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Ramen with Scallions and Garlic Crisp

Hello and welcome! I have a really simple, fun and interesting way to prepare those dried ramen noodles in your pantry. While this recipe has a few more steps than boiling water, dropping in noodles and a seasoning packet; you will not be sorry you made the extra effort. This is a deliciously flavored, super satisfying noodle dish that is just as good for a quick, thrown-together meal as it is to serve a group. Let’s get right to it: Ramen with Scallions and Garlic Crisp!

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The Prep

The main prep is for the garlic crisp. We have one bunch of scallions that we slice thinly. Half of the sliced scallions will be fried in oil, the other half will get the hot oil poured over. Other than the scallions, we have thinly sliced garlic and ginger, toasted sesame seeds, chopped cilantro, crushed red pepper, kosher salt and pepper, soy sauce, a little sugar and rice vinegar. And of course, the two dried ramen packets.

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Transfer half of the sliced scallions to a small, heat-proof bowl. Then place a fine mesh strainer over the top, in the bowl. We will strain the fried garlic crisp into this bowl, over the sliced raw scallions, for the dressing.

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Garlic Crisp

Next, pour half a cup of grapeseed or peanut oil in a small saucepan and add the sliced ginger, garlic and the remaining half of the sliced scallions.

Heat over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally until the garlic turns golden and the scallions begin to brown. About 8 minutes. Then pour the garlic crisp out through the fine mesh strainer. Straining the hot oil from the garlic crisp.

When the garlic crisp is strained, pour the garlic crisp out from the mesh strainer onto a paper towel.

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Scallion Dressing

Then, stir the scallions in the bowl, with the hot oil for about 1 minute, until the onions have softened slightly. Add the soy sauce, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, cilantro, vinegar, kosher salt, pepper and sugar. Stir the dressing together and let it sit while we make the noodles.

Ramen Noodles

Cook the two packages of dried ramen noodles according to the package directions.

While the noodles are cooking, cut 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter into small pieces. When the noodles are cooked al dente (after about 3 minutes in the boiling water), strain them and transfer them to a large bowl. While the noodles are still piping hot, toss them with the diced 1/2 tablespoon of butter, coating the noodles in butter.

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Then pour the dressing over the noodles and toss to fully coat the noodles in the dressing. Add half of the garlic crisp and toss again to fully mix the dressing and garlic crisp into the noodles.

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Ramen with Scallions and Garlic Crisp

Portion in to individual bowls and top with the remaining garlic crisp.

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This noodle recipe is really simple and it really packs a punch, both in flavor and in texture. It’s so incredibly satisfying, especially if you’re a noodle fiend, like me. Oniony, peppery scallions create the backbone of flavor; with chewy, crunchy fried garlic and ginger punctuating each bite.

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Thank you so much for joining me today! If you’ve been following me for bit, you know I love ramen noodles. If you want to try a fun twist on the Instant Ramen packet, try Not-so-Instant Instant Ramen. Have a wonderful day, take care and be well! xo Kelly

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Ramen with Scallions and Garlic Crisp

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Dinner, Main Course Asian-Inspired
By Adapted from Andy Baraghani Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes

Oniony, peppery scallions create the backbone of flavor; with chewy, crunchy fried garlic and ginger punctuating each bite of this savory noodle dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch Scallions, very thinly sliced, divided
  • 1 3-inch Piece Fresh Ginger, thinly sliced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Grapeseed or Peanut Oil
  • 1-2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Finely Chopped Cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Unseasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Sugar
  • 2 5-oz. Packages Dried Ramen Noodles
  • 1/2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces

Instructions

1

Transfer half of the sliced scallions to a small, heat-proof bowl. Then place a fine mesh strainer over the top, in the bowl. We will strain the fried garlic crisp into this bowl, over the sliced raw scallions, for the dressing.

2

Next, pour half a cup of grapeseed or peanut oil in a small saucepan and add the sliced ginger, garlic and the remaining half of the sliced scallions.

3

Heat over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally until the garlic turns golden and the scallions begin to brown. About 8 minutes. Then pour the garlic crisp out through the fine mesh strainer. Straining the hot oil from the garlic crisp.

4

When the garlic crisp is strained, pour the garlic crisp out from the mesh strainer onto a paper towel.

5

Then, stir the scallions in the bowl, with the hot oil for about 1 minute, until the onions have softened slightly. Add the soy sauce, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, cilantro, vinegar, kosher salt, pepper and sugar. Stir the dressing together and let it sit while we make the noodles.

6

Cook the two packages of dried ramen noodles according to the package directions.

7

While the noodles are cooking, cut 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter into small pieces. When the noodles are cooked al dente (after about 3 minutes in the boiling water), strain them and transfer them to a large bowl. While the noodles are still piping hot, toss them with the diced 1/2 tablespoon of butter, coating the noodles in butter.

8

Then pour the dressing over the noodles and toss to fully coat the noodles in the dressing. Add half of the garlic crisp and toss again to fully mix the dressing and garlic crisp into the noodles.

9

Portion in to individual bowls and top with the remaining garlic crisp.

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  • Julie
    March 28, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Hi Kelly,

    This sounds delicious. My question is, do you buy any flavor of ramen noodles and cook them without the flavor packet?
    I love any kind of noodle, so can’t wait to try this.

    Thanks, Julie

    • Kelly Djalali
      March 28, 2022 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Julie, I do buy any old flavor because it’s the noodles I am after. I never use the flavor packets, so it doesn’t matter. Let me know how you like this one – I really enjoyed it! Thanks for your question, xo Kelly

  • Terry
    March 28, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    This looks really good, I’m gonna make this tonight but I’m adding a lil protein, what I have is left over hot honey chicken. I think it will be great with this dish. I’ll keep you posted ?❤️Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      March 28, 2022 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Mom, yes that hot honey chicken will be a nice addition to the noodles. I am sure it will be great! xo Kelly

  • Sally+Burke
    March 29, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Hi Kelly, I would make this just for the garlic crisp! I haven’t made it yet! But I have previously bought Garlic Chilli Crisp and I could just about eat the whole jar in its own, it is so delicious. I will give this recipe a try, but for tonight it is left overs, frying a compilation of vegetables together to make “bubble and squeak” accompanied by some left over sausages, easy peasy, just need to decide what chutney to use, maybe the Tomato Capsicum with a hit of chilli.
    Happy cooking ?‍?
    Sally ?

    • Kelly Djalali
      March 29, 2022 at 7:52 am

      Hi Sally, A bubble and squeak! I wish we had fun names for such dishes is America – especially when using leftovers to create something new. Your’s sounds delicious with the addition of sausages. I think you will like the garlic crisp, it’s so easy and fresh-tasting with the green onions and ginger. Let me know how it goes for you, xo Kelly

  • Pamela
    April 1, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    I made this tonite — it was terrific — your recipes are practical and I usually have most ingredients on hand — this is one for the repeat section. Thanks Kelly!

    • Kelly Djalali
      April 2, 2022 at 8:02 am

      Wonderful Pamela! I am so happy this one was a hit with you! Thank you so much for reporting back on your success with this dish. It’s become one of my favorite ways to repurpose those Ramen packages! xo Kelly