Around The World In 50 Ingredients, Japan

Why Shirataki Noodles Are Unique + 21 Flavorful Recipes

February 20, 2017

Shirataki noodles are not your ordinary pasta. They are made from a konjac plant and contain no carbs and zero calories! These Japanese noodles are also gluten-free, vegan, paleo and keto friendly. Check out 21 amazing shirataki noodle recipes I’ve collected for you!

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Today we are heading to Japan to try their traditional shirataki noodles which, thanks to their unique features, are known well outside the land of the rising sun. Forget the ramen, soba, udon, or other Japanese noodles you might have heard or tried. Shirataki are a different beast. Their look resembles another Asian favorite – rice noodles, but that’s where the similarities end.

OK, so what’s so special about shirataki noodles then? Give me a minute and you’ll see. These noodles are made from glucomannan starch which is extracted from a konjac (also called devil’s tongue) plant. It’s then mixed with water to get a jelly-like substance called konnyaku. Yes, just starch and water, a totally natural food!

THEN you can either consume konnyaku as it is or shred into shirataki noodles. Now, the most important part. Glucomannan starch is completely an indigestible dietary fiber meaning that these noodles contain no carbs and no calories at all! A dream of Victoria’s Secret models, right? Ha! At the same time, Shirataki noodles are rich in minerals and are believed to be able to normalize cholesterol level, prevent high blood pressure, and normalize the level of sugar in the blood.

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It’s not that hard to guess that shirataki noodles are perfect for those who are on special diets. They are gluten-free, vegan, paleo and keto friendly, and, I guess, pretty much whatever-else-friendly.

But wait a second. No calories, no flavor? Kinda… Yes. BUT. Shirataki noodles are perfect for soaking up the flavors of any dish they are in. Especially these are good with various sauces. Talking about the texture, they are thin, translucent, slippery, and gelatinous. Actually, the texture is the thing I love the most about these Japanese noodles!

Be aware that there exist shirataki noodles combined with tofu. These will have some carbs and calories and won’t be quite the same as the basic version. Still great, though!

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Shirataki can be sold in dry form but usually, they are packaged in liquid (cooked). The thing that puts off some people from enjoying these noodles is the smell that reaches your nose after opening a package. Don’t worry about it. A quick drain and rinse or 1-2 minutes of par-boiling make that smell disappear completely. After that, you can eat them as is or add to various dishes.

Now that you have enough information about this Asian miracle, check out these 21 outstanding shirataki noodle recipes I’ve collected for you!

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1. Shirataki Sesame Noodles

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These sesame noodles are delicious, flavorful, super-filling, and healthy! No carb overload, and some great fiber for your good tummy bugs to work with.

Recipe by: Healthy Recipes

2. Korean Style Cold Tofu Shirataki Noodle Salad With Shrimp

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A tofu shirataki noodle salad with a rainbow of veggies and shrimp in a tasty Korean style dressing that is served chilled; perfect for a hot summer day!

Recipe by: Closet Cooking

3. Keto Pad Thai

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This Keto Pad Thai recipe uses the well-known Tofu Shirataki Noodles and also features chicken, peanuts, and veggies!

Recipe by: Keto Connect

4. Fresh Asparagus Pea Lemon Pasta

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A gorgeous spring/summer pasta bursting with lemon, asparagus, peas and spring onions!

Recipe by: Noshing With The Nolands

5. Low Carb Pasta Alfredo With Sausage

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Low carb pasta recipe topped with Italian sausage, and a creamy cheese sauce. Learn how to use shirataki noodles and the preparation process to make them come out tasty every time!

Recipe by: Keto Connect

6. Low Carb Pho – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

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This version of the traditional Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup is made with shirataki noodles and also contains bean sprouts, basil, jalapenos, and other veggies!

Recipe by: Ketogasm

7. Tofu Shirataki Tuna Noodle Casserole

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This is a delicious and healthy take on tuna noodle casserole using tofu shirataki noodles topped with colorful vegetables.

Recipe by: Pickled Plum

8. Yellow Curry Noodles With Tofu Shirataki

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This delicious yellow curry noodles dish is topped with pan-fried shrimp. It’s an easy, comforting meal that’s ready in less than 45 minutes. Grab some chopsticks and be ready to get your slurp on!

Recipe by: Healthy Nibbles And Bits

9. Spaghetti And Lentil Balls

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Hearty and delicious baked lentil balls served over spaghetti, made from shirataki noodles as a lighter alternative to spaghetti.

Recipe by: Yup It’s Vegan

10. Shirataki Noodle Salad with Salmon & Sesame Lime Dressing

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This filling and nourishing salad is made with shirataki noodles, also known as konjac noodles. It’s low in carbohydrates, high in fibre and full of beneficial Omega-3s and antioxidants.

Recipe by: Happy Body Formula

11. Shirataki Noodles With Almond Butter Sauce

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A delicious dinner that’s easy, healthy and both vegan and paleo-friendly! Feel free to use whichever veg you wish. Mushroom and peppers would also work really well.

