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Kid Friendly Slow Cooker Pork Ramen

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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 may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
 

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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Interested in adding more Asian flavors to your weeknight meals but not sure how to make it actually doable? Check out my Beginner’s Guide to Asian Cuisine for easy tips and recipes that are weeknight and kid-friendly and will help your weeknight meals be a win!

 

Yield: 4-6 Servings

Crock Pot Pork Ramen

Crock Pot Pork Ramen

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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: 552Total Fat: 38.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 134.2mgSodium: 1230.1mgCarbohydrates: 13.3gSugar: 5.6gProtein: 38.3g

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** recipe slightly adapted from Half Baked Harvest
 
 
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dane

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

I made this, combined with another recipe. I enjoyed it, but I will leave out the brown sugar and cinnamon next time I make it.

Sam

Thursday 21st of January 2021

Big hit! My husband is a Ramen fanatic so I wanted to make some that our picky toddler would actually eat as well. Both loved it and it was so easy to make! I think the only things I'd change are either only 2 packets of noodles, and/or doubling the broth components except the meat, because it was A LOT of noodles and they soaked up so much broth I didn't have any actual broth for leftovers. Just meat and noodles. (Tho still very tasty!)

Katie

Monday 11th of November 2019

I love the flavors! I sliced the 2 lbs of pork around 7 hours or so (medium-well), for a neat presentation. My husband doesn't like yolks all in one place like hard boiled eggs, so I did an "omelette" and sliced it into smaller pieces for his. I also used maybe 1/2 to 1 tsp of ground cinnamon instead of a cinnamon stick. Very good! The broth was VERY salty, even with low sodium soy sauce. I don't usually have a problem with my chicken bouillon/broth but I would definitely either add more water or use less bouillion next time. Great spice though!

Katie

Thursday 7th of November 2019

This sounds great! If I wanted to do sliced pork instead of shredded, how long should I cook it?

Jenni

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Hi Katie! You can totally do this ramen with sliced pork instead of shredded. Swap out the pork butt for a pork loin, and cook it the same length! Let me know how it goes!

Sheena

Friday 15th of February 2019

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.

Jenni

Monday 18th of February 2019

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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