In this article, we’ll explore the question: Can you cook instant ramen with a Keurig?
You might be asking yourself why you would want to do this. After all, instant ramen is pretty easy to cook on its own. But if you’re like me, sometimes you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to boil water and wait for your noodles to cook.
That’s where the Keurig comes in! It’s easy to use, saves time and energy, and can turn any food into a yummy snack.
So let’s get started!
Can you cook instant ramen with a Keurig machine?
Yes, you can cook instant noodles with a Keurig coffee maker. Just fill up your Keurig’s water reservoir and start the brewing process without any K-cups in it. Allow the hot water from your Keurig to dispense into your ramen noodles. Cover up your ramen until the noodles are nice and done.
How to cook instant noodles with a Keurig
Step 1: Choose your preferred brand of instant noodles
The first step to cooking instant noodles with a Keurig is choosing your preferred brand of instant noodles.
We’re going to be using the “instant” variety of noodles, as opposed to fresh ramen or udon, which are usually not pre-cooked and require boiling water before you eat them.
This means that your favorite brand must be pre-cooked and ready for eating straight out of the box—you shouldn’t have to cook them in any way!
Step 2: Add water to the Keurig reservoir
The next step is to add the water to the Keurig reservoir.
You’ll want to make sure your Keurig is clean and ready for this step. And when I say clean, I mean that you should use a damp cloth or paper towel and wipe out any dust or grime on it.
Once you have cleaned your machine, it’s time to fill up its water reservoir with filtered water (or tap water if that’s all you have).
Fill it up all the way until it reaches the maximum fill line—you don’t want to leave any room for error!
Step 3: Put the noodles in a cup or bowl
Now that you have your noodles, it’s time to put them in a cup or bowl (if they aren’t already packaged in one).
You can use any type of container that will hold the amount of water you need and fit under your Keurig nozzle.
If you have a large mug, this will work just fine—but be sure not to choose a bowl that’s not big or deep enough because those tend to overflow when they’re filled with hot water.
Remember to account for the mass that the ramen noodles take up inside your cup. Most Keurig machines will only have a few cup-size options. Most of the time, you can use a medium-sized cup.
However, you’ll have to experiment with this and figure out how much water your cup selections dispense.
Step 4: Place the cup under the Keurig nozzle
At this point, you’ll want to place the cup under the Keurig nozzle.
Make sure to place the bowl right under your coffee maker’s spout. That way, when you brew the instant noodles with hot water, they won’t spill all over the place.
Step 5: Press the button to start brewing
Press the button to start brewing.
Wait for the water to heat up, and then pour it into your cup.
Wait for your noodles to cook, which should take around 4–6 minutes.
Step 6: Wait and let it cook
You will need to wait at least five minutes for the water to heat up on your Keurig.
The longer you let it sit, the hotter it will get, but do not leave it on for more than 7 minutes or so.
Step 7: Enjoy your noodles!
Now that you’ve got your noodles all cooked and ready to go, it’s time to enjoy them. You can add whatever toppings you want—maybe some kimchi or some eggs?
Let your imagination run wild!
How to dispense just hot water from a Keurig
Many of the more modern Keurig machines will actually have a “hot water on demand” button.
This button will allow your Keurig to dispense just hot water without brewing any coffee.
It will simply pump the water from your water reservoir and pull it into the heating tank inside your Keurig. It will then cook the water and dispense it through the dispensing needle.
If your Keurig is an older model or if it doesn’t have the hot water-on-demand brewing button, then you can try an alternative approach.
Make sure your water reservoir is full.
Begin by opening the brewing chamber lid. This is the chamber where you insert your K-Cups.
Instead of inserting a K-Cup into it, leave it empty and close the lid. Once you close the lid, your Keurig will be on standby to start brewing once you press the brew button.
All you have to do is choose the appropriate cup size, and it will begin brewing only hot water.
Tips for cooking instant ramen with a Keurig
- After dispensing hot water into your cup of instant Ramen, cover it up to trap the heat inside. If you want to see how your Ramen is doing, you can look underneath the lid but don’t do it too often or you will release a lot of the heat
- Make sure you select the right cup size from your Keurig. You don’t want to pick one that’s too small or one that’s too large for it will either not be enough, or overfill your cup.
