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How to Make the Perfect Cup of Ramen

Ramen may not be the healthiest snack around, but with a few simple steps and tasty additions, it can be both quick and pretty good!

Why Not Just Cook Ramen in One Pot?

Ramen is a very simple snack to prepare, right? You just put it in a pot with a couple of cups of water, toss in the flavor packet and boil it for three minutes! Right?

Well, you could do it that way if you wanted cloudy broth filled with the waxy coating that holds the noodles in that classic square shape in the packaging. You could do it that way if you wanted the noodles to soak up the salt in the broth causing them to be salty and the broth to be bland.


To avoid these problems, I use two pots when cooking ramen. I cook the noodles in one pot for 2 minutes, strain and rinse them and then add them to the second pot to finish cooking for one minute. Remove the pot from the heat and then stir in the flavor packet for one minute. This results in cleaner, clearer, more flavorful broth and tastier noodles.


That's the simple iteration of this cooking method. To make it better, I also add some dehydrated veggies, a bit of sesame oil to the broth and a pat of butter to the noodles and veggies. In the photos below, I show you how!

15 Steps to the Best Ramen Noodles

You'll need 2 pots with lids, 2 strainers, medium and small, a packet of ramen noodles and some dehydrated veggies.

You'll need 2 pots with lids, 2 strainers, medium and small, a packet of ramen noodles and some dehydrated veggies.

Put two cups of water in each pot and turn the burners on high. Put a lid on the pot you intend to use for noodles.

Put two cups of water in each pot and turn the burners on high. Put a lid on the pot you intend to use for noodles.

Add dehydrated veggies to your liking to the second pot. I'm using a large pinch each of celery, bell peppers and carrots.

Add dehydrated veggies to your liking to the second pot. I'm using a large pinch each of celery, bell peppers and carrots.

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers

Carrots

Carrots

Put the lid on the second pot and wait (if necessary) for both pots to boil.

Put the lid on the second pot and wait (if necessary) for both pots to boil.

When the water in the noodle pot comes to a boil, add the noodles and set a timer for two minutes.

When the water in the noodle pot comes to a boil, add the noodles and set a timer for two minutes.

After you've placed the noodles in the water, reduce the heat under both pots to medium just to allow it to simmer down a bit. You want a gentle simmer at this point, not a rolling boil.

After you've placed the noodles in the water, reduce the heat under both pots to medium just to allow it to simmer down a bit. You want a gentle simmer at this point, not a rolling boil.

When your two minute timer goes off, strain the noodles and rinse them with hot water.

When your two minute timer goes off, strain the noodles and rinse them with hot water.

Add the noodles to the simmering veggies, cover the pot and let the veggies and noodles cook together. Set a timer for one minute.

Add the noodles to the simmering veggies, cover the pot and let the veggies and noodles cook together. Set a timer for one minute.

Put a couple of drops of sesame oil in large (2 cup) mug.

Put a couple of drops of sesame oil in large (2 cup) mug.

When your one minute timer goes off, turn off the heat under the noodles and veggies and add the flavor packet.

When your one minute timer goes off, turn off the heat under the noodles and veggies and add the flavor packet.

Stir the flavor packet into the mix for a full minute. Set a timer.

Stir the flavor packet into the mix for a full minute. Set a timer.

Strain the broth into your mug.

Strain the broth into your mug.

Put the noodles and veggies into a bowl and add a pat of butter. Eat your noodles with a fork and drink your broth!

Put the noodles and veggies into a bowl and add a pat of butter. Eat your noodles with a fork and drink your broth!

Dehydrated Veggies are Great to Have on Hand

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