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Kid Friendly Slow Cooker Pork Ramen

This homemade ramen recipe is an easy slow cooker meal that is perfect for busy weeknights! This slow cooker pork is an easy  ramen recipe that makes a great family friendly meal that kids will beg for!
bowl of pork ramen on grey napkin beside chopsticks
Have you ever wanted to try making your own ramen, but didn’t know where to start? Or did you even know you could make an amazing, healthy, easy and delicious ramen that doesn’t come in a microwavable pouch? This homemade ramen is so simple yet amazingly flavorful! This family friendly meal is perfect for busy nights and will quickly become a favorite!

Originally Published April  15, 2016. Republished on November 26, 2018 with new photos and updated information. This post contains affiliate links. If you would like to read more about this, please visit my disclosure page. Thanks so much for your support!


A bowl of ramen and chopsticks beside a bowl or ramen toppings


Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I had a newborn who refused to sleep. Like, ever. And I watched a lot of TV very late at night. One night I happened to catch this movie called “The Ramen Girl” starring Brittany Murphy. Basically, this girl finds herself abandoned, dejected, and utterly hopeless in Tokyo, and has no where to go except this Ramen House, where she forces the chef to teach her his trade. Now, if you know anything about Ramen beyond the microwaveable college staple, then you know that Ramen is more of a revered art form than it is “food” – and its ALL about the broth. Chefs actually spend years and years perfecting their broth making skills before they are even allowed to serve ramen to anyone. It’s like, a really big deal.


It might have been because I was delirious with utterly no sleep, or it might have been because its easy to feel kinship with hopeless wretches when you are rocking a screaming baby who refuses to sleep for more than 4 hours in an entire day, or maybe its because I love the thought of food as an art form – any way you look at it, I loved this ridiculous movie. And that is when I became obsessed with making and eating Ramen.


Close up of bowl of ramen with rainbow toppings


How to Make This Easy Ramen Recipe

Don’t fret, because you, too can totally achieve an amazing bowl of ramen, and it won’t take you years to master it, either. I’ve tested tons of recipes and perfected the BEST and EASIEST way for you to enjoy a delicious and healthy bowl that you can actually prepare at home with almost no work! And guess what? You make it in the crock pot!


The homemade ramen broth, while it hasn’t been graded by a Ramen Master (that’s a real thing), is pretty dang good – its complex, flavorful and amazing. You can easily customize this dish by adding toppings based on what you like or what you have on hand. I totally suggest buying those little bags of pre-shredded cabbage and carrots, as they make prep-work almost nonexistent. I set all the toppings out in little bowls and let everyone add what they like – kiddos LOVE adding their own ingredients to their food. It’s a sneaky way to get them to try things they might normally turn their nose up at.


You can also use those cheap-o packets of ramen (and throw away the spice packet), or you can get the real thing and use these ramen noodles. Remember – boil an egg for 5 minutes for a soft and runny yolk, 7 minutes for a soft but set yolk, and 10 minutes for a hard set yolk.


girl's hand putting toppings on ramen


How to Get Your Kids To Eat Slow Cooker Pork Ramen:

  • Serve all the toppings in small bowls on the table. Allowing them to choose between a variety of toppings gives them the feeling that they are more in charge of what they eat. Offer a variety of toppings in a rainbow of toppings and suggest that your child choose at least 3 things of a different color, etc.
  • Have Kid-Friendly Chopsticks on hand. Not only will it make eating ramen seem more authentic, but its way more fun!
  • Eating Ramen is FUN for kids! Did you know that when you eat ramen you are SUPPOSED to slurp your noodles? Make it loud, make it messy, make it ok! It is also ok to hold your bowl and sip the broth from it like you would hot chocolate.



Girl using chopsticks with ramen


Ramen Toppings:

I love offering a variety of toppings for my homemade ramen in many colors for kids to choose from, and try to pick as many options in different colors that I can. Here are some great choices you can use:

  • Red, Orange and Yellow Sweet Mini Peppers
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Shredded Purple Cabbage
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • Soft or Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh Basil
  • Green Onions


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Crock Pot Pork Ramen

Crock Pot Pork Ramen

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

This slow cooker ramen is so simple yet amazingly flavorful! This family friendly meal is perfect for busy nights and will quickly become a favorite!


  • 2-3 pounds pork shoulder or butt
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cups low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 TBSP fish sauce
  • 1 TBSP fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 TBSP chili paste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 TBSP sriracha
  • 1 TBSP toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 4 packs or Ramen Noodles, seasoning packets discarded
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 eggs, for serving - soft boiled or fried
  • 1/2 cup of each for serving - sliced carrots, sliced jalapeños, sliced mini sweet peppers, shredded cabbage, sliced shiitake mushrooms, fresh cilantro, basil and green onions
  • toasted sesame seeds, for serving


  1. Add the pork to the crock pot.

  2. Pour in the chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, c hili paste, lime juice, sriracha, toasted sesame oil, pepper and brown sugar.

  3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

  4. Remove the pork from the crockpot and lightly shred with two forks.

  5. Add the ramen noodles, cilantro and basil and cook for 5 minutes.

  6. Once the noodles are cooked, ladle the broth into bowls and top with all the things!

  7. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 552 Total Fat: 38.1g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 134.2mg Sodium: 1230.1mg Carbohydrates: 13.3g Sugar: 5.6g Protein: 38.3g


** recipe slightly adapted from Half Baked Harvest


  • Reply
    April 18, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    I love ramen…it is something that you can have any time of the day.

