Seafood ramen is a popular variety of the more traditional miso ramen, which was invented in Sapporo! Sapporo happens to be the capital of Hokkaido, which is the second largest island of Japan, as well as the northernmost province.
Hokkaido is basically a winter wonderland, and that’s reflected in their miso seafood ramen. What do you want during a harsh winter? Something hearty, right? As much protein and fat as possible. And obviously, piping hot.
This really hits the ticket. I never thought butter would be a good ramen topping, but it blew me away (see my ramen guide for more topping ideas). The squid and scallops were tender. The broth was fantastic without spending 4 hours making a bone broth. Speaking of taking a long time, let’s break down the recipe below.
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Making The Miso Seafood Ramen
There are a lot of ingredients to this recipe, luckily a lot of them can be reused or re-purposed (drink your leftover sake). If you see something you aren’t a fan of (like squid), you can leave it out or make your own substitutions.
The Miso Seafood Broth
The broth is the most complex part of this seafood ramen. If you want to make a bone broth to start, you can do that, but if you’re feeling lazy like me, start with premade chicken broth. The other essentials are miso, sesame oil, garlic, bonito flakes, ginger, mirin, shiitake mushrooms, sake, and soy sauce. I also used dried kelp, dried anchovies, and dried shrimp to give the broth that concentrated Sea of Japan flavor (which might be unnecessary if you use bonito flakes).
Saute The Dry Ingredients
I sauteed the dry ingredients in a skillet with a tablespoon of sesame oil. This releases their flavors before adding them to the broth. This is crucial, don’t skip this step. It only takes about 5 minutes and will result in a much more flavorful seafood ramen.
Kelp and Miso
If you are using dried kelp, you need to reconstitute it in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes before adding it to the broth. Miso has a really long shelf life, like a year! Not really advice, I just think that’s really cool.
Other Thoughts On Seafood Ramen Broth
It is possible that the fish and the shrimps won’t dissolve. You can still eat them, personally I like it, but if that grosses you out you can strain them out. Let the broth simmer for at least half an hour first, so it has the chance to absorb most of the flavor. Also, if you use low sodium chicken broth to start, you need to add more soy sauce than the seafood miso ramen recipe calls for.
I chose to use squid and scallops as the main stars. Both are used at local establishments in Sapporo. Crab is too, but I don’t have the budget for that yet. This was honestly my first time cooking with squid. I was worried, but it was really easy.
If you get just the tentacles all you have to do is drop them in the broth and boil for about 4 minutes. If you get whole squid then you have to clean them, and that gets messy. Also, no one will love you if you smell like squid. Ever. Again.
The Seafood Ramen Noodles
I’ll try to make my own noodles in the future, but for now I’m using the premade stuff. You should be able to find some quality ramen noodles at an Asian market; cheap too! Don’t buy the instant ones though. All you have to do is boil the noodles in a separate pot of water and drain them. Then, add them to your bowl with some broth, and serve your seafood miso ramen.
Sapporo Miso Seafood Ramen
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 4 tbsp miso paste
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp ginger minced
- ¼ cup dried sardines (niboshi)
- ¼ cup dried shrimp
- ⅓ lb shiitake mushrooms sliced
- 3 eggs (softboiled, optional topping)
- 1 green onion sliced
- ½ cup corn
- ½ lb squid tentacles
- ½ lb scallops
- 1½ tbsp butter
- 3 ramen noodles (bunches)
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 4 dried kelp
- ¼ cup bonito flakes
- 3 dried seaweed (the rectanglar ones, optional)
- Combine chicken broth and water in a pot and bring to boil.
- Add sesame oil to a skillet and heat up. Add garlic and ginger, fry for 2 minutes. Add sardines and dried shrimp, fry for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, fry for 3 minutes. Add everything to the pot.
- Add soy sauce, kelp, bonito flakes, miso paste. Simmer on medium low for at least 30 minutes. Taste, make any desired adjustments.
- Melt some butter in the skillet. Saute the scallops for 2 minutes on each side. Turn heat off.
- In a separate pot, boil water and add 3 servings of ramen noodles. Boil for 4 minutes, or until noodles are done. Drain water.
- Add squid to the pot. Cook for 4 minutes, then turn heat to simmer. Add scallops.
- Add a serving of noodles to a bowl. Add the broth. Top with corn, 1/2 tbsp butter, green onion, softboiled egg, and dried seaweed if desired.