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Have you made shirataki noodles before? Sometimes they go by other names: Konjac noodles or miracle noodles. Until recently, they were not one of my favorite keto pasta options. The texture was a little off-putting. But then I decided to play with some different preparation methods, and found a way that works very well — this shirataki noodles recipe has a texture that’s really close to real pasta. Even my young kids went for it!
I liked this method so much that I now sometimes substitute these for the zucchini noodles in keto pho and zucchini alfredo, the spaghetti squash in keto pad thai and spaghetti squash casserole, or the kelp noodles in kani salad. Once you learn how to cook shirataki noodles this way, I think you’ll be a convert for many of your pasta dishes, too.
What Are Shirataki Noodles?
Shirataki noodles, also called konjac noodles or miracle noodles, are a low- or zero-calorie noodle made from the root of the konjac plant. They have been eaten in Japan for over a thousand years [*]! They don’t taste much like anything on their own, but will take on the flavor of whatever sauce you use, much like regular pasta.
These miracle noodles are made from glucomannan fiber, which is the gelatinous fiber found in the root of the konjac yam, but some other varieties are made from tofu. I personally buy this brand, as I prefer konjac noodles over those made with tofu (see why I try to limit soy here).
Why You’ll Love This Shirataki Noodles Recipe
- Neutral taste (so it takes on any sauce flavor)
- Al dente noodle texture
- Simple ingredients
- Just 3.4g net carbs per serving with the sauce, or 1g net carbs without the sauce (won’t spike blood sugar!)
- Ready in less than 30 minutes
- Naturally low-calorie, low carb, keto friendly, vegetarian, gluten-free, and packed with prebiotic soluble fiber
How To Cook Shirataki Noodles
This section shows how to cook konjac noodles, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
How To Prepare Shirataki Noodles:
The instructions on the package typically say to just rinse and eat, but I don’t recommend this. If you don’t cook them properly, they can have a rubbery or slightly crisp texture. That’s why I tested extensively (6 times!) to find the best method, below. Made correctly, they have a texture very similar to al dente pasta (and you can try this method with shirataki rice too). Try it out and see!
- Rinse. Place the shirataki noodles in a colander and run under cool running water. This helps neutralize their flavor.
- Boil. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and boil.
TIP: Boiling is technically optional, but recommended for texture.
You can skip it if you really want to, but I did a comparison test with and without, and doing this step definitely improved texture.
- Drain. Return noodles to the colander to drain. Rinse well again under running water. Pat very dry with paper towels.
- Stir fry. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add noodles (no oil) and stir fry until very dry. Remove and cover.
TIP: The dry stir frying step is crucial for the best texture and flavor.
Whether you skipped the boiling step above or not, definitely don’t skip the stir fry step. It really helps to make your miracle noodles as neutral – and as close to real pasta in texture – as possible.
Finish With Garlic Parmesan Sauce:
You can use any pasta sauce you like for shirataki noodles! The one we’re making here is a creamy garlic parmesan sauce:
- Saute the garlic. Add olive oil to the skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Add broth and cream. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and simmer until volume is reduced by half.
- Thicken with cheese. Stir in the parmesan cheese, until smooth and thick.
- Toss. Add noodles back to the skillet and stir to coat in sauce. Cook until hot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
More Sauces For Konjac Noodles
Beyond the garlic parmesan sauce above, you can make shirataki noodle recipes with all your favorite pasta sauces! These are some of my favorites:
- Sugar-Free Marinara Sauce – You can make this plain or add ground beef to it. You can also add gluten-free meatballs for a full spaghetti and meatballs meal.
- Alfredo Sauce – My favorite other than the garlic parmesan one above, and they are very similar. These noodles are the perfect replacement for fettuccine.
- Pesto sauce – Make your shirataki noodles sing with a dollop of pesto sauce! You can also make it creamy by adding a little heavy cream to it.
- Mushroom Sauce – Mix the noodles with a little butter, then make creamy mushroom chicken and serve over them.
- Cheese Sauce – Instead of making cheese sauce for broccoli, try it on this pasta instead!
- Chicken & Sauce – Top these noodles with marry me chicken in sun-dried tomato cream sauce, chicken Florentine in a creamy spinach sauce, or chicken marsala.
- Store: Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
- Meal prep: Make these ahead of time and store in the fridge. They reheat really well.
- Reheat: Warm the noodles in the microwave or a hot skillet, until warm.
- Freeze: Don’t freeze your shirataki noodles! Because the noodles have so much liquid in them, they will not thaw well after freezing.
More Low Carb Noodle Recipes
Noodles are a staple in many diets, but what if you’re looking for something a little lighter and low carb? Check out these noodle recipes — you won’t miss the starch!
Tools For Cooking Konjac Noodles
- Miracle Noodles – This is my go-to for shirataki noodles recipes. They are soy-free and the texture turns out great when you use the steps in the recipe below.
- Colander – Draining the miracle noodles before cooking is imperative. This colander is great because you can place it on the bottom of the sink, and the base won’t allow water to splash back up to your noodles!
- Large Pot – This pot has thick, even heat distribution for efficient cooking and works on a variety of cooktops.
- Heavy Duty Skillet – Use this to get the noodles nice and dry, for the best texture.
Shirataki Noodles (Best Recipe)
Learn the BEST method for how to cook a shirataki noodles recipe (konjac noodles) to an al dente texture. This recipe takes just 25 minutes!
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Rinse shirataki noodles very well in a colander, under cool running water.
Pat very dry.
Heat a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the noodles (no oil) and stir fry for about 10 minutes, until very dry. Remove the noodles and cover to keep warm.
Add olive oil to the skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for about a minute, until fragrant.
Add the broth and cream. Increase heat to bring to simmer, then reduce heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes, until volume is reduced by half.
Reduce heat to low. Gradually stir in the parmesan cheese, until smooth.
Add the noodles back to the skillet and stir to coat in sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until hot. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
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