Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich {recipe}

Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese stack

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, so we celebrated by posting a grilled cheese sandwich every day. See all of our grilled cheese sandwiches >> here << .

Wait! Hear us out first. No, we’re serious…

We know. We could hardly believe this idea was taking shape in our heads, let alone actually coming alive in a frying pan in front of us. But the Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich actually happened.

And the thing is, it’s not as horrifying as it sounds, if you break it down into smaller pieces. Let’s talk about ramen first. Sure, this is ramen out of a package, but at least it’s not the kind that reconstitutes itself and the neon green vegetables when you pour hot water into its styrofoam cup from the Sparkletts cooler in the break room at 11 PM when you’re the last one working in the office at a job you hate. (That might be a true story for someone, somewhere.)

Ramen and kimchi is obviously a natural combination. I don’t think Korean people eat ramen without kimchi, and I’ve seen Kimchi ramen on the menu at almost every Ramen noodle shop I’ve been to.
Ramen Cooked in Pot
Now what about the cheese? Ramen with cheese? This part had me puzzled for a very long time, but apparently, throwing a few slices of American or Cheddar cheese on a steaming hot bowl of ramen and letting the cheese ooze down between the noodles into the salty broth is not a common thing, but not totally unknown. Just google it.
Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich
So if someone can put macaroni and cheese between two slices of bread and be brilliant, then we think this noodle and cheese combination, Kimchi Ramen and Cheese, is just as good, if not better because of the spice, on a sandwich.

And yes, this totally violates our whole “grain-on-grain” philosophy, but we’re pretty sure that’s not the only thing we’re violating with this Grilled Cheese.
Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich

makes 1 sandwich


½ package of ramen, any “flavor” (we used a Korean brand, “extra spicy” vegetable flavor)
½ of the ramen seasoning packet (you wont need other things like a small oil packet or dehydrated vegetables)
handful of kimchi, chopped and squeezed of excess kimchi “juice”
1 tablespoons oil for cooking (I used grapeseed)
2 tablespoon butter, softened
2 thick slices very sturdy bread
handful of mozzarella or jack cheese
handful American or Cheddar cheese


Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Drop the ramen noodles in and cook until the ramen noodles are soft, about 8 minutes (this will depend, obviously).

Drain the ramen noodles of the cooking liquid (use a colander), then put the noodles back into the pot or into a bowl. Pour the contents of half the seasoning packet over the noodles. Toss the noodles to combine. Set aside to prepare sandwich.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over low heat.

Spread the outside of both slices of bread with softened butter. Place both slices of bread buttered-side down in the oil in the pan. Pile one slice with mozzarella/jack cheese; pile the other slice of bread with American/Cheddar cheese. Cook until bread is toasted and cheese has melted.

Remove the grilled bread with cheese to a plate or cutting board. Pile as much ramen noodles on one slice of the bread as you’d like. Add chopped kimchi on top. Close the sandwich with the other slice of grilled bread and cheese. Press together firmly.

by Sarah J. Gim on May 6, 2012 · 13 comments

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie {Epicurean Mom} May 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

This is either incredibly disgusting or incredibly delicious. I’m going with the latter. Not good on the calorie intake, but sometimes you’ve just got to do it!


Gio of The Hungry Giant May 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Oh, we do this all the time in the Philippines. hahahaha! We use instant noodle/’pancit’ canton mix then put it in-between slices of white loaf bread.


Kathy May 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I’ve actually heard that many Koreans eat cheese ramen! It’s just really fatty…

I have got to try this.


LP @dishclips May 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

All I have to say is Wow! This is grilled cheese to the next level.


Noubelle June 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

How do you make the kimchi for it? I’m sort of a newbie~


glasnt June 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

You usually buy it premade. Kimchi is fermented cabbage and chilli, so you need to leave it for ages to ferment. Check wikipedia and your local oriental grocer for more info :)

wm June 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Just did this with muenster, ramen, jalepnos, and bacon on rye! omfg.


Paula August 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I have been eating ramen noodles for years with cheese and hot sauce. I love it!


dk September 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Actually, cheese ramen is on the menu of most ramen places in Korea and at every 김밥 천국 (a kimbap chain that is EVERYWHERE) so I think it’s safe to say that it is actually pretty common.


thewaegukin May 16, 2013 at 2:28 am

If it’s Korean, it’s ramyeon (라면), not ramen.

Ramen (ラーメン) is Japanese, and it’s just not the same thing.

Yes, this is a hill I’m willing to die on. Let’s not even get into Japanese ‘kimchi’ versus actual 김치.


Samu-kun May 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

OMG yes I know exactly what you mean. As a Japanese person, I’m disgraced by what we call kimchi. Korean kimchi is a million times better, for obvious reasons. And thanks to my Korean stepmom I usually call it ramyeon as well haha

Chiara OConnor June 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm



jerry July 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm

this isn’t a grilled cheese sandwich. it’s a kimchi ramen sandwich with cheese.


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