If you’ve never heard of shirataki noodles, I have to warn you: your mind might be blown. These noodles are thin and translucent with a gelatinous texture, but don’t let its looks throw you off. They’re made from konjac yam, but mostly comprised of just water and a water-soluble fibre called glucomannan.
You can purchase them dry or wet, but you’re most likely to find them in “wet” packages. When you open it, you will almost definitely be put off by the smell, but a quick rinse and/or par-boil can help with that. After that, you’re ready to make some delicious, low-carb dishes! Each serving is very low in both calories and carbohydrates. In fact, many labels boast “zero calorie,” which might mean each package contains up to ten or so altogether. Since they’re sourced from yam, they’re inherently gluten-free, vegan, paleo-friendly, and keto-friendly.
They make all different types of shirataki noodles, too. Fettuccine, angel hair pasta, rice… you name it. They’re most often used in Asian-inspired dishes and cold noodle meals, but they make a fabulous starter ingredient for getting creative, and easily take on the taste of the other foods and sauces you serve them with. If you’re missing noodles in your life, these recipes are the answer.
22. Honey sesame shirataki noodles from Just One Cookbook
Who couldn’t fall in love with a bowl like this? It’s a spin on Hiyashi Chuka which is a cold Japanese ramen. The shirataki picks up on flavours well, so a healthy blend of sesame oil and honey add both sweet and savoury notes to this dish in every bite. You can top it off with chicken, egg, cilantro, julienned veggies, or whatever you have on hand. This is a quick and easy lunch to make with already-prepped ingredients!