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Learn how to make ramen noodles at home with just 3 ingredients! These homemade ramen noodles are perfectly chewy, tender, and incredibly easy to make. Use them in stir-fries, soups, salads, and more!

Homemade ramen noodles on a wooden board.

Making ramen noodles at home is much easier than you think and super fun!

⭐️ Why You Should Try It

  • Perfectly tender and chewy. If you are looking for springy, slurpy noodles that taste like those from your favorite ramen restaurant, you will love this recipe!
  • Budget-friendly. One batch will only cost you about $0.7 and serves a crowd! Plus, fresh noodles taste much better than store-bought.
  • Simple method and ingredients. Flour, salt, and baking soda are the only ingredients you will need! There are no preservatives or colorings.
  • It’s perfect for making homemade ramen! These noodles really shine in soups and broths. They do not fall apart or become soggy as opposed to regular noodles.

📘 What Are Ramen Noodles

Ramen noodles (ラーメンの麺 in Japanese) are a type of wheat noodles very popular in Asia. They are used to make many Chinese dishes and Japanese ramen.

This type of noodle contains alkaline water, which makes them more elastic, chewier, and prevents them from getting soggy in soups or broth.

Ingredients like flour, water, and baking soda.

🌾 Ingredient Notes

  • Flour – I went with all-purpose flour, but you can use half all-purpose flour and half bread flour if you want slightly more chewy noodles.
  • Baking soda – We are using baking soda to prepare alkaline water. You learn more about that below.
  • Salt – For flavor.

What is Alkaline Water

Alkaline water, also called lye water or kansui, is a Sodium hydroxide solution used here to add color, chewiness, and flavor to the noodles. It’s a key ingredient that gives these noodles their distinct texture and flavor.

You can find food-grade lye water online or follow the instructions below to learn how to make your own from scratch using just baking soda!

🍜 How to Make It

Preparing ramen noodles at home consists of 3 steps: making the alkaline water, preparing the dough, and finally, rolling it out.

1. Make the alkaline water

  1. Spread the baking soda on a small baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  2. Bake for about 1 hour at 250°F (120°C).
  3. Let it cool, and transfer it to a small container.
  4. You can then mix 1/4 tsp of the baked baking soda with 1 tsp of water to make enough alkaline water for one batch of noodles.

2. Prepare the dough

  1. Add the flour, alkaline water, salt, and 3/4 of the water to a stand mixer bowl.
  2. Knead on low-medium for about 1 minute or until it has a sandy texture.
  3. Slowly pour in the remaining water and knead again until it forms a dry dough. Note: The dough will appear dry, this is normal. Do not add more water, as you want the dough to be on the dry side.
  4. Shape into a ball and cover with plastic wrap to touch.
  5. Let the dough rest for 45-60 minutes at room temperature. The resting time will allow the gluten to develop.

3. Roll out and cut the dough

The final step is to roll the dough into a thin layer and slice it into thin strips. To do so:

  1. Divide the dough into 6 pieces.
  2. Using a pastry roller, slightly flatten one piece into a small rectangle of a 1/2-inch thickness.
  3. Using a pasta maker or a Kitchenaid fitted with the pasta roller attachment, run the dough through the widest setting. Repeat this step 3-4 times or until the dough is smooth.
  4. Decrease the thickness setting of your pasta roller (I used setting 2 on my Kitchenaid pasta roller) and run the dough another 2-3 times.
  5. Run the pasta sheet through the spaghetti cutter and toss the noodles with cornstarch.
  6. Transfer the noodles to an airtight container and let them rest for 1 day in the refrigerator before using.
Rolling out pasta dough through a pasta roller.

To cook the noodles: bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the noodles and cook for about 2 minutes. Drain and use in ramen, stir-fries, soups, and more!

🍲 Where to Use It

These homemade ramen noodles are so versatile! You can use them in vegan ramen, kimchi noodle soup, vegetable lo mein, or even in cold noodle salads!

❄️ Storing and Freezing

Store in the Fridge

You can store the noodles for up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Keep them in an airtight container to prevent them from drying.

Freeze

These noodles will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. Divide them into small portions and keep them in freezer bags. Do not thaw the noodles before cooking. Directly boil the frozen noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes or until tender.

Slicing pasta dough into strips using a pasta cutter.

📔 Tips

  • Do not omit the baking soda. It’s the addition of baking soda that gives the noodles their chewiness.
  • If using bread flour, you will have to adjust the amount of water slightly as it won’t absorb the same amount of moisture as all-purpose flour.
  • Let the noodles rest for 1 day. For the best texture, I highly recommend letting the noodles rest for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Keep the noodles in an airtight container. This will prevent them from drying.
  • Do not overcook the noodles. Since these noodles are fresh, boiling them for 1:30-2 minutes is enough.
  • Do not try to dry them. I tested drying these noodles after shaping them into nests. Unfortunately, they broke too easily and didn’t cook properly.
Uncooked ramen noodles on a plate.

