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Ramen to the Rescue: 9 Quick Dinner Fixes

Pressed for time or short on cash? Turn inexpensive packs of quick-fix ramen noodles into satisfying meals with a few simple add-ins. Bonus: It's a great way to use up any leftovers from another meal. Here are a few easy ideas to get you started.

Note: Some cooks prefer to not use the spice packet that comes with the instant noodles because of the high sodium content. To boost flavor without the packets, try using broth to cook the noodles, and add a dash of sesame oil, low-sodium soy sauce, or chile-garlic sauce to taste. Sautéing vegetables with onion, garlic, and fresh ginger will also amp up the dish.

1. Fast and Easy Tofu Lo-Mein

A block of tofu and fresh or frozen stir-fry vegetables are all you'll need. Add a splash of sesame oil or chile sauce for extra flavor.

Fast and Easy Tofu Lo-Mein

Photo by CookinBug

2. Quick Tofu Stir Fry

Tofu, onions, and bell pepper get fried up with a sweet yakisoba-style sauce.

Quick Tofu Stir Fry

Photo by Jenny Aleman

3. Easy Chicken Skillet

Perfect way to use up leftover chicken. Just add any vegetables you want, and you've got dinner in under 30 minutes.

Easy Chicken Skillet

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

4. Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry with Chicken and Vegetables

Another 30-minute meal starring chicken and a load of vegetables. The sauce is a flavorful mix of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and chile-garlic sauce (think Sriracha).

Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry with Chicken and Vegetables

Photo by Rock_Lobster

5. Spicy Thai Steak and Vegetable Stir Fry

This is a clean-out-your-fridge recipe that can use up odds and ends of vegetables, along with less than a pound of steak, to make dinner for four.

Spicy Thai Steak and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

6. Chinese Fried Noodles

Just like the fried rice you get in Chinese American restaurants, but with noodles. The sautéed shrimp is strictly optional.


7. Beefy Italian Ramen Skillet

Ramen goes Italian for a multi-national skillet supper.

Beefy Italian Ramen Skillet

Photo by lovestohost

8. Quick Asian Beef Noodle Soup

This quick and easy soup can be made with any kind of protein and your choice of ramen flavor.

Quick Asian Beef Noodle Soup

Photo by Stacy D.

9. Ramen Noodle Frittata

As you can see in the photo, Allrecipes community member jartiv customized the heck out of this easy egg and noodle dish: Very flexible recipe - I usually only cook for myself. I use 1 package of ramen and 3 eggs. You can get pretty creative with mixins and other toppings, here is my favorite: Mix in 2 tbsp of green salsa and 2 tbsp of sliced green onion. Top with kernel corn, squeeze of lime, cilantro, and Parmesan.

Ramen Noodle Frittata

Photo by jartiv

Check out our complete collection of Ramen Noodle Recipes.


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