So we've all been there, on that tight budget. Ramen Noodles tend to be cheap to buy, and really easy to make. You can't really mess up cooking Ramen, unless you forget about the boiling water, and then they stick to the pan. Whether you say "Ramen"  or "Raymond" they are still good noodles! However, if you want to master the art of being a true chef on a budget, you should learn more recipes than the microwave. I decided to share the Top Ramen Recipes, new ways you can cook such a delicious treat, on a budget! Here's the best one's I could find.

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    "The Ramen Tuna Helper"

    This next recipe is from a fellow co-worker Jeanette. So get ready Jessica Simpson, we are going to add some Chicken of the sea to our Ramen! 

    "This was one of my favorite dishes in College. I still make it whenever I'm in the mood for something easy and tasty." -Jeanette


    1) Cook a package of Ramen Noodles. Any flavor will do.

    2) Drain and season.

    3) Place noodles in a dish.

    4) Open a can of Tuna (in Olive Oil), drain and place tuna on top of noodles.

    Optional: Canned peas. Yum!

    **You can season the tuna as you wish before you include it in your Ramen Noodles.

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    Creamy Noodles

    Who doesn't like some creamy Ramen? Big thanks to Ms. Bold on for this next recipe:

    Servings: 2


    1 (3 ounce) package ramen noodles, any flavor, with seasoning packet

    2 cups water

    2 tablespoons butter

    1/4 cup milk


    1) Bring water to boil in a small sauce pan.

    2) Add dried noodles and cook 3 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Stir occasionally.

    3) Drain away water. Return noodles to sauce pan.

    4) Add butter, milk and contents of seasoning packet.

    5) If your tastes desire, you may not use all of the seasoning packet.

    6) Heat on low heat and stir until butter is melted and noodles are coated with creamy sauce.

    7) Serve.

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    Chicken Salad With Ramen

    Honestly the only thing I hate about Chicken Salad is the cabbage. I'm not much a veggie eater, and when you add cabbage, it can't be that great. However, I tend to make it without the cabbage, and I'll be trying this recipe from Astray Recipes very soon!


    -1 pack Ramen noodles

    -3 cups Cooked chicken cubed

    -½ Head cabbage, finely Chopped

    -1 Onion chopped

    -½ cup Slivered almonds chopped

    -2 tablespoons of Sesame seeds

    -¼ cup Canola oil

    -A dash of Sesame oil

    -1 tablespoon of Sugar

    -3 tablespoons of Rice wine vinegar

    -½ teaspoon of Pepper

    -1 pack Ramen noodles seasoning


    Chop cabbage, add finely chopped onions and cubed cooked chicken. Add chopped almonds and crushed ramen noodles. Mix remaining ingredients and them pour over salad. Mix well. Serve chilled.

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    Beef Stir Fry

    I know what you're thinking, “Beef Stir Fry with Ramen?”. Yes it's possible, and it's delicious. Our friends over at CD Kitchen have some of the best recipes on the web, and that includes some of the top Ramen recipes.

    Serves 8


    -1 1/4 pound beef flank steak, thinly sliced

    -3 packages Ramen noodles, Oriental flavor

    -2 cups water

    -1 jar sliced mushrooms

    -1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

    -1/2 pound broccoli, chopped

    -1 medium onion, chopped

    -1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, low sodium

    -2 tablespoons crushed red pepper


    1) Combine season packets from noodles, red pepper, soy sauce, 1/2 cup water and cornstarch, and mix well. Pour over beef strips, stirring to evenly coat meat. Marinate refrigerated for at least 1 hour.

    2) Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok or non-stick skillet. Stir broccoli pieces in oil for 1 minute. Break noodles into medium size pieces and add to skillet with 1 1/2 cups of water. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove noodles and broccoli from skillet and keep warm.

    3) Heat other tablespoon of oil in skillet. Stir-fry beef with marinade and onions in hot oil for about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for about 5 more minutes or until beef is no longer pink. Spoon beef and pan juices over noodles and serve.

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    Grilled Ramen

    Now I love grilling just like any other guy, but this has to be the craziest recipe I've heard that someone grilled. Of course when you're in college, you try anything! Campus Squeeze posts the best recipes for college kids, so this isn't much of a shocker from the rest of the site. Your grilled Ramen cake will have chewy spots and moist spots, but every bite will be flavorful and fun to eat. Tear it apart with chop sticks, with friends to dig in with you. Remember to add the best bbq sauce you can!


    1) Marinate ramen cake in sauce (Click here for sauce suggestions), flipping to be sure of absorption throughout the noodle cake (about 20 mins, just enough time to get your fire going). Ramen cake is ready to be grilled when it has become tender, but still cohesive. Place on medium flame grill (charcoal is best).

    2) Lift corner every minute or so to look for char marks (about 3 minutes). A little smoke should inform you that it’s about ready to flip. Flip when it’s getting crunchy and black/golden brown spots cover one side. Be sure to detach the whole thing with your spatula before moving it, or else the cake may pull apart, creating a much less appetizing mess (and frustration).

    3) Serve plain or with chives, scallions, grilled tofu or veggies, etc. If there is any remaining marinade drizzle it over top of the noodles

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