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Easy Thai Instant Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry |

How to Make Pad Mama | Instant Ramen Stir-Fry

  • Author: Sherri Pengjad
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


In need of the quickest, easiest Thai meal ever that also magically uses up all your leftovers? Pad Mama is here my dear! Yay!



4 packages of Thai instant Ramen Noodles (our favorite brand is Mama)

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups of meat of choice, sliced into bite-sized pieces (ground turkey, shrimp, or chicken breasts are our favorite )
2 cups of veggies that need to be used up (our favs are kale or turnip greens)
1/2 cup of cilantro, roughly chopped

3 green onion stalks, thinly sliced into 1 in. pieces

12 tbsp Thai dark soy sauce (optional)

12 tbsp oyster sauce (optional)

1 tbsp fish sauce (optional)

1/2 tbsp sugar (optional)


Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.

Once the water is boiling, add the Mama Noodles to the water. Don’t add the seasoning packets yet (unless you are doing a classic soup ramen instead of a dry stir-fry).

And I like to save the little crumbles of dry noodles leftover in the bag to sprinkle on top of each serving at the end. My kids adore the crunch factor, who doesn’t?

It only takes a minute or so to cook them, so I like to keep my eye on them, stirring them once they start to soften, and the moment the noodle has just softened to your likening (Thais prefer on the almost al dente side) drain them from the water in a colander.

Dry out the pan, and either add to that pan, or a wok, (I use the same pan I cooked the noodles in cuz I don’t want to wash more dishes!) add a few tablespoons of cooking oil of choice.

Add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds or so.

Add in the protein, and cook it if it’s not cooked, or just warm it up if it’s cooked. Add any veggies that need to be cooked, or warmed.

Once veggies and meat are cooked through, add back in the noodles, and either use the seasoning packets, or leave them out and use the sauces listed to taste (or any leftover sauce in your fridge that needs to be used up).

If we are using the seasoning packets, we use half of them because the flavor is more intense if there isn’t any water involved.  Start with adding the packets from two of the packages and add more to taste.

Sprinkle on green onions, cilantro (and ramen noodle crumbles if you want!) and enjoy!


This recipe is really a blueprint, feel free to change it up from what’s listed, and go with wherever your creative juices are taking you! Let your leftovers inspire you, and don’t be afraid to take a risk, and try a new combo

Also feel free to turn it into a soup. Put the noodles, veggies, seasoning packet, egg and cooked meat or tofu in the boiling water. Stir and enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Thai
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • Serving Size: 1

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