I’ve noticed some Ramen noodle enhancements out there for backpacking, but I wanted something more. I wanted a Ramen noodle dish that excluded the flavor packet (which has a TON of sodium/salt) and added a little more flavor. Enter my solution: a Spicy Ramen Noodle recipe to enjoy on the trail. Enjoy this simple recipe you can prep at home and enjoy in the wilderness.
Spicy Home-made Ramen Noodles:
Ramen noodles, one packet (No flavor packet)
Dried vegetables 3tbs
“Spicy” Dried vegetables 1.5 tsp (adjust to your heat preference)
Chicken bouillon 1tsp
Onion salt 1/4tsp
Garlic powder 1/4tsp
Dried parsley 1tsp
Dried cilantro 1/4tsp
Chili powder 1/8tsp
Black pepper 1/8tsp
Salt (adjust to your taste & sodium needs)
Remove “Spicy” dried vegetables for a mild experience
Meat (such as Sweet Sue® Chicken Breast 3oz packet)
One quart-size freezer Ziploc-style bag
1. Mix spices and bouillon together then add to freezer bag. For extra convenience, put spices in separate, smaller Ziploc bag and insert it into the quart size bag.
2. Add dried vegetables (regular and spicy) to your freezer bag.
3. Remove Ramen from original packaging and discard flavor packet. Add Ramen to quart size freezer bag.
On the Trail:
1. Heat water until boiling
2. Add Ramen Noodles into the boiling water (break/crush Ramen into the pot at this point if desired. I usually just break mine into 4 pieces)
3. Add dried veggies into the water
4. Boil at least 3 minutes and remove the Ramen from the heat
5. Drain the excess water leaving some to help mix the seasoning
6. Pour spices (and optional meat if desired) into the pot and stir to incorporate
Cook-in-bag (alternate) Directions:
If you prefer to cook/re-hydrate everything in the bag, follow these directions.
1. Remove Ramen from original packaging and discard flavor packet. I prefer to break Ramen into four parts just to make the noodle length a little more manageable. Add Ramen to quart size freezer bag.
2. Mix spices and bouillon together then add to freezer bag.
3. Add dried vegetables (regular and spicy) to your freezer bag.
On the Trail:
1. Boil water
2. Add water to the quart size bag, zip the bag and let sit until noodles and veggies are re-hydrated and soft (at least 5 minutes). If you have a meal cozy (insulated pouch) you can store it in the pouch during this time. (Also, add optional meat at this time)
2. Carefully make a small opening by cracking the seal on the zipper and drain off excess water to your preference. Pour slowly and carefully not to let other contents escape. Don’t worry about the spices; there should be plenty of flavor left in the remaining water content.
3. Let sit if necessary to allow excess heat to dissipate and ENJOY!