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8 Ways to Elevate Your Ramen

Instant ramen is breaking out from college dorms and into the hands of the most creative home cooks across the country. Here are our favorite new ways to upgrade your noodles.

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Ramen with egg on topmolly_yestoyolks via Instagram

Top it With Bacon and Egg

Food blogger Molly Meehan of Say Yes to Yolk shares this brilliant tip: Add a soft-cooked egg, crispy bacon bits and a sprinkle of sliced scallions to take your ramen dish from good to great. Additionally, Molly flavors her broth with miso, lemongrass and ginger. Yum!

Go beyond the bowl with these tasty ways to use ramen noodles.

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Ramen Sliders

I grew up eating ramen and love it to this day. A fun spin on my favorite type of noodle soup, these sliders are topped with an egg and kimchi. —Julie Teramoto, Los Angeles, California
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Add it Into a Stir-Fry

This springtime beef lo mein recipe is as easy as it gets. Ramen noodles make it extra fun. —Dottie Wanat, Modesto, California
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Give Crunch to a Salad

My daughter gave me the recipe for this delightful salad. The sweet dressing nicely coats a crisp blend of broccoli slaw mix, onions, almonds and sunflower kernels. Crushed ramen noodles provide even more crunch. It's a smash hit wherever I take it. —Dora Mae Clapsaddle, Kensington, Ohio
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Image of purple-colored ramenInstagram / Healthy Little Vittles

Opt for Specialty Noodles

We bet you’ve never seen ramen quite like this before! Blogger Gina Fontana of Healthy Little Vittles turned us on to specialty black rice ramen (buy them in bulk, here) which add a stunning purple hue to your dish—plus, they’re gluten-free, too! Gina adds lots of extras like miso, tahini, carrot, mushroom, bok choy and edamame for a wholly satisfying meal.

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Try Duck Fat

If you haven’t cooked with duck fat before, now’s the time to start. You’d use it similarly as you would bacon fat, and it’s what  blogger Betty Liu uses to whip up this insanely savory ramen dish. She cooks duck breast as her main protein for the mean and fries chopped scallions in the fat.

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Toss it into Tomato Soup

Turn V8 juice, veggies and ramen noodles into a wonderful soup that takes just a few minutes to make. I like to serve it with biscuits. —Jennifer Bridges, Los Angeles, California
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Instagram / The Woks of Life

Flavor it With Kimchi

Sarah over at The Woks of Life uses prepared kimchi (a staple of Korean cuisine made from salted and fermented vegetables) to flavor this exciting batch of ramen. It’s quick and easy but delivers major flavor. Go the extra mile by learning how to make your own kimchi from scratch.

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.

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