Recipe by: Wallflower Kitchen

12. Miso Ramen With Tofu

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Replacing ramen noodles with shirataki noodles, this miso ramen with fried tofu is full of lemongrass, garlic, ginger, and miso flavor.

Recipe by: Bijoux And Bits

13. Low-Carb Chicken Tetrazzini

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A rich, cheesy chicken tetrazzini without all the carbs! This dish uses tofu shirataki noodles instead of pasta, and it’s the perfect gluten-free weeknight meal!

Recipe by: Healthy Nibbles And Bits

14. Easy Paleo Pad Thai

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This recipe is both keto and paleo friendly and is ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s definitely one of the all-time favourites in my house!

Recipe by: KetoDiet Blog

15. Peanut Sesame Shirataki Noodles

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No-carb and no-calorie shirataki noodles stir-fried with a homemade version of peanut sauce with carrots and snow peas!

Recipe by: Bijoux And Bits

16. Asian Noodle Summertime Salad

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A crunchy flavor filled salad with tofu noodles that is vegan and makes a meal on it’s own or is great with any BBQ meat!

Recipe by: Noshing With The Nolands

17. Chicken Peanut Soy Noodles

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A quick & easy dinner perfect for busy weeknights! Gluten-free, low-carb, protein-packed and full of flavor!

Recipe by: Amy’s Healthy Baking

18. Thai Lamb Salad With Miracle Noodles

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This salad features lamb, a bunch of veggies, and, of course, so called miracle noodles – shirataki!

Recipe by: Super Golden Bakes

19. Shirataki Pizza Crust

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Shirataki noodles make a lovely low-carb pizza crust that you can hold in your hands. Flavor is neutral, allowing the toppings to take center stage!

Recipe by: Healthy Recipes

20. Gluten Free Noodles in a Creamy Coconut Peanut Sauce

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Gluten Free Noodles in a Creamy Coconut Peanut Sauce is an amazingly delicious meal that is easy to make, vegan and uses Tofu Shirataki Noodles!

Recipe by: The Endless Meal

21. Sesame Chicken Shirataki Noodle Stir-Fry

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This dish can be served hot, warm or cold. It’s delicious all ways!

Recipe by: Cooking On The Weekends

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23 Comments

  • Reply Amanda | Chew Town February 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    ummmm…. did you say “no carb and no calories”?! That’s amazing. I’ve never heard of shirataki noodles before, needless to say I’ve started searching for them. Fingers crossed I can get them in Australia!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

      I did say that, Amanda 😛 Oh and I am pretty sure you’ll find them in Australia!

  • Reply Nicole February 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Great recipes, #8 and #12 sound delicious!!!! Thanks for the ideas

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

      You are welcome, Nicole!

  • Reply Lisa | Garlic & Zest February 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    I have a friend who’s on a ketogenic diet and I think this would work well for her — plus I would love to try any one of those dishes in this roundup — thanks for the tutorial on shiritaki noodles. I’m putting them on my shopping list this week!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

      These noodles are perfect for your friend, Lisa 😉

  • Reply Amanda February 22, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I’ve seen these, but never tried them. Zero calories? I’m in! Summer will be here before you know it…bathing suit shopping! :/

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Yeah, I know what you are talking about. I am trying to make my stomach look better too 😛

  • Reply Laura | Wandercooks February 22, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Yessss! I love shirataki noodles but never thought to mix them through so many different kind of recipes! We love using them in dishes like udon or sukiyaki 😀

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Many food blogs, many ideas! 🙂

  • Reply Jenn February 23, 2017 at 1:37 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever had shirataki noodles but I love how versatile these look. The zero calorie aspect doesn’t hurt either!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:34 am

      You have to try them, Jenn 😉

  • Reply Camilla Hawkins February 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Oh my, my taste buds are longing for all these dishes now, I just love Asian cuisine!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Me too! Some people are stuck at the same Asian dishes even though there are thousands of unknown ones to try!

  • Reply Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy February 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I have never heard of this type of noodle. I will have to hit an Asian market and see if I can find some. They sound and look delicious.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:37 am

      You HAVE to find them at an Asian market. I am pretty sure about it 😉

    • Reply Christine Czekala July 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Regular grocery stores carry them! They are usually in the same section as tofu, fresh won ton wrappers and refrigerated soy based products.

  • Reply Aish Das-Padihari February 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Who doesn’t love noodles! Thanks for this beautiful collection of noodles.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:38 am

      You are welcome, Aish!

  • Reply Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health February 25, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    This is one amazing roundup. SO much deliciousness in one post 😉 I love noodles and now I have much recipes to try. Challenge accepted. Pinning his!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:38 am

      I am glad you loved the roundup, Natalie. Thanks for the pin!

  • Reply Kathy March 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for so much variety! These dishes look great and I love that they aren’t ALL just Asian flavors (although I love them).

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Yes, it’s really nice to try these noodles in, for example, Italian dishes or others 😉

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