💬 FAQ

Is this recipe authentic?

Yes, this recipe is based on Japanese recipes and follows a process similar to the traditional one.

What gives these noodles their light yellow color?

The wheat flour, as well as the baking soda, bring that beige color.

What is the difference between ramen noodles and spaghetti?

Ramen noodles are chewier than spaghetti and do not usually contain eggs.

Should I salt the cooking water?

No, since the noodles already contain salt, there is no need to salt the water.

How long can I keep homemade ramen noodles?

You can keep uncooked ramen noodles in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Check out the storing tips above for more information.

If you have ever wondered how to make ramen noodles at home, I urge you to try this recipe! It’s not as complicated as it seems and makes the most delicious noodles!

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Recipe

Homemade Ramen Noodles

5 from 1 vote
Author: Thomas Pagot
Learn how to make ramen noodles at home with just 3 ingredients! These homemade ramen noodles are perfectly chewy, tender, and incredibly easy to make. Use in stir-fries, soups, salads, and more!
Prep Time : 30 minutes
Resting Time : 45 minutes
Total Time : 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 303 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 5 g salt
  • 210 ml water
  • cornstarch or potato starch for dusting

Instructions
 

Prepare the alkaline water

  • Preheat the oven to 250 °F (120°C) and line a small baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread the baking powder on the baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour. Let cool, and transfer the baked baking soda to a small container. You can then store the baking soda for months and use it when needed
  • To make the alkaline water for one batch of noodles: dissolve 1/4 tsp of the baked baking soda in 1 teaspoon of water.

Make the noodles

  • Make the dough: Add the flour, alkaline water, salt, and 3/4 of the water to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Knead on low-medium for about 1 minute or until it forms a sandy texture. Slowly pour in the rest of the water and knead until it forms a coarse texture. Test the dough by pressing it between your hands. It should be dry but soft enough to hold together into a ball.
  • Let it rest: Cover with plastic wrap to touch and let the dough rest for 45-60 minutes at room temperature.
  • Roll the dough: Divide the dough into 6 even pieces. Using a pastry roller, slightly flatten one piece into a small rectangle of a ½-inch thickness.
  • Using a pasta maker or a Kitchenaid fitted with the pasta roller attachment, run the dough through the widest setting. Repeat this step 3-4 times or until the dough is smooth.
  • Decrease the thickness setting of your pasta roller to your desired thickness (I used setting 2 on my Kitchenaid pasta roller) and run the dough another 2-3 times. Dust your pasta sheet with cornstarch and repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
  • Cut the noodles: Working with one at a time, run a pasta sheet through the spaghetti cutter attachment and toss the noodles with cornstarch. Transfer the noodles to a container and repeat with the remaining sheets of dough.
  • Let the noodles rest for at least 1 day in the refrigerator, in an airtight container.
  • Cook the noodles: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the noodles and cook for about 2 minutes or until just tender. Drain and rinse the noodles once under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Use these noodles in ramen, stir-fries, or cold noodle salads!

Notes

Tips

  • Do not omit the baking soda. It’s the addition of baking soda that gives the noodles their chewiness.
  • If using bread flour, you will have to adjust the amount of water slightly as it won’t absorb the same amount of moisture as all-purpose flour.
  • Let the noodles rest for 1 day. For the best texture, I highly recommend letting the noodles rest for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Keep the noodles in an airtight container. This will prevent them from drying.
  • Do not overcook the noodles. Since these noodles are fresh, boiling them for 1:30-2 minutes is enough.
  • Do not try to dry them. I tested drying these noodles after shaping them into nests. Unfortunately, they broke too easily and didn’t cook properly.

Storing Instructions

  • Store in the fridge: You can store the noodles for up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Keep them in an airtight container to prevent them from drying.
  • Freeze: These noodles will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. Divide them into small portions and keep them in freezer bags. Do not thaw the noodles before cooking. Directly boil the frozen noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes or until tender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 303 kcal | Carbohydrates: 63.6 g | Protein: 8.6 g | Fat: 0.8 g | Saturated Fat: 0.1 g | Sodium: 323 mg | Potassium: 89 mg | Fiber: 2.3 g | Sugar: 0.2 g | Calcium: 13 mg | Iron: 4 mg
Course : Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine : Asian, Japanese
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5 stars
I love ramen but can’t find the one that satisfied me on market. I’ll tried this recipe.

Hi,

Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and tips! Would this recipe work using a gluten free mix? In Europe, Schär makes a pasta mix. Do you think it would work?