Spicy Ramen Noodles
Better than take out, FULL of flavor, and cooks up in 10 minutes! Sesame noodles are a must for a quick lunch or dinner!
Servings: 4 servings
- 10 oz fresh ramen noodles cooked and drained
- 3 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
- bunch scallions, thinly sliced, whites and green parts divided
- 4 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 Tbsp)
- 1 Tbsp ginger paste or 1 inch ginger, peeled and finely grated
- 3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1 Tbsp mirin
- 2 tsp sesame seds
- 2 Tbsp chili onion crunch
Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat, then add canola oil. When hot add thinly sliced whites of scallions (about ⅓ cup) and sauté, stirring often, 1 minute. Add minced garlic and ginger paste (or fresh ginger) and cook 1 minute more.
To the pan, add cooked ramen noodles, soy sauce, mirin, and fish sauce, then toss to thoroughly coat. Add remaining thinly sliced scallions (the green part!), reserving just a few for garnish, and 1-2 Tbsp of chili sauce (depending on how spicy you like it). Give one final toss, then divide equally into bowls. Top each serving with sesame seeds, more scallions, and a drizzle of chili garlic sauce if wanted. Serve immediately, though these are just as delicious room temperature or even cold!
- Ramen noodles: if you cannot find fresh ramen (wheat) noodles (I buy mine at Whole Foods in the refrigerated section, Sun Noodle is my absolute favorite!), you can substitute fresh or dry 'chow mein' noodles sometimes labeled 'Chinese egg noodles,' soba, or udon.
- If you can't find Chili Onion Crunch from Trader Joe's, use any spicy chili garlic sauce, most often found in the Asian section of grocery stores or at an Asian market if you're lucky enough to have one nearby! Alternatively, sriracha or Gochujang can be substituted in moderation.
- Ginger paste: if you do not have ginger paste, you can of course use fresh ginger! Take a 1-inch piece of ginger, peel it, then mince finely or grate on a microplane.
- Mirin: a good substitute for mirin (sweet cooking rice wine) is rice vinegar. It helps to counter the soy and fish sauces!
Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 2413mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 3mg