Vegan Miso Ramen Recipe

There's nothing like slurping a steaming hot bowl of ramen noodles in a rich, savory broth. It's the ultimate comfort food, like an edible hug. A good bowl of ramen typically takes hours — sometimes days! — to make from scratch, which is why most of us leave the task to our favorite ramen restaurants. The problem with most traditional ramen places, though, is the lack of vegan options.

Turns out, homemade vegan ramen is actually quite simple to make and takes less than an hour. Below, recipe developer Alex Shytsman of the plant-based blog The New Baguette breaks down the process step by step. This shiitake miso broth is surprisingly rich and creamy, and is sure to satisfy your ramen cravings, right in the comfort of your own home (i.e. on the couch in your stretchy pants). Loaded with plenty of vibrant and flavorful vegetables, this ramen is sure to hit the spot!

Gather the ingredients for vegan miso ramen

To make this vegan broth, you'll need shiitake mushrooms, fresh garlic and ginger, scallions, chili flakes, sesame paste, soy sauce, vegetable broth, non-dairy milk, and of course, miso. The mushrooms will infuse the soup with a "meaty" flavor and the miso will make it pop with umami. To build the rest of the bowl, you'll need ramen noodles (fresh or dried), bok choy, corn, and sesame seeds.

Start the broth

To start, cook the mushrooms in a pot until they're lightly browned — caramelizing the mushrooms is key to forming the foundational flavor of the broth. Then add the ginger, garlic, chili flakes, and ⅓ of the scallions, and cook just until fragrant, about one minute, being careful not to burn the garlic.

Finish the broth

Add the sesame paste and soy sauce, and stir to combine with the vegetables. Sesame paste (also known as tahini) is the secret ingredient to this magical broth. It makes it rich and nutty, and mimics the depth of meat-based ramen broths. Next, add the vegetable broth and milk, and whisk to incorporate the paste into the liquid. Milk is another key, imparting a creamy texture and cloudy look to the broth, which typically comes from bone collagen.

Blanch the bok choy

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and briefly cook the bok choy. You want the greens to retain their color and crunch, so don't cook them longer than a minute. When they're ready, pull them out into a strainer and immediately run under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Cook the noodles

In the same water, cook your noodles according to package directions. Then drain and toss them with a bit of sesame oil to prevent sticking.

Heat up the corn

Cook the corn in a small skillet just until it's heated through and lightly golden.

Assemble your bowl of ramen and enjoy

To serve, divide the noodles among bowls, ladle in the broth, and arrange the other ingredients on top. If you wanna play around with other toppings, try chili oil, Sriracha, toasted nori, roasted broccoli, or seared tofu. And, just like that, you have a hearty bowl of homemade ramen — and it's completely vegan!

Vegan Miso Ramen Recipe
5 from 36 ratings
You don't need to go to a ramen restaurant for quality ramen — just make it at home with this delicious vegan recipe!
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
30
minutes
Servings
4
servings
vegan miso ramen in a bowl
Total time: 45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch knob ginger, peeled and minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Asian sesame paste or tahini
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 4 baby bok choy bulbs, halved lengthwise
  • 1 pound ramen noodles
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Directions
  1. Heat a splash of cooking oil in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the shiitakes with a pinch of salt and cook until lightly brown, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, chili flakes, and ⅓ of the scallions to the pot, and cook for about a minute.
  3. Add the sesame paste and soy sauce, and stir to combine with the vegetables. Then add the broth and milk, and whisk to dissolve the paste. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer (being careful not to let the broth boil too rapidly). Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a separate pot of water to a boil.
  5. Place the bok choy in the boiling water and simmer for 1 minute. Immediately pull it out with tongs, transfer to a strainer, and run under cold water to cool completely.
  6. Add the noodles to the same pot of boiling water and cook according to package directions. Then drain and toss with the sesame oil. Set aside.
  7. Heat a splash of cooking oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the corn and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  8. When the broth is ready, turn the heat off and ladle a bit into a small bowl. Add the miso and whisk to dissolve. Then add the mixture to the pot. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.
  9. To serve, divide the noodles among 4 bowls, followed by the broth. Top each bowl with the bok choy, corn, sesame seeds, and the remaining scallions.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 739
Total Fat 32.2 g
Saturated Fat 10.9 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 96.6 g
Dietary Fiber 9.3 g
Total Sugars 9.4 g
Sodium 2,723.4 mg
Protein 21.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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