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Ground Beef Ramen is an easy recipe that’s bursting with asian flavor. The perfect quick meal for busy weeknights made with one pound of ground beef, ramen noodles, and a savory sauce. No more making plain ramen noodles ever again!

Bowl of ramen with beef and green onions and chopsticks on the side.

Ground Beef Ramen Recipe (Ground Beef Ramen Bowls)

This ground beef ramen noodle recipe seems to be in regular rotation for dinners lately. My kids love those instant ramen noodles, and I love that this recipe makes packages of dry ramen noodles into a more filling meal that the whole family can enjoy.

It’s the perfect recipe to make when you’re not sure what to cook for dinner because most of the ingredients are pantry staples and all you need to buy is fresh ground beef from the store. Or a great way to meal plan is to keep frozen ground beef in the freezer – then you always have it for a quick dinner like this one. 

Close up shot of the noodles and green onion garnish.

Ingredients For Beef Ramen Noodles (Printable Recipe Card Below)

  1. Sesame Oil
  2. Garlic Cloves – Use fresh garlic cloves that have been minced or pressed, use chopped/minced garlic from a jar, or use garlic paste. 
  3. Lean Ground Beef – I use 93/7 ground beef but you could use your preferred one. 
  4. Ramen Noodles – You will need 8 ounces of ramen noodles for this ramen recipe. I use a box of Simply Asia Japanese Style Ramen Noodles which is 8 ounces. If you are using the small bags of instant ramen noodles (3 ounces each) then you will need 3 packs of them. Technically it’s 9 ounces but that extra ounce is not a big deal. 
  5. Green Onions
  6. Soy Sauce – This recipe has been tested using regular-salted soy sauce and not the low-sodium soy sauce. Either one can be used depending on preference or dietary needs. 
  7. Light Brown Sugar
  8. Fresh Ginger – You can use a fresh ginger piece and grate it or use ginger paste from the tube. 
  9. Sriracha Sauce – This does not make the ramen noodles spicy it just adds tons of flavor. Leave it out, use less, or use more for more spice. 
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How To Make It (Printable Recipe Card Below)

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add the sesame oil, ground beef, and garlic. Cook and crumble until the beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess grease from the pan. 

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While the beef cooks, cook the ramen noodles according to the package directions. Remember to not add the seasoning packet as that will make the final dish too salty. When done, drain the ramen noodles in a strainer but do not rinse them. 

Stir the green onions, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and sriracha into the ground beef. Cook for 2 minutes to combine the flavors. 

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Stir the ramen noodles into the ground beef mixture until combined well. Serve!

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Substitution & Variation Ideas

  • Add Veggies : Add your choice of different veggies to the dish along with the ground beef and garlic. Or, if the veggies are already cooked then add them in with the soy sauce and brown sugar. Here are some ideas; baby corn, water chestnuts, snap peas, different veggies, matchstick carrots, red bell pepper, Napa cabbage, bean sprouts, etc. 
  • Garnish : sesame seeds,  soft-boiled eggs, 
  • Meat : Instead of ground beef try using ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground pork.
  • Make It Spicy! : Add red pepper flakes, chili garlic sauce (as a garnish or inside the ground beef mixture), cayenne red pepper, etc. 
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Tips For Making Ground Beef Ramen Noodles

  • Storing Leftovers : Leftovers store well, inside an airtight container, in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat leftovers inside the microwave for a quick meal or after school snack (my kids love this as a “snack”).
  • Don’t Use The Seasoning Packet : Each package of ramen noodles (at least the instant ramen packages) include a seasoning packet. Do not use the flavor packets (the ramen packets inside the packaging with the dry noodles) in this recipe or else the final taste will be too salty. 
  • Does The Sriracha Sauce Make It Spicy? : No it does not! Surprisingly, it just adds tons of flavor and it never tastes spicy. If you’re worried about it then only use 1/2 teaspoon or even 1/4 teaspoon. I do think the recipe tastes better with at least some of the sriracha sauce so I don’t recommend leaving it out. 
Skillet pan of ramen noodles with green onion in the background.
Chopsticks on top of the skillet pan of noodles inside it with beef.

More Ground Beef Dinner Recipes To Try

Bowl of ramen with beef and green onions and chopsticks on the side.
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Ground Beef Ramen


Author Jessica – Together as Family
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Ground Beef Ramen is an easy recipe that's bursting with asian flavor. The perfect quick meal for busy weeknights made with one pound of ground beef, ramen noodles, and a savory sauce. No more making plain ramen noodles ever again!

Ingredients
  

  • 3 packages (3 oz) instant ramen noodles (discard the seasoning packet)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced, pressed, or paste)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons ginger paste OR fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (less or more to taste)

Instructions

  • Cook the ramen noodles according to the package directions. When done, drain the ramen noodles in a strainer but do not rinse them. 
    * Remember to discard the seasoning packet as that will make the final dish too salty.
    3 packages (3 oz) instant ramen noodles
  • In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add the sesame oil, garlic, and ground beef. Cook and crumble until the beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess grease from the pan. 
    2 teaspoons sesame oil, 4 garlic cloves, 1 pound ground beef
  • Stir the green onions, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and sriracha into the ground beef. Cook for 2 minutes to combine the flavors. 
    3 green onions, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar, 1 tablespoons ginger paste OR fresh grated ginger, 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • Stir the ramen noodles into the ground beef mixture until combined well. Serve!

Notes

Ramen Noodles : I like using the packages of instant ramen noodles (the cheap 3 ounce size ones). You can also buy a package of more authentic ramen noodles – they usually come in an 8 ounce sized bag, which is fine for the recipe. It doesn’t matter the ‘flavor’ of the ramen noodles as you won’t use the seasoning packet anyways. If you prefer less noodle then only use two packages of ramen noodles (6 ounces).
Green Onions : This is not 3 bunches of green onions. It’s only 3 pieces of green onion. One bunch of green onions is all you need cause you only need to use 3 of them in the bunch. 

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1476mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 4mg

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