Home-made Turkey Ramen from leftover turkey

Turkey Ramen

Turkey Ramen: Make from your Thanksgiving turkey broth or any good canned or boxed broth. Easy & delish; top with your favorite garnishes.

When the idea of a Ramen from my leftover Thanksgiving turkey entered my mind, I couldn’t let it go! Here’s a ramen with a gorgeous broth, beautiful flavor and lots of fun garnishes.

Home-made Turkey Ramen from leftover turkey

Home-made Turkey Ramen – delish!

Traditional? Who cares when it’s this good! I did what I do every year – made a big old pot of stock from my turkey carcass and divided it up for a couple of different recipes. You could make this with what’s left of a chicken dinner, too.

Since I don’t want all my stock to be ramen flavored, I simmered the 8 cups needed for this soup with the aromatic herbs and spices for about 20 minutes, strained them out and proceeded with the recipe which just took minutes to finish.

Home-made Turkey Ramen from leftover turkey

Home-made Turkey Ramen – delish!

You could use a chicken broth, too, if you don’t happen to have a turkey carcass leftover from Thanksgiving jut laying around. Home-made broth will give you the silkiest tasting ramen, but you might want to shortcut with a good boxed broth. It’s all going to be delish.

Based on a recipe from Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia I saw in Bon Appetit, we all fell in love with this recipe and adapted it to our tastes. And of course, we all love picking and choosing from the garnishes! That’s the best part. Any extra garnishes get tossed into the next evening’s salad.

Home-made Turkey Ramen from leftover turkey

Turkey Ramen – and thanks to my son’s lovely girlfriend for hand modeling! Thanks, Tweetie!

Turkey Ramen

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the Ramen Broth:

  • 8 cups good turkey (or chicken) broth or stock – see recipe
  • 4-5 radishes, roughly chopped
  • a small piece (2 to 3 ounces) country ham, a few slices of prosciutto, or a piece of bacon, chopped, optional
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1″ knob of ginger, roughly chopped

Add all ingredients to a large saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain and place the stock back in the pan. If you’ve used ham or proscuitto, you can chop and add back to the stock.

For the Ramen Soup:

  • The stock from above (add a little water if necessary to compensate for the simmering time)
  • 2 tablespoons red miso
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons white distilled vinegar
  • A few dashes of hot sauce
  • 12 ounces ramen noodles (from 4 packages ramen soup. flavoring packets discarded) or thin spaghettini

Add all ingredients but the noodles to the stock, bring to a boil. Add noodles and simmer 3 to 4 minutes until tender.

For the garnishes, choose as desired or add your favorites:

  • 10 ounces firm tofu, drained and diced (about 1 1/3 cup total)
  • 6 ounces shiitake (or preferred) mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 small jalapeno or other pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh watercress, parley or cilantro (thin stems and leaves only)
  • 2 cups pulled cooked turkey or chicken (from the carcass used for stock)
  • I lime, quartered
  • 2 eggs, cooked as desired, recipe below, or make Ramen Eggs

Divide noodles and broth between four bowls. Add garnishes as desired and serve.

Soft Boiled Eggs:

Bring enough water to cover eggs by about two inches in a medium sized saucepan to a boil. Add eggs and immediately lower to a simmer. Cook for the length of time desired, below.

Timing for eggs; timing may vary depending on how high you are above sea level.

  • For eggs that are custardy and soft, but not runny, cook 8 minutes.
  • For eggs that are creamy with just a little liquidy yolk in the center, 7 minutes.
  • For runny eggs, 6 to 6 1/2 minutes.

Remove eggs and immediately plunge into a generous bowl of ice water. Leave for three minutes then peel and slice in half.


Today I’ll be sharing this recipe at our very own Throwback Thursday Link Party. You might want to bookmark this special two week extravaganza – they’re all lots of links to both Thanksgiving & Thanksgiving leftovers, Thanksgiving Crafts & Holiday Decorating.

I’ll also be sharing at Fiesta Friday, hosted this week by Julianna @ Foodie On Board and Hilda @ Along The Grapevine, and Saucy Saturdays. Saucy Saturdays is hosted by four incredible bloggers: Dina, Jennifer, Christine & Swayum.

Helpful Links

If you came to this recipe looking for a way to use leftover turkey or chicken, be sure to check out the link below for 12 Days of Turkey. You might want to see the sister post for 12 Days of Ham, too.


33 thoughts on “Turkey Ramen

  1. 😏 I’ve followed you as your page is very inspiring.  I hope you do the same, as you may find mine the same, I practice naked cooking like jamie oliver, I’m conducting the half-blood princess project.

    • I kind of run in spurts, I guess! Sometimes I make recipes that aren’t so good, then I have nothing to post, or other times the meal is good but the pic doesn’t turn, then I don’t post, but sometimes I get so excited when a recipe is good AND the photo is ok, I can’t wait to post it. I have trouble with impulse control, lol!!

  2. Mollie–what a beautiful bowlful of ramen– the prettiest ingredients scattered on top, and you even have the perfect ramen bowl! We do not have a turkey carcass in hand because my daughter’s kitchen is so tiny that soon as the turkey was carved, i carried it down to the trash and got in trouble later from her mother-in-law who wanted it for book (Chinese porridge). All that to say– your soul looks awesome. xox

  3. Love love love this! I made 10 quarts of turkey stock after my friend “gifted” me her turkey carcass. I brought a couple of quarts to her yesterday, along with the ingredients and a recipe for a soup. I left another recipe without the ingredients for her to make something with the other quart. She hates cooking so thought I’d help her out. 🙂

  4. I love that perfectly soft boiled egg. I have ~18 cups of lovely turkey stock (and about 2 cups of picked meat) cooling in my fridge before I put it in the freezer from my October turkey. Finally got around to making the. So many possibilities ahead.

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  6. I love this. I also make bone broth from the carcass and it’s always so delicious. LOVE your ramen dish and who cares if it’s not traditional, I love the garnishes it looks fantastic. I can just imagine how wonderful your Thanksgiving feast was.

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