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A Keto-Friendly Guide on How to Cook Shirataki Noodles

When you go on a keto diet, you would need to say goodbye to a lot of dishes, such as pasta, noodles, rice, and bread. But did you know that there is one type of noodle that many consider to be keto-friendly? That is no other than the shirataki noodles.

That is surprising, right? A type of noodle that has a low amount of carbohydrates? That is the dream of all frustrated noodle lovers who wish to go on a keto diet, right? But what is shirataki noodles and what makes it keto-friendly? Of course, another question would be how to cook shirataki noodles? Learn all the basic information here!

What Makes Shirataki Noodles Keto?

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You may be wondering how a noodle can be low carb. Shirataki noodles are also called as miracle noodles, konjac noodles, and konnyaku noodles. It is made by grounding the konjac plant and then shaping them into noodles. Some people also shape it as fettuccini and even, as rice!

It is made up of 97% water and 3% soluble fiber. It also has traces of various minerals like calcium, fats, and proteins. According to studies, a 100 g of shirataki noodles contains less than 1 gram of carb and since the FDA indicates that food products that contain less than 5 g of carbs to be labeled zero carbs, this type of noodle claims to have zero carb and calories, making it keto-friendly!

How to Cook Shirataki Noodles

Now, we get to the most important part of all – how to prepare shirataki noodles? Let us answer that in this section.

What You Will Need:

  • A pack of shirataki noodles
  • Amount of water as stated in the package
  • Toppings of your choice (meats, veggies or fishes)
  • Sieve
  • Paper Towel or Kitchen Towel
  • Cooking Tongs

The Steps to Take:

Keep in mind that you should not cook shirataki noodles the same way you would cook a normal pasta. Here are some of the steps that you should take when cooking shirataki noodles:

Step 1. Wash the noodles.

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The water in which the noodles are packed in smells fishy, so if you wish to make the noodles more palatable and appealing, you need to rinse it with water. If you have chosen a water-packed package, you need to drain the water inside the package first.

After that, place the noodles in a sieve and rinse it using hot water. Do this for five times.

Pro Tip
  • To completely get rid of the smell, use hot water in rinsing the noodles.
  • There are now available odorless shirataki noodles. It is best that you choose them if the fishy smell is not appealing to you.
  • If even after draining and rinsing the noodles for five times, it still gives off an unwanted fishy odor, you can try placing it in a pot with boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes before doing the next step.

Step 2. Dry the noodles.

After washing the noodles, you should completely dry it so you can allow the noodles to soak up the sauce of your dish. You can do this by patting it with a paper towel.

Pro Tip
To completely remove the excess water from the noodles, use a kitchen towel to wring the noodles out.

Step 3. Dry fry the noodles.

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Place the dry noodles in a non-stick pan. Don’t put cooking oil. Instead, dry fry them for about 5 to 8 minutes.

Pro Tip
  • Check the firmness of the noodles. Once it is already firm to touch, it means that the noodles are ready.
  • Use tongs when dry frying the noodles. In this way, you can be able to separate the noodles and turn it over for even cooking.

Step 4. Toss the noodles in the sauce.

How to Cook Shirataki Noodles

Now that you are done with frying the noodles toss it in the sauce of your dish and add all the other ingredients that you want to include in your recipe. Mix everything then serve.

Pro Tip
  • Add the noodles to your dish during the last 5 minutes of the dish’s cooking time to prevent the noodles from being overcooked.
  • If you will use meat toppings, do not cook it together with the noodles as the noodles release calcium ions during the cooking process. These ions can make the meat tougher. Instead, cook the meat and noodles in separate pans and mix them together afterward.

Shirataki noodles are the best way for you to satisfy your noodle cravings even when you are on a keto diet. But it is important that you know how to cook shirataki noodles properly. In this way, you can make the dish more palatable and appealing. Take the steps that are provided above so you can be able to make a mean shirataki noodle dish that is perfect for your diet!

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