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How To Make ‘California Style’ Ramen

Those on the West Coast know that one of the best ways to get your fries is loaded up like a certain California burger chain’s secret menu. For those of you that don’t have a location nearby, or just want an easy way to get the taste of their legendary sauce at home, this inspired Top Ramen recipe is the way forward.

This recipe swaps out fries for Nissin Top Ramen to make it easier from both a cooking and accessibility standpoint. By using Nissin Top Ramen, everything you need to make the recipe is a pantry staple and requires little time to prep and cook.

You get the satisfaction of gooey, melted American cheese, sweet grilled onions, and the zesty sauce, just by adding ramen to the mix.

It’s a hearty and simple recipe that pays tribute to a California classic and can be whipped up in no time at all. Plus, it’s vegetarian if you use Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce or Chili flavor, which makes it enjoyable for both carnivores and herbivores alike.

You can view the whole recipe for this fast food-inspired Ramen below.

1 yellow onion, thickly sliced
1 package Nissin Top Ramen, without seasoning packet (Use Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce or Chili flavor to make it vegetarian)
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
½ teaspoon yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon “Dill Relish” (not sweet relish)
½ teaspoon white vinegar
2 slices American cheese

Servings: 1


Step 1
Heat an empty medium frying pan on high heat. Once hot, place onion slices face down onto the pan and sear until lightly charred. Set aside.

Step 2
Next, bring a pot of water to boil for your Top Ramen. Once boiling, add ramen and cook for 3 minutes.

Step 3
While water is boiling and noodles are cooking, assemble the sauce! Add mayonnaise, ketchup, yellow mustard, dill relish, and white vinegar to a bowl and stir until combined. Set aside.

Step 4
Drain water from Top Ramen noodles and transfer to a skillet. Pour your sauce on top and mix. Then add American cheese slices and grilled onions. Place a plate or lid on top of the noodles for 1 minute and allow the heat to melt the cheese. Transfer to a plate. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Created in partnership with Nissin Top Ramen

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.