Slow Cooker Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup





Introduction: Slow Cooker Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup

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This is the most flavorful Ramen Noodle Soup I have ever had. It has a nice spicy broth that gets most of the attention. I have made it many times and it is always a crowd pleasing meal. This recipe can also be found at



for the soup broth:

2-3 pounds pork shoulder roast (or butt)

4 cups chicken broth

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup rice vinegar

2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons thai red curry paste

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped

1 tablespoon sambal oelek

The juice of 1 lime

1 tablespoon Chinese five spice

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 cups wild mushrooms, left whole, sliced, or chopped

4 packs Ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded


for the caramelized pork:

2-4 tablespoons soy sauce

2-4 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons sesame oil

¼ cup brown sugar


optional toppings:

4 soft boiled or fried eggs




green onions

Step 1: Add Meat

In a large crockpot, add the pork to the bowl.

Step 2: Add Broth, Sauces, & Spices

Add the chicken broth, ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup rice vinegar, fish sauce, thai red curry paste, ginger, sambal oelek, juice of 1 lime, Chinese five spice powder, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

Step 3: Mix & Cook

Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.

Step 4: Remove Pork & Add Mushrooms

Remove the pork from the crockpot. Add the mushrooms, cover, and cook on high heat.

Step 5: Shred Pork

Shred the pork.

Step 6: Heat Skillet & Oil

Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 7: Caramelize Pork

Add the shredded pork, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons rice vinegar. Stir to combine. Allow the pork to caramelize, about 7-10 minutes.

Step 8: Cook Noodles

Add the Ramen noodles to the crockpot and cook for 5 minutes. Then add back in some of the caramelized pork and stir.

Step 9: Assemble Soup

To assemble, ladle the soup into a bowl, top with some remaining caramelized pork, and add optional toppings such as the Roasted Curry Acorn Squash, a boiled egg, carrots, jalapenos, green onions and cilantro.



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My wife and I are eating it for lunch right now. Wow!

I'm glad you liked it! :) It's definitely one of our favorite meals.

Great instructable! I wish I had this recipe when I was eating "broke food" when I was in college. Ramen noodles, Mac and Cheese in a box, cold leftover pizza, and warm, stale beer were high on the list of "boke" foods. LOL I still like ramen noodles, but as you said discard the sesoning ("flavor") packet.

Thank you. Its definitely a nice way to dress up cheap Ramen noodles...

Wait, what do you do if you have the small crockpot?

I have made half of the recipe in a small crockpot before. You can also probably cook it on the stove in a large pot over medium-low heat. Cover it with a lid and let is simmer until the meat is tender. I would check it every hour after the first 2 hours of cooking.