Shirataki noodles, otherwise known as konjac noodles, have become increasingly popular over the last few years. They are commonly known as the “keto noodle”, “grain-free noodle” or “miracle noodle”. You may already be wondering... a noodle with no grains? How can that be? Yes. You read that correctly. We are here to tell you all about these noodles and how to cook them the proper way.
Shirataki noodles are made from the konjac plant. The plant is ground up and used to form noodle and rice shapes. This plant contains almost no calories or carbohydrate. The noodles are comprised of around 95-97% water. The rest of the noodle contains traces of protein, fat, and calcium. Konjac noodles contain a unique type of soluble fiber which has been shown to promote fullness, improve heart health, optimize digestion, and regulate bowels.
When it comes to cooking shirataki noodles, preparing them properly is super important! This is a make it or break it. Something important to recognize is that these noodles are very versatile and will ultimately take on whatever flavour or sauce they are cooked in!
How should I prepare konjac noodles?
Most konjac noodles have instructions, however, there is a special way to give your konjac noodles the best texture and taste! Keep scrolling to find out!
1 package of Shirataki noodles (6-8 ounces)
1-2 tablespoons sea salt
Open package of konjac noodles and place them in a strainer. You will notice the noodles give off a peculiar smell. This smell is harmless and the natural smell of the root! Run the noodles under cold water for 3 minutes until the smell is gone.
Fill a medium sized pot with water and bring to a boil. Add 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt.
Add rinsed noodles to the filled pot and allow to boil for 10 minutes. Make sure there is enough water to completely cover the konjac noodles. Strain afterwards.
Place a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. When skillet is hot, add strained konjac noodles. Sauté for 3-5 until water is mostly evaporated.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you store konjac noodles?
Konjac noodles should be stored in the pantry as they are shelf stable. Once a package is opened, any konjac noodles that are not used should be stored in a bowl of water in the fridge and kept for up to 7 days. Prepared noodles can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Are shirataki noodles paleo?
Yes. Konjac noodles are grain free, gluten-free, low carb, and 100% natural making them a great option for those following the paleo diet.
Are shirataki noodles vegan and gluten-free?
Absolutely! They contain no wheat or animal based ingredients. They are great for those looking for a pasta option both vegan and gluten-free.
Are konjac noodles kosher and Halal friendly?
Yes! They absolutely are. They are made from a root vegetable and are therefore considered to be both kosher and Halal.
Do shirataki noodles contain soy?
No! Konjac noodles are free from soy.
Are konjac noodles safe to eat for those watching their blood sugar?
Definitely. Konjac noodles are a great choice for those watching their sugars as they have a glycemic index of zero! This is because they are free from sugar and net carbohydrates. Many ave noticed improved blood sugar levels when switching from traditional noodles to konjac noodles.
Are shirataki noodles safe for kids?
Yes, konjac noodles are safe for kids. When prepared properly, these noodles become a family favourite.
Written by Allison Sherkin, RHN, CHNC
Allison is the in-house nutritionist at House of Wellness. She is a registered holistic nutritionist with experience in weight loss, mental health, hormonal balance, and digestion. She is passionate about helping others elevate their health and truly discover their highest potential! Allison believes in products made with integrity and focuses on effective solutions to help her customers and clients.