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When you’re craving a noodle stir fry… grab a kelp noodles recipe to the rescue! This keto stir fry, featuring Asian kelp noodles, tastes like the takeout noodle dishes you may be missing. All the flavor, none of the carbs and questionable ingredients. Are kelp noodles keto? YES, they certainly are and kelp noodle recipes like this one will turn you into a kelp noodle believer if you have any doubts!
This easy, paleo skillet stir-fry is a medley of tender chicken, crisp veggies, light kelp noodles, and a naturally sweet Asian sesame sauce. My sea kelp noodle recipe comes together quickly and is packed with protein, fresh produce, and flavorful sauce – you’re going to love this meal!
Today’s kelp noodles recipe was inspired by my friend, Marina, who introduced me to a variation of this dish. That was my first time trying both kelp noodles and coconut aminos, and right away I was hooked. I added chicken to her recipe to make it a full meal, threw in some extra veggies, and built on the plain coconut aminos to make a sesame chicken sauce that’s simple to make, yet complex in taste. When are you going to add this 30 minute meal to your dinner menu?
The original kelp pasta recipe was originally posted on May 11, 2016 and republished in October 2019, with new tips and photos.
What Are Kelp Noodles?
Kelp noodles are made from edible kelp, a.k.a. seaweed! They have a chewy texture and are very low in calories and carbohydrates.
Recipes using kelp noodles are great for low carb and keto pasta recipes. (They’re one of my favorite keto pasta alternatives!)
How To Make Kelp Noodles
This keto kelp noodle recipe is easy! One of my favorite aspects of this stir-fry kelp noodles recipe is that it’s an all-in-one skillet dinner.
That means less cleanup, and it’s quick to make, too – under 30 minutes from start to finish. No need to make a side dish to go with the main dish, or vice versa, because this one is both.
Here’s how to make kelp noodles:
- Rinse kelp noodles. If you’re wondering how to cook kelp noodles… the answer is you don’t! They need a quick rinse. We’re stir frying them at the end of the cooking process, but they don’t require cooking like traditional pasta.
- Stir fry mushrooms. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok. Fry the mushrooms, until the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated.
- Stir fry chicken and veggies. Add chicken, carrots, and broccoli to the pan and stir fry until the chicken is almost cooked through.
TIP: You don’t want to fully cook the chicken at this step, so that it doesn’t dry out as you continue to cook the stir fry. You want it just almost done at this point. It will finish cooking in the following steps!
- Mix together kelp noodle stir fry sauce. Whisk together coconut aminos, sesame oil, garlic, and sesame seeds.
- Stir fry Asian kelp noodles. Add the noodles and sauce to the pan. Stir fry until heated through. Season with salt to taste.
Are Kelp Noodles Keto?
A super common question is, are kelp noodles keto friendly? And the answer is yes!
On their own, a 4 oz serving of japanese kelp noodles has just 6 calories and 2 grams net carbs. A great low calorie and low carbohydrate option.
What Do Kelp Noodles Taste Like?
Asian kelp noodles have a very mild flavor, which makes them a great blank canvas for salads, noodle casseroles, and of course, stir fries!
If you’ve never tried a kelp noodles recipe, I urge you to do so. The texture is actually fairly similar to “real” pasta, without all the starch and calories. It’s probably somewhere between spaghetti squash and wheat pasta – not as sweet as the spaghetti squash and a little firmer, but of course there’s still a difference compared to wheat noodles.
Kelp noodles even have some nutrients, including iron, calcium, vitamin K, and fiber. I thought that was pretty impressive for a food that contains almost no calories or carbs. The thickness is about the same as angel hair pasta.
Where To Get Kelp Noodles?
You can buy keto kelp noodles here! Otherwise, your local health food store might carry them as well.
Can You Make Kelp Noodle Recipes Ahead?
Yes, you can make kelp noodle recipes ahead of time. Because the kelp noodles don’t require any cooking, they can easily be made ahead of time and they are perfect for meal prep.
Easy kelp noodle recipes like this one can be made ahead and then stored in the refrigerator. Reheat until hot and they are ready at any time!
More Keto Pasta Recipes
There’s no need to miss out on pasta if you’re low carb or keto, you just need to find a good alternative!
- The Best Low Carb Pasta Alternatives – The ultimate guide to low carb and keto pastas! Tips, tricks, pastas of all kinds, and plenty of recipes to inspire you.
- Zucchini Noodles Alfredo – Zoodles with an alfredo sauce, YUM! If you love the classic alfredo flavor, you’ve got to try it on zucchini noodles. Light, but so full of flavor.
- Zucchini Spaghetti & Meatballs – The classic reinvented. You won’t miss the “noodles” in this dish, I’ve swapped them with zucchini noodles.
- Keto Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai – I love this twist on pad thai. It’s made with chicken, but you could also add shrimp, too!
- Cauliflower Lasagna – Cauliflower stands in for noodles in this keto lasagna. And, the method is way easier than you might expect.
Tools To Make Asian Kelp Noodles:
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- 8-Inch Chef’s Knife – Easily chop up the chicken and veggies in this kelp pasta recipe!
- Wok – Kelp noodle recipes are easy to make in a big wok like this one. No noodles will be lost over the side!
- Kelp Noodles– These seaweed noodles are keto friendly pasta are great to stock in your pantry.
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Keto Sesame Asian Kelp Noodles Recipe
This healthy, EASY kelp noodles recipe is full of tender chicken, crisp veggies, sesame sauce, and Asian kelp noodles. Keto, paleo, and ready in 30 minutes!
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Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Fry the mushrooms for about 5-8 minutes, until the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated.
Add the chicken pieces, carrots, and broccoli (focus on the chicken touching the pan). Stir fry for 6-8 minutes, until the chicken is almost cooked through but not dry.
- To make the sauce, whisk together the coconut aminos, toasted sesame oil, garlic, and sesame seeds.
Add the kelp noodles and sauce mixture to the pan. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, until heated through. Season with sea salt to taste if needed.
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