Keto Ramen, Quick and Easy
Living in Tokyo, I would pass ramen stores on a daily basis and the aromas on the street are incredible. This keto ramen is a nice alternative. Ramen is a style of noodle, served in a broth with various toppings, often including meat. It’s considered an art form, where kitchens spend hours preparing their secret recipes. It’s my favorite kind of food in Japan, but something I’ve stopped eating since starting keto. I’ve often wondered what would happen if I tried ordering it without noodles, but am too afraid of offending a chef!
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Quick and Easy
To make a proper ramen from scratch takes much patience; hours spent cooking bones to brew the perfect broth and slowly prepare tender meat. However, ramen is also typically a quick meal, a steaming bowl you can grab on the way home and eat while standing at a counter. I wanted to find a way to achieve a keto ramen – with a similar taste, as quickly as possible at home.
Keto Ramen Noodles
Ramen noodles are a round shape that are yellow in color and made using wheat flour. This is an obvious no-no on keto, so I wanted to try using shirataki noodles (more on shirataki here) as a replacement for keto ramen. I found various brands offering ramen-style shirataki noodles at my local supermarket.
Keto Ramen Broth
There are four main types of ramen broth: shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso (miso paste) and tonkotsu (pork bone broth). While these are the main flavors, there are also many regional styles too. This quick keto ramen alternative is probably closest in flavor to shio.
Weipar (味覇) is a Chinese soup stock base sold in a distinctive red can. Made of salt, animal fats, spices and seasoning, with small amounts of flour, lactose and sugar, it can be added to boiling water to create a broth. Only one teaspoon is needed, which contains 0.85g of carbs. I’m now in love with this flavorful paste and am most surprised to find it available on Amazon!
Keto Ramen Toppings
Toppings can vary wildly, but usually consist of basics such as sliced meat, spring onions and a soft-boiled egg. My cheat version makes use of some pre-prepared ingredients from a Japanese supermarket, which could easily be omitted. I included (clockwise):
- chashu, sliced bbq pork belly
- egg, soft-boiled
- enoki mushrooms
- negi, green onion
- moyashi, bean sprouts
- menma, fermented bamboo shoots
- komatsuna, Japanese mustard spinach, similar to bok choy
- nori, dried seaweed sheets (not pictured)
The final result was a hearty keto ramen, that had more flavor than I expected! I was also surprised to find it worked out to only 5g net carbs per serving. More protein and veggies could easily be added too. With winter in our midst and a tin of weipar in my fridge, I know I’ll certainly be making this again!
Keto Ramen, Quick and Easy
- 1 packet of shirataki noodles
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp weipar
- 1 packet chashu sliced BBQ pork
- 1 egg soft boiled
- 20 g negi spring onion
- 20 g komatsuna or bok choy
- 20 g moyashi bean sprouts
- 20 g enoki mushrooms
- 20 g menma fermented bamboo shoots
- 2 pieces nori dried seaweed
Prepare the Toppings
Have all ingredients ready to place on top of the noodles while they are steaming hot. Start by soft boiling an egg. Cook it for 4 minutes and then slice in half.
Meanwhile slice the negi, komatsuna, moyashi and enoki. Place the komatsuna in boiling water for a few seconds until bright green.
Quickly fry the chashu slices in oil for extra crispiness.
Prepare the Shirataki
Drain the shirataki noodles in a colander to remove the liquid they come packaged in. Rinse thoroughly under running water. If the noodles are rather long, cut into shorter pieces with scissors.
Boil some water and cook the shirataki for 1-2 mins to remove any lingering fragrance. Drain and rinse again.
Heat a clean dry frying pan and throw in the shirataki. The noodles contain large amounts of water, so this will help dry them out to remove some of their gelatinous texture. Cook for about a minute until they start to make a whistling sound. Remove from heat.
Prepare the Broth
Put the water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiled, take off the heat and add the weipar, stirring until dissolved.
Put the shirataki noodles in a serving bowl, fill with weipar broth and arrange the various toppings on top. The broth will cook the added ingredients.
Eat quickly while it’s still steaming hot and be sure to slurp loudly!
This serving has 5g net carbs.
Calories: 306kcal, Net carbs: 5g, Carbs: 8g, Fibre: 3g, Fat: 19g, Protein: 18g, Sugar: 2g
Adapted from Reddit
Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I’ve been obsessed with good ramen for about 10 years and it is very hard to to find in a restaurant where I live, and now that I’m on the keto diet I thought it would no longer be an option for me. I had no idea shirataki noodles even existed either and I’ve just ordered them. This recipe was very educational and I can’t wait to try it.
Hi Ed, thanks so much for your kind comment! I’m also a big fan of ramen and this recipe has been keeping my cravings in check for quite a while now. I really hope you enjoy the shirataki noodles too, I find them a great alternative!
How do I subscribe to your blog? All of this looks so good and innovative.
Hi Ana, thanks for your kind words! You can subscribe here: http://happyketo.com/subscribe/
I really loved this recipe and thanks to you now I am familiar with Shirataki Noodles.
You’re welcome Zahra, I’m so glad to hear it! 🙂
Hello Happy Keto,
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I tried to cook with shiratake noodles once but they were very diferent from the ones you posted – they were greyish – and didn’t taste so good. Could you recommend me some brands? PS: I live in EU so if you shop them online, please share the web too!
Thank you and have a lovely day ahead!
Hi Eva, thanks so much for your comment! There are certainly many kinds of shirataki noodles out there, and I totally recognize the description you’ve given. You might find my post on the different kinds of shirataki noodles helpful.
Ops! Disregard my previous comment. Just saw your Shiratake post ^.^
No worries, I hope you find a local brand to love! 🙂
I was missing ramen, too! I’m going to search my local Asian grocery for those noodles. Btw, did you buy your chasu pre-made or did you make it yourself? Is pre-made chasu easily available in US Asian stores?
Hi Patricia! In this quick and easy recipe, I made do with pre-made chashu which is easily found in supermarkets in Japan. I haven’t tried looking for it in the US, but I’m sure your Asian grocery store would be the best bet! Oh, and you can always find shirataki online like these ones here. 🙂