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Published: April 13, 2020Updated: April 19, 2022Author: Jenn Laughlin

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This Spicy Vegetarian Ramen has a quick trick for a super tasty vegan broth that infuses the ramen noodles with oodles of flavor! Add all your favorite toppings and get ready to faceplant!

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This spicy vegetarian ramen has rocked my world!

Spiking the vegetable broth base with garlic, scallions, dried mushrooms, tomato paste , soy sauce, and sriracha leads the most amazing flavorful, savory broth for the noodles to soak in.

Feel free to keep things mild with just a dash of Sriracha or embrace the heat by adding extra, the spice level is up to you! My idea of perfection is 2 glorious spoonfuls. Start small, and add more as you go for a totally customizable heat level.

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Tasty Vegetarian Ramen Topping Ideas

  • fresh cilantro
  • sliced green onion (scallions)
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • chili garlic sauce
  • thinly sliced carrots
  • edamame (cooked + shelled)
  • baby bok choy
  • pan-fried or oven-fried tofu
  • bean sprouts
  • thinly sliced jalapeño
  • lime wedges
  • fried garlic
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • jammy soft-boiled eggs
  • chili oil
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More Rockin’ Ramen Recipes

Pescatarian friends can whip up a fiery bowl of Sriracha Shrimp Ramen Soup or simply add sautéed shrimp to the spicy vegetarian recipe below.

Vegan friends, skip the optional soft-boiled egg topping for this recipe, or whip up my Spicy Sesame Ramen Noodles or Vegan Ramen Bowls with Edamame and Mushrooms.

Vegetarian Ramen

Serving 4 or more? Simply double or triple the recipe below! The noodles cook so quickly that you won’t spend any additional time making a larger batch.

Let’s get our ramen on!

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Spicy Vegetarian Ramen

This Spicy Vegetarian Ramen has a quick trick for a super tasty vegan broth that infuses the ramen noodles with oodles of flavor! Add all your favorite toppings and get ready to faceplant!

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Course: Main Dish

Cuisine: Asian, Vegetarian

Keyword: Vegetarian Ramen

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 servings

Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons



  • ¼ cup avocado oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic , thinly sliced
  • 1 TBSP sesame seeds
  • 1 TBSP crushed red chili flakes


  • thinly sliced jalapeño
  • edamame (cooked + shelled)
  • jammy soft-boiled egg (skip for vegan ramen)
  • chopped green onion and/or cilantro
  • baby bok choy
  • chili garlic sauce
  • see blog post for even more topping ideas


  • First make the fried garlic in chili oil. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Once hot, add thinly sliced garlic and pan fry, stirring often, until garlic is just beginning to turn golden, approx. 3 minutes. Stir in sesame seeds and cook an additional minute until garlic is crisp and toasty. Carefully transfer mixture to a small bowl and add crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well and set aside.

  • Bring the same pot to medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil and add garlic, chopped green onion (whites only – save the greens for topping) and chopped dried porcini mushrooms. Sauté until fragrant, approx, 1 minute.

  • Add your broth, soy sauce, tomato paste, and Sriracha.

  • Simmer, covered, on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

  • While the soup simmers, prep your choice of toppings.

  • Once your broth is fragrant and ready, strain by pouring through a fine mesh sieve/strainer and add back into the pot, removing the onion and dried mushroom bits.

  • Give the broth a little taste and further season if/as desired. A little extra Sriracha will add heat while extra soy sauce will add saltiness and umami. For a brothier, soup-like ramen bowl feel free to add an extra cup of broth and adjust seasoning to taste.

  • For a thicker ramen broth, cook your noodles directly in the simmering broth for approx. 3-4 minutes or until tender. For a thinner broth, feel free to cook ramen seperately and add before serving.

  • If you prefer any of the other veggies softened versus raw (sliced carrots or jalapeños for instance) you can absolutely add them to the broth to simmer/cook until tender as well! This soup is crazy easy to customize.

  • Ready to eat? Top ramen and broth with a drizzle of chili oil and add all your favorite toppings and feel free to check out the blog post for even more topping ideas! Enjoy!


Spice lovers can add extra sriracha to taste, or control the heat with crushed red pepper flakes if desired. The optional jalapeño topping will also add heat for an even spicier ramen! I LOVE thinly sliced jalapeños on top of mine!

I can’t typically find fresh at my grocery store so I opt for the dried noodles from the International Foods aisle. I like to use about 4-6 oz noodles here but you can adjust this to taste.

My favorite ramen to use is a little less traditional, as it’s not fried and does not come with a seasoning packet. They’re labeled as KA-ME Curly Noodles and are a great healthier option for ramen bowls! They’re also pretty easy to find! I’ve found them at Publix, Target, and on Amazon.

Nutrition facts below are an estimate for the broth and ramen provided by an online nutrition calculator. Adjust as neededby adding nutrition facts for toppings chosen.


Calories: 395kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g

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For absolutely *PERFECT* jammy soft boiled eggs, I used my friend Stefanie’s tutorial for Instant Pot Jammy Eggs.

After slicing, I drizzled the halved eggs with the fried garlic chili oil from my ramen recipe and topped them with black sesame seeds. Easy peasy!

Our Favorite Japanese Restaurant Inspired Recipes

On the appetizer front, we love making edamame every which way! My latest obsession is Sweet Chili Edamame with crushed red pepper flakes on top – delicious!

