Why It’s Worth Getting to Know Gluten-Free, Low-Calorie Shirataki Noodles
Raditional shirataki noodles are pretty much the perfect food for those who may have food allergies or are on special diets; they’re vegan, gluten-free, and keto-friendly. They naturally don’t contain any calories because the glucomannan starch they’re made of is an indigestible dietary fiber and also contains no carbohydrates. Shirataki noodles are great everyday noodles, and you should give them a try, too! Here’s what you need to know about cooking and eating shirataki noodles.
Because shirataki noodles are both low in calories and digestible carbohydrates, that means they’re allowed on many healthy-eating plans. There’s a reason they’re sometimes called the “miracle noodle.” For one, they’re gluten-free and vegan. They’re also keto and paleo-friendly. shirataki noodles are a great option for anyone with diabetes, prediabetes, or those who just want to limit carbs. And it’s not just because they’re carb-free. They also have quite a few health benefits worth noting.
Even though shirataki noodles are great in Asian dishes, such as this almond butter and veggie stir fry or this Korean-style cold shrimp salad, don’t let its origins limit you. The versatile noodles are great in American dishes, too, like this low-carb chicken tetrazzini, Italian dishes like this vegan spaghetti and lentil balls recipe, or Thai dishes such as this coconut basil chicken bowl. The options are endless.
On the back of the shirataki noodle packaging, you will find directions on how to prepare them. Usually, it says to rinse and drain, then to boil them and dry them on the stove. This process will help get the shirataki noodles ready to soak up all of the saucy goodness in your keto meals, but doing all of this is not necessary.
Here is what we recommend:
Drain the noodles and rinse them with hot water (do this about five times)
Dry them as much as you can using a cloth or paper towel. (To get out extra moisture from the noodles, wring them out using a kitchen towel.)
Put noodles into a non-stick pan, and dry fry them for 5-8 minutes or until they become firmer to the touch.
As they are dry frying, separate them and turn them over with tongs (or any utensil you prefer) so that the noodles dry evenly.
Toss the noodles into your prepared sauce or toss the sauce and the other ingredients into your prepared noodles, mix it all together, and serve.
If your noodles have an unpleasant odor, put them in a pot of boiling water for 2-3 minutes before drying them.
By preparing your shirataki noodles in this way, the noodles will absorb all of the delicious flavors you want in every bite while reducing the sliminess of the noodles. But don’t fool yourself, these will not taste or feel the same as other types of pasta. In fact, when they are prepared correctly, they may become your favorite type of noodle.