This turkey ramen recipe is a different way to use leftover turkey and takes your Thanksgiving leftovers to the next level. By adding leftover sauce, you give the broth an extra rich and meaty flavor that will warm your soul. Along with the juicy turkey, the broth is filled with noodles, dried shiitake mushrooms and eggs. The combination of these ingredients creates a perfectly balanced and comforting dish that will leave you wanting more. Enjoy the flavors of the holiday season with this delicious and easy-to-make turkey ramen.
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Thumb-sized piece of ginger, sliced, plus a few slices cut into fine matchsticks for serving
- 1 ½ tbsp white miso paste
- 1 tbsp goma (white sesame paste) or tahini
- 15g dried shiitake mushrooms
- 700g leftover turkey gravy or good quality chicken stock
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 150 g ramen noodles (egg, rice or udon noodles also work)
- 200g leftover turkey meat, chopped
- 2 spring onions, finely chopped, keeping white and green parts separate
- 1 lime, halved
- 25g ready-to-eat bean sprouts
- Sesame oil, Sriracha, chopped coriander, crushed peanuts, crumbled nori sheets or dried chili threads (silgochu), for serving (optional)
- Crush the garlic with the back of a large knife.
- Place the crushed garlic in a pot.
- Add ginger, miso, goma, mushrooms, sauce and soy to the pot.
- Allow the mixture to simmer gently.
- Cover the pot and simmer for 5 minutes until the ginger is soft.
- Strain the mixture into a clean pan, discarding the aromatics and mushrooms.
- In a separate pan, cook the eggs in boiling water for 7 minutes.
- After cooking, dip the eggs in a bowl of cold water and set aside to cool.
- Cook the pasta for 1 minute less than the instructions on the package.
- Drain the pasta and leave it in the pan with a little cooking water to prevent it from sticking.
- Add the turkey and green onion egg whites to the broth.
- Gently heat the broth for 1-2 minutes.
- Divide the noodles between two deep bowls.
- Pour the broth over the noodles in each bowl.
- Top with a pinch of lime, bean sprouts, ginger sticks, green spring onions and a drizzle of sesame oil.
- Add additional toppings if necessary.
- Peel and halve eggs.
- Place the halved eggs on each bowl.
Equipment and tools
To make this turkey ramen recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:
- A cooking pot
- A frying pan
- A knife
- A cutting board
- A spoon
- A whisk
- A serving bowl
- A pair of chopsticks or a fork
This turkey ramen recipe may contain allergens such as:
- Gluten (depending on the type of pasta used)
- Peanuts (optional toppings)
Please check the specific brands of ingredients you are using to ensure they are appropriate for your dietary restrictions or allergies.
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftover turkey ramen, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When ready to eat, reheat the ramen in a pot over medium heat until warmed through.
Note that the quality of the noodles may change as they reheat. Therefore, it is best to consume the ramen fresh if possible.
Health Benefits of Turkish Ramen
Turkey ramen not only tastes delicious but also comes with several health benefits. This article highlights some of the key ingredients in the recipe and their respective health benefits.
Garlic is a key ingredient in many recipes due to its rich flavor and numerous health benefits. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have positive effects on heart health and may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Ginger gives the turkey ramen a pleasantly spicy and slightly spicy taste. Ginger not only improves taste but also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is known to aid digestion, relieve nausea, and relieve muscle pain.
White miso paste, made from fermented soybeans, gives the ramen a savory umami flavor. It contains probiotics that promote good intestinal health and aid digestion. Miso paste is also a good source of essential minerals like manganese and copper.
Dried shiitake mushrooms are not only delicious but also provide several health benefits. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Shiitake mushrooms are known to boost the immune system, support cardiovascular health, and have potential anti-cancer properties.
The leftover turkey meat provides a lean source of protein in the ramen. Turkey meat is low in fat and rich in essential nutrients such as iron, zinc and B vitamins. Incorporating turkey into your diet can help maintain muscle mass, support immune function, and promote healthy skin.
The choice of ramen noodles, whether egg, rice or udon, offers different nutritional benefits. Regardless of the type, they are a good source of carbohydrates and provide energy. Some options like udon noodles are also high in fiber.
Not only do scallions add a touch of freshness to ramen, but they also provide health benefits. They are a good source of vitamins A and C as well as fiber. Green onions can improve digestion, boost the immune system and support bone health.
The lime juice gives the ramen a spicy note and brings a good amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant properties and its role in supporting immune function and collagen synthesis.
Bean sprouts not only give ramen a crunchy texture, but also provide nutritional benefits. They are low in calories and rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Bean sprouts are also rich in antioxidants and can improve digestion and aid weight management.
Optional side dishes
The optional toppings like sesame oil, Sriracha, chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts and dried chili threads give the ramen an extra dimension. These ingredients can improve taste and provide additional health benefits. For example, sesame oil contains heart-healthy fats, while cilantro and peanuts are rich in antioxidants.