Spicy Garlic Chili Ramen Noodles with Bok Choy

These Spicy Garlic Chili Ramen Noodles with Bok Choy are a quick, craveable meal that can be made in about 15 minutes!

No matter whether it is 100 degrees outside or if it’s freezing rain there is something about a bowl of spicy noodles that always calls my name! These vegetarian noodles are quick to make thanks to a packet of curly ramen noodles that cook in minutes. Ditch the seasoning packet in favor of a spicy sauce and add some bok choy to balance things out!

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Spicy Garlic Chili Ramen Noodles with Bok Choy

Growing up I was a latch key kid meaning after school I was on my own for a couple of hours until my mom got home from work. I absolutely loved having that autonomy! I would watch Oprah and make myself a snack every day. One of my favorite things to make was cheesy ramen noodles. I’ve been jazzing up those ramen noodle packs for a few decades now haha!

As an adult, I’ve ditched the seasoning packet in favor of homemade sauce and replaced the American cheese slices with veggies. I kept the curly noodles because of nostalgia and convenience. The noodles are so slurpable and honestly way more flavorful!


Garlic Chili Ramen Noodles

I love spicy food and I made that recipe to fit my tastes. That being said, if you prefer something a bit milder, you can ditch the sambal oelek all together or add just a teaspoon or one tablespoon. This recipe is really adaptable.

The baby bok choy works really well in this recipe! I prefer baby bok choy over regular bok choy however if you can only find regular you may want to quarter it to make it easier to sauté and eat. Broccolini and Dino or Lacinto Kale would also work really well in this recipe.

Some people don’t like to add fish sauce but I’ve found it provides a really great umami base and a flavor profile that makes this recipe extra delish. I encourage you to try the fish sauce! If you insist on leaving it out, Coconut Aminos is the closest thing.

I really recommend using fresh ginger and garlic! The jarred stuff and shelf stable pastes just don’t deliver the same flavor. So for that reason, take the extra minute or two and grate the ginger and mince or press the garlic. This is my favorite zester and makes quick work of grating fresh ginger! I’ve tried lots of garlic presses and this one is worth the spend! I’ve had it for years and it’s dishwasher safe. It works great and I use it multiple times a week.



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Spicy Garlic Chili Ramen Noodles with Bok Choy

These Spicy Garlic Chili Ramen Noodles with Bok Choy are a quick, craveable meal that can be made in about 15 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 564kcal


  • 6 oz dried ramen noodles 2 packets of noodles, discard seasoning
  • 2 baby bok choy stem removed and sliced halfways
  • 5 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 2 in fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 bunch green onions green and white parts separated and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil

Spicy Sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sambal oelek
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar


  • Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil. Boil ramen noodles for 2-3 minutes until al dente. Drain, reserving one cup pasta water, and set aside.
  • While noodles are boiling, whisk together the soy sauce, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar and sambal oelek to make the sauce then set aside. Add pasta water to sauce and whisk again.
  • In a skillet over medium high heat, sauté garlic, ginger and white parts of green onions with sesame oil for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the sauce to the skillet along with the bok choy, stir until green parts are wilted and whites are softened 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the noodles to the skillet tossing and stirring until most of the liquid has been reabsorbed.
  • Plate the noodles and top with fresh cilantro and green onions. Enjoy hot or cold!


Sodium: 4357mg | Calcium: 163mg | Vitamin C: 55mg | Vitamin A: 5223IU | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 275mg | Calories: 564kcal | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fat: 27g | Protein: 13g | Carbohydrates: 66g | Iron: 5mg



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