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Ramen is a delicious lunch or dinner in all seasons, but I’ve especially been craving it with the cold, wet weather we’ve been having lately. I don’t live in a massive city, so there’s only one great ramen restaurant close to where I live and it’s small and I can never find seating and if I do takeout, it’s room-temperature at best by the time I get home. So I wanted to see if I could make my own using my Instant Pot to get the depth of flavor ramen is known for! Sure enough, there’s nothing quite like a pressure cooker to make a complex dish come together in a record amount of time.
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While many recipes call for using olive oil for sautéing, this recipe uses sesame oil. It’s rich in flavor and commonly used in Indian, Middle Eastern, African, and Southeast Asian cuisines. Using the Sauté function, you can brown the chicken and ensure the ginger and garlic become fragrant before adding in the broth and cooking the soup. This will help give the dish a deeper flavor! Traditional ramen restaurants cook the broth anywhere from 18 to 72 hours to extract and build flavor, so you definitely don’t want to skip the sautéing step.
After sautéing, add in the remaining ingredients (except the pasta) – it’ll all cook together, including the eggs! Gently lower the eggs into the pot after adding all the liquid and they’ll cook right in there. Full disclosure, our eggs came out hardboiled instead of softboiled, which is what is more commonly served in ramen. If you’d prefer, you can soft boil the eggs on the stovetop while the rest of the ramen cooks in the Instant Pot. For us, the convenience of dumping it all in the pressure cooker outweighed having the perfect softboiled egg, but the decision is yours.
This recipe cooks in 4 minutes on Manual/Pressure Cook HIGH, but make sure you account for the time it’ll take to come to pressure. Our 6-quart Duo took 24 minutes to reach pressure, but your time may vary depending on the model and size you’re using. This may seem like quite a while, but it needs the time because of all the liquid – you’re essentially cooking a soup! Regardless, it’s nothing compared to the time that traditional ramen takes, so consider yourself lucky that it’s still done and on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes and from the comfort and convenience of your home.
Once the cook time has elapsed, quick release the pressure and remove the lid. Have an ice water bath prepared and use a slotted spoon to quickly remove the eggs, plunging them into the ice bath to stop the cooking process. The best part of eggs done in the Instant Pot is how easily they peel. It’s incredible! If this intrigues you, take a look at our Step-By-Step How To Hard Boil Eggs in an Instant Pot here. It’s far easier than stovetop and you can set it and forget it, but still get perfectly-done hardboiled eggs every single time.
The big question you’ll have to answer is what type of ramen noodles you want to use – there are plenty of options and each will produce a slightly different end result. We used a partially pre-cooked soft ramen noodle that we found in the International aisle of our local grocery store. They’re inexpensive and have a decent shelf-life, but that means they aren’t super fresh. You could also use the hard ramen noodles (think Mr. Noodle packages), and just discard the mysterious flavor package that comes with them. Alternatively, if you have access to an Asian grocery store where you live, stop in to see if they have fresh ramen noodles! These are definitely your best option and will result in the most authentic (and likely delicious) ramen.
It took our 6 Quart Instant Pot Duo 24 minutes to come to pressure but this will vary depending on the model and size of your Instant Pot.