Adam's Advanced Ramen

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Feb. 03, 2014

The thing most dudes know how to cook is ramen. But lets be realistic here. Its not that good. And definitely not that good for you with all that MSG (Google it if you dont know what that is, its bad, bad, bad). Adam, with a little behind-the-scenes help from Sean, shows how to take the college-student staple and make it Advanced!

This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled or even quadrupled if preparing for a few more peeps. Just adjust the amounts accordingly.


Ramen noodle 1 Packet
Canola oil 2 Tablespoon , divided
Cilantro 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , chopped finely (+ more for garnish)
Onion 1/4 Medium , chopped
Garlic cloves 2 , chopped finely
Lemon zest 1 Teaspoon (plus a wedge for serving)
Soy sauce 1 Tablespoon
Black pepper To Taste



1. Toss out the “seasoning” packet that comes with the ramen. It’s nasty and has enough salt to kill a mini horse (or small dog). Then, bring 2 cups of water to boil in medium pan. Heat half the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place block of ramen noodles into the skillet (not the water) and brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side (If you normally break up the ramen before cooking it, don’t do it for this recipe, Dude).

2. Place the ramen on a paper towel to drain and slightly cool. Then carefully add to the boiling water. Make sure you’ve drained off any excess oil so you don’t get splattered and burned, cuz then you’ll scream like a girl and embarrass yourself. Cook for about two minutes, then turn off the heat.

3. Meanwhile, sauté then onions in skillet, adding more canola oil if needed. Let them go for about 5-7 minutes until they’re just about to brown, then add in the garlic. Follow that with the lemon zest.

4. Now, using tongs, add the ramen to the skillet and toss to combine with the onion mixture. Be sure to save the cooking water. Add in the soy sauce, half the cilantro, then pour in about half the cooking water. Should look like a pasta soup.


5. Serve in a bowl with a lemon wedge and garnish with a little more cilantro. Oh and squeeze the lemon wedge, but try not to get any seeds in your soup like Adam did.

The name of this recipe was inspired by Dude Food camera operator and occasional guest, Michael G. Nathan after Sean made him some ramen that he loved and called it Advanced Ramen.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 155Calories from Fat 133

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g23.1%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 425 mg17.71%

Total Carbohydrates 5 g1.7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 1 g2%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet