When you’ve made a large helping of ramen and can’t quite seem to finish it all, it may leave you wondering how to reheat ramen, and also, how to store it. Today, we will answer your burning questions about reheating ramen and will give you our best tips and tricks for helping keep your ramen tasting fresh.
Table of Contents
- Can I Reheat Ramen the Next Day?
- How Do You Reheat Ramen Made From Scratch?
- How Long Does It Take to Reheat Ramen?
- How Do You Reheat Ramen and Broth?
- How Do You Reheat Instant Ramen?
- Reheating Ramen: It’s Easy!
Can I Reheat Ramen the Next Day?
Yes, ramen can be heated the next day easily by using a few tricks.
In general, there are two best ways to heat ramen: the stovetop and the microwave.
Of the two, stovetop is the best way to heat ramen because it keeps flavors intact and keeps heat distributed equally throughout the dish.
Having said that, using a microwave is both easy and convenient, though you’ll want to be careful not to over-microwave your ramen as this will turn it into a mushy mess–but more on that later!
Just know that both stovetop and microwave are great options for reheating ramen the next day, however, both methods will require that you follow different instructions, all of which we will explain to you now!
How Do You Reheat Ramen Made From Scratch?
How Do You Heat Up Ramen in the Microwave?
Heating ramen in the microwave is fairly easy, though this process can turn your homemade ramen into a disaster if not performed properly.
Know that if you over-microwave your ramen, it can turn mushy quickly. Not only that, but if you’ve got ramen that is mostly noodles with only a little broth, your ramen noodles may become gummy, hard, or crunchy. Yuck!
To microwave your ramen, do the following:
- Separate the Ingredients: Ideally, you will have already stored your ingredients separately, but if not, you’ll want to do that now. To do so, simply remove the meat, veggies, and noodles from the broth. Set them to the side. Place your broth in a microwave-safe bowl to prepare it for heating.
- Microwave: Place your ramen broth in the microwave and heat it at intervals of 30 seconds. You want the broth to be very warm to the touch, but not boiling. Continue to microwave at 30-second intervals until the broth becomes as warm as you desire it to be.
- Combine: Carefully remove your ramen broth from the microwave and re-introduce your noodles, veggies, and meat back into the bowl. The warm broth will reheat all of the ingredients provided that it is hot enough. If you do not find that your meat and veggies are heated through, you can microwave your meats, egg, and veggies until it becomes warm enough, usually only 10-20 seconds.
Note: The aforementioned method for reheating ramen in the microwave assumes that you made the ramen from scratch. For information about how to heat instant ramen, see the section below titled, “How Do You Reheat Instant Ramen?”
How Do You Reheat Ramen Noodles Without a Microwave?
Reheating ramen noodles over the stove is just about as easy as reheating ramen in the microwave, although it will take slightly longer and, of course, will dirty more dishes.
Still, heating ramen over the stove is the best way to reheat ramen. It keeps flavors crisp and fresh, allowing it to taste almost as good as it did on the very first day; and sometimes…maybe even better!
To reheat ramen noodles without a microwave, do the following:
- Warm Your Bowl: If the bowl you stored your ramen noodles in is cold, you’ll want to heat it up first. To do this, remove the broth from the bowl and place it in a saucepan, keeping the noodles, meat, veggies, and any eggs separate. Then, fill the cold bowl with hot water and allow it to sit as you reheat your ramen broth.
- Reheat Your Ramen Broth: To reheat your ramen broth, place it in a saucepan over medium heat. As it cooks gently, give it a stir and monitor its warmth. Once warm enough, remove the saucepan from the heat. Be sure to get the ramen broth hot enough so that it can heat the other components of your ramen such as your meat, eggs, and noodles. Lukewarm ramen broth won’t be hot enough to do that!
- Reheat the Noodles, Veggies, and Meat: Take the bowl of hot water you made earlier and empty the water out. Put your meat, noodles, and veggies into the bowl. Next, pour your ramen broth over your meat, noodles, and veggies. Gently stir to combine.
Note: If you find that your meat and egg remain cold in the middle, you can reheat the meat and egg in the microwave for a few seconds until it gets warmed through before adding it to your ramen soup.
How Long Does It Take to Reheat Ramen?
How Long to Reheat Ramen?
Reheating ramen won’t take long, but the stovetop method will take longer than the microwave method.
When placed in the microwave, reheating ramen made from scratch will likely take about 30-45 seconds but will depend on the quantity of ramen you’ve made. Remember that when we are talking about reheating ramen, we are talking about reheating mainly the broth. The meat, egg, veggies, and noodles could be reheated in the microwave too, but they don’t have to be. See the above sections for more details on how to properly reheat your ramen soup.
Over stovetop, you can expect ramen to heat in as little as 5-10 minutes over medium heat. Again, it will depend on the quantity of ramen that you are attempting to heat, as well as on what setting you choose to heat your ramen.
How Do You Reheat Ramen and Broth?
Reheating ramen and broth is easy, however, just remember that separation is key. You don’t want to reheat ramen made from scratch with all of the ingredients merged together. You will need to separate each ingredient and heat it accordingly. Here’s how:
How to Reheat Chashu
Chashu is pork belly often found in ramen noodles. To reheat it, you can simply pour the hot ramen broth over it that we mentioned earlier, or, you may place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds while you are reheating your broth over the stove, or after you have reheated the broth in the microwave.
How to Reheat Ramen Egg
The best thing to do is to simply allow your ramen egg to come to room temperature before placing them in the hot broth. Microwaving is a no-no, as this could change the texture of your eggs.
How Do I Reheat Ramen Noodles?
The same trick employed for eggs is recommended for ramen noodles. Instead of heating the ramen by itself, we recommend you allow the heat from the broth to warm the noodles on its own. To help with this, allow your ramen noodles to come to room temperature before pouring hot broth over them.
How to Reheat Ramen Stock
Ramen stock can be reheated using either the stovetop or microwave. Reference the sections above for specific methods on how to reheat your ramen stock using both methods.
How Do You Reheat Instant Ramen?
Instant ramen can be reheated by simply popping it in the microwave and nuking it at 30-second intervals until warm. Whatever you do, do not over-microwave your instant ramen! To separate any noodles that stick together, use a fork or chopsticks.
On the flip side, you may also warm your instant noodles over the stove but do so gently. Boiling the leftover ramen, or cooking it over very high heat, not only increases the chances of you burning it but can also turn your noodles to mush. Instead, reheat your ramen on low heat and consume once fully heated through.
Yes, instant ramen can be refrigerated but it may spoil within 1-2 days. Also, you’ll want to watch the noodles as they sit as these tend to get mushy.
If you’re able to, consider removing the noodles and tossing them lightly in oil in an airtight container to get the most of the noodles the next day. Otherwise, you can keep the noodles in the broth, but take extra care to reheat them carefully and gently in either the microwave or stove to prevent the noodles from turning to mush.
There’s nothing that can, or should, stop you from eating cold ramen if that’s your thing! There are no related health concerns connected to eating cold ramen noodle soup.
Reheating Ramen: It’s Easy!
All in all, with a little preparation and care, it is easy to reheat ramen noodle soup. If you can, separate your broth from the other components of your noodle soup, i.e. the noodles, meat, and veggies, and allow them to come to room temperature before pouring hot broth over them. This hot broth is what warms the other components of your soup.
To warm the broth, you may use the microwave or stove, though the stove will take slightly longer. Nevertheless, using the stove will keep your broth tasting fresh and delicious just as it was on the first day you made it. We hope this helps!
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