 10 ounces Organic Ramen Noodles
- 1 small sliced red pepper
- 1/2 cup crinkle cut carrots
- 1/2 cup snow peas
- 1/4 cup chopped white onion
- 2 chopped green onions
- 1 cup chopped bok choy
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoon chili paste
- 2 teaspoon fish sauce
- 2 Tablespoon sriracha (more or less to taste)
- 4 cups vegetable broth (or choice of broth)
- serve with light salted peanuts and cilantro
- In a deep dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot add all the ingredients. Stir together well. On high heat, bring to a boil.
- Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 12-14 minutes.
- Remove lid, and stir.
- Serve with crushed peanuts and cilantro!
I JUST MADE THIS TODAY IT WAS GREAT I’M GOING TO BE PASSING IT ON TO MY DAUGHTER AND BEST FRIEND. I ADDED A LITTLE PORTOBELLO MUSHOOMS AND LITTLE CHICKEN JUST TO MY DISH THANKS THIS WAS GREAT MY DAUGHTER FOLLOWS YOU AND NOW I DO I HAVE TO WATCH MY SUGAR AND THIS WAS GREAT :o)
Amazing! Thanks for sharing it on! xo, Alia & Radwa
Delicious! Kid friendly if you just leave out the sriracha and chili sauce. We added those into our bowls later on.
Great idea! xo, Alia & Radwa
fish sauce is not vegetarian, so this recipe is not vegetarian. If you are going to keep the word vegetarian apart of the title i suggest substituting something that is vegetarian in its place in the receipe.
My kids really loved this! They are 2,6 and 8. I made it without the chili paste and added shrimp! So great when all three can eat the same!
Love the addition of shrimp! So glad it was a hit! xo, Alia and Radwa
Loved this recipe so much! I made chicken on the side to top it. Absolutely delicious!
The ramen is delicious! I used chicken broth and added chicken thighs at the end along with a soft boiled egg. I did cook less time due to the fact that I had to use more of an instant ramen. But it is a great recipe!
Sounds fantastic! Love the addition of chicken and a soft boiled egg!
The flavor is delicious. I used lomein noodles, that’s what I had. I cooked it covered and on low for 12 minutes, and it was very mushy and veggies very overcooked. I would like to make again but with better outcome, help!
Hi Laura- Sorry this didn’t work for you! We never tried it with Lomein noodles so we can’t help with that. You can always reduce the liquid and cook time.