I love making delicious Southern recipes and sharing them with others.
Ramen has a few things going for it, namely that it's cheap and delicious. Lately, it's also become quite trendy (especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it caused huge crowds to descend unexpectedly on Japantown this past year, much to the chagrin of the locals). It's also quite a favorite of the internet, resulting in loads of fun memes, creative recipes, and other shenanigans.
I came up with this recipe last week out of necessity (I was short on time and groceries) and was surprised and impressed with how well it turned out. If you're a fan of ramen, quirky recipes, or if you're just broke and need to eat, you'll want to give this a try.
Ramen Omelette Cost Per Day
I buy both my eggs and ramen in bulk from Costco, and both are a great deal. I've broken down the prices in the table below, but the breakdown is that each ramen omelette costs me about $0.70 and contains 520 calories (enough to keep most people full for a couple of hours, at least). Since I'm on a diet, I only eat half a ramelette for breakfast, which is 260 calories and costs about $0.35 per meal.
|CostCo Flat of 60 Eggs||CostCo Case of 48 Top Ramen Blocks||Total|
Cost Per Meal
Total Number of Meals
30 (With 18 ramen blocks left over.)
Man Shall Not Live By Ramen Alone
Keep in mind that a ramen omelette is neither healthy nor nutritious. Its main features are that it's cheap, quick, easy, and yummy. It's probably slightly better for you than a doughnut or fast food (if only by virtue of not being deep-fried) but not by much. If you are eating this for breakfast on the regular, try to get some fruits and veggies in during your other meals, or for the love of god, at least take a multivitamin once every couple of days.
Multivitamins, by the way, are $14.49 at Costco for 500 daily tablets at a total cost of $0.02/day. Just sayin'.
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
Serves 1-2 people.
- 1 package ramen noodles, with flavor packet
- 2 eggs
How to Make a Ramen Omelette
- Boil your noodle block until your noodles are just the way you like them. Boil a bit longer if you like them soft and soggy, and take them out more quickly if you prefer them on the crisp side (like I do). This should take about 3-5 minutes.
- Strain the water from your noodles and set them aside.
- Crack 2 raw eggs into a bowl and dump the contents of the flavor packet in with them.
- Beat the eggs lightly with an egg beater (or a fork if you're like me and ain't got the time or money for some fancy-schmancy egg beater), mixing the flavor powder in with the raw eggs.
- Dump the cooked noodles into the raw egg goop and stir them together.
- Preheat your frying pan on medium heat. You may want to add a little oil if you aren't using a Teflon pan to make it easier to flip your omelette when the time comes.
- Dump the noodle/egg mass into the preheated pan and cook for 3-5 minutes like you would a normal omelette, flipping halfway through.
- Enjoy plain or smothered with hot sauce.
Have You Tried the Ramen Omelette?
How'd you like it? Let me know in the comments!
Cynthia Hoover from Newton, West Virginia on May 04, 2020:
I never would have thought of using Ramen in this way. Thank you, I often have Ramen stocked for emergencies. While I do not particularly care for it we live in a rural area and depending on weather can get stuck for up to a week at a time. This will come in very handy as we raise chickens, so for me it will be even cheaper. Pinned this, thanks for the easy and low budget friendly recipe!
Paddy Michelson from Australia on July 16, 2018:
I have never thought of this as an recipe option before. I actually love this idea. I'm wondering how it would go with some capsicum or mushroom in it.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 12, 2018:
That is super easy and+ filling
BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on October 31, 2017:
This is a surprise because only last night was I researching Limited Ingredient Recipes; and now, here is this post on the “2 Ingredient Ramen Omelette”! Wow...
Well, I would like to try this and will plan to pick up these ingredients- which is only 2 (Lol).
I would love to find more articles on Limited Ingredient Recipes! It is a short enough list of needed ingredients that I am actually able to grab from the grocery store without becoming distracted. Whenever I attempt to pick-up ingredients for a recipe, I usually come back home without half of what I need. So, this will work very well.
Thank you for sharing.
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 03, 2017:
I would have never thought to add Raman to an omelet but I have to say this looks and sounds amazing. Oh, yes, I'm on board with this recipe.
Michaela from USA on December 30, 2015:
I think this is the same way to make ramen burgers, too. Though I usually shape the egg-ramen mixture into circles and fry it up. Then slather on your burger and whatever fixings you like - boom! Ramen Burger!
Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on May 14, 2015:
What a wonderful idea. I just had an omelet for breakfast or I would run and try it right now. I would add some vegs to up the nutrition. everyone probably has a carrot or onion on hand or some leftovers or some frozen veg like spinach. (Just boil or sauté first if using raw ingredients.) I bet it would taste like Egg Foo Yung from a Chinese restaurant.
Christy Kirwan (author) from San Francisco on February 21, 2015:
@Kristen, I've tried it with chicken and beef flavor and both were very good. :)
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 21, 2015:
Great recipe. I might try doing it next week, since I have the ingredients. Does it matter what flavor you use for the Ramen packet? Just wondering. My brother mentioned to me is making the Ramen noodles alone and not the soup for noodles. Voted up!
poetryman6969 on February 02, 2015:
My wife would insist on putting some veggies in it but it seems like a workable meal to me.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 26, 2015:
this is extremely easy breakfast that i can make for my kids and myself, but not everyday
Christy Kirwan (author) from San Francisco on January 17, 2015:
Thanks for reading, Jodah! Ramen is a popular noodle broth dish from Japan. Authentic ramen is often served with slices of meat, green onions, bamboo shoots, and other toppings. Instant ramen (like the block of noodles above) is also popular in Japan and the States because it's a quick and cheap meal.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2015:
Hi Christy, the first picture of the omelette looks delicious and the recipe looks so easy. I can't wait to try it. My only problem at first was that I had no idea what "ramen" was. It may be a location thing because I am in Australia, but until I saw the photo of the noodle block I was wondering what this secret ingredient was. Thanks for sharing.
Christy Kirwan (author) from San Francisco on January 16, 2015:
Thanks, everyone, for the great comments!
swilliams, it does look pretty tasty. Not bad for some instant ramen and a couple eggs!
Bill, I guess what they say is true, there really is nothing new under the sun! I wish I'd discovered this in time for my own college days. :)
Kile, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I found that it's pretty good with just about any flavor of ramen.
Victoria, $1/dozen, wow, that's a great price for eggs! Lucky you! I do hope you enjoy the recipe. :)
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on January 16, 2015:
Funny, quirky recipe. LOL. Might have to try it! Cheap, too. I can get eggs here for less than $1/dozen! Lovely hub. :-)
Kile Taylor from Roanoke, VA on January 16, 2015:
I just made your Ramelette, but I used chicken instead of beef. I used what I had handy. It was very good and extremely filling. Great hub and good call on the omelette.
Kile Taylor from Roanoke, VA on January 16, 2015:
Great hub, I am going to try this. This is very interesting.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 16, 2015:
As soon as I stop laughing I'll comment.....
Okay, I'm back now. :) This is right out of College 101, 1966. Way too funny....and the thing is, it's not bad at all. Many a morning I gulped one of these down as I ran to class, late as usual.
Love it, Christy!
swilliams on January 15, 2015:
Wow what a unique recipe! I have never heard of a Ramen Omelette! The picture of the complete dish is beautiful, it got my attention! Thanks for shedding light on this distinct technique. Voted up!