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2-Ingredient Ramen Omelette - Cheap Breakfast Under $1

Updated on February 10, 2016
Bon appétit.
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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.

Cost Breakdown:

 
CostCo Flat of 60 Eggs
CostCo Case of 48 Top Ramen Blocks
Total
Cost
$14.11
$9.75
$23.86
Cost Per Meal
$0.47
$0.20
$0.67
Total Number of Meals
30
48
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

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Serves 1-2 people.
Everything you need to make your omelette.
Everything you need to make your omelette. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 package ramen noodles, with flavor packet
  • 2 eggs

How to Make a Ramen Omelette

  1. 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.
  2. Strain the water from your noodles and set them aside.
  3. Crack 2 raw eggs into a bowl and dump the contents of the flavor packet in with them.
  4. 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.
  5. Dump the cooked noodles into the raw egg goop and stir them together.
  6. 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.
  7. Dump the noodle/egg mass into the preheated pan and cook for 3-5 minutes like you would a normal omelette, flipping halfway through.
  8. Enjoy plain or smothered with hot sauce.

Ramen Omelette Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Omlette (2 eggs, one noodle package)
Calories 520
Calories from Fat216
% Daily Value *
Fat 24 g37%
Saturated fat 10 g50%
Carbohydrates 54 g18%
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 22 g44%
Sodium 1660 mg69%
* 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.

Have You Tried the Ramen Omelette?

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      Emunah La Paz 2 years ago from Arizona

      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!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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!

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      Kile Taylor 2 years ago from Roanoke, VA

      Great hub, I am going to try this. This is very interesting.

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      Kile Taylor 2 years ago from Roanoke, VA

      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.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Funny, quirky recipe. LOL. Might have to try it! Cheap, too. I can get eggs here for less than $1/dozen! Lovely hub. :-)

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      Christy Kirwan 2 years ago from San Francisco

      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. :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Christy Kirwan 2 years ago from San Francisco

      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.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this is extremely easy breakfast that i can make for my kids and myself, but not everyday

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      My wife would insist on putting some veggies in it but it seems like a workable meal to me.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      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!

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      Christy Kirwan 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @Kristen, I've tried it with chicken and beef flavor and both were very good. :)

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      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.

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      Michaela 17 months ago from USA

      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!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      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.

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