Instant noodles are great to have on hand as they have a lengthy shelf life. See how to transform an ordinary storecupboard essential into a filling meal that packs a punch.


Upgrade your meal with our ideas for adding protein (such as chicken, eggs and fish), vegetables, sauces, condiments and spices.

For more thrifty dishes, see our storecupboard recipes.

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Instant noodle toppings


The easiest way to make instant noodles more filling is to add extra protein like meat and fish. This is also a great opportunity to use up shredded meat from a Sunday roast or takeaway leftovers.

  • Chicken
  • Roast beef
  • Salmon
  • Prawns
  • Soft-boiled eggs


Use fresh or frozen vegetables to give your noodles a filling and nutritious makeover. Add your veggies and boil in the ramen broth until tender.

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  • Frozen peas
  • Frozen sweetcorn
  • Edamame
  • Grated carrot
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Beansprouts
  • Spring onion


Raid the storecupboard for other flavours you might like. Add some heat with a spicy condiment, or depth with a cooking sauce or oil.

  • Sriracha
  • Chilli sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Tamarind sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Sesame oil

Instant noodle recipes

Super-quick sesame ramen


Try upgrading instant noodles with our super-quick sesame ramen. Cook the noodles in boiling water and the sachet provided or vegetable stock. Add spring onions and pak choi to the broth for a couple minutes. Top with a soft boiled egg, sesame seeds and chilli sauce.

Chicken & sweetcorn ramen


For a more kid-friendly version, try this chicken & sweetcorn ramen. Cook a pack of noodles in chicken stock and add sweetcorn, peas or chopped beans. Add sliced leftover chicken breast and a soft boiled egg to make it extra filling.

More ideas

Full English – add crisp bacon, fried mushrooms and a soft boiled egg.

Thai ramen – cook the noodles in coconut milk and add Thai green curry paste and frozen veggies.

Easy pad Thai – add tamarind paste, fish sauce, beansprouts, lime and peanuts.

Satay noodles – mix satay sauce with the noodles then stir in some cooked chicken. Serve with spring onions and chopped peanuts.

See more noodle recipes with our ramen collection.

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