Curry Ramen

Grand Canyon-Inspired: Curry Ramen Over Campfire

A Legacy Recipe Born in Grand Canyons

During our family trips to the Grand Canyon, my father introduced the iconic curry ramen, made under the open skies. Using just a packet of instant noodles, bits of beef jerky, and a touch of curry powder, he forged a camping culinary tradition. Now, no adventure outdoors feels truly complete without this cherished dish by our campfire.

Reliving the Tradition in Adirondacks

The charm of the Adirondacks during the 4th of July weekend beckoned us. It was the ideal setting to not only savor this dish ourselves but also to share its magic with you. Though truly at home amidst nature, this curry ramen retains its allure even when cooked on a humble stovetop.

Why Curry Ramen is Perfect for Campers

Camping dishes need to be simple, requiring minimal ingredients, but that doesn’t mean they have to be bland. A sprinkle of curry powder can elevate the most basic recipes, providing a warmth that’s both literal and flavorful. This dish, with its aromatic spices and hearty ingredients, not only fills your stomach but also warms the soul, making it perfect for those chilly outdoor nights.


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup onion (finely sliced)
  • 1/4 cup beef jerky (optional, coarsely chopped)
  • 2 tsp aromatic curry powder
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 packet beef-infused instant ramen

Steps to Savor

  1. On a medium-high flame, heat a pot and pour in the vegetable oil. Toss in onions and beef jerky (if included). Once onions take on a translucent hue, sprinkle in the curry powder. Let the aromas merge for about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour in the water, letting it reach a boil. As it bubbles, stir in the flavor-packed seasoning from the ramen packet. Introduce the noodles to this mix, letting them simmer until they’re perfectly al dente, which is around 2-3 minutes. Pour into a bowl and delve into the comforting warmth.

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