I recently saw a video on instagram of someone preparing “gourmet ramen” aka making a fancy lil meal using a very cheap packet of ramen noodles. By the end of the video, I was drooling like crazy. Unfortunately, the instructions were in a different language, so in the end I decided to just do my own thing and hope for the best.
The result was 10/10 and is probably my new favorite quick meal EVER! And I do NOT say that lightly.
A few days later, we tested out my brand spanking new invention on some family members, and whaddaya know - they loved it as well! This new family meal can officially be written in the books!
When it comes to Living Chirpy, we can’t exactly advocate the eating of cheap, unhealthy noodles. And of course, we try to steer clear as far as possible in our daily life as well. So, naturally, we do what everybody does when it comes to healthy-fying noodles. We swapped it for - zoooodles! Now THAT’S how you make a healthy ramen recipe!
Believe it or not, it actually tastes just as delicious with zoodles - in a slightly different way. While no vegetable can truly replace (at least taste-wise), real floury noodles, sometimes the swap is yummy enough to still make it worthwhile. This is one of those times.
So, let’s talk about how to make gourmet ramen zoodles:
A key part of this recipe is to salt your zoodles and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, gently squeeze out the bulk of the water without totally destroying the noodles.
- Add the zoodles to caramelized onions.
- Cook everything together with a bit of sweet and sour sauce.
- Stir in a big handful of freshly chopped cilantro.
- Top it with a crispy sunny side up egg.
- Throw a few peanuts on top if you dare, and voila!
- Easy Gourmet Ramen Zoodles ready to be eaten UP!
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If you're interested in more yummy zoodle recipes, check out these awesome meals:
- Authentic Beef Ramen with Zoodles
- Cilantro Pesto Zoodles with Seared Chicken and Tomato
- Easy Chow Mein with Spiralized Zucchini
- Creamy Chicken Zoodles
- Zoodles in Cheesy Tomato Sauce, Kid-Friendly
- Teriyaki Beef Zoodles
Gourmet Ramen Zoodles Recipe:
Gourmet Chicken Zoodles
- 4 large zucchini (spiralized into noodles. should yield at least 6 cups of raw zoodles.)
- 1 yellow onion (sliced very thinly. use a mandolin if you have one.)
- 6 deboned chicken thighs (we seasoned ours well with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, thyme and coriander - doesn’t need to be exact and you can use whichever spices you like).
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro (roughly chopped)
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoon coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you don’t mind it)
- 2 tablespoon sweet and sour sauce (complaint to your specific diet)
- ¼ cup peanuts (roughly chopped)
- Salt the zoodles and let sit in a strainer for 15-20 minutes. Then gently squeeze as much water out as possible without damaging the noodles.
- Cook the deboned chicken thighs for approximately 2-3 minutes per side until they have crisped up on the outside. Use two forks to shred the chicken. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
- In the same pan, sauté the onions in a little bit of oil until they start to carmelize. Then add the sesame oil and 1 teaspoon coconut aminos and cook for a few minutes longer. This takes approximately 10-15 minutes total.
- Add the zoodles and mix until combined.
- Add the rest of the soy sauce as well as the sweet and sour sauce and stir until well well combined. At this point, I would do a taste test and add more or salt to your personal taste.
- While the zoodles warm up, I let a non-stick pan heat up and fry the eggs in a little bit of oil.
- Once the eggs are finished, it’s time to serve: Divide the noodles intoo bowls.
- Top with the chicken and a bit of fresh cilantro.
- Serve with a sunny side up egg on top and a some chopped peanuts.