Ramen Bomb

A backpacking staple. For those of you who aren’t backpacking regulars, you may not have heard of a Ramen Bomb. I hadn’t heard that name until several months ago, although I have made use of them, in various forms, over the years.

The primary form of the bomb is:

  • A pouch of Idahoan potatoes – these come in many flavors, like loaded, chipotle, applewood bacon, four cheese, etc.
  • A ramen brick, with or without the flavor packet
  • Most people will add some kind of meat, usually a 7 ounce foil packet of chicken. But it could be summer sausage or whatever suits your fancy.
  • Many people will also add cheese.

Here’s my table as I am preparing my Bombs!


Here is a completed Bomb – Applewood Bacon potatoes, ramen and olive oil. Just add 3-4 cups of boiling water and wait five minutes.


I won’t be using any meat (I don’t like the calorie to weight ratio of most meats and I can get protein elsewhere– more on that in another post). I do however add a small packet of olive oil. That gives me an additional 11 fat grams and 90 calories for almost no weight. In total, I get a 900 calorie meal that weighs about 8 ounces. And it tastes great!

Another favorite form of The Bomb for me is to substitute Stove Top Stuffing for the potatoes (I like the cornbread variety best – but there are also chicken, turkey and savory flavors). I also add some Butter Buds, a little gravy mix and again, the olive oil.

I can change up the potato flavors and stuffing flavors and, while I may be eating the same food often, I’ll get many different tastes. And it’s easy peasy!

I’ll delve a bit deeper into my overall nutritional strategy in a later post but the Ramen Bomb (in some form) will account for about half my meals.

8 thoughts on “Ramen Bomb

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  2. Jan Dreisbach

    While I grant that these are quick and easy to make and likely cheap as well, these “bombs” are filled with artificial flavorings, preservatives, and “extra” non-food ingredients. Use of the ramen flavor packets are known to be bad for you. A much healthier approach is to dehydrate some of your own food and combine it with (commercially) dehydrated pure ingredients. True, it’s more work and more expensive, but much better for you in the long run; and, it is filled with lots of healthy calories. Get on FB and join some of the dehydration back packing groups for good insights.


    1. Phil

      I know what you mean but it’s not like the Ramen b is a going to be a constant meal choice.
      These will be a “Sometime Food” choice just like fries etc.


    2. If you eat healthy at home when weight and preservation is not an issue, all that salt, fat and preservatives isn’t going to kill you on the trail when you are sweating it out.


  3. Carol

    Jan, this is what I do and I don’t think it is more expensive but rather less. My flavor packets are homemade — dehydrated spinach, kale, carrots, peppers, etc with a variety of added spices. From a pack of dry beans I can fill my dehydrator with baked beans, spicy red beans, hummus, curried lentils, etc. Also I make spaghetti sauce roll ups for ramen pasta night. For a base, I like to vary cornmeal, quinoa, couscous, potatoes, rice, and, of course, ramen. I think this works well if you already cook at home. Otherwise, long live the ramen bomb!

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