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This simple, warming Crockpot Crispy Pork Ramen is for those nights when you’re craving your favorite bowl of ramen, but want to stay in and be cozy at home. All cooked in a crockpot, instant pot, or make the stove-top version. Whatever works for you! This ramen is flavored with miso, chili paste, and Chinese 5 spice. It’s creamy, spicy, and filled with plenty of ramen noodles. Each bowl is topped with crispy caramelized pork (or chicken). It’s one of the best bowls of homemade ramen, even better than a restaurant!
I’m not sure I could think of a better Monday in December recipe. This has to be one of my favorite bowls of ramen yet. I can’t wait to share it with my family soon! Being here in New York, I am craving this homemade bowl. It’s chilly here this week! And while I am used to cold weather, the damp cold here in New York City is just a different kind of cold. It’s bone-chilling, and when you add the wind, it’s biting.
Regardless, it’s wonderful to be here. And while I can definitely get an incredible bowl of ramen here in the city (I actually think I will), I much prefer homemade.
This recipe is full of so many yummy flavors. You just have to love it!
Just like a couple of other ramen recipes I have on the site, my brothers really inspired this one. They LOVE ramen. They’ve had the privilege of enjoying real-deal ramen straight from Japan on multiple occasions. So they really know how to direct me when it comes to creating a new recipe.
Recently, they’ve been loving a more traditional (but not traditional, tradition), pork ramen. They get theirs with caramelized pork and mushrooms, then spicy jalapeños on top with lots of green onions.
This sounded like such a wonderful December recipe to feed the family while they’re all in town for the holidays. I knew I needed to make it.
As I mentioned, the boys have been enjoying pork ramen, so I used a pork butt for this recipe. You can use a pork butt or roast, or just use some chicken thighs/breasts. Both options are equally great.
For the crockpot, layer thinly sliced onions on the bottom of your crockpot. Layering the onions on the bottom is important. They’ll cook quicker and become a little caramelized.
Then, everything else goes into the pot. Tamari (or you can use soy sauce), miso paste, chili paste, and then my favorite, Chinese 5 spice. Chinese 5 spice is a warming blend of Chinese cinnamon, fennel seed, star anise, and cloves. It sounds different to add this to such a savory recipe, but trust me, it really works.
For the chili paste, I use Gochujang, which is actually Korean chili paste. But it’s SO GOOD.
When everything is all together, slow cook this all day long. With a pork butt, the longer the better. If you use chicken, don’t cook longer than five or six hours tops.
When the soup has finished cooking, preheat the broiler to high, then drizzle the pork with honey. The honey helps caramelize the pork making it crispy and delicious. Broil until caramelized on top, about 5-8 minutes – watch carefully!
While the pork broils, mix coconut milk into the soup. This will tame the heat and give a creamier broth. Then add the ramen noodles.
For the actual ramen noodles, I love using Brown Rice and Millet Ramen noodles (which you can find at Whole Foods and in many grocery stores). These taste just like real-deal ramen noodles, but they’re much healthier, gluten-free, and vegan.
And of course, no bowl of ramen is complete without the toppings. After all, they’re the best part, right? I do soft-boiled eggs, plenty of green onions, candied jalapeños (my favorite topping right now), and lots of sesame chili oil.
I’m especially excited to re-create this ramen for my family. My two younger brothers, Malachi and Red, are already looking forward to it. Can’t wait!!
It’s creamy but spicy, and the flavor is spot-on. The crispy pork makes for a rich, decadent bowl.
Looking for more warming winter soups? Here are a few to try:
Better For You Chicken and Spinach Ramen
Healthier Italian Wedding Soup with Lemon and Garlic
Lemony Garlic Chicken and Orzo Soup
Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Rosemary Bacon
Lastly, if you make this Crockpot Crispy Pork Ramen, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Amazing!!!! It’s better than restaurant. wow wow wow
Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and I appreciate you making it! xT
Would I be able to use pork shoulder instead?
Totally, that will also work well for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope it’s delish! xT
Huge hit at my house and with the teenager friends! So easy to make, leftovers were scarce but equally amazing. Thank you!
Happy Friday!! ☘️🌈 So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for trying it out! xT
This was absolutely delicious and all three children eagerly gobbled it up. I steamed some broccoli and bok choy and added it at the end to make it a more complete meal.
Happy Sunday! 😃 Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xx
This was possibly the best thing we have ever made at home. Holy moly. Don’t you dare skip the honey drizzle and broil step with the meat. Made the whole dish!
Happy Sunday!!🍀 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it and sharing your comment! xT
Made this soup while being snowed in & OMG sooooo good! Making it again this weekend because I just can’t get enough! Thanks for the great recipe! Also, where do you get the Chile oil or do you make your own!?
Happy Sunday!!🍀 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it and sharing your comment! I make my own using sesame oil and chili flakes:) xT
Hey Tieghan! My family loved, loved, loved dinner tonight. They could not stop raving! They asked for no coconut milk and we didn’t miss it. I have never tried Chinese 5 spice before and it was yummy. I wish I could post a pic because my fam said it looks like it came from a restaurant 👍🏻
Fantastic!!🌺 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks so much for making it! xT
I’ve been hankering for a good ramen for a while, and this recipe hit the spot! It was so simple to put together the night before and turn on the crockpot on my way to work the next morning. I did switch out the meat for a pork loin (that was all I had), so it came out pretty dry, but the flavor was still amazing—especially with the candied jalapenos and chili oil. I also cooked the noodles separately, knowing there’d be leftovers (which are equally delicious, by the way). So good!
Amazing!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT
Made this for my boyfriend and his friend to come home to after a day of snowboarding, and it was an absolute hit! I couldn’t find white miso paste (sold out at every store around me), so I used Chinese-Style stock paste that I already had, and it still came out so amazing. I seriously nailed the soft boiled eggs too! Forever saving this recipe.
Wonderful!!😊 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was delish! xT
Delicious. I’ve been wanting to make this recipe since I first saw it on Instagram. My husband loved it. Will definitely make again!
Wonderful!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was delish!! xx
Hi! What could I use instead of coconut milk?
Another milk that you enjoy will work well for you! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx