Can you microwave the soupy Japanese noodles known as ramen? It depends on what kind of ramen you’re microwaving. Is it leftover ramen from Japanese takeout? Or is it instant cup noodle ramen you wish to microwave using the plastic cup?
Known as ramen in Japan, the renowned Japanese noodle soup offers Chinese-style wheat noodles swimming in meat and vegetables. To be more specific, it comes with either a pork-based, beef-based, chicken-based, or fish-based broth flavored with miso or soy sauce.
It also comes with various toppings such as sliced pork, fish, beef, scallions, nori, and menma. So can you microwave ramen or not? Keep on reading to find out. Actually, it depends on the type of ramen.
Can You Microwave Ramen?
Yes. If you’re talking about leftover ramen from takeout, you can microwave it by microwaving everything for about 2 minutes straight from the fridge or microwaving the soup alone to boiling then putting the noodles and garnishes in the boiling soup to recook it.
If you’re talking about cup noodle ramen, it’s better to boil water in the microwave, on the stove, or with an electric kettle then use the instructions on the cup to cook the noodles and its flavor packet contents. Don’t microwave the plastic or foam cup.
If you’re talking about ramen packets for cooking, here’s one way to go about it. Other recipes should be available out there. Remember, there’s more than one way to skin a cat!
Break the Instant Noodles in the Pack
Break the noodles inside the packet they came with for easier cooking. The broken noodles can fit inside the microwave-safe bowl better as well. Use two hands in order to break apart the crunchy uncooked ramen noodles.
Pour Water over the Noodles
Pour tap or mineral water over the dried noodles. If you wish to get more flavor out of the noodles, go for hot chicken, pork, or beef broth instead. Usually, they require you to put on boiling water to soak the noodles in, like you would with cup noodles.
Microwave for One Minute
Set the time and power on your microwave’s control panel and microwave the noodles with its watery soup for 1 minute at full power. You can also cook it for 30 seconds then stir the noodles around to ensure even heat distribution before finishing it off with another minute-long microwave.
It might take longer in some microwaves, particularly those with less than 1 kilowatt of power (like 650-watt or 700-watt microwaves used for trucks, RVs, or campers).
Once the noodles are cooked in water or broth, add the flavor packet and mix. If you have other ingredients in the house, you could add them there too like pieces of cooked pork or chicken as well as many other toppings.
How Long to Microwave Square Package Ramen?
It takes a microwave a minute to cook ramen. It takes about two minutes for it to boil water but you don’t need to boil water to cook the ramen on it. Same with broth. If the noodles aren’t done after a minute, repeat at 30-second intervals until they’re cooked fully.
How Long to Microwave Ramen in a Cup?
Don’t microwave ramen in a cup. Cup noodles should soak in hot or boiling in order to cook them. You can microwave the water to boiling or use a kettle to boil it. Otherwise, take the ramen out of the cup and place in a microwave-safe container.
Afterwards, cook the same way you would with package ramen, but this time heat for 3 minutes and stir at 1-minute intervals. Stirring the water helps evenly distribute heat and avoid superheated bubbles from forming.
Can You Microwave Ramen inside a Styrofoam Cup?
It depends on the Styrofoam used. If the cup actually recommends microwaving then it’s microwave-safe and you can follow the instructions on how to microwave the noodle inside it.
Otherwise, crumble the ramen, place it in an actually microwave-safe cup or mug, pour half a cup of water, microwave for a minute, and then repeat for 30-second intervals until the noodles become firm yet tender enough to eat. Add flavor packets and/or toppings and enjoy!
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Why Can’t You Microwave Certain Noodles?
Certain noodles should strictly follow the soak into boiling water method for best results. When you cook such noodles inside the microwave with tepid water, they can come out soggy, crunchy, or uncooked.
The rule of thumb? Follow the instructions on the package on how to prepare it. Boil water on the stove or the microwave for 1-2 minutes (depends on the microwave power level). Stir the water for thirty seconds to ensure even heat distribution.
Afterwards, just let your instant lunch or ramen noodles soak in the hot water or broth as recommended by its packaging.
What Else Can You Use to Flavor the Ramen Aside from the Flavor Packet?
You can make your own flavor packet in case the noodle you got lost its flavor packet. Just mix together the following ingredients (recommend portions for a typical noodle packet).
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of pepper
- ¼ teaspoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
How Do You Cook Ramen without the Microwave?
Boil water with your gas stove or electric kettle. Pour it on the ramen inside a bowl, preferably already crumbled to fit inside it. Breaking the crunchy dry ramen block up helps it cook better and easier as well as more evenly.
Cover the bowl with a lid, plate, or plastic wrap and let it soak for 3 minutes. Take off the lid, stir, and check the softness of the noodles. Let them soak for another 3 minutes if not soft enough. It should be ready for the flavor packets afterwards.
You can even add a pat of butter to the ramen for added taste if not some sort of delicious oil.
Final Things to Consider
Is ramen bad for you? Like anything else, too much of even a good thing can be bad for you. Eating too much instant ramen or cup noodles can do a number on your kidneys. It’s better to eat it as an occasional dish like fast food or junk food.
As a highly salty or high-sodium type of food, too much ramen or sodium consumption can negatively impact your health. You could end up with complications such as increased risk for stroke, heart disease, and stomach cancer.
- Wendi Spraker, “How To Microwave Ramen“, LoavesandDishes.net, Retrieved November 15, 2021