2-Ingredient Ramen Omelette - Cheap Breakfast Under $1
Ramen has a couple things going for it: it's cheap and it's 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 tl;dr breakdown is that each ramen omelette costs me about $0.70 and contains 520 caloreis (enough to keep most people full for a couple 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
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. It's 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'.
Ready in 10 Minutes
- 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.
Ramen Omelette Nutrition Information
|Serving size: 1 Omlette (2 eggs, one noodle package)|
|Calories from Fat||216|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 24 g||37%|
|Saturated fat 10 g||50%|
|Carbohydrates 54 g||18%|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 22 g||44%|
|Sodium 1660 mg||69%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|