This 20 minute pork ramen stir fry is sweet, spicy and filled with vegetables for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner.

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The first time I ever heard about ramen was freshman year of college. Come 2am, many underage drinks and a few frat parties under our belts, everyone was all “RAMEN NOODLES!” like they were the best thing on earth.

Except me.

The smell of those horrible styrofoam microwave containers heating up literally made (and still makes) me want to gag. 

I was much more of an Easy Mac kinda girl personally.

This 20 minute pork ramen stir fry is sweet, spicy and filled with vegetables.

It’s sad to admit this, but years went by and I never knew ramen was actually like a “real” food and not just some horrible microwave convenience item targeted at drunk college kids without kitchens.

My eyes were finally opened to the amazingness of REAL ramen noodle bowls in recent years and now any time I find a place (usually a hole in the wall joint) that serves them, you can pretty much guarantee I’m ordering it.

After making homemade spicy pumpkin ramen, I’ve had about 6 packs of the noodles leftover since and finally decided to put them to good use in this 20 minute sweet and spicy pork ramen stir fry.

This 20 minute pork ramen stir fry is sweet, spicy and filled with vegetables for an easy, healthy dinner.

It’s basically a noodle bowl meets vegetable stir fry (kinda like these spicy udon noodles or our sweet potato glass noodle recipe) with some pork thrown in, a clash of everything Asian you love and an addictive sauce that coats it all.

Speaking of addictive sauces, don’t miss these Chinese boneless spare ribs – they taste just like takeout and are another great pork option!

Ginger and garlic are the main flavors in the sauce thanks to the use of roasted garlic rice vinegar, lots of fresh minced ginger and garlic cloves.

Add some honey and sriracha and it’s a deliciously sweet and spicy, finger licking coating to one heck of a ramen stir fry.

Beat that, college kids.

Love this 20 minute sweet and spicy pork ramen stir fry recipe?

Want more 20 minute meal ideas? This jalapeno mango chicken skillet or this spicy beef and red pepper rice bowl are perfect quick and easy weeknight meals too!

Or, try this pork and cabbage stir fry if you have ground pork on hand. Shaved beef is also great for a stir fry like this instead of pork.

Need a gluten free meal? Try this gluten free ramen recipe!

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4.56 from 9 votes

20 Minute Sweet and Spicy Pork Ramen Stir Fry

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
This 20 minute pork ramen stir fry is sweet, spicy and filled with vegetables for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients 

For the sauce

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Nakano roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger

For the stir fry

  • 8 ounces ramen noodles
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, or other oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 pound boneless pork chop, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 pounds stir fry vegetables, *see note
  • chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions 

  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and whisk together, set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add ramen and cook according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  • Add the avocado oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the pork to the skillet and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables, toss to combine with the pork and oil mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes until just softened.
  • Add the ramen to the skillet, pour the sauce on top and toss everything together using tongs until well combined and coated in the sauce.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Notes

If you can’t find pre-packaged prepared stir fry vegetables, use a mix of red bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, sprouts and snow peas and/or anything else you want to throw in. It’s versatile!

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 909kcalCarbohydrates: 108gProtein: 25gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 866mgFiber: 8gSugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Asian
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*This post is sponsored by Nakano as part of my ongoing brand ambassadorship with them. All opinions, content and photography are my own.

Easy sweet and spicy pork ramen stir fry
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17 Comments

  1. absolutely agree about those cups! I love how quick this can be made- it looks and sounds amazing!

  2. This looks delicious and everything I would like! I’m curious what brand of “real” ramen noodles do you buy? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them except in those horrible cups or packages. Thanks!

    1. Will have to look when I get home (in Mexico on vacation right now!) It’s some Asian brand from a local/Asian grocery store I won’t be able to pronounce or write, I know that much!

  3. Gina, are you ready for this one? Are you sitting down? Okay, I’ve never had ramen noodles before. I know right. I’m probably the only person on earth who hasn’t tried them. Now that I know ramen can be AMAZING I need to try this recipe. I love pork, I love noodles and I love sweet & spicy recipes. This has to happen. I can’t wait to dive into the world of ramen. Great photos!

  4. I absolutely agree…real ramen is amazing and nothing like those awful cups! This is one stunning dinner…and 20 minutes? Perfect! I love Nakano’s vinegars, but I’ve never tried this garlic one…I need to look for that!

  5. I never understood the appeal of the ramen noodles in a cup. No flavor and awful texture. These noodles, on the other hand, I’m pretty sure I could eat every week. I love the sweet and spicy flavors!

  6. I could never touch those ramen noodles in college either. But then we went to Japan and figure out what real ramen is. SO good, and so not even close to those cups. I love this idea for a stir fry, such a great quick and easy weeknight meal!

  7. I’m embarrassed to say that I have yet to have real ramen. I haven’t had the styrofoam crap since I was a kid and even then I was more of a mac and cheese girl. I totally need to give the real stuff a try and your easy sweet and spicy pork version looks like a great one to start with!

  8. Like you, I can’t take ramen cup noodle. I just can’t find it good, but this ramen stir-fry sounds so delicious. I love how you add more ingredients to it and 20 minutes? Sold!