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You can cook ramen noodles in the microwave in a matter of minutes with this easy recipe for microwave ramen. Perfect for meal prep or an instant meal!

ramen noodles with parsley in a small bowl

If you’re a ramen lover like we are, you’ll love this easy microwave ramen noodles recipe. Sure, it’s easy to make ramen noodles on the stove, but cooking ramen noodles in the microwave is perfect for an instant meal, a quick snack or meal prep.

Ramen is cheap, so it’s perfect when you’re on a budget. You can easily make a meal by adding your favorite protein and veggies or fruit. We also love using it in ramen chicken salad.

My daughter loves packing ramen noodles in her school lunches. I usually cook plain ramen noodles the night before and add different seasonings.

We always toss the seasoning packets that come with the ramen! They’ve got too many additives and tons of sodium. It’s so easy to create your own flavors, so definitely ditch the flavor packet!


You only need 2 basic ingredients for microwave ramen, aside from your trusty microwave oven, of course. You can find them in just about any grocery store or online:

  • Instant ramen noodles
  • Water

Use any brand of ramen or ramen noodle soup. We usually buy Maruchan or Top Ramen, but any instant noodles are fine.

Instead of water, you can also use chicken broth, beef broth or vegetable broth. I like to use broth whenever I make ramen stir fry or soup.

You will need a microwaveable bowl to cook the ramen. I also recommend hot mitts, oven mitts or pot holders to protect your hands since the bowl gets hot!

instant ramen packet with white bowl and water on the table

How Long to Microwave Ramen

First, add 2 cups of water to a microwave-safe bowl. Then place the dried ramen noodles in the water.

You don’t need to submerge the noodles in the water. As the water heats up, the steam will cook the noodles.

If you have the instant noodles that come in a styrofoam cup, then you don’t need to transfer the ramen to another bowl, but you can if you’d like. Though, if you want a ramen soup, it might difficult to fit enough water in the cup for a more soupy consistency.

uncooked instant ramen noodles in bowl of water

Place a cover on top of the bowl. You can use a cover specifically made for microwave cooking.

Or, use a microwave-safe plate or plastic wrap. If you use plastic wrap, make sure to leave a small opening for venting.

bowl of ramen in microwave under cover

Cooking Time

So, how long to microwave ramen? Cook ramen noodles on high power for 2 minutes. Then, remove the lid, and stir or flip the noodles over.

Cook the ramen for 30 seconds longer or until noodles are done to your liking.

We like ramen noodles a little firmer. But you can add another minute if you like softer ramen noodles.

cooked ramen noodles in kitchen tongs

Drain most of the cooking liquid out if you only want to use the noodles. You want to leave a little bit of liquid when you flavor the ramen.

As the noodles cool down, they will absorb the extra liquid.

Of course, if you want ramen soup, leave the hot water or broth.

bowl of cooked ramen noodles with parsley on the table


Again, the best way to upgrade instant ramen is to ditch the seasoning packet and use your own favorite flavors.

We like to add a little bit of olive oil and butter to the noodles. We also add a little garlic powder, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

If you want Asian flavors, add a little soy sauce, garlic powder, sesame oil, ginger, onion powder, and rice vinegar to the noodles. You can also add chopped green onion and sesame seeds for extra umami flavor.

But you can really add whatever you want: hot sauce, hoisin sauce, Sriracha, Spam, bean sprouts, a soft boiled egg–anything goes!

You may have seen Kylie Jenner’s social media famous ramen recipe, where she adds a beaten raw egg into the small saucepan she cooks her ramen in. This won’t work in the microwave, because the egg won’t cook properly.

But, if you want to do this, feel free to cook the egg on the side and add it to the top of your microwave noodles!

How to Store and Reheat

Store any leftover microwave cup noodles–or ramen that you’re making ahead of time for meal planning–in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It’ll keep for 3 to 4 days.

Reheat the ramen in the microwave. If you’re planning on taking the noodles for a lunch, make sure that you stored it in a microwave-safe container.

Or, you can enjoy it cold! That may seem a bit odd, but my kids love taking cold ramen to school for lunch!

5 from 17 votes

How to Cook Ramen Noodles in the Microwave

By: Dee
You can cook ramen noodles in the microwave in a matter of minutes with this easy recipe for microwave ramen. Perfect for meal prep or an instant meal!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 2


  • microwave oven


  • 1 packet ramen noodles or ramen noodle soup
  • 2 cups water
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  • Pour 2 cups water into a microwaveable bowl
  • Place ramen packet into the water. Discard flavor packet
  • Cover bowl, and microwave ramen noodles for 2 minutes. Stir, then cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute or until noodles are done to your liking
  • Drain most of the liquid if using noodles only, and add desired seasonings


See post for ways to flavor the ramen.
If you want ramen noodle soup, use your favorite broth and don’t drain the liquid.


Calories: 185kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 877mg, Potassium: 76mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. Pueo says:

    The rectangular brick ramens like Maruchan or Top are way cheaper than those Bowl or Cup Noodle type ramens…you pay a premium for the convenience of microwave preparation. Maruchen ramen on Amazon are less than 25 cents each…I buy the cheapest one (regardless of flavor) because I toss the flavor packets and make my own like you. This is a great way to convert those economical bricks to the convenience of a bowl or cup noodle ramen, eliminate firing up the energy-hungry range and washing a pot, and save money too! Thank you for sharing!! Aloha…5 stars

  2. Jill B says:

    This was so helpful. In the middle of a kitchen reno without a stove, so I was able to make a simple ramen in the microwave for dinner using your directions. Thanks!5 stars

  3. Bubbles says:

    Finally a way that I can make ramen that is even quicker and less to clean up.

  4. Patick says:

    Wow even faster than on the stove top. Great when your hungry.5 stars

  5. Betty says:

    I thought regular Ramen was easy but this makes noodles super fast and I can do so much more with them. Buy them when they are on sale too!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Betty! I’m glad you liked them!

    2. Gina says:

      Turned out perfect! I like to make ramen on the weekend and save for lunches during the week. It’s so much easier in the microwave! 5 stars