Low Carb Shirataki Noodle Recipes
If you are watching your carbs, you are probably missing pasta and noodles big time. Good news – this product may really help you out! I often suggest this these “pasta-like” noodles to my clients on low carb diet as they have almost zero calories and carbs. In addition, they contain a type of fiber that has numerous health benefits. But don’t expect then to taste JUST like pasta … and they may be a little stinky at first – but they are worth a try! Read on to learn more about shirataki noodles and get some tasty recipes.
What are shirataki noodles?
Shirataki noodles (aka miracle noodle, konjak noodles, konnyaku or noodles) are very popular in Asian cuisine. They are low calorie, low carb, gluten free and grain free. You’re probably wondering what the heck are they made of? Most are made from konjak plant which is ground and them shaped into noodles, fettuccini or even rice. They are usually found in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle in supermarkets. In the past, I could only find them in health food stores, however they are becoming more mainstream.
You may find other shirataki noodles made from soybeans and yam flour. Tofu shirataki noodles are manufactured by adding tofu to the shirataki flour for a less rubbery texture. These noodles are opaque and yellow-white, better mimicking the appearance of wheat flour pasta. They have a bit more protein and carbohydrate than traditional shirataki noodles.
What is the nutritional content?
One serving (4 oz or ½ the bag) has 10 calories, .5 gm fat, 3 gm carbs, 2 gm fiber, < 1 gm protein. So if you eat the whole bag, you get a whopping 20 calories and 6 gm carbs (2 gm net carbs). They are 97% water, 3% fiber and traces of protein, fat and calcium. In addition, the kind of fiber found in glucommanan has been found to lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss, promote regularity, and improve gut health. See my previous blog post on glucomannan.
How to Cook Shirataki Noodles
First a word of warning … when you open the bag, you may smell a bit of an unpleasant odor! But don’t let this totally turn you off. To get the best results, drain, rinse, and cook them according to package directions (2-3 minutes). Here is the secret trick – pan-fry then for a few minutes on a dry pan. This will improve the texture and take the odor out completely. The add them to your sauce or stir-fry. Read this blog for more cooking directions.
Shirataki noodle recipes
The internet is exploding with recipes. Just type in shirataki noodle recipes and you’ll be bombarded. I picked out a few of my favorites. Keep in mind that a very flavorful sauce will make them more appealing!
Easy Healthy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe from andiemitchell.com
Lo mein is loaded with calories and carbs. You won’t even miss the noodles with this recipe!
Calories: 237 Fat: 9 gm, Carb 11g, Fiber 4g, Sugars 4g, Protein 27g (see pic)
Shirataki Noodles with Almond Butter Sauce (Vegan + Paleo) from wallflowerkitchen.com
Craving peanut noodles? Try this this for a tasty substitute. Almond butter and coconut aminos replace peanut butter and soy sauce. You could also use cashew butter or tahini. Ready in less than 10 min,
Calories: 190, Fat: 9.9 g, Carbs: 19.3 gm, Fiber: 7.9 gm, Protein: 8.1 gm (see pic)
Spicy Chicken and Peanut Shirataki Noodles from homesweetjones.com
Who doesn’t love sesame noodles? But it’s carb and calorie bomb. This Spicy Peanut Shirataki Noodle dish may satisfy your craving. Letting the chicken marinate and the noodles soak in the broth overnight only adds extra flavor. All you have to do the next day is heat up the noodles (microwave or stovetop) and stir-fry the chicken and veggies – tasks that take less than 15 minutes including clean-up. (Uses miracle noodles)
Calories: 243 Fat: 5.6 gm, Carbs 16.3 gm, Fiber: 4.4 gm, Protein: 32.4 g
Keto Creamy Avocado Pasta with Shirataki from HappyKeto.com
This one caught my eye as avocado’s are one of my favorite foods! Haven’t tried the recipe yet – but it’s on my to-do list for this week
Calories: 453 kcal, Carbs: 16g, Fiber: 10g, Fat: 42g, Protein: 4g, Sugar: 3g
Avocado Girlfredo from HungryGirl.com
Hungry Girl always has great low cal recipes. Here is another good one (including avocados again!)
Entire recipe: 285 calories, 13 g total fat, 860 mg sodium, 18.5 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 3.5 g sugars, 22.5 g protein
My ways to make them in 10 minutes or less
-When I’m in a rush, I’ll just scramble lean ground beef, with onions and mushrooms and use a good marinara sauce from a jar (like Patsy’s). Add to the noodles with a little Parmesan cheese
-Or saute whatever veggies and protein I have on hand with some sesame oil, ginger paste, a T. of San-J Szechuan spicy hot stir-fry sauce, splash of low sodium soy and add to the noodles.
Need more ideas? Check out Yummly for 339 recipes!
These noodles might be an acceptable substitute for pasta for people on low carb diets for weight loss, diabetes, PCOS or personal preference. In addition to getting minimal calories and carbs, you’ll be getting numerous health benefits from the prebiotic fiber. I have found that people love them or really don’t like them! The trick will be to make a tasty sauce. But I’d recommend that you check them out!
Would love to hear your feedback as well as your favorite recipe!