Octopus and Seaweed

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
Your hungry kids will squirm with delight when they get a look at these remarkable smiley sea creatures perched on a bed of seaweed.—Kerry Tittle, Little Rock, Arkansas


  • 1 package (3 ounces) beef ramen noodles
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 5 drops liquid green food coloring, optional
  • Prepared mustard


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups water to a boil. Add the noodles and contents of seasoning packet. Boil for 3-4 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, add 4 in. of water to another large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cut each hot dog lengthwise into eight strips to within 2 in of one end. Drop into boiling water; cook until heated through.
  3. Add food coloring to noodles if desired. Drain if necessary. Place noodles on serving plates; top with a hot dog. Add eyes and mouth with dabs of mustard.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 238 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 860mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.