Gluten-Free Ramen 101: Everything You Need To Know

If you’ve gone gluten-free and can no longer eat at your favorite ramen bar, we know your pain. Luckily, gluten-free ramen DOES exist, and it’s tasty and will leave you feeling better than ever.

Ramen is a popular noodle soup dish that typically consists of wheat noodles served in a savory broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and topped with ingredients like sliced pork, dried seaweed, and green onions. Classic ramen noodles are made with gluten, which can be problematic for those with gluten intolerances or celiac disease. 

Although typical ramen noodles are wheat-based, there are gluten-free options, including rice noodles, which are considered the best option for gluten-free ramen for a few reasons we’ll get into below.

In this article, we go over different noodle types, why one might choose gluten-free noodles, and gluten-free ramen topping options.

ramen bowl

How Are Ramen Noodles Made?

Traditional ramen noodles are made with wheat flour, water, and salt. The dough is kneaded, rolled out, and cut into thin, curly noodles. This gives ramen noodles their signature texture and chewiness. 

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, and it can cause digestive issues for those who are intolerant or allergic. Thankfully, there are plenty of non-traditional noodle types out there that work nicely in a ramen bowl.

Gluten-Free Ramen Noodles

Vegan Sesame Chicken Noodles

Fortunately for those who don’t eat gluten, there are now amazing gluten-free options available so you can still enjoy ramen. Rice noodles are the most popular option – they’re made from rice flour instead of wheat flour. Rice noodles have a slightly different texture than wheat noodles, but they are still delicious and work well in ramen dishes. Plus, they are quite inexpensive and easily found in most stores.

Other gluten-free noodle options include soba noodles made from buckwheat flour, and noodles made from corn, potato, or other gluten-free grains.

Right Foods Vegan Sesame Chicken Rice Ramen

At Right Foods, we offer a delicious Vegan Chicken Rice Ramen that is both gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Our ramen noodles are made from rice flour and are perfectly complemented by our vegan chicken-flavored broth. Our broth is made with a savory blend of spices and seasonings, so you won't even miss the meat! 

Vegan Sesame Chicken Rice Ramen Soup Cup

Gluten-Free Topping Ideas

When it comes to toppings for your gluten-free ramen, the possibilities are endless. Some popular options include sliced pork, soft-boiled eggs, bean sprouts, sliced bamboo shoots, and nori seaweed. For vegan options, we also love tofu, mushrooms, and a variety of vegetables like carrots, spinach, and bok choy. For a bit of heat, add some sliced chili peppers or a drizzle of sriracha sauce.

ramen toppings

Why Choose Gluten-Free Ramen?

If you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, choosing gluten-free ramen is a must. Even if you don't have a gluten sensitivity, choosing a gluten-free option can be a healthier choice. Many gluten-free noodle options are made with whole grains, which provide more nutrients than traditional wheat noodles. Additionally, many gluten-free options are lower in calories and higher in fiber, which can help you feel fuller for longer. Whatever your reason for choosing gluten-free ramen, we have your back here at Right Foods with some awesome gluten-free alternatives.

Final Thoughts

Gluten-free ramen is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional ramen noodles. Right Foods Vegan Chicken Rice Ramen is the perfect option for those who want a delicious and convenient gluten-free and vegan-friendly ramen dish. With the right toppings, your gluten-free ramen can be just as flavorful and satisfying as traditional ramen, without any of the gluten.

Check out some of our recipes using our Vegan Sesame Chicken Ramen:

Vegan Sesame Chicken Noodles

Summer Roll Bowl

Healthy Vegan Lo Mein by Plantifullybased