Almost-No-Carb Shirataki Noodles

I love pasta. LOVE love love pasta. On 14 April 2014, when I received my surprising life-changing near-death diabetes diagnosis, my doctor told me NO PASTA. None. Zip. Zero. Never. I thought I could beat it, that this whole no-pasta rule would just be a temporary thing. Especially when I went on insulin that September, and learned about “covering carbs” with insulin. But covering carbs hasn’t worked for me. While it allows me to eat pasta without dying, it doesn’t mean I should east pasta. At least not very often.

Enter shirataki noodles.

About Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki noodles are not a noodle substitute. They are a legit Japanese noodle, made from yam, and naturally very low in carbs. They come in a wet or dry variety, however we have only ever found and used the wet variety.

I heard about these shortly after my diagnosis, from friends on Facebook. My husband and I started researching them, and decided to order a few bags. It was worth the experiment. Shirataki noodles have become a regular part of our low-carb diet.

They definitely are NOT a straight substitute for pasta. Hubby and I both agree that these noodles make an excellent substitute for Asian noodles, but there is something about the texture (on the slimy side) that makes them less desirable (in our opinion) in Italian style pasta dishes. They aren’t bad in Italian dishes, I just prefer other low-carb alternatives for my Italian sauces (that’s another blog post). They go virtually undetected in Asian cuisine though, working great in hot or cold dishes.

Our Recommended Brands

Jeff and I regularly buy and cook with two brands of wet shirataki noodles — Miracle Noodles (we buy them from Amazon), and House Foods (carried by our Albertson’s, also available on Amazon). Miracle Noodles have to be refrigerated, while House Foods can be stored dry in the pantry (despite still being a wet noodle). Neither of us have ever noticed any difference in taste between the two brands.

When ordering from Amazon, you have to buy in bulk. The prices below are for multiple bags per unit. At Albertson’s, we can buy individual bags.

Each bag of Miracle Noodles yields 2-1/3 servings (3 ounces each, 9 ounces per bag), and each bag of House Foods yields 2 servings (4 ounces each, 8 ounces per bag). So we almost always have to use two bags when cooking, although we can go with just a single bag if preparing a dish just for the two of us (no leftovers).

Following are the specific varieties we regularly use.

Miracle Noodles Brand

Angel Hair Fettuccine Ziti
2g carbs / 0 cal / 0g fat 2g carbs / 0 cal / 0g fat 2g carbs / 5 cal / 0g fat

House Foods Brand

Angel Hair Spaghetti Fettuccine
3g carbs / 10 cal / 0.5g fat 3g carbs / 10 cal / 0.5g fat 3g carbs / 10 cal / 0.5g fat

Cooking with Shirataki Noodles

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Open bag of noodles, and dump in a strainer or colander. Rinse under cold water 1-2 minutes (this is to rinse off the fishy smell).

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Add to boiling water.

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Boil no more than 2 minutes.

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Strain water out of noodles.

Shirataki Noodles

Serve with your favorite sauce and toppings. This is the angel hair shape noodle.

Shiratki Noodle Salad with Carrots, Snow-Peas, Cucumbers

Chilled angel hair salad with carrots, snow peas, and cucumbers.
Swap for cellophane noodles in our original recipe.

Grilled Shrimp Scampi Over Shirataki Noodles

Grilled shrimp scampi over shirataki noodles.
Swap for regular pasta in our grilled shrimp scampi recipe.

Shirataki Fettuccine with Mom's Meat Sauce

Mom’s awesome chunky meat sauce over shirataki fettuccine. Get our meat sauce recipe!

Shirataki Noodle Pork Stir Fry

Shirataki noodle spicy pork stir fry. Recipe coming soon!

Almost-No-Carb Shirataki Noodles
 
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<1g - 3g carbs and 0 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving (depends on brand and variety). Sauces and toppings are extra.
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Recipe type: Main Dish or Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian or Italian
Serves: 2 to 2-1/3 servings per bag
Ingredients
  • Wet variety shirataki noodles
  • Sauce and toppings of choice
Instructions
  1. Heat a saucepan of water on high.
  2. Open bag of noodles, and dump in a strainer or colander.
  3. Rinse under cold water 1-2 minutes (this is to rinse off the fishy smell).
  4. Add to boiling water for 2 minutes.
  5. Strain water out of noodles.
  6. Serve with your favorite sauce and toppings.
Notes
Nutritional breakdown is calculated from the label on each bag.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3oz Miracle Noodles / 4oz House Foods. Calories: 0-10 Fat: 0g - 0.5g Saturated fat: 0g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: <1g - 3g Sugar: 0g Sodium: 0mg - 15mg Fiber: <1g - 2g Protein: 0g - <1g Cholesterol: 0mg

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