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Spicy Short Rib Peanut Ramen, our favorite winter ramen! Enjoy this on nights when you’re craving your favorite bowl of carry-out ramen, but want something simple and homemade. This ramen is flavored with warm spices, peanut butter, and chili paste. It’s creamy, spicy, and filled with plenty of ramen noodles. Each bowl is topped with kimchi, fresh herbs, nori, and lots of toasted sesame seeds. And best of all, it’s all cooked in one pot – either the crockpot, instant pot, or on the stove. One of our favorite bowls of ramen – even better than a restaurant! Best enjoyed on cold days, because there’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of ramen on a cold winter’s night.

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Soup is the name of the game these days, it’s all we’ve been wanting. With the snow falling pretty consistently and many people battling colds, I’ve been making soup after soup. Everything from classic chicken noodle soup to my creamy potato, chili, and then so much ramen. Which I think might be the all-around family favorite.

I’ve made more variations on ramen than I can remember, but if you take a family poll, I think everyone will say that this is their favorite. My brothers especially love this one since I finally used short ribs.

It’s simple as can be to make and so warmingly delicious. Pretty hard to pass up a bowl of this ramen.

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The inspiration for this ramen, however, came from my younger brother, Red. He was in Hawaii for Christmas with his girlfriend’s family. He sent me a ton of photos of food from the restaurant they ate at on Christmas Eve. It was a Korean place and it looked absolutely incredible.

The thing about Red is that he doesn’t go into much detail, if any. He sent the photos and said, “this was really good”. I tried to get more out of him, but then he disappeared for the night.

It was obvious from the photo that they enjoyed Korean-style BBQ with kimchi on the side. And that’s when I dreamt up this soup. A ramen with Korean-inspired short ribs in a spicy but creamy broth with lots of kimchi on top.

Different, but it sounded really dish!

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The details

You can make this easily on the stove, in the crockpot, or super fast in the instant pot. I’ve made this all 3 ways and each yields the same outcome. I think the crockpot is easiest, but use the cooking method that works best for you.

For the crockpot, layer in the short ribs, then pretty much every other ingredient goes in. The broth, tamari, coconut milk, peanut butter (the not so secret, secret to this ramen), chili paste (I love to use Gochujang – Korean chili paste), shallots, garlic, ginger, a couple of bay leaves, and a cinnamon stick.

Cover and cook low and slow until the ribs are falling apart.

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When the soup has finished cooking, preheat the broiler to high, broil the ribs with some of the sauce until caramelized.

While the short ribs broil, add the spinach and ramen noodles to the broth.

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As always, I use 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.

For toppings, I kept things easy and simple. Lots of kimchi, cilantro, green onion, and sesame seeds. You can add some chili oil too if you like.

This ramen is perfect for any night of the week, whether it’s a snowy night, pouring rain, or simply a night where you just need a warming soup.

I’m so thankful for easy dinners like this!

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Looking for more warming winter soups? Here are a few to try:

Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Tortilla Soup.

30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen

Better For You Chicken and Spinach Ramen

Creamy Gnocchi Chicken Soup

Easy Spicy Baked Potato Soup

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 Spicy Short Rib Peanut 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!

Spicy Short Rib Peanut Ramen

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 570 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

Instructions

crockpot

  • 1. In the bowl of the crockpot, season the short ribs with pepper. Pour over the broth, coconut milk, and tamari. Add the chili paste, peanut butter, shallots, garlic, ginger, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.
    2. Preheat the broiler to high. Remove the short ribs from the crockpot and place onto a baking sheet. Break into a few chunks and discard any bones. Broil until caramelized on top, about 3-5 minutes, but watch closely.
    3. Meanwhile, crank the heat on the slow cooker to high. Stir in the spinach and noodles and let cook, uncovered, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the short ribs.
    4. Ladle the broth, short ribs, spinach, and noodles into bowls. Top as desired with kimchi, cilantro, green onions, chili oil, and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Instant Pot

  • 1. In the bowl of the instant pot, season the short ribs with pepper. Pour over the broth, coconut milk, and tamari. Add the chili paste, peanut butter, shallots, garlic, ginger, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick. Seal the lid and cook on high pressure for 60-70 minutes. Quick release the steam.
    2. Preheat the broiler to high. Remove the short ribs from the instant pot and place onto a baking sheet. Break into a few chunks and discard any bones. Broil until caramelized on top, about 3-5 minutes, but watch closely.
    3. Switch the instant pot to sautè. Add the spinach and noodles and let cook, uncovered, for about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the short ribs.
    4. Ladle the broth, short ribs, spinach, and noodles into bowls. Top as desired with kimchi, cilantro, green onions, chili oil, and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Stove

  • 1. In a large soup pot set over medium heat, season the short ribs with pepper. Pour over the broth, coconut milk, and tamari. Add the chili paste, peanut butter, shallots, garlic, ginger, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook over low heat for 3-5 hours or up to all day, adding water if needed to keep the short ribs covered.
    2. Preheat the broiler to high. Remove the short ribs from the pot and place onto a baking sheet. Break into a few chunks and discard any bones. Broil until caramelized on top, about 3-5 minutes, but watch closely.
    3. To the soup, add the spinach and noodles and let cook, uncovered, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the short ribs.
    4. Ladle the broth, short ribs, spinach, and noodles into bowls. Top as desired with kimchi, cilantro, green onions, chili oil, and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
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  1. 5 stars
    Family pleaser. I used 1 tablespoon of chili paste and 5 tablespoons of concentrated tomato paste bc I have a non spicy loving son. Followed cooking directions and it was delicious. I did skim grease off of top before adding spinach and ramen. Was able to find both mild and spicy kimchi so all were happy. For more texture we sprinkled sriracha ranch peanuts on top (plain roasted for son), too. Both boys took leftovers home with them which is a win!

    1. Hey Tiffany,
      Wonderful! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe and sharing your comment, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! xx

  2. This short rib ramen was AMAZING!!!!! Thanks for the recipe Tieghan!!! So much flavorful healthy ingredients 🙂 this will be on repeat at my house.

  3. 3 stars
    This was kind of a miss for me. The broth was pretty good but the short ribs made it so greasy. I don’t know that they’re really the best cut of meat to use in a broth. Might try again with beef chuck.

    1. Hey Elizabeth,
      Thanks so much for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback! So sorry about the grease! Let me know if you try the recipe again with beef chuck! xT

    1. Hey Mallory,
      Happy Friday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear it was delish! xx

  4. I’d like to make this for my family but don’t want to make a mess in their kitchen! Is this a meal that I can make ahead of time? Any pro-tips??

    1. Hey Emily,
      You could have everything prepped and ready to go in the pot, whether that be that crockpot or dutch oven and then allow the dish to cook at their kitchen. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xx

  5. 4 stars
    Flavors were good. Recipe made SO MUCH food. If you have a family of four, I would cut the recipe in half. Or, you could put half of the noodles in and then cook more for leftovers. Putting them all in was too much and they went soggy. I also didn’t think that much meat was necessary.

    1. Hey Kelsey,
      Perfect!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks so much for trying it out! xx