When it’s time for a date night dinner at home, we always default to make-your-own-sushi nights! I have a complete Homemade Sushi Tutorial with photos and you can even try your hand at the beloved Volcano Roll or Philadelphia Roll!

On the side dish front, I can’t enough of this restaurant-style Kani Salad which features cucumber noodles, imitation crab, fresh avocado, and a kiss of sriracha chili sauce!

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Hi! I’m Jenn and I’m here to help you eat your veggies! It'll be fun, painless, and pretty darn delicious as I teach you to plan your meals around fresh, seasonal produce with a little help from healthy freezer and pantry staples.

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Spicy Vegetarian Ramen Recipe - Peas and Crayons (2024)


Are peas good in ramen? ›

In this spring-inspired vegetable ramen, fresh noodles and a white miso broth provide an extraordinary base for an array of delicious toppings, including peas two ways: English peas and pea shoots (the early stems and leaves of the plant).

What to add to ramen vegetarian? ›

Top with strained broth and desired toppings, such as carrots, bok choy, green onion, or seared tofu. Serve with chili garlic sauce (found here) for added heat. Best when fresh, though the broth can be stored (separately) in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Can you add frozen peas to ramen? ›

Put the ramen noodles inches Add the frozen peas. Cook for 3 minutes. Drain the water. DO NOT USE THE SEASONING PACKAGE.

How to make Kylie Jenner ramen? ›

Put your ramen in organic water. In a bowl, combine ramen seasonings, 8 Kewpie Mayo, peanut butter, garlic, spring onion, sesame oil and mix to combine. Pour the hot organic ramen water, add the noodles and give it a final mix. Garnishes, spring onion, chili oil and sesame seeds.

What are the peas Japanese eat? ›

Wasabi peas, or “wasabi mame,” are an extremely popular snack in their native Japan.

Do green beans work in ramen? ›

After the dried noodles are well coated with oil, stir in the cooked green beans. Turn the heat on medium, and stir the green beans occasionally, until heated through. Add salt and pepper when half heated, and then stir in the toasted almonds just before you turn off the heat. Serve at once.

How healthy is vegetarian ramen? ›

Generally it's much healthier than meat/fish stock ramen from the same place. Vegan ramen can indeed be a healthy meal when it's made from nutritious ingredients. The dish overall is well-balanced containing carbohydrates, protein, fibre, some healthy fats and a good amount of vitamins and minerals.

Is there vegetarian spicy ramen? ›

NongShim Shin Ramyun , Red Super Spicy , Kimchi & Veggie Instant Noodles 120 grams*4Pack (Pack of 4) (Imported)

What ramen flavor is vegetarian? ›

The one major exception to this rule is Top Ramen brand Soy Sauce and Chili flavors, which contains no animal ingredients at all, including in the flavoring packet and is both vegetarian and vegan.

How do you add peas to ramen noodles? ›

Once the water comes to a boil, add snap peas and blanch for 90 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to transfer peas to a strainer and run cold water over the peas to stop the cooking process. Reserve the boiling water. Discard seasoning packet, add noodles to the boiling water cook until tender, usually 4 to 7 minutes.

What frozen veggies to add to ramen? ›

Vegetables: Adding fresh or frozen vegetables like spinach, carrots, green onions, mushrooms, or broccoli can add color, texture, and nutritional value to your ramen soup.

What does adding an egg to ramen do? ›

Protein Boost: Eggs are a good source of protein, and adding an egg to your ramen can make it a more filling and satisfying meal. Texture: The contrast between the silky yolk and the noodles adds a pleasant texture to the dish. Customization: It's a simple way to customize your ramen.

How to make ramen hack? ›

Add fresh or frozen veggies to make a homemade ramen soup.

Toward the end of the boiling process, add some leafy greens like spinach, bok choy, or cabbage to the broth. The veggies should wilt in the boiling water with the ramen, so you won't have to use a second pot.

How to make ramen 10x better? ›

What Can I Add to Instant Ramen To Make It Better?
  1. Switch up Your Broth. The first thing is to change up your broth. ...
  2. Add an Egg. ...
  3. Toss in Some Veggies. ...
  4. Stir in Togarashi Chili Pepper or Chili Oil. ...
  5. Add a Splash of Soy Sauce. ...
  6. Add Some Peanut Butter. ...
  7. Peruse Your Spice Cabinet. ...
  8. Butter and Brown Sugar.

What tastes good in ramen? ›

10 Ingredients to Spice Up Your Ramen
  • Sriracha. For those looking to add a different kind of kick in the form of heat, Sriracha is your option! ...
  • Peanut Butter. ...
  • Dried Seaweed. ...
  • Furikake. ...
  • Kimchi. ...
  • Miso Paste. ...
  • Soy Sauce. ...
  • Eggs.
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What frozen veg is best for ramen? ›

Vegetables: Adding fresh or frozen vegetables like spinach, carrots, green onions, mushrooms, or broccoli can add color, texture, and nutritional value to your ramen soup. Protein: You can add cooked meat, tofu, or eggs to make your ramen more filling and satisfying.

What protein is best with ramen? ›

You might add in a hard-boiled egg after cooking or crack an egg during boiling. Or grab already cooked smoked ham, cut into tiny slices and sprinkle onto your ramen post-cooking. Want to get fancier? Grill some chicken and slice and dice it.


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