REVIEW: immi Instant Ramen (plant-based, keto-friendly, & high-protein ramen)

Flavored Tried: Spicy “Beef”, Tom Yum “Shrimp”, Black Garlic “Chicken”

Price: $39.99 for 6 packets ($6.50 per serving)

Nutrition: 310 Calories, 14g Fat, 24g Carbs (18g Fiber), 22g Protein

I don’t eat a ton of ramen in my life. Not because it’s not delicious, but because I don’t really enjoy consuming hot liquids very much.

Sure, hot liquid can warm the soul on a cold winter day. But otherwise, hot liquid just makes me sweaty, and that’s not something I particularly seek out (especially when it comes to coffee).

With all of that being said, I can’t deny the popularity of ramen, so when I came across immi ramen, I knew I needed to give it a try.

immi instant ramen

immi ramen is the older, more sophisticated sibling of instant ramen. It’s not only high-protein, but it’s also keto-friendly AND plant-based, meaning it’s suitable for pretty much any diet out there.

My diet isn’t plant-based or low-carb, so neither of those aspects get me excited, but since each serving of this ramen has over 20 grams of protein, my protein senses started immediately tingling.

immi ramen comes in 3 flavors: Spicy Beef, Black Garlic Chicken, and Tom Yum Shrimp, all of which are 100% plant-based. The ramen doesn’t contain any mix-ins (so you won’t find any pieces of fake meat in there) and come with just the dried keto ramen noodles and a packet of seasoning.

immi ramen ingredients

While this is supposed to be “instant” ramen, there really isn’t anything instant about this. If you microwave this ramen, it takes 8 minutes (side note: after 8 minutes in the microwave, the bowl is probably the hottest thing you’ll ever touch), and it will take 7-9 minutes on the stovetop.

Considering immi ramen is so high in fiber, it’s not surprising that the ramen noodles take a bit of time to fully cook. However, I’d much prefer if this took a few fewer minutes to prep.

In terms of nutrition & ingredients, each flavor is slightly different, but here are the nutrition facts you can expect to find:

When you look at the immi ramen ingredients, you’ll see that the two main ingredients are pumpkin seed protein and wheat gluten. I can’t say I’ve ever tried pumpkin seed protein before, but I have had plenty of products made from wheat gluten, so I fully expected these ramen noodles to be quite chewy.

Black Garlic Chicken immi Ramen Review

Black garlic chicken immi ramen

Before I break down the specific flavor, I should talk about these keto-friendly ramen noodles.

When you cook the noodles themselves before adding any flavoring, they smell incredibly Earthy. Since these are plant-based noodles, this isn’t surprising, but it’s far from pleasant.

Luckily, the noodles have a very mild flavor. Yes, you can certainly tell that they are plant-based and keto-friendly, but the smell is much stronger than the flavor.

Where these immi ramen noodles differ significantly from regular ramen is in the texture. Immi ramen is very chewy compared to regular ramen, so you’ll need to adjust your expectations. I don’t find the chewiness off-putting, but it’s definitely something you need to be aware of before trying this ramen.

OK, now for the flavor. Since there is obviously no real chicken broth here, I had no idea what to expect in terms of flavor.

To my surprise, the broth is actually really delicious! It tastes very much like chicken broth, and it has a nice hint of garlic in it as well. I haven’t had a ton of ramen in my life, but this is pretty much exactly what I’d expect from chicken-based ramen.

If you can get past the chewy texture of the ramen noodles, the flavor is surprisingly good.

Tom Yum Shrimp immi Ramen Review

immi ramen shrimp

Full disclosure: I’ve never had any kind of seafood ramen before. The only seafood-related soup I’ve ever had is New England Clam Chowder, which is wildly different from ramen.

That being said… I absolutely hated this flavor.

If we’re going based on smell alone, it smelled like what I would imagine shrimp water smells like. It smells kind of like the ocean at low tide, which is pretty off-putting in a food you’re about to eat.

Since I’ve never had seafood-based broth before, I have no comparison for this in terms of taste, but it tastes exactly like what I’d imagine shrimp water tastes like. If you boiled shrimp and then used the leftover water for your broth, that’s exactly what this reminds me of.

Who knows, maybe that’s exactly what it’s supposed to taste like, and maybe that’s a really pleasant flavor for people that really like seafood.

For me, the combination of smell & taste makes this immi ramen flavor a hard pass.

Spicy Beef immi Ramen Review

immi ramen spicy beef

As a lover of spicy food, the spicy “beef” immi ramen was a huge winner for me.

As each bowl of ramen contains nearly 20g of fiber, I was not going to commit to eating three full bowls for review purposes (because 60g of fiber would absolutely destroy my stomach) but I happily finished this entire bowl.

In a blind taste test, I would never know that this was not an actual beef broth. It’s not insanely spicy, but there’s a great kick to it that I absolutely loved. The few times I’ve ordered ramen in my life, I’ve ordered a spicy flavor, so this was right up my alley.

If I had to pick a single flavor of immi ramen to try, it would be the spicy beef, and it’s not even close.

immi Ramen: Overall Thoughts

close up of immi ramen

Overall, I like this ramen for what it is. If you are plant-based AND low-carb, I can see this ramen being a huge hit for you.

For me, I’m only concerned with the protein content, so this ramen doesn’t appeal quite as much to me overall.

The noodles are quite chewy, which I can see some people finding unsettling, but it doesn’t bother me much. In terms of flavor, the spicy beef is amazing, the black garlic chicken is quite good, and the shrimp is… strange.

Unfortunately, immi ramen is pretty expensive. To order 6 packets, you’ll have to dish out $40, which makes each bowl cost over $6. Sure, it’s cheaper than ordering ramen, but it’s significantly pricier than instant ramen. Yes, that’s the nature of healthy alternatives, but it’s a tough pill to swallow for these.

When I ordered these, immi did pass along a $5 discount, so if you’re wanting to give these a try, be sure to use this link to save some money: shop.immieats.com/Mattr5

immi instant ramen
REVIEW: immi Instant Ramen (plant-based, keto-friendly, & high-protein ramen)
Summary
immi is a solid alternative to regular ramen, but there are caveats. If you are plant-based AND low-carb, then you'll absolutely love this ramen. If you're like me and don't particular care about those things, then this ramen is less appealing overall. I did very much enjoy eating these, but for the high price tag, I'm not sure how often I'd be buying it. Worth a try if you're keto, but probably not a diet staple.
Texture
5
Flavor Accuracy
7
Nutrition
7.5
Overall Taste
7
The Good
Broth actually tastes like what you would expect
Loaded with fiber to help keep you full
Large serving size
20+ grams of protein per serving
The Bad
Much chewier than regular ramen
A slightly Earthy flavor to the noodles due to them being plant-based
Not very "instant" for instant Ramen (takes 7+ minutes to cook)
Quite expensive
6.6

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