Shirataki noodles are a unique, low-carb noodle made from the konjac plant. Their gelatinous texture takes some getting used to, but with the right preparation, shirataki noodles make a great substitute for traditional pasta. Here is a simple stir fry recipe highlighting how to cook shirataki noodles properly.

1. How To Cook Shirataki Noodles 

Ingredients

  • 1 package shirataki noodles, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup thinly sliced bell peppers
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (optional)

Instructions

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the shirataki noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes until warmed through. Drain in a colander and rinse well under running water.

Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.

Add the carrots, broccoli and bell peppers. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until starting to soften.

Add the cooked shirataki noodles, green onions, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sriracha (if using). Continue cooking for 2-3 more minutes, tossing everything together.

Remove from heat and adjust taste as needed, adding more soy sauce for saltiness or vinegar for tang.

Transfer stir fry to bowls and enjoy hot.

Tips for Cooking Shirataki Noodles

  • Pat the noodles very dry after rinsing to help them better absorb flavors.
  • Briefly pan-frying rinsed noodles before adding to dishes helps reduce wateriness.
  • Add noodles to soups and stews at the end to avoid overcooking and boost texture.
  • Toss noodles with a bit of oil to keep from sticking. Don’t overcrowd the pan when cooking.
  • Shirataki noodles soften but don’t get truly crispy when pan-fried. Add other toppings like onions for contrasting crunch.

With the right prep, shirataki noodles take on flavors well and make a perfect low-carb swap for wheat and rice noodles. Their nearly zero net carbs and calories make them ideal for keto, diabetic or low-glycemic diets. Use this easy stir fry as a starting point for experimenting with cooking shirataki noodles in your favorite Asian dishes.

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