||Shirataki noodles can be a valuable addition to your low carb lifestyle. They are filling and have no flavor of their own; they take on the flavor of the ingredients you add to them.
Though you can just top the noodles with a sauce, I like to incorporate them into my recipes, like in this Low Carb Beefy Noodle Bake.
You can find the recipe for the Low Carb Beefy Noodle Bake and other recipes using shirataki noodles in the links below.
Shirataki noodles are made from glucomannan powder and contain no carbs or calories. (There are some varieties which contain tofu, so watch the labels carefully if you want to avoid the soy and/or extra carbs and calories in these.)
Noodles with tofu need to be kept in the frig. Noodles without tofu are room temp stable for up to a year.
Shirataki noodles are mostly soluble fiber, which makes them very filling. They come in many different shapes. Their somewhat rubbery texture can take some getting used to, so I recommend newbies try a small shape first.
My favorite shape is orzo because it is small and blends into recipes well. My second favorite is angel hair. (I snip the angel hair with scissors to shorten the strands.) You can order a variety pack to see which shapes you like and run any you don't like through a blender to pulverize them.
While it's possible to use shirataki noodles as you would use regular pasta, some people are disappointed with the results. I got mixed reviews at my house when I fixed them that way.
I was thrilled when I discovered that pulverizing the noodles caused them to blend into my recipes. My family was happy, too!
Shirataki noodles are packed in water and have a slightly fishy smell, which rinses off easily by running them under cold water in a wire colander. They don't need to be cooked before using; just add them to your recipe.
My first experiment with pulverized noodles I called "Cheesy Grins" because that's what I was wearing when I tasted the results and they were very similar to the cheese grits I was aiming for. (Using orzo-shaped noodles eliminates the need to pulverize them.)
I have created recipes using shirataki noodles for everything from puddings to noodle bakes to Crockpot meals. Check out my recipes in the links below.
* Shirataki Noodle Recipes *
Low Carb Beefy Noodle Bake
Shirataki noodle casserole pictured above
How to Make a Low Carb Beefy Noodle Bake with Shirataki Noodles
Step-by-step directions with pictures
Low Carb Cheesy Grins
My "Aha!" moment with shirataki noodles; similar to cheese grits
Quick & Easy Low Carb Cheese Grits
Quick & easy version of Cheesy Grins for one
Low Carb Cheeseburger Grins
Filling cheeseburger casserole
Low Carb Confetti Noodle Bake
Mild Tex-Mex flavor with colorful peppers
Low Carb Poultry Noodle Bake
Great way to use up turkey leftovers
Low Carb Quiche Noodle Bake
The flavor of quiche in a noodle bake
Low Carb Colorful Noodleful Quiche
Quiche flavor plus colorful peppers
Low Carb Sausage Noodle Bake
A spicy noodle bake
Low Carb Taco Salad Bake
My favorite noodle bake
Low Carb Mini Tuna Casserole
Microwaved one-serving casserole
Low Carb BNC Micro Casserole
Bacon-Noodle-Cheese casserole microwaved for two
Low Carb Ginger-Beef Twosie
Spicy microwaved casserole for two
Low Carb BBQ Beef & Noodles
Very easy Crockpot meal for two
Low Carb Goulashi Beef & Noodles
Goulash-like Crockpot meal
Low Carb Southwest Beef & Peppers
Mild southwest flavors in a Crockpot meal
Low Carb Orange-Ginger Beef & Noodles
Spicy orange Crockpot meal
Low Carb Sweet & Sour Pork & Noodles
My favorite Crockpot meal
Low Carb Zucchini Risotto
Quick & easy skillet meal
Low Carb Shirataki Fried Rice
Fried rice made with shirataki noodles
Low Carb Cheesy Grins Meat Roll
Meatloaf rolled up with noodles, spinach, and cheese
Low Carb Mocha Angel Pudding
Angel hair noodles with mocha flavor
Low Carb Mocha Noodle Pudding
Very rich pudding with mocha flavor
Low Carb Warm Rice Pudding
... Or cold if you prefer
Easy Low Carb Cinnamony Shirataki
Sweet and cinnamony "rice"
Shirataki Noodle Recipes
Shirataki Noodle Recipes category at DARdreams
* Shirataki Noodle Sources *
You may be able to find noodles in person, but the only ones I've found contain tofu and I can't have soy. Some people have found tofu-free noodles in Asian markets. You can also order them online.
Once you decide you like shirataki noodles, it's usually cheaper to buy them by the box. Check prices carefully, including package sizes and shipping charges. I've included some links to get you started.
Check out Konjac Foods. They have info and a large variety of shirataki noodles.
From Miracle Noodle
Dukan Diet Shirataki Noodles
Miracle Noodle Shirataki Pasta
Miracle Noodle Miracle Rice