- Just make that the noodles are fully submerged in the hot water
- Make sure you open the extra packets inside your Ramen bag and added to your noodles before you dispense hot water into it
- Be careful when handling the cup noodles while it’s cooking. Your Keurig can create scolding hot water that can be dangerous if it makes contact with your skin
- Make sure that the bowl or cup that you were using to hold the noodles is heat resistant
Is the hot water from a Keurig strong enough?
The hot water that comes from Keurigs is not necessarily made to cook instant ramen. However, with a little adjustment in how long you leave it in the hot water, you’ll be able to fully cook your ramen just as it should be.
Keurigs can brew water up to 192 degrees Fahrenheit. This is right below the boiling point, which is 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s a rule of thumb that the hotter your water, the better it will cook your instant noodle. Unfortunately, once the water leaves your Keurig, its temperature begins to drop quickly.
It’s important to make sure you have a lid in front of you that can cover the top of your instant noodle cup. This will help trap the heat and moisture inside your cup and allow it to cook for as long as possible.
Many people even recommend that the ideal cooking temperature for ramen is 195 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Since this is not possible with a Keurig, you’ll likely have to leave water in it with the lid on for a bit longer than usual.
How much Keurig water do you add to cup noodles?
If you are using cup noodles, Some of these cups are brilliantly designed with a fill line inside the cup.
It’s the line that tells you when to stop adding hot water.
If the line doesn’t exist in your cup noodle, then just make sure that you add enough water to fully submerge all the noodles so that they will cook evenly.
If you don’t, you’ll get an inconsistent texture in the top and bottom parts of the noodle.
Both standard-cup ramen noodles will hold about two and a half cups of boiling water. That’s about 20 ounces of water you should add to a standard cup of noodles.
You can also fill up your cup noodle until it reaches 1 inch from the top.
All of these methods are quite acceptable when using hot water from your Keurig to cook your ramen.
Just make sure that the water fully covers the noodle so that you can get an even texture throughout the entire meal.
How long should you wait for the noodle to cook?
Instant ramen noodles take about 5 minutes to cook fully and for the noodles to rehydrate.
If you are cooking your instant noodles with water from your Keurig, you are going to need to follow the instructions on the noodle pack.
For those noodles that are in a Styrofoam cup, you usually have to add the boiling water to the cup and then cover for at least a minute for the noodles to fully cook.
It really just depends on the type of noodles you are cooking.
Taking the time to read and follow the instructions can help you get a better idea of how long it is going to take.
How to make your Keurig dispense hotter water
When you are using your Keurig to get hot water for noodles, you do need to make sure the water is hot enough to get the job done.
To get your Keurig to make hotter water, you should first check the settings. On your Keurig, you can get to the settings menu to see what the temperature is set to and then adjust accordingly.
Most Keurig coffee makers brew up to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. If that does not work, try brewing a smaller cup of water.
The smaller the cup, the less heat is going to be lost as the water dispenses. You can also preheat the cup that you are using, and you can even put the water in the microwave to get the water even hotter.
Advantages of cooking instant noodles with a Keurig
Some advantages to using a Keurig for your noodle water are that it is going to be faster than boiling water on the stove.
This means you can get your noodles done faster, which is a pretty big benefit for most people.
You also have the added benefit of not needing a microwave or a stovetop if you do not have one. This means you can get your hot water without using a stove or a microwave if you do not already have one.
Using a Keurig is also very convenient as you can put your cup of soup under the dispenser and the water can go straight into your noodles to help cook them.
Disadvantages of cooking instant noodles with a Keurig
There are also some drawbacks. First, your Keurig is not going to make water that is actually boiling.
It almost gets to boiling, at about 190 degrees Fahrenheit, but it does not reach the 212 that is needed for an actual rolling boil.
If you want boiling water, you are not going to be able to get it with a Keurig.
Another disadvantage is that if you have noodles that need a bowl but do not come with one, you are going to have to find some type of cooking vessel to do the job.
If you have noodles that are absolutely not going to fully cook without boiling water, you may end up with soggy noodles if you use a Keurig to get your hot water instead of actually boiling it.
A Keurig is going to be able to get you water that is very hot and that can help to cook your noodles, but you are not going to be able to get boiling water from a Keurig.
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