How do I use fresh ramen noodles?

markomark Food Guides, How To

Are you ready to take the plunge and explore how to use fresh ramen noodles? Fresh ramen is always best and using fresh ramen (non-fried) noodles gives your bowl of ramen that extra touch of authenticity. Yes- you can enjoy a bowl of restaurant-fresh ramen at home! We can show you how:

The Equipment

image @foodyhopper

Start with a 32 oz bowl for your ramen. The higher the lip the better to hold the broth at the bottom. Ramen fans consume the broth as part of assembling a spoonful to eat. More noodles and toppings are the key here. And a big bowl will do wonders. You need chopsticks and an Asian soup spoon with a flat bottom to hold all that goodness.

The Noodles

Fresh is as fresh does.

Fresh ramen comes in a wide variety of forms, but, the most common are probably in the freezer case in your local Asian market. Some like these are soft and fresh and shelf-stable. Skip the hard, fried versions as they will just disintegrate over the course of the meal.

Fresh noodles have a good chew, are made with the best ingredients, and cook in about two minutes. Using fresh noodles gives your dish a better flavor as the gluten in the noodle is still pliable. Fresh ramen noodles also are great at absorbing the broth stock for a tastier bite.

Best Uses for Fresh Ramen Noodles

Fresh noodles aren’t just for ramen. You can use them in a stirfry, salad, or even okonomiyaki. Below are some of our favorite fresh ramen noodles recipes from our staff:

Need some great ideas for toppings?

Every fresh ramen bowl should have at least one of each of these: Shoyu egg and chashu pork. Other ideas of what to add can be found here. And if you are adventurous you can see all of our recipes here.


Check out our complete line of ramen products and noodles at


Feature photo credit: