How to Make Vegan Ramen

Updated: Apr. 23, 2023

This restaurant-quality vegan ramen has a silky, umami-rich broth, colorful vegetables and seared tofu.

There’s a broke college student in each of us who loves the convenience and comfort of cheap store-bought ramen packets. Yet the responsible adult in us knows that a block of ramen noodles alone does not a complete meal make.

This restaurant-style vegan ramen is for the grown-up within. It uses an umami-rich, semi-homemade broth, plus colorful veggies and crispy tofu, to upgrade those beloved packets to a luxurious homemade meal. This dish may be impressive, but it takes less than an hour to cook, requires zero fancy techniques, and is virtually foolproof. Let’s jump in!

Are Ramen Noodles Vegan?

When it comes to the noodles in the store-bought packets, the answer is yes, they are most likely vegan. To be completely sure, read the ingredients list. The seasoning pouch in the packet, on the other hand, does usually contain some meat, fish or dairy elements.

How to Make Vegan Ramen

ingredients for ramen Alexandra Shytsman for Taste of home

This recipe serves four.


  • 1 package (14 ounces) extra-firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil, divided
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-in. piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 4 cups mushroom broth (vegetable broth also works)
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened unflavored non-dairy milk (like oat, cashew or soy)
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 4 packages (3 ounces) ramen noodles, without seasoning packets
  • 1 can (15 ounces) corn kernels, drained
  • 2 large scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


Step 1: Press the tofu

pressing tofuAlexandra Shytsman for Taste of home

This is the secret to good tofu! If you don’t have a tofu press, drain the tofu and place it on a plate. Then top it with another plate or small cutting board, and weigh it down with something heavy, like jars or cans. Set aside for 15 minutes, periodically draining off the water that pools in the plate.

Step 2: Make the broth

making ramen brothAlexandra Shytsman for Taste of home

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger and chili flakes, and cook for 30 seconds, just until fragrant. Then add the broth. Cover with a lid, bring to a boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Then add the non-dairy milk, return to a boil and turn the heat off.

In a small bowl, whisk together the miso, tahini, soy sauce and sesame oil. Add the mixture to the broth and whisk to dissolve. Keep the broth warm on the stove.

Step 3: Sear the tofu

seared tofu on a white plate, top viewAlexandra Shytsman for Taste of home

Cut the tofu into eight slabs and lay them out on the cutting board. Season the top-facing side with salt and pepper.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Arrange the tofu in a single layer seasoned side down, then season the top-facing side. Cook undisturbed until the tofu is deeply golden on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes. Then flip and cook the other side. Transfer all the tofu to a plate.

Step 4: Brown the mushrooms

cooking mushroomsAlexandra Shytsman for Taste of home

Return the skillet to medium heat. Add the mushrooms and season with pinches of salt and pepper. Cook until golden around the edges, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Step 5: Serve the vegan ramen

Vegan Ramen in a bowl with chopsticksAlexandra Shytsman for Taste of home

Finally, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Then drain and rinse under running water. While the noodles are cooking, slice the tofu into strips.

To serve, divide the noodles among four bowls. Then divide the broth and top the bowls with the tofu, mushrooms, corn, scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Tips for Making Vegan Ramen

  • Infuse with plenty of umami: Traditional ramen gets its umami (or savory taste) from meat, usually pork or chicken. For an equally satisfying vegan version, start with store-bought mushroom broth, which also has plenty of umami. The mixture of miso and soy sauce will amplify the savoriness even more.
  • Don’t combine the noodles with the broth until ready to serve: Otherwise, they will get mushy.
  • Use lots of textures: Aim for a balance of chewy (in this case, mushrooms), crispy (tofu) and crisp, snappy textures (corn and scallions) in your bowl.

The Best Noodles for Vegan Ramen

Fresh ramen noodles—found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket—are the best choice for ramen. If you can’t find them, any dried ramen noodles will do.

The Best Vegetables for Vegan Ramen

If you want to go rogue with this recipe, you could go for a spicy version of this ramen or swap out or add different vegetables to the mushrooms and corn. Use sauteed zucchini, blanched bok choy or broccoli, thin stands of raw carrot, shelled edamame, or enoki mushrooms.

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