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    April 19, 2016 at 6:17 AM

    Visiting from abakinglegacy.com and just wanted you to know…I love this post. My grandsons love Ramen…that microwave stuff. We try to dress it up. I will have to make this for them. I like the idea of letting them pick their own toppings. Lovely blog.

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    April 19, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Hi Jenni – Great post!! I've never heard of the Ramen Girl or a Ramen Master. Where I have been?? This looks so yummy! Definitely something my picky baby boy (he's 18!) would actually eat. Thanks so much.

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    Bet @ Bet On Dinner
    April 19, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    This sounds amazing! I'm always looking for good crockpot recipes, and I had ramen for the first time this year and it was So Good. Pinning!! 🙂

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    Sarah James
    April 21, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    What a tasty recipe, your ramen looks delicious & I love all the different spices you've used. Pinned for later 🙂

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    Jolina - The Unlikely Baker
    April 22, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    We love ramen. We eat it even in the warm summer months! I love that your recipe is customizable. And thanks for teaching me a new word today (or two words) – Ramen Master haha!

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    April 25, 2016 at 1:43 AM

    Wow, this sounds SO flavorful! Pork ramen is my fave – definitely going to try this one out.

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    A Day in Candiland
    May 18, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    I love how pretty this dish is.

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    Karyn :-D
    June 8, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Now I must have this!

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    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    December 28, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    This looks amazing! And simple-win-win!

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    Danielle Green
    December 29, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    I adore a good ramen bowl and this one looks like a must try!

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    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    December 30, 2016 at 3:52 AM

    Those seasonings sound good!

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    Elena Reinisch
    December 31, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it myself!

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    Elaine Gordon
    December 31, 2016 at 2:08 AM

    So doing this! Thank you!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 28, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    This looks incredibly good! Love all the flavours in here and I can’t wait to try 🙂 Hubby will love too!

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    December 3, 2018 at 4:53 AM

    I love the idea of starting kids on ramen young! Plus, this is obviously totally enjoyable for adults, too! What’s not to love??

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    Ali Celestino
    December 10, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    That looks so delicious. I have saved the recipe and will be trying it. Love crock pot recipes. And we all love Ramen in our home.

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    Nathalie Berube
    December 11, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    That looks delicious!

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    Tamra Phelps
    December 12, 2018 at 5:30 AM

    My nephews would be nuts for this. They would eat Ramen every day, lol.

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    December 12, 2018 at 7:04 AM

    I love ramen. I ate it a lot when I was growing up. I had no idea, though, that it could be made in a crock pot. That’s fantastic!

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    Hope Hill
    December 12, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    This ramen sounds great! Will have to try to make soon.

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    Stefanie Hassan
    December 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Have you ever done this with Chicken? We don’t eat pork but LOVE ramen!

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    December 12, 2018 at 9:46 PM

    Love how colourful it is – sure to entice the kids.

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    December 13, 2018 at 4:11 AM

    My daughter’s boyfriend loves ramen! This is a perfect recipe for me to try out….

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    Kimberly S
    December 13, 2018 at 6:16 AM

    I’ve never heard of that movie, but the ramen recipe looks absolutely delicious. Plus in a slow cooker that’s awesome!

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    December 13, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Love ramen and this recipe looks simple but yet very tasty!

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    Susan Broughton
    December 13, 2018 at 10:32 PM

    This recipe looks so delicious!

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    Jennifer Essad
    December 14, 2018 at 5:46 AM

    Yum, lots of ingredients I’m sure this recipe has amazing flavors

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    Christopher Sorel
    December 14, 2018 at 11:55 PM

    my sons is huge ramen fan

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    Gina Gutierrez
    December 15, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Not sure if this post posted but anyways I don’t know if my kids would have eaten that but I know I would!

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    Gina Gutierrez
    December 15, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Again leaving a comment! I don’t think my kids would have eaten that but I know I would!

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    Karen Jeanne
    December 16, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    I think I could use those “kid-friendly” chopsticks!

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    December 17, 2018 at 12:58 AM

    I’m trying this this week! Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing 😀

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    Sharyl Wolter
    December 19, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    On my list to try!

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    Karen D
    December 19, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    December 20, 2018 at 4:44 AM

    My kids would love this!

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    Lisa Kerr
    December 20, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks delicious – thanks for sharing! !

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    Danielle Wolter
    December 20, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    I am so in love with pork ramen. I make a version in the instant pot, but haven’t tried making it in the slow cooker yet. I def have to give this a try. PS – that movie sounds awful LOL! But glad you watched it for the inspiration 🙂

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    December 20, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    I will try this recipe, it looks interesting and delicious. But will use chicken instead of pork.

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    December 21, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    this look so delicious!

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    Tammy Catterton
    December 21, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    My Hubby & son would love this recipe look simple to make . IT look so yummy yet healthy also

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    Stacey Roberson
    December 21, 2018 at 6:52 PM

    Looks delicious and healthy, and I like that it’s under 300 calories per serving.

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    Audrey Humaciu
    December 21, 2018 at 10:55 PM

    Anything with noodles is big hit at our house. And this looks delicious without those salty little packets.

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    February 15, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    My family LOVED this recipe. Although, with only four cups of both it was really strong. So I added another 4 cups of broth and it was delicious. Also, I think more broth is needed for the noodles. We used the real ramen noodles which I highly recommend! They didn’t get completely soggy like the instant version. It took some work to find all of the ingredients, but now we have them and can use them again and again. It was super easy to make. Thanks for this recipe! Can’t wait to make it again.

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      February 18, 2019 at 11:54 AM

      Sheena! I am so glad to hear your family loved the ramen! The real ramen noodles totally make it better, so glad you went out and found those!

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